Application Engineer (Database Administration)

Riverwoods, IL
$86,500 - $146,100 / Year 
Senior level

Job Description

Discover. A brighter future.

With us, you’ll do meaningful work from Day 1. Our collaborative culture is built on three core behaviors: We Play to Win, We Get Better Every Day & We Succeed Together. And we mean it — we want you to grow and make a difference at one of the world's leading digital banking and payments companies. We value what makes you unique so that you have an opportunity to shine.

Come build your future, while being the reason millions of people find a brighter financial future with Discover.

Job Description:

At Discover, be part of a culture where diversity, teamwork and collaboration reign. Join a company that is just as employee-focused as it is on its customers and is consistently awarded for both. We’re all about people, and our employees are why Discover is a great place to work. Be the reason we help millions of consumers build a brighter financial future and achieve yours along the way with a rewarding career. The application engineer works on design, implementation, administration and monitoring database management systems and brings consistency, quality, and security in the databases. They work with the Product owners, team members and architects to understand and align on the roadmap and help team build a strong backlog for supporting database operations and modernization efforts. Should be proactive in identifying areas for improvement within the database related to database and query tuning and provide solutions to address the same.


  • Achieves product commitments (and influences others to do the same) by using informal leadership & highly developed communication skills and contributes to or led technology communities 
  • Uses automation, system tools, open-source solutions, observability and 'security first' principles in daily work 
  • Contributes to team agile ceremonies, leads demos and presentations, helps new engineers learn established norms 
  • Initiates high level solution design approaches, and guides team to achieve desired key software delivery capabilities using automated, coded enterprise and observability 
  • Participates in internal speaking and advocacy events 
  • Supports research activities to adopt new technology solutions in ways of developing new capabilities 
  • Continues professional education and create opportunities for core product teams to learn engineering best practices 
  • Coaches immediate chapter and is actively fosters the adoption of new technologies 

Minimum Qualifications 

At a minimum, here’s what we need from you: 

  • Bachelors – Computer Science or related 
  • 3+ Years – (Software) Engineering, DevOps or related 
  • Internal applicants only: technical proficiency rating of competent on the Dreyfus engineering scale 

Preferred Qualifications 

Bonus Points If You Have: 

  • MS-SQL Database Administration in a Windows environment
  • MS-SQL Database tuning techniques to improve Database performance
  • Always-on configuration in IAAS and on-prem servers
  • Database backups, Disaster Recovery, & High Availability Design
  • Understanding of MS-SQL Server Security
  • Database patching methodologies
  • Automation methodologies and driving out manual processes
  • Disaster recovery configuration and testing
  • Setting observability for MS-SQL Server using tools like Datadog, etc.
  • Programming knowledge including stored procedures, triggers, database/data model design, SQL Tuning, etc

External applicants will be required to perform a technical interview. 

What are you waiting for? Apply today!

And by the way, while you're waiting to hear from us, don't forget to check out the great benefits Discover offers.

All Discover employees place our customers at the very center of our work.  To deliver on our promises to our customers, each of us contribute every day to a culture that values compliance and risk management.

The same way we treat our employees is how we treat all applicants – with respect. Discover Financial Services is an equal opportunity employer (EEO is the law). We thrive on diversity & inclusion. You will be treated fairly throughout our recruiting process and without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local law in consideration for a career at Discover.

Application Deadline:

The application window for this position is anticipated to close on Dec-05-2023. We encourage you to apply as soon as possible. The posting may be available past this date, but it is not guaranteed.


The base pay for this position generally ranges between $86,500.00 to $146,100.00. Additional incentives may be provided as part of a market competitive total compensation package. Factors, such as but not limited to, geographical location, relevant experience, education, and skill level may impact the pay for this position.


We also offer a range of benefits and programs based on eligibility. These benefits include:

  • Paid Parental Leave

  • Paid Time Off

  • 401(k) Plan

  • Medical, Dental, Vision, & Health Savings Account

  • STD, Life, LTD and AD&D

  • Recognition Program

  • Education Assistance

  • Commuter Benefits

  • Family Support Programs

  • Employee Stock Purchase Plan

Learn more at

What are you waiting for? Apply today!

All Discover employees place our customers at the very center of our work. To deliver on our promises to our customers, each of us contribute every day to a culture that values compliance and risk management.

Discover is committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace. Discover is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, protected veteran status, or other legally protected status. (Know Your Rights)

About the Company:
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