Lead SQL Server DBA

  • Company: MetLife
  • Location: Cary, North Carolina
  • Posted: December 09, 2016
  • Reference ID: 32361-en_US

Job Location: Cary, NC



At MetLife, we seek to make a meaningful impact in the lives of our customers and our communities.  What you probably know about MetLife is that we are one of the world's largest insurance providers. What you may not know is that while we have global scale, we're also surprisingly nimble. So nimble that in three months our Global Technology & Operations group developed and implemented a new MongoDB / NoSQL application that aggregates data across 70 legacy systems, storing 24 terabytes of data and handling 45 million agreements with 140 million transactions. It's like being at a start-up, only with resources to make sure everything is done right. Our work spans the spectrum – from front- end HTML5/CSS3 UIs to highly-scalable cloud-ready applications to big-data predictive analytics – and everything in between. We're looking for people to help us transform the customer experience in a collaborative environment and a culture of creativity. So, if you like being challenged and using cutting–edge technologies to create breakthrough solutions, with enough resources behind you to make sure you succeed; this is the place for you.


The purpose of this position is to provide senior technical leadership for database administration in a 7x24 production environment. The resource in this position will handle database administration for SQL Server with a significant focus on continuous improvement and technology strategy. The role will provide opportunity to work with PDW appliance and Azure cloud environments.


  • Position requires strong technical and leadership qualities as will be the first point of contact for junior DBA to share/utilize their detailed knowledge of SQL server architecture and internals as well as strong knowledge of Windows OS
  • Expert escalation for troubleshooting production issues, assists in development lifecycle, capacity management and strategy, operational standards and procedures, stabilization and optimization, DB instance performance monitoring and tuning, standards identification and compliance, continuous improvement, automation, etc.
  • Will partnering with Engineering on certification of platforms / versions / features, partnering with Architecture on data modeling / governance, change management, metrics & reporting, contributing to technical architecture and technology roadmaps for the database space, and provide technical leadership to a DBA team ensuring a high-level of reliability and availability for database management systems.
  • Some on-call support for database related problems will be required.
  • Pro-actively ensures database systems are maintained at the highest level of support in all production and non-production environments
  • Architect and provide DR and HA solutions using Microsoft as well as third party solutions'
  • Serve as an expert in server, database and application security; act as SME on server optimization and query tuning
  • Well versed in SSIS/ SSAS/SSRS providing expert opinion and technical details for business applications by performing capacity planning, workload modeling and prediction; provides enough resources for applications’ short and long-term growth
  • Ensure the database management environments are updated with current stable versions of software products; maintain currency with operating system and support software; plan and implement major software upgrades; ensure change management procedures and methodologies are implemented and followed
  • Participate in establishing processes, best practices, strategies, and database management solutions including development standards, backup/recovery, quality control, DR/failover, monitoring, maintenance, metric reporting, optimization, improvement, automation, etc. for SQL Server
  • Position will have partnership with Engineering and Architecture peers focused on the data space as well as Project Management/Project delivery and documentation.


  • 8+ years of experience in database and database internals, with strong focus in SQL Server technologies; for example, experience in SQL Server versions 2012 and 2014, high-availability solutions, clustering, SCOM, SSIS, working knowledge of technologies impacting database solutions including storage and replication.
  • Experience in supporting a large portfolio.
  • 5+ years of experience in Windows operating systems, 5+ with scripting in Windows or PowerShell with Strong SQL & T-SQL skills, and 5+ years of experience in Performance Tuning
  • Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Information Systems, or related field, or 10 years equivalent work experience, as well as any applicable DBMS certifications.                       
  • Preferred: Experience operating Microsoft data platforms in a cloud (e.g., Azure, SoftLayer, Amazon) Database design and data modeling experience. MS SQL Server certification a major plus. PMP or similar certification.




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At MetLife, we’re leading the global transformation of an industry we’ve long defined. United in purpose, diverse in perspective, we’re dedicated to making a difference in the lives of our customers.



MetLife is a proud equal opportunity/affirmative action employer committed to attracting, retaining, and maximizing the performance of a diverse and inclusive workforce. It is MetLife's policy to ensure equal employment opportunity without discrimination or harassment based on race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, national origin, marital or domestic/civil partnership status, genetic information, citizenship status, uniformed service member or veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

MetLife maintains a drug-free workplace.

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Requisition #: 32361 

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