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Senior Data Engineer

Company: MetLife
Location: Cary
Posted on: January 26, 2023

Job Description:

Location: Cary, NC

Role Value Proposition:

The resource in this position will handle database administration for SQL-Server with a significant focus on continuous improvement and technology strategy, in a 7/24 production environment. This will include expert escalation for troubleshooting production issues, assists in development lifecycle, capacity management and strategy, operational standards and procedures, stabilization and optimization, DB instance performance monitoring and tuning, standards identification and compliance, continuous improvement, automation, partnering with Engineering on certification of platforms / versions / features, partnering with Architecture on data modeling / governance, partner with Monitoring team to establish monitoring program, change management, metrics & reporting, contributing to technical architecture and technology roadmaps for the database space, and providing technical leadership to a DBA team ensuring a high-level of reliability and availability for database management systems. Some on-call support for database related problems will be required. The Database Administrator (DBA) in this position will have passion for data, and databases, and bring expertise to help us deliver best in class data delivery solutions.

Key Responsibilities:
--- Position requires strong technical and leadership qualities, and will be the first point of contact from junior DBAs, partnering with Engineering and Architecture peers focused on the data space.
--- Pro-actively ensures database systems are maintained at the highest level of support in all production and non-production environments.
--- Architect and provide DR and HA solutions. Expert in server, database and application security. SME on server optimization and query tuning. Provides expert opinion and technical details for business applications by performing capacity planning, workload modeling and prediction; provides enough resources for applications' short and long-term growth.
--- Automation and schema management using technologies like Chef, Azure DevOps, or other CI/CD pipelines
--- Lead Proof-of-Concept through implementation activities for new database services
--- Contribute to the body-of-knowledge relating to new and existing software platforms
--- Consult and advise application development teams on database security, optimization and performance.
--- Ensure the database management environments are updated with current stable versions of software products; maintain currency with operating system and support software; plan and implement major software upgrades; ensure change management procedures and methodologies are implemented and followed.
--- Participate in establishing processes, best practices, strategies, and database management solutions including development standards, backup/recovery, quality control, DR/failover, monitoring, maintenance, metric reporting, optimization, improvement, automation, etc. for SQL-Server.
--- Project Management/Project delivery and documentation

Essential Business and Technical Skills:

--- 6+ years of experience in database and database internals, with strong focus in SQL-Server, Azure and SQL PaaS.
--- A BS in Information Technology, Computer Science or a related technical field.
--- Basic knowledge of Windows Server administration (incl. Active Directory) & an idea about proper disk configurations.
--- Experience with SQL Server in both physical & virtual environments, along with a strong Logical-DBA knowledge that can seamlessly work with application developers.
--- Familiarity with backups, restores and recovery models.
--- Experience utilizing various high availability (HA) and disaster recovery (DR) options for MSSQL Server.
--- An interest in performance tuning along with a understanding of how to read execution plans.
--- Experience working in an 24/7/365 environment.
--- The ability to discuss database related topics with both technical & business audiences.
--- Strong problem solving skills and a commitment to getting things done right.
--- Eagerness to learn and help others.

--- Working with code repositories, done code reviews and worked in continuous integration/deployments before using agile methodologies.
--- A fan of automation and orchestration with the ability to bring additional knowledge around this topic (e.g. Power shell, T-SQL, Amelia etc.) to our team.
--- Proven ability to architect scalable and resilient cloud database solutions
--- Good oral and written communication skills with the ability to communicate technical concepts
--- DB Automation experience with PowerShell and External Tools like Chef, IPSoft and Azure DevOps
--- Significant background in solving complex technology challenges including solid troubleshooting skills
--- Familiarity with one or more of the 3rd party products we use (BMC Patrol, Zenoss, Rubrik, AppDynamics, IBM TWS, IBM Guardium, ServiceNow)
--- Technical working knowledge of virtualization, operating systems, network and storage systems

At MetLife, we're leading the global transformation of an industry we've long defined. United in purpose, diverse in perspective, we're dedicated to making a difference in the lives of our customers.


MetLife, through its subsidiaries and affiliates, is one of the world's leading financial services companies, providing insurance, annuities, employee benefits and asset management to help its individual and institutional customers navigate their changing world. Founded in 1868, MetLife has operations in more than 40 countries and holds leading market positions in the United States, Japan, Latin America, Asia, Europe and the Middle East.

We are one of the largest institutional investors in the U.S. with $642.4 billion of total assets under management as of March 31, 2021. We are ranked on the Fortune 500 list for 2021. In 2020, we were named to the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) for the fifth year in a row. DJSI is a global index to track the leading sustainability-driven companies. We are proud to have been named to Fortune magazine's 2021 list of the "World's Most Admired Companies."

MetLife is committed to building a purpose-driven and inclusive culture that energizes our people. Our employees work every day to help build a more confident future for people around the world.

We want to make it simple for all interested and qualified candidates to apply for employment opportunities with MetLife. For further information about how to request a reasonable accommodation, please click on the Disability Accommodations link below.

MetLife is a proud Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer dedicated to attracting, retaining, and developing a diverse and inclusive workforce. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment at MetLife without regards to race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, national origin, marital or domestic/civil partnership status, genetic information, citizenship status, uniformed service member or veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

MetLife maintains a drug-free workplace.

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