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Principal Database Engineer - P154780_S1

Riverwoods, IL 60015
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At Discover, be part of a culture where diversity, teamwork and collaboration reign. Join a company that is just as employee-focused as it is on its customers and is consistently awarded for both. We're all about people, and our employees are why Discover is a great place to work. Be the reason we help millions of consumers build a brighter financial future and achieve yours along the way with a rewarding career.

Manages and maintains all production and non-production databases. Responsible for standards and design of physical data storage, maintenance, access, and security administration. Performs backup and recovery on Database Systems, configures database parameters to meet or exceed business requirements. Optimizes database access and allocates/re-allocates database resources for optimum configuration, database performance, and cost. Supports multiple services and multiple databases of medium to high complexity (complexity defined by database size, technology used, systems feeds, and interfaces) with multiple concurrent users, ensuring control, integrity, and accessibility of data. Works on multiple projects as a project leader or sometimes as a project advisor. May coach more junior technical staff.


  • Responsible for administration and management of the Snowflake database environment.
  • Support of Teradata environment.
  • Support of Redshift Applications/AWS.


  • Monitors the database system hardware/software for performance degradation, connectivity issues, system events, and alerts.
  • Updates and manages tickets through resolution with vendors and internal support groups.
  • Tests, analyzes, performs corrective actions, and restores availability and services in a timely and accurate manner to eliminate/reduce application impact.
  • Provides timely notifications to management/outage team and escalates tickets to appropriate internal and external management as needed.
  • Plans and performs scheduled changes (patching, maintenance, deployment, decommission, configuration, performance tuning) for all hardware and software used to support the database infrastructure.
  • Provides consultative services to infrastructure and application teams regarding project work, POCs, and/or troubleshooting exercises.
  • Researches and implements new technologies to enhance/grow existing database infrastructure.
  • Participates in pager rotation to provide 24x7 support for all database system environments (Prod, Test, Development)

Minimum Qualifications

At a minimum, here's what we need from you:

  • Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science, Engineering, Database Administration, or related field
  • 8+ years of experience in IT, Database Administration, or related field

Preferred Qualifications

If we had our say, we'd also look for:

  • 10+ years of experience in IT, Database Administration, or related field
  • Relevant Technology Certifications
  • 4-6 or more years of experience building, managing and administering data platforms like Snowflake, Teradata, Oracle, Redshift, other DW data platforms.
  • 1-3 years of experience in AWS Architect role
  • 2 years' experience with Linux Server platform
  • 1-3 years of supporting a large data platform and data pipelining.
  • Work closely with Data engineers to tune queries, implement physical models, design and implement secure data sharing.


Discover Financial Services is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, protected veteran status, among other things, or as a qualified individual with a disability.



  • Banking / Finance
Posted: 2019-07-27 Expires: 2019-09-05

Welcome to Discover
We strive to be the leading direct bank and payments services company. Our mission is to help people spend smarter, manage debt better, and save more to achieve a brighter financial future.

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You can make an impact. Whether it’s developing corporate strategy, innovating new services or supporting IT needs, every employee has the opportunity to be a vital part of our business and make a real difference in people’s lives. It’s the heart of what we do.


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