Senior Database Engineer
Austin, TX

Summary of Role

The Senior Database Engineer is ahands-on technical position for a senior-level professional. The role involvesan advanced, experienced skill set to design, develop and implement databaseobjects, procedures and processes using the SQL Server platform to supportbusiness objectives throughout the organization.

You'll be working as part of an Agileteam, developing the systems that power our business. This is a hands-on role,working with other engineers, writing code, testing, and deploying the finishedapps and libraries.

Responsibilitiesand Deliverables

  • Inpartnership with your co-workers, design and develop database infrastructure(tables and views) to support a complex and rapidly changing data environment.
  • Createworking, maintainable, and fast Python scripts and stored procedures using bestpractices and current organizational standards to support data-drivenapplications, both internal and client-facing.
  • Useindexing and other techniques to optimize new and existing objects andprocesses.
  • Developprocesses for the ETL of data throughout the entire organization.
  • Generatedata to support reporting (ad-hoc and standardized).
  • Followand help develop database team standards and methodologies; use source controland build management procedures to ensure stable development, staging andproduction database environments.
  • Enhance,refactor, and continuously improve the database schemas and related code.
  • Communicateeffectively with technical and non-technical people.
  • Solvebusiness needs with short-term deliverables, while constantly improving andmoving towards long-term architectural goals.
  • Generatenew ideas, never say or think "that's not my job."
  • Beproactive in keeping your skills fresh.

Qualificationsand Experience

  • 5+ yearsof T-SQL development experience in SQL Server.
  • 3+ yearsof experience developing ETL processes with SQL Server Integration Services,Pentaho, or other tools. Bonus points for having developed ETL processes withPython and AWS.
  • 2+ yearsof experience in development with Python 3.
  • 1+ yearsof experience developing on AWS and Linux.
  • Masteryof advanced database design methodologies and experience with database modelingtools, dimensional modeling and statistical analysis
  • Clearunderstanding of SQL Server best practices for development of storedprocedures, views, tables, security objects, indexes, etc.
  • Experiencewith any of the following is a plus: Postgres, SQL Server Reporting Services, MongoDB, Redis, Exasol
  • Anappreciation for pragmatism and simplicity in code.
  • A strongcode and architecture design sensibility.
  • Customizedmathematical skills as determined by the requirements of the job.
  • Logicalreasoning and cognitive ability required.
  • Abilityto effectively assess and manage risk.
  • Abilityto prioritize and manage multiple tasks, and effectively manage time.

Education andTraining

  • BS in Computer Science, SoftwareEngineering or equivalent, or a Bachelor’s in an unrelated field with at least5 years of software development experience. A relevant Master's degree is aplus.
  • Certified Scrum Master is a plus

NRCCUA is an Equal Employment Opportunity(EEO) employer. It is the policy of the Company to provide equal employmentopportunities to all qualified applicants without regard to race, color,religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age,protected veteran or disabled status, or genetic information. Allapplicants must be eligible to work in the U.S.

NRCCUA endeavorsto make reasonable accommodations for applicants with disabilities and disabledveterans pursuant to applicable federal and state law. If you are an individualwith a disability and require a reasonable accommodation to complete any partof the application process or are limited in the ability and need analternative method for applying, please contact Human Resources with yourspecific accommodation request.


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Job Type: Full-time


  • Health insurance
  • Dental insurance
  • Vision insurance
  • Retirement plan
  • Flexible schedule
  • Parental leave
  • Tuition reimbursement