Senior Engineer, Database Administration - MySQL

| Holmdel, NJ, USA
Employer Provided Salary: 114,080-187,415 Annually
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Do you have the desire to be part of a growing and innovative team? Is a culture where "People Count" and "We do the Right Thing" important to you? If so, Guardian Life Insurance Company is actively seeking a passionate, driven Senior, Database Engineer to provide operational support for Guardian Database Systems, design and build database systems using automation in both data center and cloud platforms, including identifying build defects and create self-healing routines.

You are

Seeking to work in a world class database technologist team where our mission our mission is to "Design, Build, Deliver, and Maintain database systems that are issue-free, always-on, highly secure, and peak performing". Able to assess issues quickly performing various database technics to restore performance and stability. A faced-paced learner who is eager to learn more about enterprise database technologies who has many of the desired technology competencies listed below.

You will

  • Be part of an on-call rotation providing 24x7x365 incident and outage response, including non-business hours changes
  • Perform initial investigation and/or troubleshooting of database and database system issues to resolve issue & determine root cause
  • Process all support requests within SLA by following procedural requirements
  • Escalate to vendors, where necessary, to ensure timely resolution
  • Thoroughly document steps taken to resolve incidents and fulfil catalog requests within ServiceNow tickets
  • Develop, document, and update standard operating procedures and knowledgebase articles
  • Identify, address, and resolve repeating alert trends to improve stability and performance
  • Suggest defects and product/infrastructure enhancements to improve stability and automation
  • Participation in periodic skills enhancement sessions and training courses
  • Be a project lead, as well as a project participant for various activities: cloud migration, lifecycle management, application modernization, capacity planning, financial optimization, performance, and stability optimization, build and design state configuration automation, etc.

You have

In-depth knowledge and troubleshooting skills in the following:

Must have skills:

  • Demonstrated experience in MySQL Database Administration
  • MySQL replication experience
  • SQL coding and tuning experience
  • Shell scripting and automation experience
  • MySQL Enterprise Manager experience
  • AWS/Cloud Services experience: EC2, RDS, and Aurora
  • Cloud deployments experience: Jenkins, Bitbucket, Terraform
  • Hands-on, technically adept DBA, capable of performing required DB tasks experience
  • Strong troubleshooting/performance tuning skills
  • Ability to assess and improve SQL performance
  • Understanding of MySQL's underlying storage engines, such as InnoDB and MyISAM
  • Ability to Handle common database procedures, such as upgrade, backup, recovery, migration, etc.
  • Profile server resource usage, optimize and tweak as necessary
  • Expert level MySQL RDBMS installation/configuration, patching, troubleshooting, performance tracking/tuning, back-up/recovery, remote monitoring skills with hands-on experience in -large and very dynamic environments
  • Strong commitment to following SDLC/Change-Management principles
  • Self-starter and be able to perform work with minimal supervisory direction
  • Knowledge of data quality, data management, and data testing strategies and practices
  • Strong communication skills, both oral and written
  • Strong experience working with ticketing tools such as ServiceNow, Zenoss or any other monitoring tool, Cloud monitoring tools (CloudWatch, CloudTrail), AppDynamics (or similar APM tool)
  • Strong problem-solving and troubleshooting skills
  • Keen analytical and structured approach to problem solving
  • Ability to accommodate flexible work schedules

Desired skills:

  • Ability to diagnose problems and triage/resolve issues across various tiers (application, network, database, server, or storage tiers)
  • Ability to implement automation to reduce manual administrative tasks through use of jobs, scripts, cron, or other techniques
  • Experience in DB2 UDB, Oracle, Postgres, Microsoft SQL Server, MongoDB, and/or Cassandra is plus
  • Experience with configuration management tools: SCCM; Puppet; or Ansible.
  • Development or enhancement of training and upskilling programs
  • Bachelor's Degree or similar required


  • Holmdel, NJ or Bethlehem, PA
  • The Database Service is scheduled to work Monday through Friday 8:00 AM ET till 5:00 PM ET.
  • 3-days remote and 2-days in the office.
  • We operate on a 24x7x365 using an on-call rotation.
  • Our India-based staff starts at 2:30 AM ET and US-based staff covers until 5:00 PM ET.
  • On-call is 5:00 PM ET until 2:30 AM ET Monday through Thursday and Friday 5:00 PM ET until Sunday 2:30 AM ET.

Salary Range

$114,080.00 - $187,415.00

The salary range reflected above is a good faith estimate of base pay for the primary location of the position. The salary for this position ultimately will be determined based on the education, experience, knowledge, and abilities of the successful candidate. In addition to salary, this role may also be eligible for annual, sales, or other incentive compensation.

Our Promise

At Guardian, you'll have the support and flexibility to achieve your professional and personal goals. Through skill-building, leadership development and philanthropic opportunities, we provide opportunities to build communities and grow your career, surrounded by diverse colleagues with high ethical standards.

Inspire Well-Being

As part of Guardian's Purpose - to inspire well-being - we are committed to offering contemporary, supportive, flexible, and inclusive benefits and resources to our colleagues.

Health Care

  • Choice of [high deductible/copay] medical plans* with prescription drugs, including coverage for fertility and transgender inclusive benefits
  • Dental plan
  • Vision plan
  • Health care accounts - flexible spending, health reimbursement, and health savings accounts
  • Critical illness insurance

Life and Disability Insurance

  • Company-paid Life and Disability insurance plus voluntary supplemental coverage
  • Accident insurance

Retirement and Financial

  • 401(k) retirement plan with a company match, plus an annual age/service-based Company contribution and an annual profit-sharing contribution, if applicable
  • Complimentary 1:1 financial guidance with a licensed Fidelity representative

Time Off and Remote Work

  • Flexible work arrangements (part in-person/part remote)
  • Unlimited paid time off for most roles plus time off for volunteering, jury duty, voting, and bereavement
  • Personal holidays for colleagues to use in recognition of religious, cultural, or civic days
  • Paid parental leave and paid family and medical leave policies

Emotional Well-being and Work-Life

  • Emotional well-being, mental health, and work/life resources powered by Spring Health
  • Wellness programs, including fitness program and equipment reimbursement
  • Child, adult, and elder back-up care support through Bright Horizons
  • Adoption assistance
  • College planning
  • Tuition reimbursement
  • Student loan assistance
  • Commuter benefits in select metropolitan areas

Benefits apply to full-time eligible employees. Interns are not eligible for most Company benefits.

Equal Employment Opportunity

Guardian is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will be considered for employment without regard to age, race, color, creed, religion, sex, affectional or sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, marital status, disability, military or veteran status, or any other classification protected by applicable law.


Guardian is committed to providing access, equal opportunity and reasonable accommodation for individuals with disabilities in employment, its services, programs, and activities. Guardian also provides reasonable accommodations to qualified job applicants (and employees) to accommodate the individual's known limitations related to pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions, unless doing so would create an undue hardship. If reasonable accommodation is needed to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and/or to receive other benefits and privileges of employment, please contact [email protected].

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Guardian Life operates in the Financial Services industry. The company is located in New York, NY. Guardian Life was founded in 1860. It has 8709 total employees. To see all 35 open jobs at Guardian Life, click here.
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