Database Architect

Product Development · Yaba, Lagos
Department Product Development
Employment Type Full-Time
Minimum Experience Experienced



Paga is solving the “use of cash” problem in emerging markets. Over 2 billion people find it difficult to transfer or leverage money for basic human needs. This leads to the use of cash across most of the world with 90% of transactions in emerging markets performed using cash. Our focus is to digitize cash by building an ecosystem that enables people to digitally send and receive money and delivers inclusive financial services. In all our markets, we take a partnership model in working with local banks and financial institutions.


Our purpose is to make it simple for one billion people to access and use money.


Our strategic intent is to scale an emerging markets payments powerhouse by focusing on large countries where the problems we seek to solve exist. Our first market has been Nigeria where we are the leading mobile money operator. Currently in Nigeria, Paga has a market of 200m people, 53% of whom are under the age of 33. In this, the largest economy in Africa at $405bn, only 36% of adults are banked. The statistics show, however, that 60m people are unbanked while 70m are online – suggesting that the mobile money/mobile fintech environment is poised for exponential growth.


Paga offers a consumer mobile wallet that works on any type of phone – smartphones and feature phones – and any internet enabled device. The Paga wallet is similar to PayPal/Venmo/Alipay - the consumer can link her/his bank accounts or cards or save cash in the wallet. Consumers can then use Paga for a variety of use cases – P2P money transfers, bill payments, paying merchants online or in-store etc. Customers can also access financial services from partner banks and financial institutions on Paga.


Paga reaches the mass market via a network of microbusinesses and SMEs (moms and pops), agents. The agents are independent retailers who offer Paga services in their local communities.


Paga has been recognized locally and globally and has won or been nominated for a variety of mobile money, payment operator, entrepreneurial and related awards. Most notably selected two years in a row for CB Insights Fintech 250, and Paga’s Founder and Group CEO has been identified as one of the 100 most influential people in Africa.




  • 16m unique users
  • 26k agents across Nigeria
  • 5m transactions per month
  • US$200m transaction value per month
  • 520 staff
  • 97% 5-year CAGR on transaction values
  • Paga is PCIDSS Level 1 certified
  • Notable investors include Acumen Fund, Omidyar Network, Adlevo Capital, Capricorn Investment Group, Goodwell, Global Innovation Fund, Tim Draper, Lord Jim O'Neill (Former Chief Economist of Goldman Sachs who coined the “BRIC” term).





Paga has a "down to earth" environment – we are not a hierarchical company. We believe strongly in the African proverb that says, “if you want to go fast, go alone; if you want to go far, go together.” Everyone in the company is encouraged to voice their opinions, to challenge any idea with the aim to improve upon it.


As such, we are very focused on Collaboration as a core value. It is together we will achieve our purpose.


Everyone is encouraged to take Ownership – no passing of the buck, no waiting for your boss to tell you what to do, no micromanaging. We want people to act boldly and if they fail it is fine.


We learn and move forward. Our team is laser focused on achieving Results and challenging ourselves to go for more.


Innovation is at the core of our company. We do not believe there is any system that cannot be improved. We seek to solve problems by engaging with our customers who we seek to serve and try to have empathy to see the world from their point of view.


In our business it is vital we hold ourselves to the highest level of Integrity. We see integrity as a zero-sum game and do not take lightly the trust our customers place in us. 



JOB DESCRIPTION:  Database Architect

Company: Paga     

Sector: Financial Services / FinTech

Position: Database Architect

Reports to: Lead Software Architect

Location: Lagos, Nigeria

Experience:  10+ working with relevant DBMSs and 4+ years of database design and administration experience with relevant DMBSs





Our purpose at Paga is to make it simple for 1 billion people to access and use money. We do that by delivering innovative financial services to the mass market across large, underserved markets.


At Paga we value above all else, Collaboration, Ownership, Results Orientation, Integrity and Innovation (CORII).


Database engineering team activities at Paga fall within the Product Development group along the software engineering, platform, and software support teams.


