Senior Enterprise Database Administrator


Calgary, AB, CA Vancouver, British Columbia, CA Ottawa, ON, CA Toronto, ON, CA Edmonton, AB, CA

Date:  Feb 17, 2021

***Please note this is a 6-month contract position for an independent contractor

The Firm is currently recruiting for a Senior Enterprise Database Administrator to be based in Canada. This position reports to the Enterprise Applications Infrastructure Lead.  The Senior Enterprise Database Administrator is directly involved in the execution of tactical and strategic projects in direct support of core business functions.  The successful candidate will take ownership of resolution of production issues, implementation and maintenance of the overall data services infrastructure. 


•    Assess and develop long-term strategic goals for production databases in conjunction with data owners.
•    Design and implement redundant systems, policies, and procedures for disaster recovery and data archiving to ensure effective protection and integrity of data assets.
•    Work with the Infrastructure teams to ensure databases and critical data are properly backed up and protected in accordance with the needs of the application’s primary stakeholder and the firm’s disaster recovery and data retention policies.
•    Provide day-to-day support for the firm’s SQL systems and applications, including monitoring database health to ensure a stable environment as well as diagnosing and resolving database access and performance issues. 
•    Gather requirements and translate them into data distribution and utilization needs; design databases meeting specifications addressing content management, content indexing, reporting, and workflow requirements. 
•    Plan and coordinate data migrations between systems.
•    Develop, implement, and maintain change control and testing processes for modifications to databases.
•    Design, implement and maintain cloud-based database systems when required.
•    Ensure all proposed changes to the live application or infrastructure environments are suitably tested with roll-back capability and change controls exercised accordingly. 
•    SQL High-Availability Cluster Implementation, configuration and management.
•    Support Applications implementation projects from initiation to completion. 
•    Installation of middle tier application layer when required.
•    Provide third line applications support and database administration support; troubleshoot and resolve escalated issues. 
•    Provide timely responses and resolution towards database backup, restore, mirroring, and synchronization requests.
•    Contribute to patching, change control maintenance activities, and on-call rotation.
•    Other duties as assigned to fully meet the requirements of the position.


Experience & Qualifications
•    Bachelor’s degree in business, computer science, information systems or related certifications.
•    Law firm or professional services experience preferred.
•    Proven experience as technical SME in a 24 x 7 global support environment. 
•    Expert understanding of SQL Clustering/High-Availability Implementations.
•    Expert understanding of concepts of High Availability and Disaster Recovery with respect to database systems. 
•    Strong understanding of cloud database technologies (Microsoft Azure, Amazon Web Services, etc…)
•    Strong understanding of the client/server application stack.
•    Working knowledge of Transact-SQL, Stored Procedures, SQL Mail, SSRS and triggers.
•    Working knowledge of Windows Server, IIS, DNS, DHCP, and Active Directory.
•    Experience supporting standard legal systems preferred (iManage DMS, Elite, Interaction).
•    SQL administration experience in versions 2000 forward with confidence in converting databases to upper versions
•    Ability to document processes and procedures, including technical diagrams towards organizational data flow.
•    Understands the need for documentation and well-defined procedures. 
•    Able to interact positively and with tact with all levels and be a good team player. 
•    Able to demonstrate excellent client/customer facing skills. 
•    Strong problem solving and analytical skills; can clearly explain and present problems and issues to others and contribute to their resolution. 
•    Able to make decisions and remain calm while under pressure – particularly when dealing with difficult situations.
•    Methodical approach to work, with a strong focus on accuracy and quality. 
•    Able to work under pressure to tight project deadlines and can adapt to differing demands; prioritizing tasks, where appropriate. 
•    Demonstrates confidence and resilience to overcome obstacles to deliver what is required.
•    Excellent written and verbal communication skills. 


*We thank all applicants who apply, only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted. 





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