Database Administrator (Senior)

Engineering | Brighton, United Kingdom

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Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

Provide expertise and collaborate with product development teams to:

  • Design, implement, and maintain high availability persistent storage in on-premise, SaaS and public Cloud environments; must include SQL/RDBMS, NoSQL, and document stores.
  • Knowledge of different ORM frameworks and solutions.
  • Administer all aspects of the production databases including applying patches, upgrading or migrating to the latest supported versions, and planning for appropriate storage capacity
  • Troubleshoot performance issues
  • Expertise in MS SQL Server 2012/2014/2016, including SQL server operations, index tuning, understanding query plans and SQL query optimization
  • Develop and implement disaster recovery plans including RTO and RPO
  • Review and apply recommended OS patches and upgrades
  • Implement industry standard best practices for ongoing database administration
  • Develop and maintain knowledge in database design architecture and physical data modelling, including sharding, partitioning, debugging, profiling, and problem solving
  • Automate database migrations and tests as part of an automated continuous deployment pipeline.
  • Develop, enforce, and maintain appropriate database change control procedures
  • Exercise appropriate control and implement security protocols to keep financial and sensitive data secure
  • Review existing processes and recommend changes or institute new processes as necessary, including the areas of monitoring, upgrades, and tuning
  • Generate high-quality project documentation, such as architecture designs, implementation plans, design documents, test plans, etc.
  • Exposure to OLAP, enterprise data warehouse design and support experience. Experience in SSRS and SSAS, Talend ETL is advantageous.
  • Other job duties as assigned
  • Provide technical escalation and be on call during designated periods
  • Be flexible with regards to business hours to accommodate overlapping shifts and weekend on-call rotations

Qualifications and Experiences:

  • Bachelor's degree in computer science, computer engineering or related field; or equivalent combination of skills and experience
  • 10+ years of experience implementing, maintaining and architecting database solutions using Microsoft SQL Server, Postgres, and others.

Required Skills:

  • SQL Server Database Administration
  • Conceptual knowledge on Data Warehousing, Data Mart, ODS, Business Intelligence
  • Experience with diverse persistent storage technologies including AWS RDS, SQL / RDBMS, NoSQL, and document stores.
  • Jira and Confluence
  • GitHub/GitLab/SVN
  • Exposure to SOX Compliance Audit is most preferable.
  • Ability to work independently and as a member of a team.
  • Exceptional written and verbal communication skills
  • Excellent problem-solving and analytical skills
  • Should be a self-starter. Ability to work under pressure on multiple projects.
  • Flexibility to work on BI/ETL development tasks as per project need. Preferably having exposure to BI/ETL development is an added advantage.

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