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Database Site Reliability Manager

Dimensional Fund Advisors

This is a Full-time position in Austin, TX posted September 9, 2021.

Note to applicants: Resumes and portfolios (when applicable) are required as part of your application.

When applying from a mobile device or tablet, you may not be able to attach a resume.

If you cannot include an attachment at the time of your application, you will receive a follow up email asking you to attach your resume from a computer.

Job Description:

The Technology Department at Dimensional leverages the rapidly evolving state of the art to engineer the platforms that power the innovative, research-driven financial and technical products to improve our client’s financial lives.

As the Database Site Reliability Manager, you will build and manage the systems that bring our most strategic products and services to life.

The ideal candidate for this role:

Thrives in a dynamic and rapidly maturing environment

Is passionate about and stays current with modern technologies

Solves problems systematically and transparently

Shares ideas, solicits/integrates feedback, designs and solves collaboratively
Takes a software engineering approach, automation and security mindset
Responsibilities:

Manage a team of database professionals to ensure the highest levels of availability and reliability for Database Services.

In this role, you will work closely with architecture, engineering, operations and application teams to:

Provide architecture and engineering expertise for next generation data platforms

Participate in architectural decisions regarding data platform strategies, new technologies

Provide engineering and support for on-premise and cloud environments consisting of MS SQL Server, MongoDB, PostgreSQL, and other database technologies

Lead efforts to ensure engineering skills and practices exist for current and future state database platforms

Investigate and mitigate critical incidents impacting service availability and reliability

Identify and deliver preventive measures and automated Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for common and frequent problems

Work closely with various teams to drive product / service improvements in the areas of diagnostics and resiliency

Ensure appropriate operational planning is executed to meet specifications and standards

Lead initiatives to drive data platform environment automation, leveraging orchestration and configuration management tools such as Ansible, Airflow and Terraform

Automate environment configuration and code deployment using Git, Jenkins, Airflow and “Infrastructure as Code” principles

Perform team code reviews, set standards and instill best practices
Provide architectural and engineering services for application teams, ensuring early and sustained involvement in development efforts
Qualifications:

10 to 15 years of overall experience with 6 to 8 years as Data Platform Engineer and 3 to 5 years of experience in leading a Reliability Engineering team / support / development team.

Experience and expertise in Database and Engineered Systems Cloud Platform Services (PaaS, SaaS, & Exadata as a Service).

Hands-on Experience with Databases including Database Administration, DB internals, testing critical Security and Database fixes.

Possesses demonstrated leadership and people management skills, strong communication and analytical skills, and a thorough understanding of modern database technologies and tools.

Demonstrated ability to manage customer escalations and driving issues to closure in collaboration with multiple / cross functional teams as necessary

Excellent verbal and written communication skills with a proven ability to communicate effectively across all levels of the organization internally and with customer executives.

Experience with Virtualization, Networking, and Platform Storage Architecture is highly desirable
Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, Engineering, Related Field, or equivalent experience.
Preferred Competencies:

Identifying trends and patterns of problems reported and suggesting product improvements.

Identifying diagnostic opportunities and driving their implementation.

Ability to learn new technologies quickly and function in a multi-dimensional / cross functional team environment.

Experienced with multiple software development methodologies, with an emphasis for Agile.
Ability to multitask effectively and manage multiple priorities effectively.
Dimensional offers a variety of programs to help take care of you, your family, and your career, including comprehensive benefits, educational initiatives, and special celebrations of our history, culture, and growth.

To ensure the safety and wellbeing of our employees during COVID-19, the majority of Dimensional’s employees are currently working remotely.

Firm leadership evaluates the situation on an ongoing basis as to when employees could return to our corporate offices.

It is the policy of the Company to provide equal employment opportunity for all applicants and employees.

The Company does not unlawfully discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, creed, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, ancestry, medical condition, marital status, covered veteran status, citizenship status, sexual orientation, or any other protected status.

This policy applies to all areas of employment including recruitment, hiring, training, job assignment, promotion, compensation, benefits, transfer, discipline, termination, and social and recreational programs.

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