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Southern Company Database Administrator (Atlanta or Birmingham) in Birmingham, Alabama

Database Administrator (Atlanta or Birmingham)



This position interfaces closely with portfolio and business unit developers to design, implement, tune, and troubleshoot database solutions for new development projects, enhancements to existing solutions, and implementation of purchased vendor packages. A DBA ensures that proper creation, support, placement, performance and security are in place for Southern Company data. Significant coordination is required with developers and infrastructure support groups for operating system upgrades, software upgrades, migrations, and hardware replacements.

Education / Experience

  • Degree in Computer Science or a related field preferred

  • In-depth knowledge of DBMS related technologies (specifically Oracle)

Job Responsibilities

  • Develop and/or implement timely, cost effective, and high quality database solutions

  • Responsible for working with internal technology partners to understand business requirements and database needs, then planning and executing installation, build, and configuration to meet those needs.

  • Broad knowledge of database concepts and ability to perform database management and maintenance consisting of:

  • DBMS and related software installs, upgrades and patches (including security patching)

  • Logical and physical database design

  • Structure modifications / schema management

  • Database reorganizations

  • Space monitoring and management / Capacity planning

  • Performance analysis and tuning (both at SQL and DBMS level)

  • Data integrity checks and cleanup

  • Database backups and recovery

  • Disaster recovery

  • Data loads

  • Coding, maintaining and consulting on database procedures and triggers

  • Troubleshooting DBMS and related problems

  • Participate in on-call duty pager rotation

  • Consultation on database issues and tools with internal customers and other IT groups

  • Build and maintain relationships with customers, peers, staff and other IT groups

  • Provide project activities in compliance with the approved methodologies and standards

  • Provide root cause analysis, efficient production support and maintenance / enhancements for existing applications

  • Participate in or lead special projects/assignments

  • Meet schedules and estimates for assigned tasks

  • Provide regular status updates

  • Demonstrate understanding and application of Southern Style attributes

Job Requirements

  • In-depth knowledge of Oracle (11g, 12c, 19c)

  • In-depth knowledge of database security implementations, data privacy and Sarbanes Oxley controls.

  • Knowledge of high availability architectures, specifically Oracle RAC.

  • Knowledge of replication technologies, GoldenGate preferred.

  • Knowledge of disaster recovery architectures, specifically DataGuard.

  • Strong understanding of performance tuning methodologies.

  • Working knowledge of Database monitoring methodologies, specifically OEM.

  • Working knowledge of Exadata platform a plus.

  • Working knowledge of OUD/EUS, Oracle Key Vault, and VPD a plus.

  • Working knowledge of Unix/ Linux platforms and operating systems including scripting, editors, etc.

  • Working knowledge and understanding of software development technologies, methodologies, and associated tools

  • Working knowledge of application architectures (Web, Client Server, Batch, etc.)

  • Knowledge of other database technologies and platforms is a plus.

  • Working knowledge of typical IT organization and business units

  • Awareness of energy industry trends, opportunities and challenges is a plus


  • Proven effective communication and interpersonal skills

  • Ability to negotiate and influence others

  • Ability to function independently and as a team member

  • Proven analytical and problem-solving skills

  • Ability to learn new approved technologies and apply them

  • Excellent customer service skills

  • Ability to handle multiple assignments and conflicting priorities

  • Ability to quickly establish new, strong interpersonal relationships with customers, peers, and management.

  • Ability to lead small internal projects and initiatives.

  • Ability to document actionable recommendations.

  • Ability to provide planning, guidance and implementation of best practices.

  • Ability to work proactively, take initiative, leverage resources and drive change.

  • Good decision-making skills

Reporting Relationship: (Manager, peer, subordinate jobs -- organization structure, organization chart may be attached)This position reports to a Supervisor within Database Services


Southern Company (NYSE: SO) is a leading energy company serving 9 million customers through its subsidiaries as of Jan. 1, 2019. The company provides clean, safe, reliable and affordable energy through electric operating companies in three states, natural gas distribution companies in four states, a competitive generation company serving wholesale customers across America, a leading distributed energy infrastructure company, a fiber optics network and telecommunications services. Southern Company brands are known for excellent customer service, high reliability and affordable prices below the national average. For more than a century, we have been building the future of energy and developing the full portfolio of energy resources, including carbon-free nuclear, advanced carbon capture technologies, natural gas, renewables, energy efficiency and storage technology. Through an industry-leading commitment to innovation and a low-carbon future, Southern Company and its subsidiaries develop the customized energy solutions our customers and communities require to drive growth and prosperity. Our uncompromising values ensure we put the needs of those we serve at the center of everything we do and govern our business to the benefit of our world. Our corporate culture and hiring practices have been recognized nationally by the U.S. Department of Defense, G.I. Jobs magazine, DiversityInc, Black Enterprise, Forbes and the Women's Choice Award. To learn more, visit .

Southern Company is an equal opportunity employer where an applicant's qualifications are considered without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other basis prohibited by law.

Job Field: Information Technology

Job Type: Standard

Primary Location: Georgia-Metro Atlanta-Atlanta

Operating Company: Southern Company Services

Other Locations: Alabama-Metro Birmingham/Eastern AL-Birmingham

Job Type: Standard

Travel (Up to...): No

Work Location(s):

Georgia Power Headquarters - 241 Ralph McGill Blvd. NE (241ATLANTA)

241 Ralph McGill Blvd. NE

Atlanta, 30308

The Energy Center - 3535 Colonnade Parkway (3535Birmingham)

3535 Colonnade Parkway

Birmingham, 35243

Req ID: SCS2008954