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Database Administrator / DBA - SQL / Postgres

  • Job type: Contract
  • Job reference: : DBASQLUSC1
  • Location: England, Hampshire, Southampton
  • Sector: SMART Metering, Utilities
  • Salary: Negotiable
  • Date posted: 13/01/2017
This vacancy has now expired.


 Accountable for the technical support and consultancy to the database infrastructure, this includes (but is not limited to):

o Microsoft SQL & PostgreSQL and related infrastructure
o Exposure to clustered databases platforms
o Experience of SSIS & SSRS
o Experience of supporting databases running on Redhat Enterprise Linux and Windows platforms

 Provide specialised consultancy to other areas of the business (in particular SMART metering) on database related technologies such as clustered and mirrored MS SQL, and PostgreSQL/NO SQL
 Develop an excellent level of understanding of the business's IT's Smart Metering infrastructure
 Identify opportunities within the database infrastructure for improvement
 Perform performance tuning tasks as required along with troubleshooting and root cause analysis for related incidents.
 Participate and manage tasks and initiatives as defined by the Smart Metering IT Environments Programme manager and Server & Database Manager.
 Support and advise on-going patch management of Databases within specified environment's and solutions.
 Assist in the review of High and Low Level Designs specifically relating to Disaster
Recovery/Service Continuity to meet specified RTO/RPO in relation to SQL Databases.

Essential experience needed
- Technical Support or IT Infrastructure background
- Exceptional working knowledge of SQL Databases (2008 & 2012) including Mirroring and Clustering and with VCS preferable.
- Previous experience of high performance database platforms within large scale virtualised environments.
- Good working knowledge of Postgres SQL
- Exceptional Database Performance optimization and monitoring skillset, mainly in Microsoft SQL & Postgres SQL.

- Good working knowledge of Unix and Windows related infrastructure, this includes but
is not limited to:
 UNIX operating systems (Redhat or similar Linux)
 Windows (2008, 2012)

- Exceptional understanding of SQL Query experience (PL/SQL)
- Excellent written & verbal communication skills, complimented by Excellent planning, prioritisation, Delivery & Report writing skills
- Subject matter expert for all DB technologies and ability to provide consultancy to all levels within the Programme.
- Ability to work in a busy, fast moving environment
- Willing to consider occasional travel throughout the UK with the possibility of overnight stays away from home for short periods of time. Must hold a current driving licence
- Experience in production of technical documentation

 Desirable:
- Experience of working within an ITIL aligned environment
- Good VMware vSphere5 knowledge
- Foundational working knowledge of Oracle databases (9i, 10g, 11g,12g) infrastructure
- Understanding of project management methodology

If you are interested or if you would like to know more, please email

For more information about this role please contact our London office