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Lead Database Engineer

Apply now Job no: 071050
Work type: Permanent Full Time
Location: Remote - work from anywhere within the UK
Categories: Technology, Operations

Business Unit: Route to Live Team, Data Platform
Salary Range: Up to Circa £54,000 per annum DoE

Here is where we belong.

You’ll be responsible for providing technical expertise initially within the Oracle specialism to enable effective delivery of a wide range of testing commitments to our stakeholders, whilst complying with current security policy and test environment procedures. The successful candidate will also be expected to cross train in other technical areas to ultimately provide a broader support range.

What do YOU get when you join Virgin Money… Red Hot Rewards of course!

  • 38.5 days annual leave for all colleagues (including bank holidays and pro rata if part-time).
  • Up to five extra paid well-being days per year.
  • A 35 hour working week.
  • 20 weeks paid, gender neutral family leave (52 weeks in total) for expectant parents and those looking to adopt.
  • Market leading Pension.
  • Private Medical Insurance.
  • Flexible benefits including Cycle to Work, Wellness & Health Assessments and Critical Illness.
  • A digital-first colleague experience.
  • Ability to work anywhere in the UK (where the role allows).

All these benefits are available to colleagues from their first day. Have we got your attention?

Reporting to the Route to Live Manager, the role will involve engagement with, provide support, and present appropriate challenge to many roles across Digital & Innovation (D&I) function.

Liaising with management & consultants to provide technical advice and guidance for our non- production database infrastructure, you’ll engage with various stakeholders including Project Managers, Quality Assurance Managers & other technical staff.

You’ll play a critical part in formulating and supporting changes to key technologies to support and drive forward the Route to Live Environment Support Strategy.

Day to Day you'll...

  • Actively promote Route to Live Support Model
  • Input to appropriate Testing related project documentation
  • Engage with Project to confirm environment requirements
  • Manage the test environment(s) roadmap and change management process
  • Identify trends and proactively deliver environment improvements to maintain and improve agreed level of environment availability
  • Plan and implement appropriate improvement initiatives into the test environments against agreed timetable
  • Conduct Defect/Issue/Problem investigation & resolution within their technical specialism, working with the relevant Service Centres to resolve
  • Support Senior database Engineers, offering support, guidance and be a technical escalation point to ensure all issues are resolved in a timely manner
  • Take ownership of technical issues, ensuring the correct stakeholders are engaged and involved to formulate and deliver a resolution

There are a few essentials you need to bring....

  • Significant experience as a DBA or similar working with and administering databases within large enterprise multi-platform environments
  • Proven Oracle knowledge covering 9i, 10g, 11g, 12c, 19c including Compression and TDE for 12c onwards
  • Expert knowledge of the full software development lifecycle: from business/systems analysis, through requirements gathering and functional specification authoring, to development, testing and delivery
  • Expert ability to troubleshoot issues and make recommendations for system changes, as needed, to resolve issues.
  • Qualified to an appropriate level in Oracle or MS SQL
  • Knowledge of deploying applications both from installers and as individual components

The icing on the cake would be...

  • Verbal and written communication skills, problem solving skills, customer service and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to work independently and manage one’s time
  • Mentoring skills necessary to provide support and constructive performance feedback
  • Good track record of technical delivery
  • Strong working knowledge of Oracle Application Express
  • Linux and / or WINDOWS skills
  • Agile Project Delivery using relevant emerging toolsets eg TFS
  • Awareness of emerging Industry trends such as DBAS, SAAS, IAAS, PAAS
  • PL/SQL

We really need you to have the skills and experience listed in the ‘essentials you need to bring’ section above, but the rest is just our wish list, so please don’t let that put you off applying, we’d love to hear from you!

Inclusion at Virgin Money

Inclusion is at the heart of everything we do here at Virgin Money. It’s good for you, it’s good for us and it’s amazing for our customers. We know that great minds don’t think alike, so we rely on your diverse thoughts, feelings, beliefs and backgrounds to be the best we can possibly be. Got any questions about this or need some support with your application? We’d love to hear from you so get in touch with our careers team at

Now the legal bit…

Living A Life More Virgin allows our colleagues to be based anywhere in the UK (if the role allows it) but we will need to you to confirm you have the Right to Work in the UK.

If we offer you a job and you accept, there are some checks we need to complete before you can start with us. This will include a credit and criminal record check, as well as providing 3 years' worth of satisfactory references.

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