Oracle Database Administrator at DFIN

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Donnelley Financial Solutions (DFIN) is a leader in risk and compliance solutions, providing insightful technology, industry expertise and data insights to clients across the globe. We’re here to help you make smarter decisions with insightful technology, industry expertise and data insights at every stage of your business and investment lifecycles. As markets fluctuate, regulations evolve and technology advances, we’re there. And through it all, we deliver confidence with the right solutions in moments that matter. 

Job Description

Individuals with the Senior Stack Engineer role lead the implementation of secure and highly available computing platforms, servers, and networks. They install, maintain, upgrade, and continuously improve DFIN's operating environment. They also maintain the ongoing reliability, performance and support of the infrastructure. Individuals in this job are also responsible for the overall operation and maintenance of DFIN data centers.

Senior Stack Engineers lead the implementation of new technologies across design, install, configuration, maintenance, and testing. In-scope technologies include virtual machines, operating systems, storage, databases, related software, and hardware. Other responsibilities include troubleshooting problems as escalated through incident management, supporting application access and electronic messaging services and maintaining a secure systems environment. They drive infrastructure solutions based on application needs and anticipated growth, deliver new services, and maintain the infrastructure.

Senior Stack Engineers need excellent communication skills and must be able to work collaboratively with internal clients and other colleagues. Individuals work across functional areas of DFIN and use a strong customer service mindset to ensure that projects, service requests, and incidents are resolved in a professional manner. They share their expertise and provide individual training and support. Senior Stack Engineers work with other technical staff and vendors to provide IT services to DFIN and our customers.


• Lead infrastructure engineering initiatives and projects, providing required functionality for DFIN IT applications and services
• Lead Security/Compliance/Privacy/Risk Reviews, and assist remediation as necessary
• Lead the identification and implementation of infrastructure cost-control strategies
• Lead the assessment of migrations, upgrades, and new technologies aligned with the IT Infrastructure Architecture roadmap
• Act as technical liaison between operations teams, engineers and architects, providing critical insight to implementation and strategy, including validation of ongoing solution supportability.
• Define enhancements to improve system reliability, efficiency, and performance.
• Align infrastructure implementation with network requirements and design
• Manage the technical relationship with select technology vendors and service providers
• Ensure engineered systems meet business continuity and disaster recovery requirements. 
• Support configuration management of IT Infrastructure services
• Ensure that releases and services meet expectations, and verify that IT Operations can support the new service. 
• Lead multiple cross-functional initiatives and projects, with diverse stakeholders.
• Support multiple systems of medium to high complexity with multiple concurrent users, ensuring control, integrity, and accessibility.
• Create and maintain detailed documentation
• Establish, maintain, and adhere to DFIN technical standards, policies, and procedures

DFIN IT Infrastructure Engineering supports the following organizational capabilities:
• System Delivery
• Information Security Adherence
• Networking Delivery Coordination
• Service Validation and Testing
• Technology Evaluation
• Strategy Management
• BCP Engineering
• Service Asset and Configuration
• Corporate Solution Implementation


The ideal candidate has 7+ years of experience with mid to large-sized companies (500+ associates) and has demonstrated skills in:

• Bachelor's Degree in computer science or a related discipline.
• Extensive understanding of Oracle 11g/ 12c, well-organized approach to database administration, performance, backup/recovery and troubleshooting and tuning is required.
• 5+ years as an Oracle DBA in Linux/HP-UX systems most recently building and supporting Oracle 11g/12c databases in RAC environment with ASM.
• 3+ years of experience supporting replication using Oracle Stream.
• 3+ years of development experience with Oracle with creating stored procedures, views, triggers, reports. Etc.
• Knowledge of RHEL/Oracle Enterprise Linux required.
• Performance analysis using ASH / AWR / OEM and Performance tuning & query refactoring.
• Strong analytical, problem solving, and conceptual skills with demonstrated experience documenting and working through issues as part of a team.
• Excellent verbal and written communications skills, able to communicate clearly and effectively.
• Strong customer service focus and ability to manage customer expectations.
• Must be able to handle multiple tasks and changing priorities.
• Ability to support both Oracle and SQL Server databases desired (3+ years of experience supporting both Oracle and SQL Server databases would be a big plus).
• Exposure to Hadoop, MongoDB, NoSql and Docker Technologies.

General Skills

• Strong proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite (advanced Excel especially). Google G Suite proficiency a plus.
• Passionate about customer service, user experience, and being an example for the greater team.
• Ability to successfully balance multiple simultaneous demands & self-adjust to meet shifting priorities.
• Excellent oral and written communication skills.
• Familiarity with the financial services industry is desirable but not required.

It is the policy of Donnelley Financial Solutions to select, place and manage all its employees without discrimination based on race, color, national origin, gender, age, religion, actual or perceived disability, veteran's status, actual or perceived sexual orientation, genetic information or any other protected status. 

If you are a qualified individual with a disability or a disabled veteran, you have the right to request a reasonable accommodation if you are unable or limited in your ability to use or access as a result of your disability. You can request a reasonable accommodation by sending an email to [email protected]#TalentknowsTalent

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Technology we use

  • Engineering
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    • C#Languages
    • PythonLanguages
    • RLanguages
    • SqlLanguages
    • ReactLibraries
    • AngularJSFrameworks
    • ASP.NETFrameworks
    • Microsoft SQL ServerDatabases
    • SAP HANADatabases
    • TeradataDatabases


Located in the heart of downtown Chicago’s financial district, we are steps from all Metra stations, good eats and entertainment.

An Insider's view of DFIN

What’s the vibe like in the office?

I am working among an extremely smart group of people, of which I have created great friendships with. During lunch break we play board games and have interesting technical and financial discussions. It’s exciting to wake up and go to work knowing that I’ll be collaborating with some of the best colleagues I’ve had in my career.


Software Engineer

What projects are you most excited about?

In transforming and improving FinTech products, excitement comes from the challenge of knowing that the problems are complex, yet the solutions must be easy to use. When we start a new project, I can't wait to sink my teeth into understanding the problem space, talking to users, designing the solution, and seeing it through to release.


Principal Product Designer

What makes someone successful on your team?

A successful member of our team at DFIN is comfortable to work with or learn any part of the tech stack. They effectively communicate during meetings to help plan out our next projects as a team, and they ask other members of the team for support if they happen to get stuck while coding.


Associate Software Engineer

What are DFIN Perks + Benefits

Partners with Nonprofits
Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Intracompany committees
Daily stand up
Open door policy
Team owned deliverables
Team based strategic planning
Group brainstorming sessions
Open office floor plan
Documented equal pay policy
Dedicated Diversity/Inclusion Staff
Highly diverse management team
(Discuss our CTO?)
Unconscious bias training
Diversity manifesto
Someone's primary function is managing the company’s diversity and inclusion initiatives
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Disability Insurance
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Life Insurance
Wellness Programs
Onsite Gym
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K) Matching
Company Equity
Performance Bonus
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
We provide up to 4 weeks of parental leave for the primary caretaker. Acme Co. also provides 4 weeks of leave for the secondary caretaker.
Family Medical Leave
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Generous PTO
Paid Holidays
Paid Sick Days
Perks & Discounts
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
Company Outings
Stocked Kitchen
Happy Hours
Fitness Subsidies
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
Diversity Program
Lunch and learns
Cross functional training encouraged
Promote from within
Online course subscriptions available
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