Application Database Administrator
The Great-West Life Assurance Company
Winnipeg, MB
Our Story

We are proud to announce that Canada Life will become our company brand under which our three companies service – Great West Life, London Life, and Canada Life.

Together, Great-West Life, London Life and Canada Life have been in the business of keeping promises for over a century. The new Canada Life brand combines the strengths of all three – so we can better deliver on our purpose: To improve the financial, physical and mental well-being of Canadians.


Role Description

Join a dynamic team that is committed to providing database services to Great West Life. You’ll be responsible for delivering and supporting data base solutions in a wide range of technologies including DB2 LUW, DB2 Mainframe, Oracle, and SQL Server.

If you are passionate about data, love to learn, know how to juggle, and have a keen eye for improvement and automation opportunities you’ll fit right in. It’s go time, we are excited to be building an outstanding team and we want to talk to you.

What we’re building:
Our technology professionals make a significant contribution to the companies' business goals through the effective delivery of valuable services.

The Database Analyst is will participate in the design, development, and operational support of databases in a variety of technologies including DB2 LUW, DB2 Mainframe, Oracle, and SQL Server. The database analyst will also contribute to best practices and assist in maturing process and controls to ensure the team well positioned to support our business units and customers.

What you’ll do:
You will work with application delivery teams to understand and define data and database requirements
You will participate in the development of logical data models
You will develop physical data models and database designs
You will construct test and production databases (adding tables, creating indices, allocating space, etc.)
You will document and educate other team members on database design and usage
You will provide support for application development teams including mentoring on best practices for database usage, and by participating in code walkthroughs
You will coach/mentor others and focus on continuous learning and professional development
You will be available to be on-call as part of a rotation with team members
You will provide operation support including performance tuning, health monitoring, database backup management, data recovery, creation of objects
You will work to improve the database management practice by challenging existing processes and implementing new controls and automation
You will contribute to the elimination of problems through permanent fixes including the identification of solutions, scoping the work, and executing the changes
You will perform in occasional after hours and weekend work as required

Who you are:
You are relationship builder who understands the importance of a happy client
You are comfortable prioritizing and managing work
You have a completed Degree/diploma in related discipline (computer science) or equivalent combination of training and experience
You have strong desire to work as part of a team, plan and organize your own work, communicate effectively in writing and verbally in person or remotely
You have a minimum 5 years’ experience in an IS environment
You have a good understanding of logical and physical data modeling techniques
You have at least 3 years of database design or support and administration experience in one or more of the following platforms:
DB2 Midrange (luw)
DB2 Mainframe
MS SQL Server
You have superior analytical and problem-solving skills
You have a proven ability to develop and maintain collaborative business relationships
You have effective planning and organizational skills with the ability to adapt to change and perform effectively under pressure

What you’ll like about working here:
We offer a challenging, dynamic work environment, high-reaching income and benefits, and opportunities for professional and personal development and growth. We provide a total rewards package that is bold and consistent with our core values. Our variable incentive and compensation programs support our performance culture by rewarding our high achieving teams and individuals. Our health and dental benefits are flexible and comprehensive to suit a variety of needs.

We also offer an employee pension plan, a share purchase plan, group RRSPs, discounted home and auto insurance and preferential rates for home mortgages.

Together as a team we serve the financial security needs of more than 13 million people across Canada, with additional operations in Europe and the United States. As members of the Power Financial Corporation group of companies, we’re one of Canada’s leading insurers with interests in life insurance, health insurance, investment and retirement savings. We provide you a broad portfolio of financial and benefit plan solutions for individuals, families, businesses and organizations.

We are committed to providing an expansive, accessible environment, where all employees and customers feel valued, respected and supported. We are dedicated to building a workforce that reflects the diversity of the communities in which we live, and to building an environment where every employee has the opportunity to reach their potential.

Great-West Lifeco would like to thank all applicants, however only those who qualify for an interview will be contacted.