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Sirius Computer Solutions Sr. Engineer – Managed Services Database - DB2 LUW in Boston, Massachusetts


The primary purpose of this position is to manage and maintain IT infrastructure environments for Managed Services customers, which may include, but are not limited to: enterprise data storage systems, mainframe (IBM System z), midrange (IBM Power), Windows, and/or Unix/Linux systems and associated software; network infrastructure environments; virtualized systems, database systems, and security tools. The Managed Services Sr. Engineer ensures high levels of availability and security of the supported systems and business applications. This position will focus on the operational stability and maintenance of virtualized and physical infrastructure in customer and/or hosted data center environments.

The primary purpose of this particular position is the administration of Sirius Managed Services clients’ databases. This position will also be responsible for database installations, updates/patches/upgrades, tuning, performance monitoring, replication, back-ups, security, user management, and resource management. This position will work closely with Sirius Managed Services DBAs to resolve database-related issues and ensure a reliable and secure database environment.

Primary Duties & Responsibilities

  • Maintains the availability and integrity of the corporate database environment

  • Performs complex analysis, troubleshooting, and maintenance of DB2 LUW database systems on AIX and Microsoft Windows

  • Implements and maintains High Availability and Disaster Recovery for DB2 LUW databases

  • Executes test plans for the upgrades to verify functionality

  • Identifies, tests, and resolves complex database performance issues

  • Performs database management functions (software installations, version upgrades, and configuration management)

  • Performs technical work that includes customer analysis, business and functional needs, database configuration, database administration and problem resolution

  • Performs systems integrations including DB2 LUW Federation and SQL Server Link Servers

  • Performs enhanced database functions including DB2 LUW DPF, DB2 Federated Objects and DB2 Replication products

  • Performs complex performance tuning and optimization activities

  • Defines and develops database standards, procedures, and architecture

  • Provides primary support for clients’ production and test database environments, maintaining the availability and integrity of customer data

  • Plans, executes, and maintains database installations, upgrades, service packs, and security patches

  • Monitors database capacity and performance, to include identifying potential data volume growths, assessing current hardware and software performance and capacity loads, and proposing appropriate solutions in AIX, Linux, and Windows environments

  • Participates in establishing and implementing database backup and recovery policies and practices

  • Participates in establishing and implementing appropriate database disaster recovery plans

  • Participates in establishing and implementing appropriate database security plans, to include maintaining user accounts and ensuring proper levels of user access

  • Implements, manages and maintains SQL Replication, DB2 HADR, and Data Movement Scripts

  • Monitors the health of customer’s databases and database replication infrastructures. Provides feedback to monitoring team to tune QoS thresholds for alerts.

  • Interfaces with customers to resolve database problems

  • Participates in an on-call 24X7 after hour rotation

  • Assists Application Developers and the Business with application problem troubleshooting and performance issues

  • Supports enterprise infrastructure hardware and software upgrades

  • Performs a variety of technical tasks in support of Managed Services customers. These may include, but are not limited to:

  • Installs, implements, maintains, upgrades, and troubleshoots client infrastructure solutions

  • Plans, develops, installs, configures, maintains, supports, and optimizes client network hardware, software, and communication links

  • Anticipates, mitigates, identifies, and responds to system performance issues

  • Ensures the integrity and security of enterprise data on host computers, multiple databases, and during data transfer in accordance to business needs and industry best-practices regarding privacy, security, and regulatory compliance

  • Performs database installations, updates/patches/upgrades, tuning, performance monitoring, replication, back-ups, security, user management, and resource management

  • Researches and makes recommendations on infrastructure products, services, and standards in support of procurement and development efforts

  • Conducts transaction, performance, and security audits

  • Performs routine system backups and restores

  • Participates in Disaster Recovery exercises and planning

  • Follows change control, incident response, and testing processes

  • Communicates and enforces, through system procedures, data storage retention policies

  • Monitors, analyzes, and predicts trends for equipment performance, space allocation, and data growth to recommend enhancements

  • Creates scripts to automate common tasks

  • As needed, assumes a technical lead role on designated customers and/or technologies

  • Addresses and updates customer incident tickets and change orders, providing internal management and customer account managers with status information

  • Creates required reports in response to business user needs

  • Develops, documents, and maintains policies, procedures and associated training plans for systems and /or database administration and appropriate use

  • Develops reusable assets (templates, tools, etc) for the Managed Services practice

  • Works with account management personnel to participate on conference calls and perform tasks in support of the client relationship

  • Partners with the Managed Services Continuous Improvement team on pre-sales support activity and design and scoping of services

