Pearson Manager Database Operation in Colombo, Sri Lanka

Manager Database Operation


At Pearson, we’re committed to a world that’s always learning and to our talented team who makes it all possible. From bringing lectures vividly to life to turning textbooks into laptop lessons, we are always re-examining the way people learn best, whether it’s one child in our own backyard or an education community across the globe. We are bold thinkers and standout innovators who motivate each other to explore new frontiers in an environment that supports and inspires us to always be better. By pushing the boundaries of technology — and each other to surpass these boundaries — we create seeds of learning that become the catalyst for the world’s innovations, personal and global, large and small.

As a member of the Hosting Operations, the Database Administration Manager will be responsible for the service deliveries of Database team. He/she will work with the Leadership team to set the direction of the Database group. He/she will make presentations for internal and external audiences.

The role comes with responsibility and he/she will be expected to oversee projects and ensure all members of the team are working on the right thing at the right time to keep databases in order. Also, the ideal candidate should have good experience in working with “DevOps”, the methodology in which developers and operations communicate and collaborate to deliver higher quality products.

Job Responsibilities

  • Manage the operational support of production and development database systems in a 24x7 production environment

  • Oversee the operational execution of the team activities including assigning work responsibilities while ensuring the timely deliveries.

  • Mentor and develop team members

  • Manage the support activities for applications development teams in designing, developing and implementing database applications, including defining the database architecture, data modeling, and database object definitions

  • Monitor and tune databases to avoid issues and maximize performance.

  • Maintain high availability including participating in and supporting off-site disaster recovery for critical databases. Must be able to fail or switch production databases to other sites within predetermined SLA’s.

  • Evaluate and recommend vendor products to support database administration activities

  • Participate in strategic planning and budgeting

  • Support security policies to ensure integrity of data

  • Patch and upgrade databases to secure databases in a timely manner to make sure the environment is compliant to security standards.


Non Technical Competencies

  • Ability to work well under pressure and get things done

  • Ability to present to internal and external audiences and excellent communication skills.

  • Experience in collaborating in a “DevOps” model where Development and Systems Professionals work together to rapidly produce products and services.

  • Experience managing or supporting a hosting environment.

  • Experience with Security best practices and remediation.

  • Must be dependable and possess strong leadership skills

  • Experience working cross-functionally across many groups in the company

  • Excellent time management skills

  • Must be self-motivated and have strong organizational skills

  • Adaptability and the ability to work in a high paced environment

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills

  • Excellent people management skills

Technical Competencies

  • 10 years RDBMS experience working in a high volume production environment

  • 2 years of experience on similar capacity

  • Solid knowledge of physical and logical database design

  • Solid knowledge in schema design principles with demonstrated aptitude to apply best practices for scalable designs and influence developers

  • At least 5 years handson experience in a MySQL/ MSSQL/Oracle DB environment

  • At least 2 years experience in Amazon EC2 and RDS/Aurora

  • Past good Automation skills/experience in writing automation scripts in Perl/ Shell/PHP/Powershell or Python

Qualifications Required

  • BS Degree in CS/MIS or equivalent experience.

  • ITIL Foundation Certified

Primary Location: LK-1-Colombo

Work Locations: LK-Colombo-Orion City Sascon Bldg Orion City Sascon Building No. 752/5 Dr Danister De Silver Mawatha Colombo

Job: Technology

Organization: Technology & Operations

Employee Status: Regular Employee

Job Type: Standard

Shift: Day Job

Job Posting: Sep 13, 2018

Job Unposting: Ongoing

Schedule: Full-time Regular

Req ID: 1810437

Pearson is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer and a member of E-Verify. All qualified applicants, including minorities, women, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.