Database Administrator – Johannesburg, Gauteng, Contract (12 Months)

To manage, monitor and support mainframe IDMS and DB2 database objects and ensure their availability, performance, security and consistency in order to support mission critical business applications.

Key Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Create and maintain business database objects within an IDMS and DB2 subsystem.
  • Perform database tuning to ensure the DBMS functions at optimal levels.
  • Schedule database maintenance tasks.
  • Troubleshoot database and DBMS errors and provide solutions to support business when required.
  • Provide input and implement operational and business strategies, industry best practices and ensure necessary ITO governance is in place.
  • Perform database monitoring and notification to ensure optimal data access, to support business database applications in line with contractual agreements.
  • Perform a database consultation role and provide design solutions to Business Development and Service Management to support initiatives when required for current and future projects.
  • Be an integral part of the disaster recovery (DR) team which designs, performs and documents disaster recovery procedures.
  • Service all incidents, changes and requests and ensure that SLAs are met.
  • Enforce security standards to prevent data being compromised and to maintain database integrity.
  • Provide managerial reports of database utility, capacity and utilization in order for them to make informed decisions.
  • Maintain relationships with suppliers for incident handling.

Educational Requirements:

  • IT degree or equivalent Industry accreditation preferred.
  • 8 years within the IT industry with at least 5 of those years being an operational DBA within a large complex corporate environment.
  • Understanding of mainframe operating system concepts and experience in another mainframe discipline.
  • Experience in participating in a DR exercise.
  • Minimum of 4 years working experience on IDMS/DB2 databases.

Essential Competencies:

  • IBM Mainframe specialist with an IDMS Database 10 years’ experience.
  • Programming background.
  • Trouble shooting – Essential
  • Database analysis and design – Essential
  • Analytical thinking and problem solving – Essential
  • DB2 SQL writing – Essential
  • Database Performance tuning – Essential
  • Database security knowledge – Essential
  • Backup and recovery strategy knowledge – Essential
  • Usage of Database Utilities – Essential
  • Database Internals
  • Disaster recovery knowledge – Essential
  • Mainframe Operation systems knowledge – Essential
  • JCL and Mainframe schedulers – Essential
  • IBM Utilities and editor – Essential
  • Usage of supplied database toolsets DB2 Tools (Db2 Admin and Spufi) and IDMS supplied and DMLO navigation.

Location & Type e.g. Remote/ Hybrid:

  • Johannesburg, Gauteng (Hybrid)

Do you have what it takes? Contact Kivara Rajgopal on [Email Address Removed] or [Phone Number Removed];

Desired Skills:

  • DBMS
  • DB2
  • DB2 SQL
  • Microsoft
  • IDMS
  • IBM
  • Databases

Desired Qualification Level:

  • Diploma

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