Specialist, Database Administrator

Standard Bank

Company Description

Standard Bank Group is a leading Africa-focused financial services group, and an innovative player on the global stage, that offers a variety of career-enhancing opportunities – plus the chance to work alongside some of the sector’s most talented, motivated professionals. Our clients range from individuals, to businesses of all sizes, high net worth families and large multinational corporates and institutions. We’re passionate about creating growth in Africa. Bringing true, meaningful value to our clients and the communities we serve and creating a real sense of purpose for you.

Job Description

The role shall be key in effectively managing and supporting the Bank’s current database systems (and their operating systems) and monitoring tools through the provision of timely, effective and professional ICT services including backups and restore of Bank’s database systems (predominantly Oracle, PostgreSQL and MS-SQL). He/she shall also assist in managing underlying operating systems (Linux & Windows) for optimal performance.


  • Bachelor of Science Degree in Computer Science, Information Technology or related field
  • Oracle OCA / OCP certification or PostgreSQL Associate Certification or EDB PostgreSQL Associate / Professional Certification preferred
  • 3-4 years’ work experience in Application Support, Database Administration, Batch Operations or Unix/Linux System Administration supporting mission-critical services.
  • Knowledge in technical deployment and operations standards and performance-tuning principles.
  • Proven experience working with IT Infrastructure, Platforms and Application Systems

Additional Information

Key Responsibilities

  • Serve as the primary database administrator for supporting Core Banking and all peripheral systems.
  • Perform database maintenance, performance tuning and related technical operations around data integrity and security.
  • Participate in key projects in the bank involving technology infrastructure, platforms and application systems
  • Support installations and implementations of new databases in the bank by ensuring thorough testing on the test environment before loading on the production and disaster recovery systems
  • Monitor daily/monthly performance of Database servers both hardware and storage and develop action plans to remedy any degradation of service by conducting systems clean ups where necessary
  • Ensure Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery plans are in place and tested periodically
  • Monitor overall capacity utilization of Database hardware environment ensuring it is optimized to meet business requirements and escalate to Manager where necessary.
  • Ensure replication, backups and restore for databases are performed.

Behavioral Competencies

  • Self-driven and able to meet strict timelines and SLAs
  • Strong and ardent team player
  • Strong analytical skills coupled with the ability to think logically
  • Pro-active and logical thinking
  • Analysis of data and facts

Technical Competencies

  • Good knowledge of the following technologies –Oracle Database 19c, PostgreSQL, MySQL, MS SQL, Redhat Linux, AIX and OpenShift
  • Capacity and Availability Management
  • Monitoring and Event Management
  • Incident and Problem Management

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