Senior Database Administrator

Job Category:
IT Sales / Digital Marketing
Job Type:
Level of IT Experience:
5-10 Years
Central Dublin
Not Specified
Salary Description:
Competitive salary offered
Ornua Co-operative Limited
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Ornua is a dairy co-operative which sells dairy products on behalf of its Member Co-ops; Ireland's dairy processors and, in turn, Irish dairy farmers. It is Ireland's largest exporter of Irish dairy products, exporting to 110 countries worldwide. Headquartered in Dublin, it has annualised sales of over €2.3 billion and a global team of 2,850 employees. Ornua operates from 10 business units worldwide, including 16 production facilities, and has sales and marketing teams working in-market across all four corners of the globe.

The Group is structured across two divisions: Ornua Foods and Ornua Ingredients.

Ornua Foods is responsible for the marketing and sales of Ornua's consumer brands including Kerrygold, Dubliner, Pilgrims Choice, Forto and BEO. Markets are served by production facilities and in-market sales and marketing teams in Africa, Asia, Germany, Ireland, the UK, the rest of Europe, the Middle East and the US.

Ornua Ingredients is responsible for the procurement of Irish and non-Irish dairy products and for the sale of dairy ingredients to food manufacturing and foodservice customers across the world. Ornua Ingredients is also responsible for managing volatility through de-risking and trading strategies. The business is supported by production facilities in Saudi Arabia, Spain, the UK, the US and by in-market teams in Africa and the Middle East.

Growth for Good

Ornua is the home of Irish dairy. Our cooperative ethos is at the heart of who we are and how we do business. Our global success would not be possible without the close collaboration, care, and commitment of our 2,400 strong team. Ornua cares about building sustainable livelihoods for all our people, who in turn care about driving sustainable profits for our co-op members and the Irish dairy farming families we proudly represent.

Ornua 2025 is our strategic plan that will help realise our vision for growth in the next five years. It outlines what we will do well, what we will do with the profits we generate, and what additional services we will provide to our members. We will be guided by 3 guiding principles; focus, simplicity and adding value to our volume and we will clearly define what market we will play in.

Together, we will grow for good - creating value for our Irish farming families and for our 2,400 strong, committed, and proud global team.

Job Purpose:

The Database Administrator is a key position within the Global ICT Infrastructure team. You will be responsible to implement, configure, backup and troubleshoot all database instances throughout the Group. You will also be responsible for monitoring and tuning system performance. It will be your responsibility to set global standards for Database Administration and Configuration around the group. You will also be the point of contact for the Global ICT Infrastructure team for all ICT solutions that require SQL Databases both on-prem and MS Azure platform.

Key Responsibilities:

Installs, maintains, and enhances performance of MS SQL servers running MS SQL server 2012, 2014, 2016, 2017 and 2019 in an enterprise level production environment.
Priority support maintaining and troubleshooting Microsoft SQL always-on availability groups and Windows Cluster server
Assist with Cloud Collaboration related projects, including but not limited to the deployment of future database technologies.
Lead the upgrade/migration from legacy database instances i.e. SQL2005, 2008 onwards
Improves operations by conducting systems analysis; recommending changes in policies and procedures.
Monitor Local & Cloud Database backups, replication between our traditional Datacenters and Cloud tenants and ensure IT service recovery is always available
Work with 3rd party support companies
Maintain technical documentation, manuals and runbooks
SLA & KPIs - ensure targets are achieved


You have 5+ years' experience supporting large volumes of business-critical databases.
Essential requirement - Strong experience with SQL Server Always On Availability Groups and failover cluster
You have experience working with Azure SQL Databases (Both PaaS and IaaS modes) and cloud computing services
Experience in Hybrid Microsoft SQL Server (2008, 2012, 2014, 2016, 2017, 2019) environment on-prem and on Azure.
On prem and cloud database migration and management expertise on Azure
Experience interfacing with business partners, third party vendor and performing technology problem identification, troubleshooting and resolution
Ability to optimisation and tuning for large enterprise OLTP and OLAP databases in Azure
Experience Azure recovery Vault, ASR, Azure backup/recovery policies, Blob storage and Containers
Minimise database downtime and manage parameters to provide fast query responses
Provide proactive and reactive data management support and training to L1 team
Determine, enforce security best practice and document database policies, procedures and standards
Perform tests and evaluations regularly to ensure data security, privacy and integrity
Good understanding in PowerBI, PBI Gateway server and Data warehouse databases
Monitor database performance, implement changes and apply new patches and versions when required
You have experience with SSIS, SSRS, SSAS and tuning tools like SQL Profiler
Experience with 24x7 High Availability and DR environmental support
Experience of best practice change management and change implementation processes in high availability enterprise environments
Experience with agile development methodology and DevOps practises
Knowledge and experience with SolarWinds SentryOne monitoring tool
Strong communication and interpersonal skills, including the ability to clearly communicate technical issues to a non-technical audience
The ability to work to deadlines, on own initiative and out of hours as/if required in ensuring minimum business disruption.
Strong team player, keen on contributing to & improving the team.
Must have experience in Automation PowerShell, TSQL Coding or any other
You have Microsoft SQL Server DBA Certification.

Key competencies:

INTEGRITY: Supports and encourages constructive outcomes for others by demonstrating integrity.
RIGOUR: To ensure excellence in own work applies effective professional skill, analysis and decision making, and planning and reviewing.
Forward-looking: Responds positively to change and looks ahead to anticipate task.
OWNERSHIP: Takes responsibility for and pride in delivering quality and results; is tenacious.

Contact Details:
Ornua Co-operative Limited
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