Vacancy Title
Database Administrator
Business Unit, Department & Location
GVA Acuity

Overall Purpose of Job


Your responsibility as the GVA Acuity CAFM database administrator (DBA) will be the performance, integrity and security of the databases that support our Facilities Management Operation. You'll be involved in the planning and development of the database, enhancing and modifying our client reporting as well as in troubleshooting any issues on behalf of users.


You'll ensure that:

  • data remains consistent across the database
  • data is clearly defined
  • users access data concurrently, in a form that suits their needs
  • there is provision for data security and recovery control (ensuring all data is retrievable in an emergency).


Working hours                  

Working hours are usually 40 hours a week, Monday to Friday, and may include regular unsocial hours. You might be required to work overnight and on weekends (during periods of low usage) when maintenance and development work needs to be undertaken. You may also have to be on call at times, responding if a critical problem occurs.


Main Duties, Responsibilities & Accountabilities


As a Database Administrator, you'll need to:

  • establish the needs of users and monitoring user access and security
  • monitor performance and manage parameters in order to provide fast responses to front-end users
  • map out the conceptual design for a planned database
  • consider both back-end organisation of data and front-end accessibility for end-users
  • install and test new versions of the database management system (DBMS)
  • maintain data standards, including adherence to the Data Protection Act
  • write database documentation, including data standards, procedures and definitions for the data dictionary (metadata)
  • control access permissions and privileges
  • develop, manage and test back-up and recovery plans
  • ensure that storage and archiving procedures are functioning correctly
  • work closely with Third Party providers and the GVA Service Desk team
  • communicate regularly with technical, applications and operational staff to ensure database integrity and security
  • commission and install new applications and customise existing applications in order to make them fit for purpose
  • manage the security and disaster recovery aspects of a database.


Desired Knowledge, Skills and Experience


You will need to demonstrate:

  • problem-solving and good analytical skills
  • communication, teamwork and negotiation skills
  • familiarity with the main data manipulation languages and the principles of database design
  • knowledge of structured query language (SQL)
  • the ability to work to tight deadlines under pressure
  • good organisational skills
  • flexibility and adaptability
  • the ability to create and maintain strong working relationships with colleagues and customers
  • business awareness and understanding of business requirements of IT
  • a willingness to keep up to date with developments in new technology
  • a commitment to continuing professional development (CPD)
  • an understanding of information legislation, such as the Data Protection Act.
  • CAFM experience is preferred


GVA are an equal opportunities employer.


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