Database Administrator

We are the leading source of intelligent information for the world's businesses and professionals, providing customers with competitive advantage. Intelligent information is a unique synthesis of human intelligence, industry expertise and innovative technology that provides decision-makers with the knowledge to act, enabling them to make better decisions faster. We deliver this must-have insight to the financial and risk, legal, tax and accounting and media markets, powered by the world's most trusted news organization.

Enterprise Technology & Operations (ET&O) @TR stores 60,000 Terabytes of data and handles 79 billion market messages per day; critical information which must always be available to our customers.

Site Reliability Engineers in ET&O are responsible for ensuring the global availability of our mission critical customer-facing products and services.

We place a high degree of trust and responsibility in the hands of our SREs. While it is likely that no SRE will possess all of the skills on this page we seek candidates who have the required core skills, will master some, and are willing to learn the vast majority.

Will you join us?

The SRE-DBA Role

  • SREs are engineers with the right mix of knowledge and skills in software engineering (i.e. programming, data structures and algorithms) and systems engineering (i.e. applying scientific principles of experimentation and observation to entire systems to improve reliability, performance and operability).
  • We constantly evaluate products and services before and after production releases to prevent, identify and fix problems that impact service availability in deploying, configuring, monitoring, recovering, and scaling.
  • We participate in on-call rotations to monitor and support our products and services, taking recovery actions prior to and after disruptions.
  • We dedicate at least 50% of our time 'engineering away' problems both, directly and through pairing and coaching our team.
  • We work side-by-side with SREs in our team applying software engineering principles to resolve problems impacting service uptime or our operational efficiency.

Our SRE Culture

  • To accomplish our mission and continue to build our internal DevOps culture, we embrace and are strong advocates of the CALMS framework.
  • We seek to eliminate manual and repetitive operations tasks at every opportunity by exploiting open source tools, contributing to open source projects and building new tools when required.
  • We value technical aptitude, innovative thinking and a great learning ability above proficiency with a specific toolset.

Core SRE Skills

Required Core Skills for all SREs

  • Programming in at least one language such as: Java, C#, Javascript, Python or Ruby - experience with other languages is also valuable such as Shell scripting, PowerShell, PERL or PHP.
  • Systems configuration and administration: Windows or Linux.
  • Analyzing and discovering how all components of a distributed system work together using a broad range of skills and tools.

Possess or will learn quickly

  • Applying an evidence based approach to solving system problems under pressure and in real time to provide the fastest path to service recovery.
  • System and software configuration management using tools such as puppet, chef or ansible.
  • Cloud technologies and platforms such as AWS or Azure using API or configuration tools.

Skills for SRE Specializations (SRE-SWE and SRE-SE)

SREs have diverse backgrounds such as software development and systems administration, from which their experience is often biased towards software engineering (SRE-SWE) or systems engineering (SRE-SE). We strongly value the breadth and depth of skills and diversity of thinking this brings to our team.

While it is likely that no SRE will possess all of the skills on this page we seek candidates who have the required core skills, will master some, and are willing to learn the vast majority.


Essential Functions and Responsibilities

  • Writing code to drive system engineering activity such as system testing, load generation, instrumentation, log analysis, performance monitoring, error simulation and deep discovery of system properties.
  • Conducting investigation across any system component and related systems to discover and rectify performance bottlenecks and sources of unreliability.
  • Applying scientific principles of experimentation and measurement to system components to identify improvements to the configuration and architecture which improve reliability, performance and operability.
  • Configuring, analyzing and tuning (relational and NoSQL) database systems to improve reliability and performance.
  • Selection, design and tuning storage systems for reliability and performance.
  • Provide 24x7 on-call support.

Essential Knowledge:

  • SQL and PL/SQL programming.
  • Database and SQL performance tuning.
  • Knowledge of RAC, RMAN, ASM, Oracle 10G and 11G, Linux, Scripting.
  • Knowledge of database physical and logical design principals.
  • Strong organization skills and attention to detail.
  • Strong communication (verbal and written), and interpersonal skills.
  • Strong problem solving and technical troubleshooting skills.

Essential Experience:

  • Extensive experience with Oracle Database
  • Experience with Oracle ASM a strong plus
  • Experience with RAC a strong plus
  • Experience with various Linux O/S versions
  • Programming experience including PL/SQL, SQL, SQL*PLUS, bash, C, python, Perl, etc.
  • Extensive experience in production environment supporting multiple 7x24 database systems
  • Experience working within strong change management systems as they apply to ALL database changes

Essential Skills/Abilities:

  • Excellent communication skills are required, both written and oral.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team.
  • Ability to self-direct and prioritise.
  • Ability to follow oral and written direction.
  • Ability to solve problems.
  • Ability to learn new concepts and skills and put them into use.
  • Desired Skills and Experience

Desired Skills and Experience:

  • Experience with Oracle ASM a strong plus
  • Experience with RAC a strong plus

At Thomson Reuters, we believe what we do matters. We are passionate about our work, inspired by the impact it has on our business and our customers. As a team, we believe in winning as one - collaborating to reach shared goals, and developing through challenging and meaningful experiences. With over 50,000 employees in more than 100 countries, we work flexibly across boundaries and realize innovations that help shape industries around the world. Making this happen is a dynamic, evolving process, and we count on each employee to be a catalyst in driving our performance - and their own.

As a global business, we rely on diversity of culture and thought to deliver on our goals. To ensure we can do that, we seek talented, qualified employees in all our operations around the world regardless of race, colour, sex/gender, including pregnancy, gender identity and expression, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, disability, age, marital status, citizen status, veteran status, or any other protected classification under country or local law. Thomson Reuters is proud to be an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer providing a drug-free workplace.

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