The Principal DBA will support new product development as well as complete O&M support of existing systems. The candidate is expected to understand relationships between applications and databases and middleware applications and quickly learn the architecture of legacy systems. The candidate is expected to demonstrate the capability of developing and maintaining a continuity of operations environment. Weekend work is sometimes typical in this working environment. The candidate is expected to perform/execute monthly weekend deployments distributed amongst the DBA team as a whole. The candidate shall support and troubleshoot Tier III operation tickets, gather and analyze performance metrics and provide recommendations to improve performance as needed. The candidate will also be responsible for evaluating new features in SQL Server releases and recommending an upgrade path and evaluating other COTS products.