Senior SQL Server Database Engineer-Architect

chevy chase, Maryland

Open Systems is seeking a highly qualified Senior SQL Server Database Engineer/Architect to support our client.

The Engineer will be responsible for the implementation, configuration, maintenance, diagnosis and performance tuning of critical SQL Server database systems, to ensure the availability and consistent performance of our corporate applications. This is a “hands-on” position requiring solid technical skills, as well as excellent interpersonal and communication skills.

This will start out remote but will be onsite in Chevy Chase, MD after Covid19.

 W2 or C2C Contract

The successful candidate will be responsible for triaging and optimizing application and platform related performance issues. The candidate will also be responsible for ensuring database systems and services are certified for operational readiness (desired state configuration, security, health and performance). The candidate must be a subject matter expert on SQL and must able to lead applications and projects independently.


  • Lead performance monitoring and tuning of assigned projects and communicate with other teams for identifying root cause of all database related issues. Proactively support ongoing maintenance, backup/ recovery, security, auditing and production support.
  • Configure and maintain database servers and processes, including monitoring of system health and performance, to ensure high levels of performance, availability, and security.
  • Design, troubleshoot and optimize SSIS and ETL packages and SSRS reports to meet business needs
  • Independently analyze, solve, and correct issues in real time, providing problem resolution end-to-end.
  • Assist developers with complex query tuning and schema refinement.
  • Routinely evaluates/ implements improved methods or processes for administering and maintaining databases and servers.
  • Perform scheduled maintenance and support release deployment activities after hours.
  • Participate in design and architecture review of the databases and applications. Lead efforts with database topology review and communicate with multiple teams to finalize optimal design for databases and applications.
  • Serve as escalation point for troubleshooting minor to major problems on an as-needed basis; often requiring time sensitive response and pro-active communication to different groups within the organization Requirements
  • Contribute to the creation of processes, procedures and standards for SQL Server database administration that supports the use of optimal database server resources and performance to minimize potential downtime scenarios
  • Defining requirements for automating routine database service delivery processes and collaborating with peers to develop and enhance existing database service delivery automation solutions
  • Implements and maintains automated database maintenance plans and backup routines using standard methodologies.
  • Participate in the 24/7 rotational On-Call schedule.


  • Bachelor’s or Master’s Degree in Computer science or related field is strongly desired and certifications are a plus (MCTS, MCITP, and/or MVP certifications)
  • 8+ years of experience administering large databases in a high transaction, 24x7 Microsoft SQL Server database environment.
  • Advanced skills in resolving database locking conflicts/blocking and resource utilization contention
  • Ability to work with database developers and engineers to analyze database performance and identify problems in areas such as: execution plans, index coverage, and SQL server statistics. Demonstrate ability to solve complex database administration problems.
  • Advanced experience in database monitoring, troubleshooting, performance tuning, and high availability strategies for SQL Server 2012, SQL Server 2014, SQL Server 2016 and SQL Server in Azure IaaS
  • A thorough understanding of Performance Monitoring, Tuning and Optimization, using native and third-party monitoring and troubleshooting tools like IDERA/Redgate/OMS MMA or Dynatrace is required
  • Advanced knowledge of SQL Server backup and recovery strategies. Experience defining hardware requirements and storage capacity planning for development, testing, QA and production for capacity planning and performance
  • Advanced knowledge SQL Server Disaster Recovery (DR) options, AlwaysOn availability groups and experience administering Windows Server, including Active Directory, Failover clustering, database partitioning, security and encryption
  • In depth experience supporting SSIS, SSRS, replication, database mirroring, SQL Reporting Services, DacPac, BacPac, IsPac concept and deployment/automation of database objects is required
  • Advanced PowerShell scripting experience with ability to write automated scripts and strong knowledge of system tables and DMV’s is required.
  • Must be self-motivated, able to work in a team oriented environment as well as possess the ability to organize, plan and lead projects independently. Share new ideas with the team and be able to think on your feet and recommend solutions.
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment, rapidly develop proficiency in new skills with a strong work ethic and a professional demeanor
  • MCDBA or MCSE: Data Platform Required with at least MCSA SQL Server 2012/2016
  • Experience working with Microsoft Azure IAAS and PAAS solutions. Working experience with SQL Server on IAAS and Azure SQL DB is a plus
  • Knowledge of PowerShell for SQL is a plus
  • Experience working with data analytics teams and business intelligence tools especially PowerBi
  • Advanced working knowledge of Firewall, network security concepts, Windows Server management such as disk administration, general performance health counters and overall server configuration
  • Good working knowledge of Networking concepts such as subnetting, telnetting, IPV4 routing protocols and overall network connectivity
  • Understanding of current hardware systems, RAID and disk subsystems commonly used in fault tolerant production environments
  • Understanding and experience with SAN hardware and administration and Virtual Server environments
  • Previous experience working as part of an Agile/Scrum organization


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