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SQL Database Administrator

Date Posted: Feb 21, 2019

Location: Cary, NC, US, 27543

Company: MetLife

Job 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:  

  • 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.
  • 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 Experience and Technical Skills:



  • 5+ years of experience in database and database internals, with strong focus in SQL-Server.
  • A BS in Information Technology, Computer Science or a related technical field or equivalent work experience.
  • Basic knowledge of Windows Server administration (incl. Active Directory) & an idea about proper disk configurations.
  • Experience with SQL Server in both physical & virtual environments.
  • 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 basic 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 heard of continuous integration/deployments before.
  • A fan of automation with the ability to bring additional knowledge around this topic (e.g. Power shell etc.) to our team.
  • Familiarity with one or more of the 3rd party products we use (BMC Patrol/Lite speed, IBM TWS, IBM Guardium, ServiceNow)
  • Technical working knowledge of virtualization, operating systems, network and storage systems.
  • Active in the SQL Server community (e.g. have a blog, go to user group meetings etc.).
  • Thrive in a collaborative environment and are overall fun to be around.


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 is a proud equal opportunity/affirmative action employer committed to attracting, retaining, and maximizing the performance of a diverse and inclusive workforce. It is MetLife's policy to ensure equal employment opportunity without discrimination or harassment based on 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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