Sirius XM Radio Inc. Senior Engineer, Vertica /Database Administrator in New York, New York

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Senior Engineer, Vertica /Database Administrator


New York



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Job Description

Location: New York, NY

Position Summary:

The Senior Vertica Engineer / DBA in the Business Intelligence department will be responsible to manage large scale Vertica cluster environments from the operations point-of-view, handling all Vertica environment builds, including design, capacity planning, cluster setup, performance tuning and ongoing monitoring & operations. The candidate must have thorough understanding of Vertica physical & logical architecture, hands-on experience on 15+ nodes Vertica Platform, excellent SQL skills, experience in programming / scripting to build UDF/UDX and orchestration of integration processes.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Design, implement and maintain physical database structures and associated hardware, network and system configurations.

  • Tune hardware and software settings.

  • Manage virtual & hardware resources on-prem and / or in the cloud.

  • Setup backup, replication, load balancing and clustering.

  • Design and administer database security strategies.

  • Ensure business continuity in the case of disaster.

  • Improve and promote operational scalability and standardization.

  • Manage SLA (service level agreement) for various data sources / targets.

  • Monitor and tune databases for efficiency and help drive improvements.

  • Create tools and processes to automate administration and monitoring.

  • Manage data, maintain data integrity, using effective utility and disk management procedures.

  • Take lead role in problem identification and resolution support through analysis and research.

  • Collaborate and consult with application development teams to determine database/system platform selection, efficient database design, and access.

  • Use knowledge and expertise of existing database environments to make recommendations for opportunities to share data and/or reduce data redundancies.

  • Plan, coordinate with IT Operations and developers & execute upgrade for new product releases.

  • Provide technical assistance and mentoring to offshore team in all areas of Vertica support.

  • Present concise status updates to senior management.

Supervisory Responsibilities:

  • None.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree in computer science, management information systems, or equivalent, relevant experience.

  • 10+ years of professional IT work experience.

  • 8+ years of experience on Vertica database in different roles (developer/architect /DBA).

  • 5+ years of experience in supporting a high-performance, cross-functional, 24/7 IT Data Operations team in multiple locations and time zones.

Requirements and General Skills:

  • Vertica Database Administration and Engineering skills with a keen interest in how things work.

  • Very strong sense of responsibility and commitment.

  • Superior writing and communication skills, must be able to interact with other teams with confident.

  • Ability to work independently and in a team environment. Mentor team and help other team members to bring them up-to-the speed.

  • Commitment to "internal client" and customer service principles.

  • Strong organizational skills and attention to details.

  • Excellent time management skills, with the ability to prioritize and multi-task, and work under shifting deadlines in a fast-paced environment.

  • Ability to work late night and weekends.

  • Must have legal right to work in the U.S.

Technical Skills:

  • Expertise in Vertica Physical and Logical Architecture.

  • Excellent query writing skills and debugging problematic queries.

  • Deep Understanding of Data Concepts (ETL, data structures, metadata and workflow management).

  • Understanding of Linux Operating System, Commands, Tracing and Performance tools.

  • Skilled in programming / scripting to build UDF/UDX and orchestration of integration processes (Python, Java, C/C++, Scala, Bash, Korn Shell).

  • Working knowledge of integration with Kafka, Hadoop, NoSQL (MongoDB, Cassandra etc) and any automation/configuration tool experience.

  • Experience with Vertica Cloud implementation a plus.

  • Experience in Media & Entertainment industry a plus.

  • Thorough knowledge of MS-Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access).

As an EEO/Affirmative Action Employer all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status.

The requirements and duties described above may be modified or waived by the Company in its sole discretion without notice.

Company EEO Statement

Our goal at SiriusXM is to provide and maintain a work environment that fosters mutual respect, professionalism and cooperation. SiriusXM is an equal opportunity employer that does not discriminate on the basis of actual or perceived race, creed, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, alienage or citizenship status, age, disability or handicap, sex, gender identity, marital status, familial status, veteran status, sexual orientation or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state or local laws.