Iridium Satellite

  • Contract to Direct - Database Administrator - MySQL

    Job Locations US-AZ-Tempe
    Job ID 2018-1087
    Information Technology
    Worker Category
    Regular Full-Time[F]
  • Company Overview

    Iridium is the only truly global voice and data satellite communications network that connects people, organizations, assets, government and relief agencies with “on-the-move” availability.  Together with its ecosystem of partners, Iridium delivers essential, reliable communications with an easy-to-integrate platform and service for improved efficiency.  With more than 20 years of experience, Iridium will soon be launching the next-generation of connectivity, Iridium CertusSM - the most versatile global broadband service with improved speeds to satisfy the critical need to send and receive communications when traveling by land, sea or air.  For more information about Iridium products, services and partner solutions, visit

    Position Summary, Job Requirements & Responsibilities

    This position is responsible for the administration and maintenance of the Iridium MySQL Database Environments working in cooperation with the IT Operations, Network Engineering, Gateway Technical Operations and Boeing teams to provide highly available and reliable database systems to support Iridium services, systems and employees.


    Duties and Responsibilities:

    • Responsible for providing day-to-day support and maintenance for key MySQL databases and services of our enterprise / commercial application platform

    • Responsible for investigating potential problems and issues raised by business users; this includes being on-call rotation as needed

    • Monitor database daily events to proactively optimize system performance and oversee data fixes for business issues or to address application issues based on the monitoring events.

    • Accountable for maintaining database configurations in compliance with established best practices and established baseline configurations

    • Develop and maintain an in depth understanding of the database architecture and the general application functionality used to maintain data integrity

    • Upgrade/install and configure MySQL database software

    • Perform backup/recovery, service database user requests, evaluate tools and applications

    • Plan and design database architecture to support new application development

    • Provide daily, weekly and monthly database checklist with historical trending reports

    • Provide monthly KPI metrics and trending reports

    • Work service requests and help desk tickets on a daily basis

    • Suggest improvements and seek additional training to maintain skills necessary to execute duties

    • Perform other duties and responsibilities as may be assigned from time to time by management 

    Job Requirements:

    • Demonstrated advanced skills with MySQL database administration, maintenance, performance tuning and troubleshooting
    • Experienced with MySQL clustering & replication technologies, writing custom UNIX scripts and SQL scripts to automate tasks
    • Advanced working knowledge of database security best practices, performance tuning, database backup/restore and disaster recovery planning
    • Ability to work with the team to automate reactive procedures where possible, and to promote rapid response to known issues
    • Ability to work with other teams to promote changes to production and other environments
    • Ability to work in conjunction with other IT groups and company departments to understand functionality, scalability, performance, security, and integration requirements from the database perspective
    • Ability to Project Manage complex database and replication projects to completion
    • Thorough understanding of IT operational policies and procedures within Database discipline
    • Proficiency with Nagios Monitoring performance tools

    Experience & Education Requirements / EEO

    • US Citizenship is required
    • Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science/MIS or similar industry experience
    • 3-5 years of MySQL Database administration or 10 years other database administration
    • MySQL or MSSQL certification preferred
    • Experience with Red Hat Enterprise Linux preferred
    • Experience in a telecommunications environment is preferred

    Iridium is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or status as a protected veteran. EOE of Minorities/Females/Vets/Disability and other protected categories.


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