Senior Database Administrator/Engineer

Database Administrator in Dublin, D

Posted 2019-12-13

Datalex has an opening for a senior position working within a global team of Database Engineers reporting into the Data Team lead

The database team provides Datalex with a world class database infrastructure. We are a key team within the company working closely with different internal and external teams - providing consultancy on database technologies. The work is varied and interesting requiring the team to use all their software engineering skills. The database environments are true 24x7 operational and are critical to our customers’ businesses. There is an engineering approach to everything that we do – this is ultimately a software engineering role with a focus on database technology. The team is currently migrating to a cloud focused strategy harnessing the huge benefits of cloud technology.

Datalex is a market leader in digital commerce for travel retailers. The Datalex Commerce Platform enables a travel marketplace of over one billion shoppers every year. There is a refreshing lack of bureaucracy, flexibility in the way we work, and the DBA team has an excellent work/life balance.

Who this role would suit?

This is a role for someone with a deep interest in IT and software engineering. The team is highly technical and a critical cog in getting working solutions out to customers, with the aim of always automating all of our implementations. Self-learning is important; we are looking for someone who is willing to learn, wants to work as part of a team, and has a can-do attitude. This role will be based in our Dublin office.

Key Accountabilities

Determine the best database technologies to support the business objectives and develop the appropriate software engineering solutions - using all technologies, not just database
Project Management of the roll-out of database solutions. Manage all the elements required to deliver best practice database solutions of real benefit to Datalex and our customers.
Provide consultancy to the business on database technologies.
Be part of a 24x7 operation to minimize the impact of system outages to customers and so may be required to provide evening, night and/or weekend support. However, we pride ourselves on providing a good work/life balance.
Provide general Database Administration support - e.g. maintenance tasks, installations, backup and recovery, performance testing, tuning and optimizations.
Will be required to develop SQL, PLSQL and general scripting (e.g. Korn, Python) to support customer DB solutions.
Automate cloud deployments & upgrades, via technologies like SaltStack, AWS Cloud formation templates, etc
Responsible for providing detailed and accurate estimates for Database work required as part of project work.

Essential Skills and Experience

Must have existing eligibility to work in the Republic of Ireland.
Minimum of 7 years’ experience working in a challenging technical environment.
Minimum of 4 years’ Oracle database experience.
Experience in Capacity Planning and detailed knowledge of ALL backup and recovery strategies (including OS solutions).
Experience as an Oracle DBA in a Development and Customer Support capacity as well as project implementations.
Experience working with SQL, PLSQL stored procedures, triggers as well as performance tuning, optimizations and writing PL/SQL scripts.
Scripting and software engineering skills to include but not limited to Korn shell scripting, configuration management skills (GIT), testing skills.
Project Management skills, you will fully manage the rollout of database solutions.
Experience in code migration, database change management and data management through the various stages of the development life cycle.
Proven ability to perform both Oracle and operating system performance tuning and monitoring.
IT degree or equivalent professional qualification.
Excellent verbal and written communication skills, fluent in English.
Adaptable to rapidly changing priorities, managing multiple projects and deadlines.
Thorough knowledge of database and propriety software applications, as well as issues relating to installing and managing complex applications in multiple environments.
Good working knowledge of multiple OS platforms and Technologies (Linux experience essential)
Clustering – OS/DB level, High Availability – RAC experience especially desirable.
Oracle PLSQL, SQL, DB design concepts
Extensive experience in both Oracle and OS performance tuning and monitoring as well as Physical Database Design.
An understanding of architectural concepts and in formulating solution designs for presentation to other colleagues.

Desirable Skills and Experience

Cloud experience (AWS preferable)
Oracle Certified Professional (11g or higher)
Experience of MongoDB or other database technologies.
Oracle Database Features – for example, having Database Partitioning and Goldengate experience
Oracle Exadata.
Knowledge of other DBMSs and other IT technologies (e.g. JAVA)
Not necessary, however it would be a distinct advantage to have experience with SaltStack, or AWS Cloud formation templates.

The Person will have:

A strong customer focus.
Attention to detail with the ability and desire to get to the bottom of any issue.
Strong problem-solving skills, they will be self-motivated.
The ability to work on your own, or as part of a team, to strict deadlines.
A “can-do” mentality and a creative thinker.
Commitment to quality documentation and attention to detail.
The flexibility and willingness to travel when required.

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Company summary

Datalex is a market leader in digital commerce for travel retail. The Datalex Digital Commerce Platform provides airlines with a unique solution to drive revenue and profit as digital retailers. Today the platform enables a travel marketplace of over one billion shoppers covering every corner of the globe, driven by some of the world’s most innovative airline retail brands. Datalex’s customers include Air China, JetBlue Airways, Hainan Group, SAS, Philippine Airlines, Aer Lingus, Brussels Airlines, Air Transat, Air Malta, STA Travel and Trailfinders. The Group is headquartered in Dublin, Ireland, and maintains offices across Europe, the USA and China. Datalex plc is a publicly listed company on Euronext Dublin (DLE). Learn more at or follow on twitter @Datalex.


Our benefits package for our full time, permanent employees is as follows;

Up to 10% bonus on base salary
24 days paid holidays
Health insurance for you, partner and dependents
Contributory pension of up to 7.5% of base salary
Life Assurance
Taxsaver pass for bus, rail and Luas
Free Parking
Free breakfast
Sports & Social Club
Contribution to professional memberships fees

Interview process

We run a tight ship and Datalex and as such don't drag our interview processes out. We appreciate the importance of your time and efforts. We aim to complete all stages of the below process within three weeks.

For all of our technical roles we adhere to the following process;

1st Round - 45 minute technical phone screen
2nd Round - 90- 120 minute panel interview with Line Manager, Director and HR
Reference Check- 2 referees
Verbal offer extension
Contract and letter of offer emailed

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