Principal Database Admin

| Chicago

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Echo Global Logistics is a leading provider of technology-enabled transportation management services. As a third-party logistics provider, we simplify transportation management for our clients and carriers, handling crucial tasks so they can focus on what they do best. From coast to coast, dock to dock, and across all major transportation modes, Echo connects businesses that need to ship their products with carriers who transport goods quickly, securely, and cost-effectively.



Position Overview:


The Principal Database Administrator leads major efforts in establishing best RDBMS, Cloud, Relational and Non-Relational database management systems, contributes to the design and management of Echo’s large scale database systems while supporting the strategic architectural vision of quality, scalability, performance and function.  


Essential Position Functions 


Accountability | Technical Planning 

  • Accountable for Leading and completing projects from beginning to the end with help from fellow Technical Data Architects 

  • Contribute to design and development of extensible/sustainable/quality database solutions based on an understanding of business and customer requirements and needs 

  • Contributes to technical design including high-level conceptual diagrams, data flow diagrams, component diagrams. 

  • Continuous strive to protect production (RDBMS, NoSQL, Cloud RDBMS) systems 

  • Commands a broad awareness of related projects  


Principal Accountability | Database Administration 

  • Proactively involved in Technical Leadership team 

  • Proactively monitors database trends and acts to improve database systems and processes 

  • Identifies and owns database related risks and raises/resolves issues effectively 

  • Provides recommendations for and analysis and evaluation of systems improvements, optimization, development and/or maintenance efforts including, but not limited to capacity planning 

  • Develops ad-hoc scripts, including clean-up scripts when needed 

  • Identifies and correct performance bottlenecks related to Database Operations. 

  • Supports and is accountable for timely production releases and adherence to release activities  

  • Contributes to development Disaster Recovery plans and data retention strategy 


Principal Accountability | Database Operations 

  • Provides recommendations for and analysis and evaluation of systems improvements, optimization, development and/or maintenance efforts including, but not limited to capacity planning 

  • Identifies and correct performance bottlenecks related to SQL code. 

  • Contributes to selection and design of tools required for management of the database and transaction processing environments 


Principal Accountability | Team Member 

  • Open to new ideas and encourages innovative practices amongst peers  

  • Engage Technical Leaders in Data Platform Team and other IT teams. 

  • Practices positive interactions - leans on encouragement in place of judgment.  

  • Impresses responsibility on others by displaying ownership in tasks.  

  • Acts in the interest of the overall team 

  • Actively works on broadening or adding a skill 

  • Asks for assistance when problems become challenging  

  • Balances best practice decisions with delivering high business value (right vs right now) 

  • Contributes to the success of the team  

  • Able to multi-task in a fast paced, fluid work environment  



Position Requirements:

  • Master’s Degree in Computer Science or equivalent years of experience 

  • 7 to 10 years managing commercial-grade database systems leveraging the following: 

  • Microsoft SQL Server 2008, 2012 and 2014 (2016 a plus) 

  • Strong T-SQL skills 

  • MS SQL Server Integration Services (SSIS)  

  • Adept at Transactional Replication, including setup, troubleshooting and creating replication scripts 

  • Expert performance troubleshooting skills 

  • Strong understanding of Clustering , Always-On, Partitioning, SAN technologies 

  • Able to implement Disaster Recovery methods 

  • Preferred cloud skills: AWS, Redshift, S3, Lambda, Kinesis Streaming. 

  • 3rd Party monitoring tools, including Idera SQLDM, Solar Winds Ignite, SCOM, and others 

  • 24/7 Support 


  • Proven track record (7 to 10 years) working in fast-paced, time-sensitive project that requires: 

  • Clear and timely communication of key information deemed critical to project success 

  • Managing design risk 

  • Balancing priorities 

  • Going above and beyond the requirement of the role 

  • Articulating technical information to a non-technical audience 

  • Understanding of Scrum/Agile methodologies is preferred 

  • Leading without authority 



What we offer:

  • Competitive compensation package
  • Medical, Dental, Vision, Disability, Life Insurance, and 401K
  • Advancement Potential
  • Fun and energetic work environment
  • Volunteer opportunities


Work environment/physical demands summary:

This job operates in an office environment and uses a computer, telephone and other

office equipment as needed to perform duties. The noise level in the work environment is typical of

that of an office with an open seating floor plan. The employee may encounter frequent interruptions throughout the work day. The employee is regularly required to sit, talk, or hear.


All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, status as a qualified individual with a disability, or Vietnam era or other protected veteran.  

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Located in River North overlooking the River! Easily accessible and close to various train and bus stops, including a shuttle from Union Station.

What are Echo Global Logistics Perks + Benefits

Echo Global Logistics Benefits Overview

401k with company matching
Medical insurance through Blue Cross/Blue Shield
Health Savings Account (HSA)
Flexible Spending Account
Parental leave
Paid time off
Commuter benefits
Divvy discount code
Employee training programs
Volunteer time off
Casual dress code
Pet insurance
Gym membership discounts
Mobile carrier discounts
Employee assistance program

Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Open door policy
Group brainstorming sessions
Open office floor plan
Unconscious bias training
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Onsite Gym
River North Gym is in the building
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K) Matching
Performance Bonus
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Paid Volunteer Time
Paid Holidays
Paid Sick Days
Perks & Discounts
Beer on Tap
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
Company Outings
Game Room
Happy Hours
Recreational Clubs
Echo has it's own Softball league in the spring/summer!
Fitness Subsidies
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
Promote from within
Time allotted for learning

Additional Perks + Benefits

Fast-paced. People-focused. Career-growth-centric. At Echo we work hard and carry the load together, but we also know how to have fun. Walking onto the sales floor of our 225,000-square-foot Chicago headquarters, you can feel the energy created by more than 800 sales representatives hustling to move over 16,000 shipments every day. When the last load is booked, you might find co-workers gearing up for summer softball, talking shop at our weekly “Beer Friday,” or competing in a game of foosball, ping-pong, or pop-a-shot.