As a Senior Database Architect, you will own primary responsibility for the architecture, performance, security and reliability of the core relational databases and no-relational data stores on the Paga platform. You will work closely with the software engineering teams (including database engineers) and the platform team (infrastructure and devops) to achieve this. This means:


  • Engaging in strategic data and software design decision making
  • Leading data architectural innovation design, availability and reliability implementations and operations
  • Working with teams to embed best-of-kind development practices to maintain data storage solution cohesion, reliability and performance
  • Developing and maintain data storage solution performance monitoring solutions in collaboration with the platform team
  • Delivering of best practice instruction/training to database engineering and software development team to help maintain data reliability, performance and integrity
  • Overall curation of platform data stores from a performance and reliability and security perspective


The senior database architect is a key, senior member of the Product Development Team, which is responsible for all aspects of development and management of the Paga product platform. Database architecture activities usually span several technical areas so database architects will work closely with all of these teams while reporting directly to the lead software architect (application side) in the Paga development team structure.


This role owns primary responsibility for the effective operation and growth of the Paga core data storage solutions which at present exists in both Microsoft SQL Server and PostgreSQL deployments.




  • 10+ working with relevant DBMSs and 4+ years of database administration experience with relevant DMBSs
  • Experience administering MS SQL Server required
  • Experience administering PostgreSQL highly desirable
  • Experience with cloud-based database service platforms a plus
  • Experience with no-sql data storage solutions a plus




  • Database design and software strategy input - Collaborating with other software architecture functions to advice on database-related design concerns.
  • Database performance management – Managing live and other database environments to optimize performance
  • Database reliability management – Leading database reliability practices including configuration, replication, archiving, backup etc. and collaborating with platform team to maintain excellent database performance monitoring solutions
  • Database security administration – Overseeing database security management
  • Database data integrity management – Overseeing database integrity management implementations
  • Database development best practices sharing – Engaging in knowledge sharing to provide best practice instruction/training to database engineering and software development team to help maintain data reliability, performance and integrity



  • Leadership - Supports and grows a team of capable and motivated database engineers with a focus on developing individual capacity and institutional capability.


  • Initiative - Independently identifies technical priorities related to their area of ownership and aligns team efforts with business strategic goals. Consistently seeks out ways to improve the system and product development practice and executes them in collaboration with other team leadership. Seeks out opportunities to improve the work-products of their peers and their team. Own the technical testing and performance planning side of their projects


  • Follow Through/Scrappiness/Grit/Availability - Drives high-quality completion of their team independently. Influences stakeholders across the organization to effectively bring solutions to life. Is highly available in urgent moments to solve technical problems.


  • Mastery/Depth of Understanding - Is the go-to expert for issues related to the Paga platform data solutions. Has strong business-knowledge across much of the business functional areas. Thoroughly understand company processes and methodology well.


  • Business Impact Awareness, Pragmatism - Fully understands the trade-offs between technical, analytical and product goals, and applies them to technical strategy


  • Vision & Strategic Perspective - Engages in the strategic decision-making process and provides useful input to strategy. Consistently provides strategic context and understanding to junior team members


  • Collaboration – Courteous, tactful and diplomatic. Responds positively to request for help from internal and external partners. Fosters a strong collaborative practice within their team


  • Ownership & Results Orientation – Independently takes broad ownership for the data solutions on the Paga platform and develops a similar attitude within their team. Is a performance “maven”, focused on key metrics around high availability and customer experience. Takes decisive and accurate action to deliver value. Accepts responsibility for outcomes even when elements are not within his/her control, providing a balanced and objective explanation. Supports and encourages others to adopt a constructive attitude to the successful completion of work responsibilities. Share own successes and praise others for motivation. Motivates colleagues through their own enthusiasm and willingness to learn.


  • Integrity – Is honest without fail. Treats everyone with respect. Expresses an interest in the way people behave, recognizing the importance of attitudes and motives. Acknowledges the good work of others. Pays close attention to the needs of others.


  • Policy Adherence - Keeps up to date with rules and regulations. Applies policies, processes and procedures to daily working. Identifies and proposes solutions for improvements to ways of working.


  • Communication – Expresses ideas and designs clearly. Fosters an environment of excellent communication within their team to consistently maintain clarity and transparency about the software delivery process across the broader team and company stakeholders. Communicates in a non-threatening way. Shows empathy.


We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity inclusion. We do not discriminate on grounds of colour, race, nationality, religion, age, ethnic origin, disability, gender, marital status, or sexual orientation in our employment practices.

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  • Location
    Yaba, Lagos
  • Department
    Product Development
  • Employment Type
  • Minimum Experience