Lead Database Administrator

Lead Database Administrator

Guernsey, Haywards Heath or Salford Quays
Up to £70,000 Depending on experience
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We currently have an exciting opportunity for a Lead Database Administrator to join our Technology team in either Haywards Heath, West Sussex or Salford Quays, Manchester, or Guernsey.

As the Lead Database Administrator, you will lead, coach and deliver the vision of the Data as a Service function (DaaS). To ensure the Company’s operational systems and platforms have highly available quality data, resilient, scalable and performant systems and delivered in line with business demand and to agreed service levels.

You will be responsible for the day to day delivery of the DasS team. The team are responsible for the timely delivery of quality, reconciled data to a number of internal departments.  In order to effect this function, the Database Administrator is pivotal in the development, monitoring and management of complex SQL Server estates.

The Lead Database Administrator ensures the day to day priorities are delivered,  provides server, database, database file and ETL (Extract, Transform, Load) management including monitoring and maintenance in order to provide performant, cost effective and stable data platforms.

Job responsibilities
Reporting to the Head of Customer Service (Technology), provides First Central Group with expertise in running, maintaining, and deploying databases to support the core line of business platforms:
  • Provide leadership to the DaaS DBA team, including monitoring of internal KPI’s and SLA’s
  • Contribute to the strategic direction of the Data Delivery Service
  • Represent the Data Delivery Service in the wider Managed Service function
  • Regularly audit the effectiveness of the Service, and take action where service levels drop below acceptable levels.
  • Manage all SQL Server database servers and databases, ensuring configuration, security, availability and replication settings are in line with business requirements
  • Analyse and plan for immediate and future capacity requirements
  • Monitor application and database performance to alleviate bottlenecks and issues to ensure continued delivery of service
  • Monitor and maintain data integrity, index coverage and fragmentation, partitioning
  • Assist the application deployment team by deploying database and ETL changes
  • Engage with Infrastructure, Development, Platform Support, Service desk and Architecture teams to provide Continuous Improvement of service, platform, process and procedures
Skills, knowledge & experience
  • Strong experience in a DBA or similar comparable role and MCSE: Data Platform or equivalent
  • Excellent understanding and experience of Microsoft SQL Server and it’s technical underpinnings
  • Good understanding and experience of SQL Server development including T-SQL queries, stored procedures, user defined functions, views, indexes etc.
  • Good communication and interpersonal skills
  • Good line management and organisation skills
  • Excellent analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Dispute resolution and change management
  • Good problem-solving skills, identifying root causes and offering solutions
  • Good stakeholder management skills and the ability to influence key decision makers internally.
What can we do for you? 
We believe we can offer you a great working environment as we’re so passionate about our people. Here are just some of the benefits and perks that we offer…
  • Fantastic training and development opportunities
  • Employee benefit packages to suit your lifestyle
  • Flexible working
  • YOUday – we give you an extra day off to celebrate a special day
  • The opportunity to take a paid day off each year to do charity work
  • A health cash plan
  • Help with travel expenses
  • The opportunity to buy additional holiday
  • Company pension scheme
  • Group life assurance
  • Enhanced maternity and paternity pay
  • Professional subscription fees paid
Employee wellbeing is high on the agenda here too. We provide a weekly free fruit delivery, discounted membership at a local health club and access to an Employee Assistance Programme, which promotes physical and emotional wellbeing at work and at home. In addition, we provide wellbeing events throughout the year to support physical and mental health.

For further information on what we can offer and to learn more about this role, feel free to contact our dedicated Recruitment team.

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