BlackLine automates and controls financial close processes for midsize and large organizations.

Senior Database Administrator at BlackLine

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Job Summary  

A Senior Database Administrator at BlackLine plays a vital role in managing data platform while continually driving forward improvements, optimizations, and automation.  

As a member of the Cloud Data Services team, you will be involved in the planning, deployment, and maintenance of the data platform, including troubleshooting issues, performance tuning, security, and access controls. You will collaborate with other teams on crucial projects to drive growth, to improve controls and processes, to reduce overhead and complexity. This includes automation, performance optimizations, delivery, stability, and security of the services, systems, and databases we use. 

In this role, we are looking for people who are team players, passionate about their areas of expertise, and constantly striving to learn and improve, not just in the sense of their own skills, but also in growing and sharing with peers day-by-day. If you are someone who strives for excellence in all that they do, a go-getter, and a creative problem solver, then we want to talk to you. 

A successful candidate must possess solid troubleshooting skills, critical thinking skills, presentation skills, and have experience supporting large scale database operations. SaaS and Public Cloud experience is very desirable. 

Roles and Responsibility (list in order of importance)  

  • Ensure 99.99%+ availability of the services and infrastructure across private and public clouds to provide expected uptime to Blackline Customers 
  • Work is project-oriented, and employee must define actual tasks. Understand company goals and practices and apply them in performance of job responsibilities. Receive only general instructions on new work. Perform necessary tasks to deliver against committed project timelines 
  • Manage Relational Databases at multiple product lifecycle stages and environments, including research, development, mission-critical production systems, etc. 
  • Manage NoSQL Databases at multiple product lifecycle stages and environments, including research, development, mission-critical production systems, etc. 
  • Configure and maintain database systems and related processes, including monitoring, system health, and performance to ensure high performance, availability, and security 
  • Independently, or in collaboration with peers, analyze, and resolve issues in real-time, providing end-to-end problem-solving and improvements. Conduct root cause analyses. 
  • Provide off-hours support, including a 24/7 on-call rotation; Respond to and troubleshoot incidents. 
  • Adhere to the change management and other established processes and procedures 
  • Assist and support Engineering staff with performance tuning and optimizations, supporting the delivery of high-quality value and features to Blackline’s customers 
  • Refine, automate, and advocate for automation, standardized processes, issue tracking, change management, and process improvement 
  • Implement, optimize, and regularly test backup and recovery plans for databases, including Disaster Recovery 
  • Perform critical scheduled maintenance, deployment, and release support activities 
  • Participate in various POC’s 
  • Create and Maintain documentation as well as operational knowledge base. Share knowledge with peers and other functional teams 
  • Proactively identify issues, bottlenecks, gaps, or other areas of concern or opportunity and work to either directly affect change, or advocate for that change by working with peers and leadership in building consensus and taking action 



Required Qualifications  

Years of Experience in Related Field: 6+ years 


Bachelor’s Degree in an IT, Computer Science preferred, or equivalent combination of education and work experience. 

Technical/Specialized Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:  

  • 6 or more years Relational Database Administration (MS SQL Server, PostgreSQL, etc.) experience required 
  • 4 or more years implementing operational automation via scripting (i.e., PowerShell, BASH, SQL, etc.) is required 
  • 5 or more years successfully working in Hybrid (Physical, Virtualized and Private Cloud) environments are required 
  • 3 or more years working in high-transaction data environments is required 
  • Advanced working knowledge of SQL is required  
  • Strong experience working with and maintaining data backup and recovery strategies 
  • Strong experience working with and maintaining high-availability and disaster recovery strategies 
  • Experience with performance tuning and optimization, using native monitoring and troubleshooting tools and techniques, including complex queries as well as procedure and indexing strategies 
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills are required, including ability to effectively communicate with audiences of various levels and backgrounds 
  • Adaptable team-player with a focus on results and value delivery 
  • Able to organize and plan work independently 
  • Ability to multi-task and manage priorities in a fast-paced environment is required 
  • Strong work ethic, attention to detail and organizational skills are required 
  • 2 or more years of deploying and managing NoSQL DBMS (MongoDB, CouchDB, OrientDB, Redis, Apache Cassandra, RethinkDBetc. ) is a plus 
  • ETL experience is a plus 

Working Conditions 

  • Work is primarily sedentary in nature; no special demands are required. 


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Technology we use

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What are BlackLine Perks + Benefits

BlackLine Benefits Overview

BlackLine believes in providing the best possible service to its clients, and that starts with offering amazing perks to its employees. These perks include 100% coverage for healthcare, vision, and dental, 401(k) matching, ESPP, food, drinks, games, and so much more!

Volunteer in local community
Partners with Nonprofits
Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Intracompany committees
Daily sync
Open door policy
Team owned deliverables
Team based strategic planning
Group brainstorming sessions
Open office floor plan
Documented equal pay policy
Dedicated Diversity/Inclusion Staff
Highly diverse management team
Unconscious bias training
Diversity Employee Resource Groups
Hiring Practices that Promote Diversity
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Disability Insurance
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
At BlackLine, we feel that paying 100% of our employees’ health benefits is 100% the right thing to do. Medical, dental, and vision are taken care of by the company.
Life Insurance
Pet Insurance
Wellness Programs
Team workouts
BlackLine has been offering company wide virtual fitness classes such as, Aerobics and Yoga!
Mental Health Benefits
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K) Matching
BlackLine provides employees with a 401(k) matching plan.
Company Equity
Employee Stock Purchase Plan
BlackLine offers and Employee Stock Purchase Plan with the ability to buy stock at a discounted price.
Performance Bonus
Match charitable contributions
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Child Care Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
Flexible Work Schedule
Remote Work Program
Family Medical Leave
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Unlimited Vacation Policy
Generous PTO
Paid Holidays
Paid Sick Days
Perks & Discounts
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
Company Outings
BlackLine hosts company outings several times per year.
Game Room
Our game room includes Ping Pong, Pool Table and Video Games.
Stocked Kitchen
Some Meals Provided
Happy Hours
We offer employees free on-site garage parking.
Fitness Subsidies
Home Office Stipend for Remote Employees
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
Tuition Reimbursement
Diversity Program
Lunch and learns
Promote from within
Time allotted for learning
Online course subscriptions available
Customized development tracks

Additional Perks + Benefits

We’re better together and know that amazing individuals make amazing teams. We also know that we bond through socializing and shared experiences. That’s how teams gel and support each other.

So, we like to play games together: table tennis, poker, and video games. We encourage company sports leagues and fitness groups. We relax with happy hours and team get-togethers, and we never let a holiday season go by without a celebration.

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