SQL DBA / Developer

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Slough (and remote)
Full Time

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SQL DBA / Developer
Slough, UK

Are you a Database Administrator for SQL Server with experience in Azure and/or AWS? Looking for a place where you can put your heart, soul and skills into making a difference?

NFER is a leading educational research charity operating in the UK and internationally. Our mission is to improve outcomes for future generations everywhere and to support positive change across education systems. Our research informs policy and practice, and we proudly develop and supply a third of the UKs primary schools with the assessment products for teachers.

As the SQL DBA / Developer you’ll manage, maintain and develop the Foundations databases, both on premise and in the cloud, keeping them up and running smoothly 24/7. Your goal will be to provide a seamless flow of information throughout the company, considering both backend data structure and frontend accessibility for end-users.

You’ll review and recommend improvements to the Foundations database architecture, ensuring suitable backup strategies are in place relevant to each application and environment and that backups are completed successfully.

As part of wide application developer team, you’ll assist with development of database objects, engaging in the development directly and mentoring developers on best practice.

Technical Requirement

- Proven working experience as a Database Administrator for SQL Server
- Experience of using SQL Server for Azure and/or AWS
- Hands-on experience with database standards and end user applications
- Excellent knowledge of data backup, recovery, security and integrity
- Experience of database design, documentation and coding
- Previous experience with DBA case tools (frontend/backend) and third-party tools
- Familiarity with relevant programming languages
- Experience of securing data and planning mitigations against data loss from accidental and rogue activity

As a self-starter able to work quickly and methodically without supervision you would have held similar roles such as Database Administrator, SQL Developer, BI/SQL Developer/Consultant, Database Engineer,


- Competitive salary £40,000 - £50,000
- Generous pension scheme
- Hybrid working available (home and Slough office)
- 42 days’ holiday per year including Bank Holidays + additional discretionary days
- Support for professional development
- Great work/life balance (35 hours worked per week)

Most of our teams are currently working from home but our offices are open surrounded by five acres of green land on the outskirt of Slough, located close to Windsor. It's just 15 minutes from London Paddington and an easy drive from the M4, M40 and London Heathrow.

We are reviewing candidates on an ongoing basis so apply today.

Role is open to Skilled Worker sponsorship

NFER is a not-for-profit organisation and an equal opportunities employer, welcoming applications from all sections of the community.


The National Foundation for Educational Research in England and Wales. Head office and registered address: The Mere, Upton Park, Slough, Berkshire, SL1 2DQ
Recruitment enquiries: Email: recruitment@nfer.ac.uk
General enquiries: Telephone: +44(0)1753 574123 | Fax:+44(0)1753 691632 | Email: enquiries@nfer.ac.uk
Product enquiries: Telephone: +44(0)1753 637007 | Email: products@nfer.ac.uk
Research participant enquiries: Telephone: +44(0)1753 637096 | Email: rpo@nfer.ac.uk
Registered charity number 313392. Registered number 900899 (England and Wales). A company limited by guarantee.