Database Administrator (DBA)
Everything we do is built on a commitment to do the right thing for our customers, our people and our community. Our mission and our values guide the way we do business. The foundation of our Leidos culture is our Values, Beliefs and Expectations by which we select, recognise and reward employees. They create the environment that drives us toward our mission. Inspired to make a difference, we are committed to solving the world’s toughest problems.
Passionate about customer success by being determined to understand and respond to our customers’ needs as if they were our own.
United as a team, we are bound together by our conviction that ethics and integrity is core to how we operate. Because of a key strategic development and a new exciting business opportunity, we have a requirement for a security-cleared Database Administrator (DBA) based in the UK working at our Farnborough site and remotely. Leidos has more than 30 years’ experience of developing and running some of the largest government Biometric systems in the world. We are currently hiring to expand our UK based technical team who support our biometrics services for UK Govt.
If you have biometrics or identity systems experience and want to learn more please apply for one of our vacancies. Come join our team and further develop your skills as we develop the system and grow the use of biometric modalities that include fingerprints, facial recognition, DNA and voice.
Being part of the Leidos team is a commitment to push yourself and those around you to do better, constantly adapt and learn new technologies. We’re a passionate team and are committed to developing and growing our staff.
Leidos is a global science and technology solutions leader working to solve the world's toughest challenges in the defence, intelligence, homeland security, civil, and health markets. The company's 33,000 employees support vital missions for government and commercial customers.
Are you ready for your next challenge?
We are looking for and enthusiastic and motivated Database Administrator, with high levels of security clearance, to join our growing team of IT experts in delivering high quality IT services to our government customer. We love to work with people who have a passion for technology and the possibilities it offers. You will be self-motivated and be able to work autonomously to achieve day-to-day objectives with significant results on project or operational deliverables, whilst also owning a variety of activities ensuring compliance with project milestones and customer KPIs and SLAs. You must be an effective communicator, comfortable directly engaging with customers and colleagues. You will also demonstrate an analytical and systematic approach to technical challenges.
We operate a high paced and exciting collaborative working environment where the work you do is normally customer facing and has demonstrable real world impact. As such we value our staff highly and are committed to training, career development and providing opportunities to progress.
You will be providing enterprise operational database support and maintenance services to a complex range of imagery and geospatial system capabilities in a high availability operational environment. This role is within the live support team and primarily covers the maintenance of MS SQL Server 2016 & PostgreSQL databases in Windows & Linux environments across a multisite enterprise solution and involvement\support where these databases interact or provide services to the wider software solution. This includes the maintenance and updates to Data Models and Data Definition Language as well as responsibility for database integrity.
You will need a thorough understanding of MS SQL Server 2016 and PostgreSQL database products. This is a complex and challenging role that will be highly rewarding, with extensive communication and interfacing requirements with multiple providers, agencies and Customer organisations.
The role also includes providing remote and on-site support. There is also a requirement to provide out-of-hours on-call support from time to time. You will be expected to contribute towards the creation and ongoing maintenance of technical documentation and, while primarily supporting the operational service, also be able to provide material to support change projects if required.
Your Role and Responsibilities;
Chairing the Change Advisory Board (CAB).
Managing the change and release aspects of a complex and operationally critical IT Service and Platform.
Providing an escalation point for Change Management (CM) and Release Management (RM).
Making decisions for all technical changes.
Co-ordinating releases and interdependencies.
Identifying and managing problems, risks, issues and the practicalities of normal change, standard change, and emergency change in a 24/7 organisation in order to meet our customers’ expectations and ensure Leidos’ reputation as an organisation which delivers for its customers.
Demonstrating a professional and proactive approach in customer communications in order to build strong relationships with a wide group of key customers.
Leading by example in demonstrating a collaborative and transparent partnering approach with the customer group in support of Leidos’ long term goals and principles.
Ensuring utilisation targets are hit with resources for which you are in control/manage
Effectively leading, managing and motivating the on-site and remote teams to ensure a culture of focus, delivery and professionalism within which each member understands their role, responsibilities and is enthused to deliver their best work.
Provide support to the operational and strategic management of this area of Leidos business including SME support to proposals for future work to benefit the customer.
Favorable If You Have;
Experience in an ITILv3 support enterprise environment.
MS SQL Server 2016 & PostgreSQL DBA experience in an Operational Support environment.
Knowledge of the change and operational release cycle, including Systems Integration, Development and Test.
Experience of IT architectures and the application of Software/Systems engineering principles within a secure IT environment.
A history as a proactive ‘self-starter’, able to respond to complex situations with little oversight and asking for support from other technical experts as required.
Experience with MS SQL Server 2016 support, Windows Server, RHEL and VMWare environments
Occasional travel to other Leidos and customer sites may be required.
Keeping an eye on the technology landscape is essential, too – identification of new and relevant technologies to solve problems and make improvements is part of the job. We believe innovation is the lifeblood of customer value – we are all catalysts for innovation and improvement and committed to continuous improvement in everything we do.
To work with our talented team and our customers you would need to be able to achieve a high level of security clearance.
What we do for you:
At Leidos we are PASSIONATE about customer success, UNITED as a team and INSPIRED to make a difference. We offer meaningful and engaging careers, a collaborative culture, and support for your career goals, all while nurturing a healthy work-life balance.
We provide an employment package that attracts, develops and retains only the best in talent. Our reward scheme includes:
• Contributory Pension Scheme
• Private Medical Insurance
• 33 days Annual Leave (including public and privilege holidays)
• Access to Flexible benefits (including life assurance, health schemes, gym memberships, annual buy and sell holidays and a cycle to work scheme)
• Dynamic Working
Commitment to Diversity:
We welcome applications from every part of the community and are committed to a truly diverse and inclusive culture. We foster a sense of belonging, welcoming all perspectives and contributions, and providing equal access to opportunities and resources for everyone. If you have a disability or need any reasonable adjustments during the application and selection stages please let us know, and we will respond in a way that best fits your needs.
Who We Are:
Leidos UK & EUROPE – we work to make the world safer, healthier, and more efficient through technology, engineering and science.
Leidos is a growing company delivering innovative technology and solutions focused on safeguarding critical capabilities and transformation in frontline services, our work in the United Kingdom includes addressing some of the most complex problems in defence, healthcare, government, safety and security, and transportation.
The Leidos pay range for this job level is a general guideline only and not a guarantee of compensation or salary. Additional factors considered in extending an offer include (but are not limited to) responsibilities of the job, education, experience, knowledge, skills, and abilities, as well as internal equity, alignment with market data, applicable bargaining agreement (if any), or other law.
Leidos is a Fortune 500® technology, engineering, and science solutions and services leader working to solve the world’s toughest challenges in the defense, intelligence, civil, and health markets. The company’s 45,000 employees support vital missions for government and commercial customers. Headquartered in Reston, Virginia, Leidos reported annual revenues of approximately $14.4 billion for the fiscal year ended December 30, 2022. For more information, visit www.Leidos.com.
Pay and Benefits
Pay and benefits are fundamental to any career decision. That's why we craft compensation packages that reflect the importance of the work we do for our customers. Employment benefits include competitive compensation, Health and Wellness programs, Income Protection, Paid Leave and Retirement. More details are available here.
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Commitment to Diversity
All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to sex, race, ethnicity, age, national origin, citizenship, religion, physical or mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, pregnancy, family structure, marital status, ancestry, domestic partner status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, veteran or military status, or any other basis prohibited by law. Leidos will also consider for employment qualified applicants with criminal histories consistent with relevant laws.