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DBA - Database Developer - SQL-DBA Team - IT Solutions

Reporting to: Data Solutions Manager - Principal
Team: Corporate Services
Contract type: Permanent
Salary: Between £44,774 and £59,437 per annum dependent on skills and experience, with access to performance related pay, bonus and civil service pension scheme
Location: Brighton
Closing date: Tuesday 19 October 2021

Job ref:110231

TPR grade: 8 - Specialist

About us

The Pensions Regulator (TPR) is responsible for protecting workplace pensions in the UK. We work with employers and those running pensions to help people save safely for their retirement.

We have a fantastic office located in the heart of Brighton that is a short distance from the train station, shops and the sea.

We put our 700+ employees first by supporting flexible working and offering a diverse, lively and inclusive environment. This includes LGBT+ Network (PROUD), Women’s Network, BAME Network (ME) and a Disability Network, which offer supportive spaces to connect with like-minded individuals.

We are committed to making TPR a great place to work. We do all we can to support our people reach their full potential with training, secondment and development opportunities.

We are still working remotely and are transitioning to a hybrid working model by April 2022, subject to government guidelines. Please note our contractual working location is Brighton. 


We’re looking for a Database administrator / SQL developer that will:

  • design, estimate, implement, plan and test new database systems, as defined by the project portfolio
  • provide administration, monitoring, and performance tuning of operational and test database systems
  • provide support for production systems by triaging, investigating and fixing defects
  • maintain a high standard of data solutions, through code reviews, knowledge sharing, mentoring and process improvement


You will:

  • analyse, estimate and prioritise work items to achieve the best outcome
  • work individually to investigate, prioritise and solve problems in production systems
  • design and deliver coding solutions, by choosing appropriate design principles and techniques to use within the technical framework defined by the architecture team
  • manage and control problems and change within area of responsibility, including negotiation with other teams as necessary
  • engage with business users to gather information regarding systems defects and requirements for change

Essential criteria

  • Knowledge of the database development lifecycle gained through broad practical experience of building business database solutions, including line of business and Business Intelligence/ reporting solutions.
  • Deep knowledge of the SQL Server platform, relational databases, and SQL.
  • Experience and understanding of cloud concepts and database solutions on Microsoft Azure.
  • Experience of investigating and diagnosing technical problems in complex business systems.
  • Experienced in data analysis, data modelling, database design and optimisation including normalisation / de-normalisation, indexing, partitioning, query tuning, and designing for concurrency.
  • Good understanding of extract / transform / load techniques and tools (including SSIS), data archiving principles, and capacity planning.
  • Broad understanding of data security principles and methods including access control and data encryption solutions.
  • Good understanding data quality principles, cleansing, and relevant tools.
  • Good understanding of testing principles and techniques (TDD, Automated Testing).
  • Experience and understanding of the use of Agile methodologies to plan, develop, test and deliver data solutions.

Person specification

  • Proactive and flexible.
  • Can do approach.
  • Problem solving and analytical skills.
  • Attention to detail and accuracy.
  • Excellent customer service.

Salary and benefits

As well as a salary between £44,774 and £59,437 we offer:

  • Civil Service Pension arrangements, which are recognised as some of the best in the pensions world
  • discretionary bonus arrangements
  • access to performance related pay progression
  • 25 days annual leave provision
  • flexible working arrangements
  • development opportunities
  • enhanced parental leave arrangements
  • a free employee assistance programme
  • an excellent office location in Brighton

How to apply

Please send your CV to along with a covering letter, quoting ref 110231 with details of how your experience and skills meet our essential criteria and details of your notice period.

We are an inclusive employer and offer equal opportunities to all regardless of an individual’s age, disability, gender identity, marriage or civil partnership status, pregnancy or maternity, race, religion or belief, sex and sexual orientation.

Candidates who declare that they have a disability and who meet the essential criteria for the job will be offered an interview.

Applications will be considered on a part time and job share basis.

Please be aware we are currently holding interviews through Microsoft Teams due to COVID-19.

If you have any queries about this role, or if you have a disability and wish to request a reasonable adjustment at any stage of the recruitment process, please email