Bluestaq LLC
  • Colorado Springs, CO, USA
  • 154490-234264 per year
  • Salary
  • Full Time

Principal Database Engineer

Position Type: Full Time

Salary Range: In compliance with Colorado's Equal Pay for Equal Work Act, the salary range for this role is $154,490 - $234,264. Final compensation for this role will be determined by various factors such as a candidate's relevant work experience, skills, certifications, and geographic location.

Location: Colorado Springs, Colorado. This position is not remote.

Additional Compensation: This position is eligible for an end-of-year bonus.

Employment Benefits: Bluestaq offers a wide range of competitive benefits including Medical, Dental, Vision, Life Insurance, Disability Insurance, Paid Leave, and 401k. For more information regarding Bluestaq benefits, please visit

About Bluestaq:

Bluestaq starts with our people.

Are you ready for the best job you've ever had?

At Bluestaq, we've rapidly built a culture around ownership, trust, community, and innovation. Bluestaq is dedicated to cultivating a growth environment where our team feels valued, works with a purpose of mission, is personally rewarded, and is professionally challenged.

Bluestaq is an emerging technology company founded in 2018 to streamline global operations using cutting-edge enterprise software and mission analytics. Bluestaq develops and transforms its enterprise systems and secures disparate data to solve our customers' most critical challenges. Today, Bluestaq primarily provides the U.S. Department of Defense and the nation's intelligence community with advanced software systems. Our name, Bluestaq, originates from "blue" a military term for friendly forces, and "staq" referring to a software stack.

Let's talk about the accolades our team has racked up in just four years! Bluestaq was recognized as an Inc. Magazine 2022 and 2021 Best Workplaces, a 2021 Colorado Inno on Fire Company, and a 2020 Colorado Company to Watch. Bluestaq was honored by the Colorado Technology Association as the 2019 Emerging Tech Company of the Year and named Colorado Springs Chamber of Commerce and EDC 2019 New Company of the Year. For the third consecutive year, Bluestaq landed on the Colorado Springs Gazette Best Workplaces in Colorado Springs (2019 - 2021) and Built In's Best Places to Work Lists: Best Places to Work in Colorado, Best Small Companies to Work for in Colorado, and Best Paying Companies in Colorado (2020 - 2022). Our team is award-winning and ahhhmazing!

Looking for a phenomenal quality of life? Colorado Springs was named the #2 Best Places to Live by U.S. News & World Report 2022, #2 Top 10 Cities Where Tech Strength Defies the Pandemic by LinkedIn, and one of the Top 10 Best-Performing Cities 2022 by the Milken Institute.

Why join Bluestaq in Colorado Springs?

  • Lifestyle Amenities - coffee shops, craft breweries, boutiques, locally-owned restaurants
  • Nature - more than 100 parks and ample outdoor sporting opportunities
  • Weather - Colorado Springs boasts over 300 days of sunshine a year
  • Laidback atmosphere - an accessible alternative to the faced-paced Denver lifestyle

Position Description:

The Bluestaq Principal Database Engineer position is a fantastic opportunity for an expert engineer that loves the end-to-end ownership of the build, testing, and implementation of data warehousing solutions. This position is focused on data movement in and out of our enterprise data management platform. As a recognized technical leader, you will collaborate with the engineering team to develop large-scale data architectures across multiple database technologies (SQL and NoSQL) and designs to support some of the country's most critical national security challenges. Are you ready to use your extensive database experience to focus data movement through our software platforms?

What you will be doing:

  • Relational database design, data modeling, DDL, performance tuning, and extensive work with SQL
  • Work with data/row-level security features such as Postgres RLS.
  • Become familiar with and work on other NoSQL datastore technologies such as MongoDB, Amazon RDS, Amazon EMR, Amazon Athena
  • Design and implement large-scale ingest systems in a big data environment.
  • Develop custom solutions/code to ingest and exploit new and existing data sources.
  • Work with the Bluestaq development team to improve application performance.
  • Provide ETL experience simultaneously with enterprise search capabilities to unlock big data hurdles.
  • Monitor and troubleshoot performance issues in the data pipelines
  • Proactively identify issues and propose solutions with corresponding context/data.
  • Stay up to date with industry best practices and trends to apply to future software architectures.
  • Facilitates mentorship and healthy collaboration across the program.

Basic Qualifications and Skills:

  • 12+ years of database engineering experience with a Bachelor of Science degree OR Associate degree with 2 additional years of experience beyond the minimum required may be substituted in lieu of a degree OR a High School Diploma with 4 additional years of experience beyond the minimum required may be substituted in lieu of a degree.
  • Experience with and managing data across one of the following relational SQL databases: Postgres, MySQL, Oracle, SQL Server.
  • Experience with and managing data across a non-relational database such as MongoDB.
  • A general understanding of software development concepts.
  • Experience working in a Linux environment.
  • Knowledge of Common Table Expressions concepts.
  • Knowledge of Dynamic SQL concepts.
  • Familiarity and/or experience with NoSQL databases such Cassandra, HDFS, Redis, and Elasticsearch.
  • Experience with database security and best practices.
  • Scope work on complex projects involving multiple engineers and ensures the team's delivery.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Display a strong sense of ownership for projects.

Required Education:12+ years of software engineering and database engineering experience with a Bachelor of Science degree OR Associate degree with 2 additional years of experience beyond the minimum required may be substituted in lieu of a degree OR a High School Diploma with 4 additional years of experience beyond the minimum required may be substituted in lieu of a degree.

Clearance Requirement: This position requires the ability to obtain a TS/SCI Clearance. To be eligible for a clearance, US Citizenship is required, and an employee must agree to participate in a background screen and credit check.

Proof of Vaccination: This position requires all new hires to present proof of vaccination upon their hire date. Please contact Human Resources, at, if you need to discuss our medical or religious exemption process.

Relocation: Relocation may be available for this position.

Bluestaq is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We prohibit unlawful discrimination against applicants or employees on the basis age 40 and over, color, disability, gender identity, genetic information, military or veteran status, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or any other status protected by state or local law.

Bluestaq will make reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with known disabilities and employees whose work requirements interfere with a religious belief unless doing so would result in an undue hardship to Bluestaq or a direct threat. Employees needing such accommodation are instructed to contact Human Resources immediately at

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