Senior Oracle DBA (Support, Oracle)

HM Revenue and Customs
47966.00 - 53016.00 GBP Annual + GBP47,966 - GBP53,016
29 Jun 2017
18 Jul 2017
IT, Internet
Contract Type
Full Time
With 60000+ staff and 50m customers HMRC is one of the biggest organisations in the UK, running the largest digital operation in Government and one of the biggest IT estates in Europe. We have six modern, state-of-the-art digital delivery centres where multiple cross functional agile teams thrive in one of the most dynamic and innovative environments in the UK. We are expanding our CBP Delivery Group and are recruiting into a number of posts within the Revenue & Customs Digital Technology Service in Newcastle.

About the Senior Oracle Database Administrator (Support, Oracle) role

The database administrator will be responsible for the implementation, configuration, maintenance, and performance of critical Oracle systems to ensure the availability and consistent performance of our corporate applications within the agreed ITSLA.

The successful candidate will be responsible for the development and sustainment of the databases, ensuring operational readiness (security, health and performance), executing data loads, performing monitoring and support of both development and production support environments.

This is a highly technical role requiring solid technical skills, excellent written and interpersonal skills, the ability to work effectively both independently and within a team environment. Shares knowledge/skills and developing productive working relationships, as well as being able to use own initiative. A flexible team player with a pro-active outlook to delivery and the rapidly changing working environment.

Responsibilities of the Senior Oracle Database Administrator (Support, Oracle)

Manage databases through multiple product lifecycle environments, from development to mission-critical production systems through to decommissioning on both virtual and physical midrange systems

Configure and pro-actively maintain database servers and processes, including monitoring of system health and performance, to ensure high levels of performance, availability, and security.

Support development teams to ensure development and implementation support efforts meet integration and performance expectations.

Independently analyse, solve, and correct issues in real time, providing problem resolution end-to-end.

Refine and automate regular processes, track issues, and document changes.

Assist developers with complex query tuning and schema refinement.

Perform scheduled maintenance and support release deployment activities after hours.

Share domain and technical expertise, providing technical mentorship and cross-training to other team members.


5 years+ experience in database management and performance tuning and optimisation, using native monitoring, maintenance and troubleshooting tools, backup restores and recovery models on virtual machines and physical midrange systems.

An excellent working knowledge of Oracle Enterprise Linux operating systems running on Oracle 12c.

Experience in building virtual multi-tenant databases within on a Linux virtual platform to include database upgrade and regular patching and maintenance.

An excellent knowledge of Oracle GRID Infrastructure plus Oracle Enterprise Manager(OEM).

Has undertaken and can demonstrate appropriate Oracle technical training for the role.

Oracle technology stack includes:

• Oracle GoldenGate
• Oracle RAC One Node
• Oracle Database 12c
• Oracle DBFS
• Oracle Data Guard
• Oracle Enterprise Linux
• Oracle Enterprise Manager


• BSC degree in computer science or equivalent
• Oracle Certified Practitioner or Master
• Netbackup

Working Pattern:

This post is full time however applicants whom would like to work an alternative working pattern - are welcome to apply. All requests will be considered, although the preferred working pattern may not be available.

It should be noted that this role will require the successful candidate to provide support 24/7 outside of normal working hours as part of an on-call rota.

Must pass basic security checks and undertake National Security Clearance - Level 2- if security clearance at this level is not already in place

CV's should clearly demonstrate how the candidate meets the essential criteria and qualifications stated above.

Sift / Interviews

Applicants will be sifted based upon demonstration of the essential criteria.

The post is based in Newcastle with occasional travel/ to other HMRC and Government departments/locations and supplier offices.

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