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Software Engineer (Engineering Productivity) - Bangalore,India

Cockroach Labs

Cockroach Labs

Software Engineering
Bengaluru, Karnataka, India
Posted on Wednesday, May 8, 2024

Databases are the beating heart of every business in the world.

Cockroach Labs is the creator of CockroachDB, the planet's most highly evolved cloud-native, distributed SQL database that scales fast, survives anything, and thrives anywhere. Join us on our mission to unshackle teams from the constraints of their database and enable every developer to build world-changing applications!

About the role

Cockroach Labs is looking for a software engineer for the Developer Infrastructure team. Our work spans a range of disciplines, including software engineering, software builds, CI/CD systems, cloud infrastructure, information security, and automated testing.

The Developer Infrastructure team builds development tools and systems to enable all of Engineering at Cockroach Labs. Our work has a broad-reaching impact on teams who rely on these tools on a daily basis. Our tools encompass the workflow of the entire engineering team, ranging from the CI pipeline to internal hosting infrastructure. Success in this role means collaborating with many engineering teams and improving workflows for engineers working in different domains between database and cloud engineering.

Our team values:

  • Providing high-quality support to Cockroach Labs engineering teams and a strong desire to help other people work more productively.
  • Engaging with other Cockroach Labs engineers to build relationships, listen to developer pain points, and identify opportunities for improving our systems and tools.
  • Minimizing and automating away toil.

Some examples of work that the team is doing:

  • Rolling out a distributed remote Bazel execution cluster to significantly reduce CI and local build times for CockroachDB engineers.
  • Adopting IaaC (Terraform) infrastructure configuration and introduce processes and tools to provide better manageability and security of internal cloud infrastructure.
  • Optimizing machine types for CI agents to improve CI performance and optimizing cloud costs.
  • Shortening release cycles for CockroachDB Cloud teams by automating manual steps in the deployment process.

The ideal candidate will have broad experience in software engineering, continuous integration systems, software builds / version control systems, automation, and cloud infrastructure. They will enjoy working on a variety of problems from project to project.

You will

  • Understand the daily workflows of engineers across the engineering team and identify ways to increase productivity and reduce friction by implementing new tools and processes.
  • Improve continuous deployment automation for CockroachDB Cloud application deployments.
  • Provide direct support to engineers who need help using our systems.
  • Manage and maintain the health and performance of our CI system.
  • Write developer infrastructure tools, primarily in Go.


In the first month, you will become an integrated member of the Developer Infrastructure team. You will spend most of your first two weeks learning about how Cockroach Labs works across all departments and become familiar with our DB and Cloud engineering teams. You will start with small tasks before taking on larger starter projects to become familiar with our systems and development workflow and gain exposure to the workings of CockroachDB and CockroachDB Cloud. We believe it is essential for you to take this first month to become familiar with our technology and our company.

In your second month, you’ll take on your first medium-sized starter project with a greater scope that will take several weeks to finish -- you’ll be partnered with one or more engineers to plan and complete this project.

By the end of the third month, you will be a fully contributing member of the developer infrastructure team, having successfully owned and completed one or more medium-sized projects. You will also have gained enough familiarity with our systems to propose and scope projects, and you’ll be able to engage with other Cockroach Labs engineers to answer questions and support our development tools.

You Have

  • 5+ years of experience as a software engineer.
  • 2+ years of hands-on experience with deploying cloud infrastructure on GCP or AWS.
  • 2+ years of experience writing development tools and developing CI pipelines.
  • Experience with Front-end build tools such as webpack.
  • Experience with automation and scripting on Unix.
  • Experience with git/GitHub.
  • Hands-on experience with containers.
  • Exceptional communication skills with a service mindset (where engineers are our customers) and a desire to collaborate with other engineers.
  • A BS in Computer Science or equivalent experience.

The Team :

Ken Liu - Director of Engineering

Ken Liu is an experienced engineering leader, having built and scaled engineering teams at several high-growth startups in NYC. Over the past four years at Cockroach Labs, Ken has been building our Engineering Productivity, Security Engineering, and Compliance functions from scratch on top of leading several DB engineering teams. Previously, he worked in various industries as a software engineer, including Novartis Pharmaceuticals, IEEE, and BMW. In his free time, he spends most of his energy keeping up with his two teenagers but enjoys reliving the 90s by rollerblading on weekends.

BabuSrithar - Site Lead, India

BabuSrithar is the Site Leader for India. He is responsible for our growth strategy and is a cultural champion in the region. He is passionate about building high-quality software products and lean teams by leveraging everyone's potential. He enjoys working with people and learning along the way. Before joining Cockroach Labs, BabuSrithar held senior leadership positions at companies like Nutanix, Clumio and recently he was VP of engineering at Apty where he led the engineering globally. When not at work, he enjoys his time with his 3-year-old and family.

Our Benefits

  • Competitive health insurance coverage (for you and your dependents!)
  • Paid parental leave (with baby bucks)
  • Flexible PTO

Cockroach Labs is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer building a diverse and inclusive workforce. If you need additional accommodations to feel comfortable during your interview process, please email us at