Human Resources

Senior Database Administrator - QMUL26022

Department: IT Services
Salary: £48,035 - £53,625 per annum (Grade 6)
Reference: QMUL26022
Location: Mile End
Date posted: 01-Sep-2021
Closing date: 30-Sep-2021

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About the Role

This a key role within the Hybrid platforms team, part of the Platforms and service delivery group, which is instrumental in the overall architecture, design and technical support of mission critical enterprise database services based on Microsoft SQL Server and Oracle. As role holder you will help develop the use of public cloud database technologies in the imminent future.


The role will be supplemented by a managed service provider who will act as a technical escalation point, cover when you are on leave, and provide additional 3rd line level resource capacity within the team. It is envisioned that you will have a big say in what this managed service looks, have input into the selection process for supplier, and define the working relationship we have with them.

Reporting to the Hybrid platforms manager, you will proactively take the lead in developing the current database strategy to ensure on-going technical support, enhancement, performance and security of enterprise application databases and data warehouses. Aligning our database strategy with a cloud first approach to infrastructure will be a critical element of this role


About You


This is a challenging and important position for a highly organised, logical, self-starter, with excellent communications skills, and attention to detail, who is able to optimise the use and development of specialist software and services. The successful candidate will be expected to troubleshoot complex technical issues, maintain and develop scripts, tools and business processes, and work alongside a team of specialists entrusted to deliver high quality, robust, resilient, responsive and secure University wide services.



  • High level of expertise as a Senior DBA (from a Microsoft SQL Server or Oracle background), in the implementation, management and development of database services and data warehouses to support business and organisational activities.
  • Proven experience in leading in the delivery of a high-quality customer-focused service and providing focused, reliable and resilient enterprise solutions to meet both customer and business requirements.
  • Experience of running databases in a public cloud environment is desirable.
  • Experience of working with Managed service providers is desirable.



  • As a Senior DBA you will be a self-motivated individual who is able to challenge and influence others in the provision of innovative and cost-effective solutions
  • High level, proven inter-personal and communications skills and have the ability to transfer knowledge to others, and
  • Proven experience of engaging with a broad range of stakeholders to ensure a continual improving customer experience and maintain collaborative working relations across IT and non-IT departments


About the Department

The Hybrid Platforms team, part of the Platforms and Service Delivery directorate within IT Services, is responsible for on-premises server and storage hardware, backup, 1000+ virtual servers and the operating systems installed on them, Databases, and public cloud infrastructure in the near future. The team has a critical responsibility for the infrastructure the university relies on to provide a diverse range of services to staff and students both in the UK and abroad.


About Queen Mary

At Queen Mary University of London, we believe that a diversity of ideas helps us achieve the previously unthinkable.

Throughout our history, we’ve fostered social justice and improved lives through academic excellence. And we continue to live and breathe this spirit today, not because it’s simply ‘the right thing to do’ but for what it helps us achieve and the intellectual brilliance it delivers.

We continue to embrace diversity of thought and opinion in everything we do, in the belief that when views collide, disciplines interact, and perspectives intersect, truly original thought takes form.


We offer competitive salaries, access to a generous pension scheme, 30 days’ leave per annum (pro-rata for part-time/fixed-term), a season ticket loan scheme and access to a comprehensive range of personal and professional development opportunities. In addition, we offer a range of work life balance and family friendly, inclusive employment policies, flexible working arrangements, and campus facilities including an on-site nursery at the Mile End campus.


The post is based at the Mile End Campus in London. It is full time, permanent appointment, with an immediate start date. The starting salary will be Grade 6, in the range of £48,035 - £53,625 per annum, inclusive of London Allowance.


We particularly welcome applications from people who identify as Black, Asian or Minority Ethnic groups as these groups are underrepresented at this level at Queen Mary.


Queen Mary’s commitment to our diverse and inclusive community is embedded in our appointments processes. Reasonable adjustments will be made at each stage of the recruitment process for any candidate with a disability. We are open to considering applications from candidates wishing to work flexibly.


Informal enquiries should be addressed to Terry Holland at


To apply for the role, please click the ‘apply’ button below.


The closing date for applications is 30th September 2021.


Interviews are expected to be held as soon as possible.

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