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Senior Database Administrator

About us: Personal Capital transforms how you understand, manage and grow your net worth. It starts with providing real-time information about your finances via state-of-the-art technology, and personalized, expert guidance to ensure you’re always moving towards your financial goals.

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With over $3.5 billion in assets under management, and a million users of our free tools, Personal Capital is the smart way to manage your financial life. Our costs are significantly less than traditional financial advisors, with no hidden fees; we’ll never try to sell you something you don’t need.

Personal Capital. The modern way to track and manage your net worth. 


Role: You will work as the Senior Database Administrator with responsibility for design, implementation, management and support of our production and development databases. The emphasis of your role will be to ensure our production databases have minimal downtime and are tuned for optimal performance and response time. You will also be responsible for performing security and maintenance releases. Further, you will work with a team of developers to support application development and data analytics. Although the primary focus is the database administration of our MySQL databases, you will also be responsible for the database administration of DynamoDB, AWS Aurora, Redis, and our Oracle RDS databases.


Candidate: The position requires hands-on experience with MySQL Server 5.5 or above with production support for a 24x7 operation. Direct experience with on-call troubleshooting for database related issues are essential. Additionally you will need to have experience with the management and implementation of database upgrades and migrations.

We use agile development methodology and expect our DBAs to be self-motivated, work well independently, and work with our developers during software deployments. We look for individuals that can assume responsibility for their work and require minimal supervision to ensure their tasks are complete. Excellent written and speaking communication skills are required as we work in a collaborative, cross-functional environment and interact with the full spectrum of business divisions.


Minimum Skills and Experience

  • A Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science or equivalent.
  • 5+ years as MySQL production DBA including experience with design, implementation, backup and recovery, monitoring, and performance tuning.
  • Experience with 24x7 support and troubleshooting production related database issues.
  • 2+ years of experience running systems in the cloud (AWS)
  • 2+ years of experience managing databases in virtual and cloud environments (AWS Redshift, VMware, RDS, EC2)
  • Experience with cloud based services related to database administration (AWS, Rightscale, Cloudwatch, DataDog, Nagios)
  • Experience with designing and implementing high-availability database features, utilizing various replication and disaster recovery methodologies.
  • Experience implementing database schema changes in live production environment requiring minimal downtime and zero performance impact.
  • Experience defining and implementing database management tools across entire database platform to ensure database performance and stability is maximized across the entire organization
  • Experience with managing the full life-cycle of database schema design and implementation, which includes script management from development through production releases.
  • Experience with establishing and implementing database security and backup retention policies.
  • Experience with scaling up and out (e.g. sharding based on specific keys) databases to meet the needs of increased storage and computing capacity.
  • Experience managing non-relational database servers such as AWS DynamoDB, Redshift, Redis or other No-SQL platforms.
  • Thorough understanding Linux/Unix server performance tuning at the OS level
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