Sr. Database Engineer ( Windows / MS SQL Server )

Job Description

The MS SQL Senior Database Engineer is responsible for supporting and coordinating all database activities in area of specialty at Medidata. This includes running scripts, database tuning, monitoring, back-up/recovery, designing/creating databases in area of specialty, resolving complex client related problems, and monitoring all database related work orders relating to their area of specialty in a timely manner.

Responsibility Overview:
• Responsible for the overall performance, tuning, backup/recovery of all installed MSSQL Server (SQL 2008, 2014, 2016) databases in area of specialty
• Act as Subject Matter Expert for Service Delivery in one or more of the following specialties: Data Warehousing, SQL, Business Intelligence, Business Analytics, Clustering, etc. 
• Verify and run scripts written by Technical Services in Production
• Diagnose and resolve production problems in area of specialty
• Develop optimization plans for client databases.
• Proactive Maintenance and monitoring of all Instances of SQL 2008, 2014, 2016 In area of specialty 
• In a team environment, successfully design, test and deploy database schema in area of specialty.
• Work closely with other IT team members to successfully maintain and monitor the MSSQL servers.
• Work closely with R&D to identify any possible performance bottlenecks.
• Plan and implement database upgrades in area of specialty as needed.
• To ensure that all client requests are handled in a timely manner.
• Adhere to and suggest improvements to the Change Management Process.
• MSSQL security and planning; maintaining and creating user accounts for proper access; MSSQL Agent job scheduling
and monitoring; MSSQL/Server system tables; MSSQL Profiler and Enterprise Manager; and Server monitoring to ensure
adequate CPU, disk space, and memory on all MSSQL servers.
• Write custom scripts in area of specialty to automate various daily DBA operations.
• Translates trending and profiling into performance analysis and designs process improvements for area(s) of specialty/specialties 
• Follows documented processes and procedures to solve complex problems 
• Assists in creating documented processes and procedures to solve complex problems 
• Consistently performs independent problem solving for specialty 
• Acts as a subject matter expert and resource for problem solving
• Develops technical documents in collaboration with architecture team (e.g., infrastructure diagrams, requirements and constraints, installation qualification, checklists, data lifecycle management policies, etc.) for specialty area
• Trains peers and coworkers (IT colleagues, developers, product teams and professional services) in specialty area
• Builds and maintains partnerships with developers, product team members, etc., to influence process, product, and application development
• Recommend, implement, and maintain best practices and corporate standards
• Provide 24 x 7 production support on a rotating basis as needed.
• Identifies linkages of specialty area to other systems/ applications and communicates potential impact to peers and key stakeholders.
• Team player with strong communication skills


• Relevant degree preferred 
• 8+ years. of experience in Database Engineering (or Administration) with MSSQL Serveras applicable

Specific Knowledge, Skills & Competencies Required:

• SQL Server knowledge of MSSQL 2008, 2014, 2016
• Knowledge of MSSQL Server administration tools
• Advanced knowledge of database administration and data management lifecycle to analyze complex issues and
implement appropriate solutions and optimize processes for the future in area of specialty
• Knowledge of advanced features of MSSQL 2014/2016 Performance Enhancements - In-Memory OLTP, Lock Priorities,
Buffer Pool Extensions preferred
• Experience with MSSQL in Virtual and Physical environments.
• High Availability/DR setup ( Ex: AlwaysOn, Cluster, Replication, Database Mirroring and SAN replication)
• Experience with advanced maintenance tasks (e.g., indexes, statistics, etc.)
• Experience with monitoring and analyzing MSSQL performance issues
• Ability to write and debug stored procedures
• Experience writing complex PowerShell scripts
• Familiarity with GitHub, Jira, Zendesk, SolarWinds systems
• Ability to work in a fast-paced environment with rapidly changing
priorities and work items based on business needs
• Proven ability to quickly learn and implement new technologies

Knowledge, Skills Competencies which are a plus but not required:

• AWS RDS/EC2 experience a plus
• Experience creating and implementing with SSRS/SSIS
• MySQL, Postgres, Mongo relational databases


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