Tech Lead, Database Sources

| San Francisco, CA, USA | Remote | Hybrid
Employer Provided Salary: 211,000-225,000 Annually
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Airbyte is the open-source standard for EL(T). We enable data teams to replicate data from applications, APIs, and databases to data warehouses, lakes, and other destinations. We believe only an open-source approach can solve the problem of data integration, as it enables us to cover the long tail of integrations while enabling teams to adapt pre-built connectors to their needs.


So far, we've built over 350 connectors and have had 35,000+ companies replicating data with us. We've raised $181M from some of the world's top investors (Benchmark, Accel, Altimeter, Coatue, Y Combinator, etc.) and believe in product-led growth, where we build something awesome and let our product bring the users, rather than an outbound sales engine with cold calls.


Airbyte is remote friendly, with most of the team still based in Silicon Valley. We’re fully transparent as a company. Our company handbookcore valuesmethodologystrategy and roadmap are open to all.


If you find this role exciting, we encourage you to apply even if you think you don’t meet all requirements.



Airbyte is taking a big swing to make data available and actionable to everyone, everywhere. Our product manages the extract and load of data, so that developers and data practitioners can focus on building products, not moving data. As a Tech Lead at Airbyte, you'll be part of the team that solves all the data movement challenges that a developer has ever faced, for the last time. 

You'll be solving product and technical challenges that you have never seen before but will draw on your past expertise in building products and leading teams that move and use data at scale. The engineers on Airbyte’s Database Sources Team are the experts for extracting data out of relational and object databases like Postgres, Oracle, and MongoDB as fast and reliability as possible.  You understand cursors, CDC replication, and tools like Debezium.  We are working to build easy-to-use abstractions for how to create a general-case approach that works for all databases, culminating in the creation of a connector development kit and framework that anyone can use, for any database.  Moving operational data into data warehouses is the foundation of any ELT pipeline, and we have to get it right.

As Tech Lead, you’ll be ultimately responsible for the day-to-day execution and delivery of the team’s projects, and a key voice in the long-term roadmap that the team undertakes. This is a player-coach role where you will be splitting your time 50/50 between code and managing the teams deliverables and stakeholders.  You’ll be partnering with the Director of Sync Foundations to mentor and scale the team as needed, as well as identifying ways to improve delivery, speed, stability, and developer experience.

This role can be an entrypoint into our manager track.

What You'll Do

  • Imbue the team with development best practices, good testing hygiene, and healthy scrum-like practices. 
  • Maintain the team’s backlog, keep projects on track, and define the right interfaces for handling interrupts from support, sales, and high-value customers. 
  • Help shape the long-term roadmap for the team.  Work with product managers, stakeholders, vendors, and partners to decide what to build next and why.
  • Pioneer a new framework for extracting from and loading data into databases and data warehouses. 
  • Drive step function improvements in performance & reliability at scale.
  • Build leverage: a week-long task this year should take ten minutes next year
  • Write high-leverage code, and teach others to do the same.

What You'll Need

  • 6+ years of software engineering experience.
  • 2+ years of technical team leadership experience as either a Team Lead, Tech Lead, Program Manager, Engineering Manager, or similar role in which you had direct responsibility for a team or program, not necessarily the people on that team.
  • Deep knowledge of the “E” of the ELT
  • Familiarity with CDC replication strategies for at least one popular database (e.g. Postgres, MySQL, MongoDB, etc)
  • 2+ years of Java/Kotlin experience preferred 
  • Experience profiling and optimizing high-performance applications
  • You have an insatiable desire to ship.
  • You take a user-centric approach to building products and developer tools
  • You enjoy building leverage through abstractions and tooling that multiply output
  • Ability to influence without relying solely on authority and work with engineers junior and senior
  • A passion for continuous learning and improvement (both at a personal and team level)
  • Excellent written & verbal communication skills
  • Belief in our values


  • San Francisco. Hybrid, twice per week. 

We provide

  • Flexible work environment - we don’t look at when you log in, log out or how much time you work. We look at your output and we trust you; it’s the only way remote can actually work. 
  • Unlimited Paid Time Off - we need you at your best at all times. Our expected minimum time off of 25 PTO days per year lets you schedule your work around your life.
  • Relocation - should you be applying to a San Francisco based role, Airbyte will assist with U.S. relocation to make this a seamless transition and compensate you well.
  • Co-working space - most of our team enjoys the WFH life but if you prefer to work from a co-working space, we will cover the full monthly cost.
  • Parental leave (for both parents) - we offer 16 weeks of paid parental leave for all new parents so you have time to adjust to the new life (and work) schedule introduced by your new bundle of joy.
  • Sponsored Travel - we are a distributed team, however, we recognize the value of in-person time. We sponsor annual company-wide retreats, team offsites, and Travel With Purpose in between to allow you to collaborate with your team in person on a regular basis.
  • Open book policy - we will pay for books you purchase for your professional and career development. 
  • Continuous learning/training policy - we sponsor you for the conferences and training programs you feel would add to your development in the company. 
  • Competitive benefits package for US-based employees, including:
    • Blue Shield or Kaiser Medical Insurance 
      • Airbyte covers 100% for both employees and dependents
    • Dental (including child & adult ortho) & Vision Insurance
      • Airbyte covers 100% for both employees and dependents
    • Life and AD&D Insurance
      • Airbyte covers 100% for employees
    • Short-term Disability Insurance 
      • Airbyte covers 100% for employees
    • Long-term Disability Insurance
      • Airbyte covers 100% for employees
  • Healthcare insurance stipend for those outside the US whose countries do not provide it for free.
  • 401k for US-based employees.
  • FSA (flexible spending account)
  • Work Visas We currently sponsor H1B Transfers, TN Visas, and Green Cards. All other Visa requests will be discussed on a case by case basis to determine if we can sponsor.


Salary for this job- $211,000 - $225,000 +  a generous equity package, and benefits listed above for US Market. For countries outside of the US we offer benefits and localized salaries based on your region or area.


Airbyte is an equal opportunity employer that does not discriminate on the basis of actual or perceived race, creed, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, physical or mental disability, pregnancy, genetic information, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, familial status, domestic violence victim status, veteran or military status, or any other legally recognized protected basis under federal, state or local laws. Pursuant to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance, we will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records. 

Airbyte is committed to providing reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities in our job application procedures. Please let us know if you need assistance or accommodation due to a disability.

More Information on Airbyte
Airbyte operates in the Big Data industry. The company is located in San Francisco, CA. Airbyte was founded in 2020. It has 90 total employees. It offers perks and benefits such as OKR operational model, Team based strategic planning, Flexible work schedule, Remote work program, Mandated unconscious bias training and Hiring practices that promote diversity. To see all 12 open jobs at Airbyte, click here.
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