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Southern Company Database Administrator in Birmingham, Alabama

Database Administrator


Database Administrator


Generation Specialized Infrastructure (GSI) has an opening for a SQL Server Database Administrator within Infrastructure Services in the Technology Organization. This position is responsible for the daily tactical support and helping develop and implement the strategic vision for the Generation Specialized Infrastructure SQL Server environment.

Responsibilities also include installation, configuration, life cycle management, problem resolution and ongoing support of all SQL Server databases, while understanding and adhering to appropriate compliance processes and controls. The position focuses on the daily work required to operate the database environment focusing on availability and efficiency and requires specific operating knowledge of our environment, which includes server virtualization and clustering. In addition, this position is focused on the development and automation of support tasks, processes and procedures. This position also supports major project initiatives that impact the Generation Specialized Infrastructure database environment. This position directly interfaces with developers and business partners to support and drive project and operational success.


  • Provide database administration, operational and project support for the Generation Specialized Infrastructure SQL Server database environment. Responsibilities include installing and maintaining SQL Server databases to support unique business partner requirements. Vendor management for support issues, root cause analysis.

  • Develop and support automated processes and procedures for DBA support tasks, including database provisioning, retirement, break/fix opportunities, compliance, inventory management, and reporting, using standard and enterprise tools.

  • Provide consulting and project support on SQL Server database platforms and support and operation considerations and development and project activities.

  • Provide and support full life-cycle management for SQL databases.

  • Follow standard processes for hardware, software and project completion, problem resolution and change management.

  • DR testing and support.


  • BA/BS in Computer Science, Engineering, MIS or related work experience desired.

Experience, Skills & Abilities

  • A minimum of three (3) years’ experience working with SQL Server databases (SQL Server 2014 or above) including installation, configuration and support (including vendor coordination and liaison) required.

  • SQL database administration skills, including the ability to understand, administer and provide tactical and strategic operational support of complex virtualized and clustered environments. Ability to provide Tier 2 and Tier 3 support for SQL databases in a SQL Server environment ranging from 2014 - 2017.

  • A minimum of five (5) years database, server and technical problem resolution experience in a complex infrastructure environment required.

  • Experience working with SQL Clustering technology and SQL Server Availability Groups.

  • Experience developing automated support processes and procedures via programming or scripting.

  • Writing and troubleshooting SQL, TSQL, or PLSQL in the form of Scripts, Views, Functions, and stored procedures.

  • General knowledge of Windows and Linux environments.

  • Possess highly technical problem-solving skills and ability.

  • Ability to consult with business partners and other departments within GSI and more broadly the Technology Organization on database environments and support principles and processes that are utilized within GSI and IS and provide input as to how GSI can successfully meet business partner requirements.

  • Knowledge of relational data structures and standards.

  • Ability to quickly learn new concepts and technologies and transition knowledge & skillsets to new situations.

  • Professional oral and written communication skills.

  • Data Integration, DEVOPS, Software Development experience a plus.

  • SQL Server certification a plus (MTA, MCSA, MCSE).

  • Knowledge/Experience with SOA a plus.

  • Knowledge/Experience supporting AGILE development a plus.

  • Experience with Oracle databases a plus.


  • Effectively and accurately organizes tasks, manages multiple priorities/details, adapts quickly to changing priorities, meets schedule deliverables and commitments.

  • Strong team player with the ability to build relationships and work within team environment.

  • Self-motivated, resourceful, proactive team player that can work independently and take personal ownership of work assignments

  • Ability to build strong relationships with business partners, vendors and other IT organizations

  • Strong motivation and willingness to learn new technologies and systems and lead the effort in these areas.

  • Responds positively and adjusts quickly to new situations and demands.

  • Communicates timely and effectively with the systems support team, management and peers.

  • Models the behaviors and values of Southern Style and Southern Company’s Code of Ethics and commits to Target Zero.


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: Alabama-Metro Birmingham/Eastern AL-Birmingham

Operating Company: Southern Company Services

Job Type: Standard

Travel (Up to...): Yes, 25 % of the Time

Work Location(s):

APC Corporate Headquarters - 600 North 18th Street (600BIRMINGHAM)

600 North 18th Street

Birmingham, 35203

Req ID: SCS2008614

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