Office: Washington, DC Department: Information Technology Reports to: Enterprise Systems Database Engineering Manager FLSA Status: Exempt Hours: Core Hours: 9:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., Monday – Friday, unless otherwise approved; additional hours as required
GENERAL SUMMARY: Under the general supervision and direction of the Database Engineering Manager, and following prescribed department, office and firm procedures, the Database Engineer is responsible for keeping the firm’s core infrastructure software and business solutions operational. The Database Engineer is also responsible for the architectural design, development and deployment of new Database and Commercial off the Shelf (COTS) business systems, and upgrading existing business systems, following industry best practices by using a structured Software Development Life Cycle methodology for deploying software. The Database Engineer is expected to perform all responsibilities with a commitment to providing superior service to the firm’s attorneys, advisors and staff, and maintaining an atmosphere of teamwork and continuous improvement. Above all, the Database Engineer must fulfill the needs of the firm in a manner which is consistent with the Firm’s Core Values.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES (Duties are performed throughout every work day, as necessary):
Serve as database developer (full-stack database objects development) / administrator (all DBA activities)) / administrator in support of the department software service catalog items in assigned areas of responsibility
Serve as technical analyst with the ability to plan and manage the full life-cycle of a complex, multi-phase application integration and implementation project.
Diagnose technical issues in support of the department software service catalog items in assigned areas of responsibility.
Ensure successful testing, implementation and transition to a production/operating environment.
Monitor, secure, identify and qualify application patches/updates for consideration.
Communicate status and key business information effectively to both management and internal customers
Serve as 3rd level of escalation helpdesk support for department software service catalog assigned.
ESSENTIAL KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND COMPETENCIES:
Ability to read, write and speak English
Demonstrated technical knowledge and expertise in the following:
Current Microsoft SQL
Transact SQL code development
Understanding of data warehousing, data mart and data analytics.
SQL AlwaysOn, Clustering and mirroring
Extensive experience with Extraction, Transformation and Loading (ETL) using SSIS, reports using SSRS
Database and Data Quality Analysis
Understanding of data warehousing
Current Microsoft operating systems
Windows Configuration and Analysis
Software Configuration, Analysis and Implementation
Vendor Purchased Legal Applications
Features and Operational Support
Demonstrated knowledge of Microsoft SharePoint is preferred
Ability to work well under pressure, facilitate solutions, and meet deadlines and milestones for projects assigned
Proven ability to manage multiple priorities and adjust to changing priorities in a professional manner
Strong service orientation and an ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with peers, management, system users and other departmental business partners
Ability to develop techniques and standards, and assist in the establishment of procedures for the firm’s Enterprise Systems Group
Strong analytical, creative problem solving and process improvement skills
Proven ability to maintain and update technical knowledge and skills
Demonstrated ability to maintain high ethical standards and strict confidentiality of all information on the network
Willingness and ability to assume new tasks and responsibilities
Strong oral and written communication skills, including to communicate with diplomacy, discretion and tact
Willingness and availability to work during non-standard office hours, including nights and weekends
Ability to read, comprehend and follow instructions
Bachelor’s degree (BS in Computer Science or equivalent preferred); substantial related work experience may substitute
A minimum of five years of experience as database engineer
Prior experience in a law firm or other professional services firm preferred
About Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP
Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP’s reputation as an outstanding, service-oriented global law firm begins with our people. Collegiality, Commitment, Excellence, Integrity and Intensity are the core values and guiding principles behind how we approach our work and how we approach working with each other.
The diverse talents and essential contributions of our professional and administrative staff and paralegals are one of our strongest assets. We seek to attract, develop and retain the very best professional and administrative talent in the legal services industry by providing a dynamic work culture that promotes respect, diversity, collaboration, service and growth. We also offer comprehensive benefits designed to help our employees balance their work/life responsibilities, as well as continuing professional development opportunities. The long tenure of our employees speaks to the strength and appeal of our culture and values.
We recognize that people desire to be part of something, to make a difference. Our professional and administrative staff not only team with our lawyers to provide stellar service to our clients, but also work side by side with our lawyers to make a diff...erence in our communities by tutoring and mentoring children in local schools; donating clothes, goods and other services to those re-entering the workforce or in need; and participating in fun-runs and other fundraisers for various charitable causes.
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