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Specialist IS MS SQL Server DBA


Thousand Oaks, CA
Posted Date:
Position Type:
Full time
Job Code:
Required Education:
Bachelors Degree
Areas of Expertise Desired:

Job Description

Amgen is seeking a Specialist IS DBA at its main headquarters in Thousand Oaks, CA or its manufacturing / operations site in Rhode Island and will reporting to Senior Manager Information Systems. This role is in support of Infrastructure Operations and will have the primary responsibility for all activities related to SQL Server Database administration in a 24x7 regulated environment at an SME Level. The incumbent will learn and become SMEs on other new database technologies that will be introduced into the Amgen environment.

The Infrastructure Operations team is the global enterprise administration group that manages physical and virtual hosting including private and public cloud hosting options, operating systems, databases, middleware, storage, and backup. The primary databases supported by this group are MS-SQL and Oracle and will be expanding to other technologies such as Hana, NOSQL, PostgreSQL etc.


  • Database administration responsibilities include: installation, upgrades and optimization, access control administration, backup/recovery, database vendor contract administration, disaster recovery support, development and test environment support, documentation, and infrastructure and methodologies improvements
  • Review/approve application and database design decisions to ensure that application solutions exhibit high levels of performance, security, scalability, maintainability, reliability upon deployment
  • Co-ordinate database administration functions for both development and production environments
  • Investigate and resolve technical database issues. Participate in rotational 24x7 On-Call Support and assist/lead Root Cause Analysis reviews when applicable
  • Function as a technical project leader or provides work leadership for less experienced personnel on a portfolio of databases, including installations and upgrades of DBMS software and backup/recovery strategies, high availability configurations
  • Guide and plan implementation & configuration of MS-SQL Database software (including DBMS and related services) to support business requirements (OLTP, decision support, standby DB, replication) while keeping database security regulations, policies, and best practices in mind
  • Define logical attributes and data inter-relationships and design data structures to accommodate database implementation, storage, maintenance and accessibility to enhance performance
  • Develop and document standards, procedures, and work instructions for database support that help in increased productivity for operations
  • Monitor security bulletins to obtain information of potential threats; analyze and lead necessary security patch implementations to ensure ongoing database security
  • Accountable for all audit and security compliance issues (Amgen & government regulations) related to databases


Basic Qualifications


OR Master's degree and 3 years of Information Systems and MS SQL Server DBA experience

OR Bachelor's degree and 5 years of Information Systems and MS SQL Server DBA experience

OR Associate's degree and 10 years of Information Systems and MS SQL Server DBA experience

OR High school diploma/GED and 12 years of Information Systems and MS SQL Server DBA experience

Preferred Qualifications

  • Database Certifications and experience with SQL Server, SQL AlwaysOn
  • Experience managing and administering MS-SQL Database and related services monitoring systems
  • Previous experience mentoring and managing junior DBAs and various toolsets for Database Administration, Performance, Reporting and monitoring needs
  • Scripting and ITIL experience and managing regulated systems (preferably in Pharma sector)
  • Understanding of operating system tools for performance issues
  • Working knowledge on NAS/SAN storage, Clustering and HA configurations
  • Excellent data-driven problem solving and analytical skills
  • Proven experience as part of a high performance team
  • Skill in persuasion and negotiation of critical issues

Amgen focuses on areas of high unmet medical need and leverages its expertise to strive for solutions that improve health outcomes and dramatically improve people's lives. A biotechnology pioneer since 1980, Amgen has grown to be one of the world's leading independent biotechnology companies, has reached millions of patients around the world and is developing a pipeline of medicines with breakaway potential.