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Principal Database Admin

Houston, TX

There’s never been a more exciting time to join United Airlines. We’re on a path towards becoming the best airline in the history of aviation. Our shared purpose – Connecting People, Uniting the World – is about more than getting people from one place to another. It also means that as a global company that operates in hundreds of locations around the world with millions of customers and tens of thousands of employees, we have a unique responsibility to uplift and provide opportunities in the places where we work, live and fly, and we can only do that with a truly diverse and inclusive workforce. And we’re growing – in the years ahead, we’ll hire tens of thousands of people across every area of the airline.

Our careers include a competitive benefits package aimed at keeping you happy, healthy and well-traveled. From employee-run "Business Resource Group" communities to world-class benefits like parental leave, 401k and privileges like space available travel, United is truly a one-of-a-kind place to work. Are you ready to travel the world? 

We believe that inclusion propels innovation and is the foundation of all that we do. United's Digital Technology team spans the globe and is made up of diverse individuals all working together with cutting-edge technology to build the best airline in the history of aviation.

Our team designs, develops and maintains massively scaling technology solutions brought to life with innovative architectures, data analytics, and digital solutions. 

Key Responsibilities: 

  • Leads a team of DBA’s in the designing, implementing, and supporting enterprise standard databases based on business area requirements
  • Drives the identification, definition, and implementation of database backup/recovery and security strategies
  • Install and support DBNS (Database Management Systems) software and tools
  • Responsible for various database activities, which include monitoring, tuning, capacity, troubleshooting, and consulting
  • Translate a logical data model or user specifications into a physical design
  • Ensure detailed physical design of data structures and database compiles with enterprise standards, guidelines, procedures, and processes
  • Create physical database structures based on physical design for development, test, and production environments
  • Coordinate with systems engineers to configure servers for DBMS product installation and database creation
  • Install, configure, and maintain DBMS product software on database and application servers
  • Assist in the consultation to application development teams on DBMS product technical issues and techniques
  • Provide on-site, and on-call 7x24x365 support, as needed
  • Implement monitoring procedures to maximize availability and performance of the database, while meeting defined SLA's
  • Investigate, troubleshoot, and resolve database problems
  • Communicate the required downtime with the application development teams and systems engineers to implement approved changes
  • Keep abreast of industry and technology trends
  • Responsible to provide leadership in multiple independent efforts to design, implement, and support, enterprise standard databases on business area requirements with appropriate supervision as required
  • Lead in Identifying, defining and implementing database backup / recovery and security strategies
  • Coordinate and lead in the Installation and support of multiple DBMS (Database Management Systems) software and tools projects
  • Oversees and sets DBMS platform performance and availability improvements measures based on metric analysis
  • Duties may include leading highly complex capacity planning, workload modeling, system maintenance/ administration, and diagnostics
  • Monitor industry trends and anticipates future direction for system platforms

United values diverse experiences, perspectives, and we encourage everyone who meets the minimum qualifications to apply. While having the “desired” qualifications make for a stronger candidate, we encourage applicants who may not feel they check ALL of those boxes! We are always looking for individuals who will bring something new to the table! 


What’s needed to succeed (Minimum Qualifications): 

  • BS/BA, preferably in Information Technology or Business or equivalent experience, education, or training
  • 10+ years applicable experience in the design/administration/ support of one or more DBMS platforms; or 5+ years equivalent in depth experience in the design, administration, implementation, and support of a database
  • The ideal candidate will have the experience in the above related areas, in addition to experience with 4 or more of the following: systems software networking tools, application development, multidimensional tools, knowledge of relational databases, logical modeling, object modeling and data warehousing
  • Must be legally authorized to work in the United States for any employer without sponsorship

United Airlines is an equal opportunity employer. United Airlines recruits, employs, trains, compensates and promotes regardless of race, religion, color, national origin, gender identity, sexual orientation, physical ability, age, veteran status and other protected status as required by applicable law. We will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform crucial job functions. Please contact [email protected] to request accommodation. 

Equal Opportunity Employer - Minorities/Women/Veterans/Disabled/LGBT

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