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Senior Support Engineer

Helsinki, Finland

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Open source is our beating heart and it’s something that fuels our work and our culture. It’s where we began. It’s where we’ll always be. Our vision is to become the trusted open source data platform for everyone. We are a Cast of over 400 individuals (‘Crabs’) located across the globe. Why Crabs? Because we believe in thinking sideways. And right now, we’re looking for sideways-thinking Support Engineer.

The Customer Growth team at Aiven lies at the core of our organization. This is a great opportunity to become an integral team member as a Support Engineer.

We look for engineers who can work around problems by finding new angles. That means both creative and lateral approaches. Thinking sideways.

You will have the opportunity to collaborate with world-class tech people solving the toughest problems, where almost every project you work on is more complex and technically challenging than the previous one.

If you relish pushing your technical boundaries, come join us. Because if you can truly think sideways, you’ll never look back.

Who we are

So, how do we become the trusted open source data platform for everyone? By listening closely to our customers and taking action to ensure they achieve their business goals. You see, the software we create is merely a means of delivering value. Our thinking is customer-first. That’s why our customers are at the front and center of all we do. And in the spirit of sideways thinking, we’re by their side as well. Actively helping them solve their challenges. Collaborating. Sharing. And innovating. In other words, it really isn’t just about who we are. It’s about who our customers are – and where they want to be.

Our values

We want individuals who can embody our values of ownership, courage, and openness.

What does that mean in practice?

We take ownership of the problems we solve. What we do is about improving life for our customers, enabling them to meet their goals. So we own our decisions and mistakes. Sometimes that takes courage. But we don’t falter – we take on challenges with confidence. And right at our heart is openness. We’re always open to new ideas – from wherever and whoever they come.

The Role:

Support Engineers at Aiven love interacting directly with customers and are interested in solving technical problems. From triaging database performance degradation, researching logs, to helping customers migrate their data to the Aiven platform, we provide an expert level of care and support to customers.

Our customers are primarily Enterprise developers with a good understanding of technology, and we are tightly integrated with Product Development, Ops, and SRE teams. Depending on your interests, you can also participate in new feature development (we love Python), as well as improve our automation tooling. In Support, we love building technology to automate our repetitive tasks.

You will fit well as a Support Engineer if you are curious, not afraid of asking questions, patient, friendly, respectful and practice empathy in all your interactions with customers and team members.

What You'll Do:

  • Ensure all customer cases are responded to within the SLAs, and that support requests are handled promptly, and in a professional and helpful manner
  • Work with complex, open-source databases such as PostgreSQL, MySQL, Redis, as well as other technologies like Kafka, Opensearch, Cassandra and Grafana, deployed across multiple cloud providers (AWS, Google Cloud, Azure and others)
  • Engage directly with customers and partners, working collaboratively via ticketing system, email, chat and occasionally by phone or remote sessions to diagnose and resolve customer issues.
  • Troubleshoot and root-cause technical issues with help from the product, SRE and operations teams
  • Research, reproduce and report product malfunctions
  • Maintain internal and external product knowledge bases
  • Provide feedback to Aiven sales and product development teams
  • Develop internal dashboards, APIs and CLIs to improve our customers’ support experience
  • Mentor and be mentored, based on your experience level

What We're Looking For:

Don’t worry if your experience doesn’t line up perfectly – we still encourage you to apply! We believe in investing in our crabs’ professional growth.

  • Interest in learning and mastering the Aiven platform and the products we offer
  • Experience supporting enterprise customers. Bonus if you are coming from a SaaS model
  • At least intermediate-level Linux and networking knowledge and experience (we use Fedora as our work desktop environment and the Linux command line is our best friend)
  • Solid background in software engineering, having worked as a software engineer in the past and you enjoy spending time supporting customers. We use Python as our main dev language.
  • Experience with at least one public cloud such as: AWS, Google Cloud, Azure Cloud
  • Excellent communication skills - clear, concise and effective communication with customers and colleagues

Nice to have

  • Experience as a developer or support engineer with at least one of the following products: Apache Kafka, PostgreSQL, MySQL, Grafana, Redis and Opensearch and/or Elasticsearch
  • 1+ years of experience as a developer, site reliability engineer, or devops engineer
  • Open source contributions (code, bug reports, community support, documentation)
  • Previous use of Slack, ServiceCloud, Google, Jira, Asana, and/or Github

Our Offer

If you ask us what’s the best thing about working for Aiven, many will probably say it’s the high concentration of talent from around the world that we have here. Enjoy the agile environment of a hyperscale scale-up where you can truly make an impact and have fun while at it.

We invest in you

  • Participate in Aiven’s equity plan.
  • With Aiven locations spanning the globe, we want all of our crabs to find the right balance with our hybrid work policy.
  • Get the equipment you need to set yourself up for success.
  • Step up your career game with real employer support (use one of our learning platforms, annual learning budget, and more).
  • Get holistic wellbeing support through our global Employee Assistance Program.

Make a difference at Aiven

  • Contribute to open source projects that you find meaningful outside of work - and get paid for it! Our Plankton program recognizes extra work to the open source ecosystem for developers and non-developers alike.
  • Use up to 5 days per year to volunteer for a good cause of your choice.
  • Join one of our team member resource groups - empower yourself and others in missions that resonate with you.

What else?

  • Your wellbeing matters: we provide extensive Occupational Health Care, Dental Care, as well as sports, culture, massage, commute and lunch benefits
  • We care about your learning! We provide Finnish Language lessons to help you settle in to your new environment
  • Love breakfast? So do we! Join us at our monthly office breakfast
  • We also have you covered by statutory accident insurance

Amazing! What’s next?

If you think Aiven is the place for you, send us your CV, and we’ll get in touch!

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