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Sr Production Oracle DBA positions/MN@ Thomson West [message #299942] Wed, 13 February 2008 16:38
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Registered: February 2008
Location: Eagan, MN
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Behind every great on-line eCommerce site and technology service is an equally great database. These databases provide mission critical data processing services and it takes highly skilled DBA’s to build and maintain these systems. To meet the challenges of our fast growing business products and services lines, we need to grow our DBA team. We’re looking for exceptional DBA’s who are interested in using the latest database technologies to deliver industry leading systems, with results that go directly to the bottom line.

Thomson Legal & Regulatory (TLR) is a leading provider of integrated information solutions to legal, tax, accounting, intellectual property, compliance, business and government professionals around the world. With 17,000 employees, TLR has business operations in 24 countries. The technology organization within TLR is a centralized unit providing shared software and services to TLR business units across the globe.

We are looking to add a Senior Database Engineer to our database team. This team supports our eCommerce and corporate infrastructure application databases. These systems use Oracle and IBM DB2/UDB database software running on Linux, AIX and Solaris.


Technology (60%)
Database Software Installation and Upgrades
Identify server hardware, software and configurations necessary for running Oracle and UDB in an optimal fashion.
Develop new processes, utilize and refine existing processes for database software installation and configuration
Database Requirements Analysis and Design

Enforce and refine database standards
Work with development teams to design, or review designs for new databases/database changes.
Assess and identify database server resource requirements
Develop and maintain data models
Database Monitoring and Tuning

Lead efforts to develop and improve procedures for automated monitoring
Review performance stats and recommend changes for tuning database, server, and storage configurations, as well as application SQL
Database Backup and Recovery

Participate in periodic backup audits, including test restores ensuring all databases and associated logs are being backed-up
Lead requirements assessments for backup and recovery
Develop new backup and recovery processes that leverages new techniques and technology
Database Problem Research and Resolution
Assume ownership of database related problems; pursue problem resolution and root cause analysis
Coordinate interaction with vendors in critical database problem situations
Database Support
Participate in a 24X7 pager rotation; rotations can vary from weekly to daily hand-offs. The rotations include providing DBA support on weekends and holidays, as well as providing Subject Matter Expert support to the on call DBA as needed. DBA on call work includes performing off-hour maintenance operations as well as dealing with after hours troubleshooting.
Learn and stay current on the many facets of the Corporate Infrastructure applications as well as the features and functionality of UDB and Oracle;
Use established TLRTS support processes and tools
Evaluate current technology and recommend tools/processes for improving availability, reliability, stability and work efficiencies

Leadership & Communication (20%)
Ability to work well with different staff levels within and out of core competency.
Ability to translate highly technical solutions/problems to audiences at varying technical levels.
Strong ability to prepare and present technical documentation.
Communicates in a professional manner when interacting across staff levels and internal/external customers.
Understands the importance of communicating risk assessment.
Management & Administration (10%)
Ability to contribute, influence and direct a variety of projects concurrently
Set individual goals that are consistent with business goals
Participate in initiatives to define, measure, and report on application quality and stability
Business Acumen and Strategy (10%)
Has broad knowledge of West/TLR products
Proactively generates relevant ideas for new and improved use of technology
Understands the impact of new projects and technical impacts to supported systems
Collaborates with peers, architects and managers to determine project strategy and how best to implement/support it

Bachelor's Degree — Computer Science, technical or engineering degree preferred
5+ years experience with Oracle on Unix platforms
Basic data modeling
Minimum of 3 years experience with UNIX shell scripting
Experience with Linux preferable
Strong quantitative, analytical, communication and verbal skills with a strong customer service focus
Ability to work as part of a team, as well as independently toward assigned goals
Preferable 5+ years in a development or support organization supporting large applications

The Thomson Corporation is a global leader in providing essential electronic workflow solutions to business and professional customers. Thomson provides value-added information, software tools and applications to more than 20 million users in the fields of law, tax, accounting, financial services, scientific research and healthcare. The Thomson Corporation's common shares are listed on the New York and Toronto stock exchanges (NYSE: TOC; TSX: TOC).

Our employees embrace a number of commonly shared values - collaboration, accountability, customer focus, a bias toward action and results, appreciation and respect for diversity, entrepreneurial spirit and, at all times, the highest ethical standards. These values represent the behavior each employee is expected to exhibit in their role. In our view, fostering a culture that embodies these values will lead to success and growth for our employees and our business.

The Thomson Corporation is proud to be an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.


Dale Tarnowski
Sr Recruiter
Thomson Corp.
(651)687-6702 (prefer email contact)
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