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Open Source Database Administrator

Open Source Database Administrator

Job Description

DIRECTV, Inc. is more than television; we are an innovative technology company.  DIRECTV is one of the world's leading providers of digital television entertainment services delivering a premium video experience through state-of-the-art technology, unmatched programming, and industry leading customer service to more than 32 million customers in the U.S. and Latin America, on any device wherever you are.
Many of more than 16,000 employees deliver industry-leading service and value, operate broadcast centers on the ground and monitor DIRECTV satellites in space. As an all-digital platform, DIRECTV was the first to deliver an interactive on-screen program guide and Pay per View ordering by remote control. DIRECTV continued to lead the competition by being the first to offer more HD channels than anyone, introducing award winning new products such as DVR and as early as 2010, introduced whole-house, mobile and portable services.
We don’t operate like most companies our size – we just can’t!  As a result, we are looking to get ahead of the Open Source Database Market. 
Reporting to the Sr. Manager of Database Administration, you will be responsible for knowing our Open Source technology options and how they can work within our enterprise.  You will be taking something brand new and deploying to the business in a systematic and repeatable path.  We need your expertise in integrating this technology for our business where it makes sense. 
You will also be responsible for all aspects of Open Source databases, will focus on the establishing operational procedures, services catalog, SLA’s, operational best practices, third party support, backups and monitoring . You will also serve as a liaison to various organizations, works in conjunction with technical colleagues to rectify issues, assess needs, and develop solutions to make processes more efficient.  
This is a greenfield opportunity and we need your expertise in large enterprise implementation and knowledge of open source database technologies:
  • Technologies:  PostgresSQL, Raven, MySQL, MongoDB, Cassandra, Hadoop, Hbase
  • Activities: Architect, Analyze, Automate, Build, Configure, Deploy, Document, Fix, Install, Integrate, Prototype, Load Test, Migrate, Monitor, Optimize, Scale, Script, Support, Test, Train, Troubleshoot, Tune
Essential Duties:
  • Design, build and manage production database environments that span multiple data centers and technologies
  • Troubleshoot database performance problems and tuning
  • Collaborate with internal teams and customers with design
  • Provide after-hours support when needed
We expect that it will take some time to build this and get it into place.  In the first 6 months, you will be working to take the technology and operationalize it.  You will be establishing SLA’s and building relationships with Development and other groups to forecast and build these databases.  You will have to use your existing tools to fabricate something that doesn’t exist today.  This is truly a rare opportunity in a large organization to build something completely new.  There will be challenges – you will have to be comfortable working in ambiguity with little direction.  But, when complete, you will have accomplished something that will change the way DIRECTV does business.

Job Requirements

  • BS in Computer Science/Information Technology/Electrical Engineering. In lieu of degree, or relevant work experience
  • 13 to 15 years of total IT experience in an enterprise-level environment managing 7x24 production databases in support of Oracle or MS-SQL or other relevant database technologies:  5+ years of Oracle or MS-SQL experience, 3-5 years’ experience in open-source technologies with emphasis on databases
  • Strong scripting skills
  • Good troubleshooting skills
  • Must be independent thinker, self-starter and self-motivated
  • Must be able to work with development and other operational teams
  • Must be a thought leader and the ability to influence direction and decisions
Preferred Qualifications:
  • Experience and passion for full application/hardware integration lifecycle, from design to go live
  • Experience with Microsoft SQL Server
  • Excellent written/oral communication skills
  • Experience with the following a plus: Ansible, Chef, Puppet, Shell, Perl, Python, Java, SQL Powershell, Linux (any flavor)
  • ITIL, SDLC, Agile also a plus

Job Snapshot

Employment Type Full-Time
Job Type Management, Information Technology
Education Not Specified
Experience Not Specified
Manages Others Not Specified
Industry Other Great Industries
Required Travel Not Specified
Job ID 1401012
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Open Source Database Administrator

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