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Southern Company Database Administrator, Sr in Atlanta, Georgia

Database Administrator, Sr


Database Administrator (DBA)

Purpose: This position interfaces closely with portfolio and business unit developers to design, implement, tune, and troubleshoot database solutions for new development projects, enhancements to existing solutions, and implementation of purchased vendor packages. A DBA ensures that proper creation, support, placement, performance, and security are in place for Southern Company data. Significant coordination is required with developers and infrastructure support groups for operating system upgrades, software upgrades, migrations, and hardware replacements.

Education / Experience:

  • Degree in Computer Science or a related field preferred

  • In-depth knowledge of DBMS related technologies (specifically Oracle)

Job Responsibilities:

  • Develop and/or implement timely, cost effective, and high quality database solutions

  • Responsible for working with internal technology partners to understand business requirements and database needs, then planning and executing installation, build, and configuration to meet those needs.

  • Broad knowledge of database concepts and ability to perform database management and maintenance consisting of:

  • DBMS and related software installs, upgrades and patches (including security patching)

  • Logical and physical database design

  • Structure modifications / schema management

  • Database reorganizations

  • Space monitoring and management / Capacity planning

  • Performance analysis and tuning (both at SQL and DBMS level)

  • Data integrity checks and cleanup

  • Database backups and recovery

  • Disaster recovery

  • Data loads

  • Coding, maintaining and consulting on database procedures and triggers

  • Troubleshooting DBMS and related problems

  • Participate in on-call duty pager rotation

  • Consultation on database issues and tools with internal customers and other IT groups

  • Build and maintain relationships with customers, peers, staff and other IT groups

  • Provide project activities in compliance with the approved methodologies and standards

  • Provide root cause analysis, efficient production support and maintenance / enhancements for existing applications

  • Participate in or lead special projects/assignments

  • Meet schedules and estimates for assigned tasks

  • Provide regular status updates

  • Demonstrate understanding and application of Southern Style attributes

Job Requirements :

  • In-depth knowledge of Oracle (12c, 19c)

  • Knowledge of high availability architectures, specifically Oracle RAC.

  • Knowledge of disaster recovery architectures, specifically DataGuard.

  • Strong understanding of performance tuning methodologies.

  • Knowledge of replication technologies, GoldenGate preferred.

  • Working knowledge of Database monitoring methodologies, specifically OEM.

  • Working knowledge of database security implementations, data privacy and Sarbanes Oxley controls.

  • Working knowledge of Exadata platform a plus.

  • Working knowledge of OUD/EUS, Oracle Key Vault, and VPD a plus.

  • Working knowledge of Unix/ Linux platforms and operating systems including scripting, editors, etc.

  • Working knowledge and understanding of software development technologies, methodologies, and associated tools

  • Working knowledge of application architectures (Web, Client Server, Batch, etc.)

  • Knowledge of other database technologies and platforms is a plus.

  • Working knowledge of typical IT organization and business units

  • Awareness of energy industry trends, opportunities and challenges is a plus


  • Proven effective communication and interpersonal skills

  • Ability to negotiate and influence others

  • Ability to function independently and as a team member

  • Proven analytical and problem-solving skills

  • Ability to learn new approved technologies and apply them

  • Excellent customer service skills

  • Ability to handle multiple assignments and conflicting priorities

  • Ability to quickly establish new, strong interpersonal relationships with customers, peers, and management.

  • Ability to lead small internal projects and initiatives.

  • Ability to document actionable recommendations.

  • Ability to provide planning, guidance and implementation of best practices.

  • Ability to work proactively, take initiative, leverage resources and drive change.

  • Good decision-making skills

    Reporting Relationship: (Manager, peer, subordinate jobs -- organization structure, organization chart may be attached)

  • This position reports to a Manager within Database Services

    Physical Demands / Work Environment: The physical demands and work environment characteristics described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee and those an employee may encounter while performing essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. Work is generally sedentary, with no specific need for physical coordination or effort. May require physical effort associated with using the computer to access everyday activities. Tasks do not expose employee to physically unpleasant or hazardous conditions

* This job description does not, nor is it intended to represent an exhaustive listing of all duties, tasks or responsibilities for the position listed. Based upon individual experience and team work load, responsibilities are assigned in varying degrees.

** An equal opportunity employer. Drug free workplace. M/F/D/V


Southern Company (NYSE: SO) is America's premier energy company, with 44,000 megawatts of generating capacity and 1,500 billion cubic feet of combined natural gas consumption and throughput volume serving 9 million electric and gas utility customers through its subsidiaries. The company provides clean, safe, reliable and affordable energy through electric utilities in four states, natural gas distribution utilities in seven states, a competitive generation company serving wholesale customers across America and a national recognized provider of customized energy solutions, as well as fiber optics and wireless communications. Southern Company brands are known for excellent customer service, high reliability and affordable prices that are below the national average. Through an industry-leading commitment to innovation, Southern Company and its subsidiaries are inventing America's energy future by developing the full portfolio of energy resources, including carbon-free nuclear, 21st century coal, natural gas, renewables and energy efficiency, and creating new products and services for the benefit of customers. Southern Company has been named by the U.S. Department of Defense and G.I. Jobs magazine as a top military employer, recognized among the Top 50 Companies for Diversity by DiversityInc, listed by Black Enterprise magazine as one of the 40 Best Companies for Diversity and designated a Top Employer for Hispanics by Hispanic Network. The company has earned a National Award of Nuclear Science and History from the National Atomic Museum Foundation for its leadership and commitment to nuclear development and is continually ranked among the top utilities in Fortune's annual World's Most Admired Electric and Gas Utility rankings. Visit our website at

Southern Company is an equal opportunity employer where an applicant's qualifications are considered without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other basis prohibited by law.

Job Field: Information Technology

Job Type: Standard

Primary Location: Georgia-Metro Atlanta-Atlanta

Operating Company: Southern Company Services

Other Locations: Alabama-Metro Birmingham/Eastern AL-Birmingham

Job Type: Standard

Travel (Up to...): No

Work Location(s):

Georgia Power Headquarters - 241 Ralph McGill Blvd. NE (241ATLANTA)

241 Ralph McGill Blvd. NE

Atlanta, 30308

The Energy Center - 3535 Colonnade Parkway (3535Birmingham)

3535 Colonnade Parkway

Birmingham, 35243

Req ID: SCS2011133