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Senior SQL Server Database Administrator


Toronto, ON, CANADA
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Working at Sun Life Financial

Because you want a career where your talents are recognized and you're challenged to do your best, every day.

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The Opportunity


Role Summary:
The candidate will be a member of a team within Data Management Services (DMS) called Distributed Database Operations.  The primary role on the team will be as a SQL Server Infrastructure Database Administrator supporting Canadian and US requirements. 
The team has members in Canada and India supporting a wide range of distributed applications. All team members must have the ability to provide 7x24 rotational on-call duties, after hour change support and support disaster recovery test weekends.  The eligible candidate will be required to carry a cell phone, laptop and guarantee coverage from outside of work when on-call.
Role Qualifications:
  • Strong understanding of database concepts and principles
  • Strong understanding of Microsoft SQL Server functions and features
  • Ability to define database architecture that supports business requirements
  • Understanding of project management principles
  • Ability to lead projects that involve others to deliver on database initiatives
  • Ability to clearly and concisely provide oral and written communication
  • Strong organizational skills with the ability to handle several tasks efficiently
  • Ability to define and execute on research and development type projects
  • Ability to define and execute on proof of concept initiatives
 Main Accountabilities:
  • Deliver on assigned SQL Server Infrastructure projects (eg. new software releases, patch upgrades, feature exploitation, security and audit, etc.) with participation throughout the project lifecycle
  • Database server/instance installs (stand-alone and clustered), service-pack upgrades, hot fixes, client tool installs, (as defined by Infrastructure manager) according to established procedures and controls
  • Establish and maintain written best practices and operational procedures (build books, checklists etc) and generally provide guidance on SQL Server operation
  • Ensure the proper setup and validation of backup and restore processes
  • Support SQL Server versions 2005, 2008 and 2012 including: Database Engine, Integration Services, Reporting Services and Analysis Services
  • Proactive monitoring of database environment for stability, performance, availability and recoverability
  • Support project development following documented standards, policies and procedures (Change Management Process)
  • Participation in a rotational on-call schedule which entails occasional participation in after-hours and weekend incident resolution, support of production implementations, infrastructure activities, and various disaster recovery exercises
  • Work closely with other team members, technical/team leads, management, specialized IT areas and application support teams to ensure consistent delivery and quality of database services
  • Develop T-SQL stored procedures, functions and Powershell scripts to support internal processes and improve system performance
  • Contribute ideas for best practice improvements, process improvement, and innovative solutions
  • Organizing and monitoring personal workload and escalating to manager when issues arise
  • Administrative intake process support


  • Passion for database administration as a career
  • Demonstrated ability to apply database concepts to business requirements
  • University level degree in Computer Science or related information technology degree/diploma
  • SQL Server certification or MVP status and experience with various SQL versions on various Windows O/S's
  • T-SQL skills that include a thorough understanding of system tables, stored procedures, functions, triggers, etc
  • Experience with SQL Server installations and patching
  • SQL Server tuning skills using Profiler, Index Tuning Wizard, Dynamic Management Views and Functions (DMVs), and other third-party tools
  • Knowledge of SQL Server Management Studio and Business Intelligence Development Studio
  • Knowledge of SQL Server database resiliency strategies such as replication, mirroring, log shipping, maintenance plans and DR recovery strategies
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Powershell for scripting
  • Experience with Sybase Power Designer
  • Experience with 3rd party support tools (Redgate, Idera, Embacadero)
  • Some knowledge of data-mapping and logical and physical data modeling
  • Willingness to share ideas and speak up in large groups

Enterprise Services, Working better together.
Our teams are dedicated to providing the services and technology our business partners need to help customers achieve lifetime financial security. Through innovation and collaboration, we're striving to continually find new and better ways to bring value to Sun Life. Enterprise Services has employees in Canada, Ireland, the U.S. and Asia.   We partner closely with groups and individuals throughout Sun Life Financial to provide products and services that deliver business value.

We thank all applicants for showing an interest in this position. Only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

Unposting Date

: Sep 26, 2014, 11:59:00 PM


:  IT - Technology Services

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