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SQL/Sybase Data Engineer

Date: Aug 14, 2019

Location: Milwaukee, WI, 53202

At Northwestern Mutual, we are strong, innovative and growing. We invest in our people. We care and make a positive difference. 

As a Database Engineer, you will function as an infrastructure engineer, focusing on database technologies. This involves designing system solutions, implementing new features, resolving complex incidents and problems, responding to infrastructure monitoring and alerts, and consultation with application support and development staff. Applying established best practices, you will take charge of build decisions, infrastructure design for larger, more complex systems to achieve strategic objectives in the areas of service management, risk management, and project delivery.  As a strategic thinker, you will move between diverse tasks with cooperation and persistence, helping to bring out the best in those around you. Critical to delivery is your ability to work as a collaborative team member, lead through ambiguity, and willingness to relentlessly learn and improve yourself and those around you.  You will also have the opportunity to learn and work with other database and BI technologies as architectural design and engineering needs arise.     
Bring Your Best! What this role needs:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science, Information Systems or related field, or an equivalent combination of education and work experience.
  • Minimum 6 year’s experience in Database System Administration or Database System Engineering

Technical Skills: 

  • Highly skilled in Relational Database administration including design, installation, patching/upgrade, configuration, HA/DR, monitoring, performance tuning, and troubleshooting.
  • SQL Server and Sybase Database technologies preferred (SQL 2008-SQL2017)
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Windows operating systems (2008-2016, VMWare)
  • Proficiency in HP-UX/Linux operating systems also desired (HPUX and Redhat Linux)
  • Ability to write and maintain complex shell and Python scripts for maintenance automation and testing.   
  • Experience resolving complex problems, logically and methodically
  • Ability to use good judgment for when and how to involve and communicate with vendors, internal teams, and management.
  • Ability to design, implement, and maintain Business Continuity Plan (BCP) and provide support for BCP exercises and actual disaster recovery.


Professional Skills:

  • Ability to drive innovation for system improvements, determine architectural and design best practices, find automation opportunities and guide the proper use of new features
  • Competency in ITIL processes:  Incident, Problem, Knowledge and Change Management
  • Awareness of Service Management target metrics
  • Ability to work in or along with agile teams by defining and planning work on a team backlog, and determining ways for the team to be successful in meeting its outcomes
  • Experience working in an Agile environment is preferred (i.e. SAFe, SCRUM, XP, Kanban)
  • Strong focus on teamwork and collaboration skills
  • Ability to work well with teams not centrally located
  • Ability and willingness to learn and develop new mindsets and skills
  • Ability to be self-directed and collaborative in ambiguous situations


  • Supports Production environment activities including on-call responsibilities.
  • Monitors and refines processes, procedures, and systems to optimize effectiveness and/or integrity and recommends and/or implements improvements.
  • Ability to develop standard operating plans and procedures and coach others in their use 
  • Key resource in driving the platform forward with a keen focus on stability
  • Able to think outside the box to resolve complex incidents and problems
  • Experience with the application of database patches and upgrades
  • Demonstrated experience using project management methodologies 
  • Service Management (ITIL) 
  • Participate in security audits by assisting investigations, evaluating evidence, developing responses and action plans, and making appropriate modifications to technology, processes, and documentation.
  • Ability to influence architectural roadmaps for technology based on business needs and industry trends
  • Mentoring and training of other administrators, managing task assignments, review workload, and providing input to the management team.


Preferred Qualifications: 

  • Friendly and approachable, with strong communication and presentation skills 
  • Desire to keep current with a challenging and evolving environment 
  • Applies established data management best practices and recommends improvements.
  • Experience with SQL Server or cloud DBMS technologies is preferred


Automation Experience Desired:

  • Understanding of infrastructure as a whole, including the tools for implementing infrastructure using automation, infrastructure as code. 
  • Identify and implement automation, self-help, and self-service opportunities within operational and engineering database related work
  • Collaborate with the overall team and other business areas to understand how automation can improve workflow.
  • Gather requirements from team members, customers or end-users to develop the best automation solutions
  • Automating processes and operational tasks
  • Proficient in technologies such as GitLab, Ansible/Tower, Jenkins, Nexus, Docker, UrbanCode



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We are an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, age or status as a protected veteran, or any other characteristic protected by law.


Req ID: 25679
Position Type: Regular Full Time
Education Experience: Bachelor's Required
Employment Experience: 6-8 years
FLSA Status: Exempt
Posting Date: 07/15/2019