  • Provides technical perspective to ensure a realistic estimation of scope, cost and level of effort for proposal generation

  • Works with project managers in the development and implementation of project plans and timelines

  • Complies with all time compliance and time entry guidelines

  • Training/Certifications: Attends training sessions, and obtains industry related certifications as determined by management

Basic Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, Management Information Systems, Information Technology, Engineering, Mathematics or a related field

  • At least five (5) years of IT engineering work experience dealing with one or more infrastructure solutions supported by the Managed Services practice, to include work experience as an IBM DB2 LUW database administrator

Other Position Requirements

  • Experience with Microsoft Server 20xx, Windows XP, and Vista

  • Experience with IBM DB2 LUW 10.x, with willingness to support Microsoft SQL Server

  • Demonstrated skills in scripting via AIX and Linux

  • Strong knowledge of database programming concepts including Structured Query Language, stored procedures, and triggers

  • Disaster recovery experience

  • Demonstrated understanding of database standards, procedures, and architecture

  • Experience in data movement across multiple platforms

  • Experience in data recovery

  • Demonstrated ability to adapt technical solutions to complex business situations and strategies

  • Demonstrated ability to investigate problems, analyze information, and reach logical conclusions

  • Demonstrated ability to learn and support new databases

  • Ability to consult and lead clients on a technical level

  • Ability to handle complex DB2 issues and properly explain root cause and solution to the customer

  • Ability to perform database performance tuning, analysis and optimization

  • Demonstrated ability to implement and troubleshoot IT Infrastructure systems and configurations in designated area of specialty

  • Demonstrated ability to acquire further technical skills

  • Demonstrated verbal and written communication skills

  • Demonstrated ability to multitask and prioritize workload

  • Demonstrated customer service skills

  • Demonstrated ability to investigate problems and utilize problem solving techniques

  • Demonstrated ability to establish positive working relationships and work as a team player in a managed services environment

  • Demonstrated ability to be resourceful in working with disparate client and internal departments to deliver meaningful solutions

  • Demonstrated ability to provide guidance and leadership to less experienced technical team members

  • Demonstrated ability to develop strong customer relationships and trust to secure future business

  • Demonstrated ability to achieve high levels of customer satisfaction

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience administering MS SQL Server 20XX databases, to include supporting full project life cycle application development efforts in a SQL environment

  • Managed Services experience

  • Technical certifications in areas of specialty

Data Privacy & Security

  • Security is every employee’s responsibility. If you are aware of a security related vulnerability or non- compliance with the Information Security Policy or Employee Handbook you must report it to the Corporate Security Team, Human Resources, or a member of Senior

  • Participate at hire and annually in the Information Security Awareness training as well as other required training identified by the Human Resources department. HIPAA or other regulatory training may be required based on your role or


Demonstrates competencies defined for the Analyst through Engineer level, plus the following:

Client Focus - Gains insight into customer needs. Identifies opportunities that benefit the customer. Builds and delivers solutions that meet customer expectations. Establishes and maintains effective customer relationships.

Plans and Aligns - Sets objectives to align with broader organizational goals. Breaks down objectives into appropriate initiatives and actions. Stages activities with relevant milestones and schedules. Anticipates and adjusts effective contingency plans.

Manages Complexity – Asks the right questions to accurately analyze situations. Acquires data from multiple and diverse sources when solving problems. Uncovers root causes to difficult problems. Evaluates pros and cons, risks and benefits of different solution options.

Organizational Savvy - Is sensitive to how people and organizations function. Anticipates land mines and plans approach accordingly. Deals comfortably with organizational politics. Knows who has power, respect, and influence. Steers through the organizational maze to get things done.

Optimizes Work Processes - Identifies and creates the processes necessary to get work done. Separates and combines activities into efficient workflow. Designs processes and procedures that allow managing from a distance. Seek ways to improve processes, from small tweaks to complete reengineering.

Drives Results - Has a strong bottom-line orientation. Persists in accomplishing objectives despite obstacles and setbacks. Has a track record of exceeding goals successfully. Pushes self and helps others achieve goals.

Essential Functions

The position is part of a 7 day per week, 24 hour per day managed services operations. To provide the required coverage, must be willing to work other shifts including weekends, holidays, and overtime.

The above primary duties, responsibilities, and position requirements are not all inclusive.

Sirius is an equal opportunity employer that values diversity. As a government contractor, Sirius takes affirmative action to employ and advance in employment qualified women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, and protected veterans; maintains a drug-free workplace; and participates in E-Verify.

Equal Opportunity Employer/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities

The contractor will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor’s legal duty to furnish information. 41 CFR 60-1.35(c)