MySQL Forums
Forum List  »  Jobs

MySQL Database Administrator - Nottingham - UK
Posted by: Martin French
Date: March 18, 2015 03:31AM

What do you do in the face of the impossible?

When someone tells you that something can't be done, what do you do? Do you accept their statement and go back to bed, or do you set out to prove them wrong?

In 2008, when the insurance industry told us that providing real time data validation and enrichment at the point of quote couldn't be done, they threw down a gauntlet. "There are too many quotes, too much data, it's all too fast - you just can't do it".

IIL Picked up that gauntlet, and here we are, 7 years later doing the impossible every day. We process over 90 million data enrichment requests per day, with an average response time of 0.15 seconds. At peak times we handle over 3000 requests per second. IIL have achieved the seemingly impossible with a combination of brilliant people, clever ideas, hard work, tenacity and an awful lot of coffee.

But now comes the difficult bit...

IIL is a victim of it's own success. We have created a whole new layer in UK insurance - real-time data validation and enrichment didn't exist in before us. Now 85% of the insurance industry in the is dependant upon IIL in order to write new business - they simply can't compete without us.

But now is not the time to rest on laurels. The companies who told us it couldn't be done are stirring. They are developing their own rival products to compete with us. Thankfully they're not doing a great job of it. Yet. Complacency is not an option for IIL, we need brilliant new minds to help us expand our capacity, develop new services and continue to lead the insurance industry.

We need your help!

The IIL tech stack has evolved over the past 7 years to incorporate the best tool for the job at every layer of the process. At it's heart is a LAMP stack, augmented with various technologies for greater efficiency. It's not perfect, and there are issues to resolve, but that's where the fun is, and that's why we need your help. Come and be part of our team and help us to continue to achieve the impossible.

We have great benefits:

- 25 Days Holiday (plus public holidays)
- City Centre Location
- Fantastic co-workers
- Flexible working hours
- Company nights out
- Training and development
- Competitive Salary
- The autonomy to find the right solution
- Cycle to work scheme
- Childcare vouchers

As a MySQL Database Administrator at Insurance Initiatives, you will be responsible for the reliability, availability, maintenance and monitoring of our mission critical, highly available, data infrastructure. You will be a good communicator with a passion for all aspects of database administration from monitoring to performance tuning to capacity planning and scalability.

Key Responsibilities and Tasks

+ Create, maintain and monitor our database environment that is highly available and high performing.
+ Plan, drive and implement capacity planning and best practices.
+ Participate in planning, maintenance and implementation of all aspects of database disaster recovery.
+ Set database performance best practices. Review and approve all database schema and procedure changes.
+ Rapidly diagnose and fix problems.
+ On-call responsibility on a rota basis (including weekends).
+ Working from home is possible, but the role is primarily office based.
+ Skills & Requirements

+ 5+ years of experience as a MySQL DBA (MySQL 5.6+) in a transactional environment.
+ 3+ years experience of a modern, online Linux stack, ideally Debian/Ubuntu.
+ Experience with backup/recovery/DR, all flavors of replication, clustering, advanced performance tuning, and proactive monitoring
+ Experience working with highly available web serving environments.
+ Should have the skills to triage issues in an end-to-end manner with awareness of how web, application and caching tiers impact database performance and availability
+ Scripting skills with at least one of the following: Shell/Perl/Python/Ruby
+ Great communication skills coupled with a strong desire for personal development and learning.
+ Experience of working on a LAMP / PHP stack - any coding ability would be highly appreciated.

Interested? Please email an updated CV to

Options: ReplyQuote

Written By
MySQL Database Administrator - Nottingham - UK
March 18, 2015 03:31AM

Sorry, you can't reply to this topic. It has been closed.

Content reproduced on this site is the property of the respective copyright holders. It is not reviewed in advance by Oracle and does not necessarily represent the opinion of Oracle or any other party.