Database Administrator

Friday February 08, 2013

Smartleaf Headquarters
210 Broadway, 4th Floor
Cambridge, MA 02139

We are seeking a talented database administrator to support our production and development systems and applications.

What We Do:

Smartleaf is changing the way private wealth is managed. Our hosted service generates daily trade recommendations used to manage over $50 billion in assets across more than 50,000 accounts belonging to individual investors (e.g., you, your neighbor, your parents).  We are privately owned, profitable, and growing.

We help service individual accounts through our clients, who are typically wealth managers at bank trusts, registered investment advisors, and broker/dealers. We are a small team of dedicated visionaries and engineers. We have stubbornly worked toward moving the needle of what a single individual can expect from wealth management services.

What We Don't Do:

We do not have a trading floor. We do not dress in suits. We are not part of mainstream finance, but hope to change the norm of what finance means to the individual investor—this is at the very core of our group DNA.

Who We Are:

Smartleaf is made up of entrepreneurially-minded people with diverse backgrounds and experience levels. The technical team and board include a principal author of the original Apache server, former members of the MIT Artificial Intelligence Lab, and Harvard Business School professors, to name a few. Our broad mix of backgrounds and experience allows us to keep our service both stable and innovative. 

Our alumni have gone on to do great things, both as academics and entrepreneurs.


You are driven, smart, and collegial. Your peers hold you in high regard, and you work well in team settings with minimal supervision. Specific qualifications include:

  • Bachelor's in IT / Computer Science (or equivalent experience)
  • 5-10 years of Oracle DBA experience; minimum 1 year with Oracle RAC
  • Experience with Oracle 11g
  • Storage management experience, including setting up RAC nodes from scratch
  • Application and database tuning expertise
  • Familiarity with SQL PL / SQL, perl, and shell scripting
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills

Bonus points for:

  • Oracle DBA certification
  • Experience with Ruby
  • Postgres (or related, e.g. Enterprise DB)
  • Data warehousing know-how (need not be enormous)

The Work:

You will be wearing lots of hats as the primary point of contact for a variety of end-user data requests and business integration initiatives. You will work to optimize, for performance and data integrity, vendor data loads that feed the production systems. You'll need to call upon your experience in database development, including schema design, stored procedures, triggers, UDF, ETL, query optimization, etc., as you will be supporting back end databases in a high-availability environment. You must be proficient in Relational Database Management Systems and disk storage systems, including online backup/restores, clustering, performance monitoring, and optimization. 

You won't get lost in the shuffle here—we're a small company where every employee has an impact on how the company fares. If you enjoy being a go-to member of a team where the results of your work are noticed, then this could be the job for you. 

The Firm:

Founded in 1999, Smartleaf is still small in numbers and privately held. Our offices are a short walk from the Kendall Square T stop, in a sunny, top-floor office. In addition to competitive compensation, Smartleaf employees receive comprehensive health and dental coverage, three weeks of paid time off, flexible work hours, ISOs, free food and an espresso machine better than most coffee houses’ (almost like it’s 1999).

How to Apply:

Send your resume and a brief cover letter to

Smartleaf is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

To all recruitment agencies: Smartleaf does not accept agency resumes. Please do not forward resumes to our jobs alias, Smartleaf employees or any other company location. Smartleaf is not responsible for any fees related to unsolicited resumes.

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