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Lead Database Administrator

Posted: 9 Nov 2020 Closes: 9 Dec 2020
Gurgaon Office, India Competitive
Permanent & Full-time SHL_JR001927

The Company:

SHL helps companies optimize performance and productivity through deep people insights. Our market-leading people analytics and technology equip leaders and their teams to make confident, data-driven talent decisions that lead to stronger business outcomes.

We anticipate, and help organizations solve, their most pressing talent challenges. Our science, innovation, rigor and commitment to proving business outcomes make us a trusted partner to organizations across the globe. SHL helps our customers win, and we need highly motivated people to join our dynamic global team. We're driven by Strong Connections, Curiosity, Fearless Innovation, and Impact. More at

  • Own the operation of SHL's global database infrastructure, primarily focused on Microsoft SQL Server clusters.
  • Also consult and support the operation of non-Microsoft databases such as MySQL and MongoDB.
  • Own the database monitoring solution and ensure that alerts and metrics are being properly collected and acted on.
  • Proactively improve the stability, security, reliability, and performance of databases.
  • Automate repetitive tasks.
  • Migrate work away from GUIs and towards scripted automations.
  • Work with development and DevOps teams to understand and improve database performance and reliability.
  • Ensure that database infrastructure is properly tuned, optimized, and configured for actual usage.
  • Review logs and metrics to identify problematic queries and suggest changes to improve performance and efficiency.
  • Support product releases by ensuring that schema changes are applied reliably and consistently.
  • Respond to production incidents as part of an on-call rota to diagnose and resolve problems in the databases.

  • Expert-level knowledge of Microsoft SQL Server configuration, operation, performance tuning, failover, backup procedures, file system usage, and server configuration.
  • Basic scripting ability with Powershell and experience using it to automate SQL Server operational tasks.
  • Proven experience designing, configuring, and administering SQL Server Always-On Availability Groups and Windows Clustering.
  • Strong experience with various methods of Active/Standby configurations including technique such as log shipping.
  • Experience with automating SQL Server operations using scripts like Powershell.
  • Experience administering Windows Server instances in production.
  • An understanding of core AWS concepts and technologies such as EC2, S3, VPC/Networking, and the Shared Responsibility model.

  • Strong experience with Powershell and fully automating database administration.
  • An understanding of various types of databases (non-relational, time series, graph, etc...) and when to use them.
  • Experience managing SQL Servers completely remotely and centrally, GUI-less.
  • Experience with Idera and other database monitoring solutions.
  • Experience running SQL Server on Linux
  • Understanding of self-healing techniques using automation.


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