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Database Administrator

Boston, MA
Engineering - Infrastructure

Job Description

Wayfair.com is a leader in the e-commerce space for all things home. The Data Technologies team is looking for smart, passionate and curious people who are excited to help us scale, support and administer our robust cross-datacenter database infrastructure. With the broad reach of the technologies we are using you will have the opportunity to grow your network and skills by being exposed to new people and ideas who work on a diverse set of cutting-edge technologies. If you are the type of person who loves to shave off milliseconds from query execution plans and is interested in problems like replication, sharding, resiliency and scaling, we should talk. 

What the Data Technologies team does:

  • Technical Experts for SQL Server and MySQL relational databases
  • Drives best practices around use and troubleshooting across the engineering organization
  • Improves the management, deployment, capacity planning and uptime of customer facing mission critical systems through better monitoring tools and self-healing automation


What you will do in this role:

    • Ensure the reliability and integrity of database backups to meet business recovery point objectives
    • Implement technologies to support master / slave data architecture (transactional replication, change tracking)
    • Manage database security and permissions across multiple environments
    • Review and execute T-SQL code submitted by various engineering teams
    • Contribute to our internal knowledge base by documenting operational workflows and troubleshooting guides
  • Support an environment with a mix of high availability and disaster recovery solutions (Availability Groups, Failover Cluster Instances, log shipping)
  • Proactively monitor and resolve database alerts
  • Triage database health and performance issues and troubleshoot database outages as they occur
  • Participate in a 24x7 on call rotation


 About you:

  • 2+ years hands on experience as a SQL Server DBA
  • Solid understanding of relational database design and concepts
  • Familiarity with HA & DR solutions available within SQL Server and experience implementing them (AGs, FCIs, log shipping)
  • Experience working on cross-functional teams on projects such as server migrations, version upgrades, and shared development environment refreshes
  • Experience supporting a transactional replication environment
  • A desire to learn performance tuning methodologies and gain experience optimizing database code
  • Collecting, monitoring and analyzing systems performance data a plus
  • Passion for improving complex geo-distributed systems, people and processes around you

Other traits we look for:

  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Self-driven individual looking to challenge and further develop their skills and subject matter expertise
  • An easy-going attitude and strong sense of humor
  • A positive, people-oriented and energetic attitude
  • An analytical, creative, and innovative approach to solving problems
  • An interest in working hard and being challenged in a fast-paced environment, and having fun while doing it

About Wayfair:

Wayfair Inc. offers an extensive selection of home furnishings and décor across all styles and price points. The Wayfair family of brands includes:

  • Wayfair.com, an online destination for all things home
  • Joss & Main, where beautiful furniture and finds meet irresistible savings
  • AllModern, a go-to online source for modern design
  • DwellStudio, a design house for fashion-forward modern furnishings
  • Birch Lane, a collection of classic furnishings and timeless home décor


Wayfair generated $3.14 billion in net revenue for the twelve months ended September 30, 2016. Headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts with operations throughout North America and Europe, the company employs more than 5,600 people. Wayfair was recently named “Mass TLC’s Company of the Year” and “Internet retailer of the year”. The company has previously been named one of America’s Most Promising Companies by Forbes Magazine and selected by the Boston Business Journal and Glassdoor.com as a Top Company to Work For and Top Company for Well Balanced Life.


*** This position is ONLY for on-site in our Boston, MA headquarters ***

Wayfair does not accept unsolicited candidate referrals or resumes / CVs from third-party vendors, including recruitment agencies. Wayfair will not be responsible or liable for any fees or costs associated with such unsolicited submissions.

Requisition ID: 16030