Senior System Analyst, Database Services

Commercial Bank of Dubai (CBD)

Dubai, UAE

Ref: HP905-572

Job description / Role

Employment: Full Time

Operating in the UAE for over 50 years, CBD manages the financial requirements of some of the largest corporates and businesses operating in the country, driving the UAE economy. Over the years, CBD has transformed into a progressive and modern banking institution winning multiple awards for its digital initiatives, credit cards, bank accounts, mobile app features and services.

CBD has been recognized as the number one bank in the UAE on the Forbes list of The World's Best Banks 2022.

As we continue to build upon our successes, we are looking for ambitious individuals who are passionate about the banking and finance industry and the markets in which CBD operates. Just as important to us is your ability to demonstrate a talent for dealing with people - your colleagues and our customers - and delivering service that really goes the extra mile.

This is a mid-level role shaping and leading the Bank's digital delivery agenda; and is responsible for development and maintenance of the assigned suite of applications required to help us achieve our Default Digital goals.

Job Purpose

As a Senior System Analyst, Database Services, you will administer a large, complex production DB environment. The role performs highly effective centralized database administration for multiple databases, troubleshoot and provide system level support/ guidance/ solutions to ensure a 24X7 operations of applications.

Senior System Analyst, Database Services will administer and control the organization's data resources using Relational Database Management Systems and/or other DBMS tools

The role holder has end to end responsibility for an area that is strategic in nature and needs specialist business and IT knowledge and experience to influence and drive decision making.


Ensure service stability, uptime of the systems under the portfolio as per the agreed SLA.

Provides database administration to SQL, Oracle, MySQL, Sybase, MongoDB Server databases running on Microsoft Windows / Linux / Server

Installs, configures, and maintains SQL Server database application with required patches and updates and manages database security and user permissions and privileges in accordance with application/database requirements

Develops and/or maintains database objects (tables, views, indexes) and monitors and optimizes database performance and tuning

Manages and ensures compliance with database backup strategies and provides customer support to database and associated application development team, owners, and user stakeholders

Maintains Database Lifecycle Management processes detailed by FAA specifications and provides impact information on proposed changes to application and its database structure

Provides schedule and resource requirements to stakeholders concerning proposed changes to the application and associated database

Provides sizing recommendations for any new databases or changes to existing databases, including user/data growth projection and the impact on the server memory and performance characteristics

Works with other database administrators to ensure optimal efficiency and optimization of databases, server clusters, back-up strategies, and database services to FAA and its customers

Provide L2 & L3 support in the respective support area and act on technical escalations and provides guidance and technical insights to the team for continuous improvements

Proactively manage and maintain security standards and controls and implements and maintains database security and encryption

Actively seek to optimize and simplify DB architecture and take ownership of performance and capacity monitoring aspects of the DB

Execute data migration jobs and scripts as required and assist the infrastructure team in sizing hardware used for the DB

Contribute to the creation and maintenance of disaster recovery plans

Create a reliable backup strategy, oversees backup, clustering, mirroring, replication, and failover

Determine and document DB policies, procedures and standards

Performance testing and evaluation to ensure data security, privacy and integrity. Identification of bottle necks and deadlock issues

Ensure SLA's & operational KPI's are met, working as necessary with internal and external support functions when major incidents occur

Perform maintenance operations daily, weekly and monthly on Oracle and SQL servers and databases, and information systems for the purpose of ensuring efficient program operations

Perform database backups and restorations and recovers corrupted databases and evaluate and recommend new database technologies

Develop, manage, and test database and information system backup and recovery plans and prepare written materials for the purpose of documenting activities, providing written reference, and/or conveying information

Prepare and distribute reports, including but not limited to weekly and monthly status reports to management

Interface with Oracle, Microsoft, Sybase for technical support including patch management and version control


Bachelor's/Masters degree in a relevant field

Professional Certification in Database Technology domain (MS SQL, Oracle, Sybase, MySQL and MongoDB)

ITIL (Minimum Foundation Level) Relevant Industry Certification(s)

12+ years of experience in database platforms support in a large-scale environment

Experience in Transact SQL development, stored procedures, and views

Experience with Windows Clustering and Always On

Experience with Database Replication/Synchronization tools

Experience using scheduling and monitoring tools, as well as 3rd party backup tools

Experience with AWS SQL or Microsoft Azure SQL and experience working in DEVOPS environment

Skills in architecting, implementing, and providing post implementation support

Exposure and knowledge of large-scale production support

Exposure in large-scale upgrades, migrations, and transitions in the support area

Security implementation of the products coming under the portfolio

Problem, Incident, escalation and change management in line with ITIL process

Adoption of new database technologies and open-source database support

Good understanding of system requirements for banking operational processes

Strong Technical Skills in below solutions

- MSSQL: Installation, Patching, Backup, restore, Managing Security, High Availability (FCI & SQL Always ON), Monitoring, Migration, Upgradation, Optimization, and other Admin tasks
- Oracle: Standalone & RAC Installation, Patching, Backup, restore, Managing Security and other Admin tasks on 11g, 12c and 19c
- MySQL: Installation, Patching, Backup, restore, Managing Security and other Admin Tasks.
- Mongo: Installation, Patching, Backup, restore, Managing Security and other Admin Tasks.

About the Company

In 1969, when we at Commercial Bank of Dubai started out little did we know that sheer grit and determination would get us where we are today. An Emiri Decree issued by His Highness the Late Sheikh Rashid Bin Saeed Al Maktoum, the founder of modern Dubai, laid the cornerstone of Commercial Bank of Dubai. We started out as a joint venture of Commerzbank, Chase Manhattan Bank and Commercial Bank of Kuwait. A minority stake was held by a few UAE businessmen.

By 1982, little more than a decade later, we evolved into a National Public Shareholding company. A feat complimented by an exponential increase in the capital base and mammoth restructuring of our operations. The feather in the cap came when the Government of Dubai became a key shareholder.

Over the decades, we have transformed ourselves into a progressive and modern banking institution. We are supported by a sturdy financial base and reigned by a strong and stable management. The proof of which lies with our customers who have stood by us over the years.

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