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United Airlines Senior Database Administrator - SQL Server in Houston, Texas

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Job overview and responsibilities

Coordinates the designing, implementing, and supporting enterprise standard databases based on business area requirements. Drives the identification, definition, and implementation of database backup/recovery and security strategies. Install and support DBNS (Database Management Systems) software and tools. Responsible for various database activities which include monitoring, tuning, capacity, troubleshooting, and consulting.

  • Translate a logical data model or user specifications into a physical design

  • Ensure detailed physical design of data structures and database compiles with enterprise standards, guidelines, procedures, and processes.

  • Create physical database structures based on physical design for development, test, and production environments.

  • Coordinate with systems engineers to configure servers for DBMS product installation and database creation

  • Install, configure, and maintain DBMS product software on database and application servers.

  • Assist in the consultation to application development teams on DBMS product technical issues and techniques.

  • Provide on-site, and on call 7x24x365 support, as needed.

  • Implement monitoring procedures to maximize availability and performance of the database, while meeting defined SLA's

  • Investigate, troubleshoot, and resolve database problems.

  • Communicate the required downtime with the application development teams and systems engineers to implement approved changes.

  • Keep abreast of industry and technology trends. Ability to design, implement, and support, enterprise standard databases on business area requirements with appropriate supervision as required.

  • Identify, define and implement database backup / recovery and security strategies.

  • Install and support DBMS ( Database Management Systems ) software and tools.

  • Perform various database activates which include monitoring, tuning, and troubleshooting, with appropriate supervision, if required.

  • Discover and study impact of industry trends.


  • BS/BA, preferably in Information Technology or Business or equivalent experience, education, or training

  • 5+ years applicable experience in the design/administration/ support of one or more DBMS platforms; or 3+ years equivalent in depth experience in the design, administration, implementation, and support of a database.

  • The ideal candidate will have the experience in the above related areas, in addition to experience with 4 or more of the following: systems software networking tools, application development, multidimensional tools, knowledge of relational databases, logical modeling, object modeling and data warehousing.

  • Communication Skills- The ability to communicate verbally and in writing with all levels of employees and management, capable of successful formal and informal communication, speaks and writes clearly and understandably at the right level.

  • Integrity and Trust - Involves being widely trusted, being seen as a direct, truthful individual, can present the unvarnished truth in an appropriate and helpful manner, keeps confidences, admits mistakes, and doesn’t misrepresent him/herself for personal gain.

  • Teamwork - Involves working well in a collaborative setting, supporting work team by volunteering for and completing assignments, acting as a positive team member by contributing to discussions, developing and maintaining both formal and informal relationships enterprise-wide, defines success in terms of the entire team through mentoring and knowledge transfer.

  • Technical Expertise - Involves demonstrating a commitment to increasing knowledge and skills in current technical/functional area, keeping up to date on technical developments, staying informed as to industry practices, knowing how to apply relevant technical processes to appropriate business needs.

  • Must be legally authorized to work in the United States for any employer without sponsorship

  • Successful completion of interview required to meet job qualification

  • Reliable, punctual attendance is an essential function of the position


  • Dedication - Involves demonstrating a desire to dedicate time and energy to accomplish goals, tasks, assignments, etc. Will do what it takes to get things done.

  • Flexibility - Is open to change, enjoys the challenge of unfamiliar tasks, anticipates and adjusts to problems and roadblocks, is not thrown off when things change, can flex to future consequences and trends appropriately.

  • Problem Solving - Uses rigorous logic and methods to solve difficult problems with effective solutions, probes all fruitful sources for answers, can see hidden problems, is excellent at honest analysis, looks beyond the obvious and doesn’t stop at the first answer.

  • Self-Development - Is actively committed to continuously improve him/herself, understands that different situations and levels may call for different skills and approaches, knows personal strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and limits, works on compensating for weaknesses and limitations, seeks feedback, gains insights from mistakes, is open to criticism without being defensive.

  • Task Management - Delivers quality work on time, translates planning into action by following applicable established procedures or methodologies, proactively monitors and controls task status by collecting and analyzing task data to anticipate and address barriers, appropriately communicates and resolves or escalates any problems that arise

Equal Opportunity Employer – Minorities/Women/Veterans/Disabled/LGBT

Division: 47 Technology/IT

Function: Information Technology

Equal Opportunity Employer – Minorities/Women/Veterans/Disabled