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Senior IT Practitioner

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Recruiter: Met Office
Listed on: 15th June
Location: Exeter
Salary/Rate: £30,932 - £33,925
Type: Contract
Start Date: ASAP

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Who we are

We are the Met Office, the national meteorological service for the UK. We provide critical weather services and world-leading climate science, helping people make better decisions to stay safe and thrive.

Our services are delivered through exceptional scientific, technological and operational expertise. We have a team of excellent people, working to deliver extraordinary impact, making us one of the most trusted forecasters in the world.

Job Purpose

Technology within the Met Office is responsible for the delivery and support of IT Services and Systems that enable the Met Office to deliver this vision. Within the Infrastructure & Operations part of Technology, the Corporate Database team is responsible for delivering and supporting database systems. The Corporate Database team provides database administration services for all corporate Oracle and PostgreSQL databases within the Met Office. These include those used for a number of key operational systems, as well as those providing internal services such as Finance. The post-holder would be expected to organise and coordinate with other specialist resources within the wider team in order to provide a high-level of database service.

Co-ordinate with other team members the setup, testing and acceptance of databases from development through to operational status, and provide ongoing technical support for databases in the production environment both for day to day and longer term project work.

Job Responsibilities

Service Support: Maintaining and monitoring the services.

Deliver effective and adaptable database administrationservices, ensuring both operationally and non-operationally supported databases meet project and/or customerexpectations. Carry out installation, upgrade and configuration tasks, maintain system security, perform back-up and recovery procedures in line with agreed best practice to deliver and maintain efficient and reliable databases. Diagnose and resolve database problems, including using database management tools, to meet the agreed service levels.

Undertaking effective Change, Incident & Problem Management. Proactively addressing issues which have a wider impact on service delivery. Producing and maintaining procedures and other documentation for colleagues, other support teams, users, IT Operations and customers.

Workload Management. Developing cost effective solutions to customer requirements. Following local best-practice and/or guidelines, ensuring peer reviews of work undertaken are carried out and documented appropriately.

Ensuring that any new services or developments will be fit for operational purposes.

Ensuring alignment with current strategy and standards.

Essential Qualifications, Skills & Abilities

  1. Proficient with Oracle 12 database technology with an understanding of Oracle 19, including ASM, RMAN and regular database patching.
  2. A working knowledge of OEM and PostgreSQL pgAdmin console together with Linux scripting for RHEL.
  3. Great team-working skills and, when appropriate, the ability to work to your own initiative. Ability to forge working relationships with other teams at every level as non-siloed working is essential for the success of the project.
  4. Capacity to produce documentation to support installation and troubleshooting for colleagues to follow, together with enthusiasm for "show and tell".
  5. An enthusiasm to deliver.

Desirable Qualifications, Skills & Abilities

  1. Programming with Oracle PL/SQL and performance tuning.
  2. An understanding of day to day PostgreSQL management and an appreciation of upgrades/lifecycling.
  3. Familiarity with Service Now, JIRA & Puppet.
  4. Able to work with Office 365 and particularly Sharepoint.
  5. Willingness to be available out of hours for support call resolution.

Further information

Closing date 29/06/2021 with interviews commencing from 12/07/2021 . We update all applicants once the vacancy has closed and applications have been reviewed.

At present, all interviews are taking place remotely via Microsoft Teams.

We are an equal opportunities employer and we welcome applications from those with all protected characteristics.

We recognise that Great Minds Don't Think Alike and are committed to being a more diverse and inclusive organisation. We are a Disability Confident, Mindful Employer and we hold an Athena Swan Bronze award for our work on gender equality. We apply the Civil Service Code to ensure that everyone is recruited on merit, fairness, and open competition.

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