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Title:  Lead Database Architect

Requisition ID:  66373

Phoenix, AZ, US, 85004-2121

Category:  Information Systems

Freeport-McMoRan is a leading international mining company with headquarters in Phoenix, Arizona. We operate large, long-lived, geographically diverse assets with significant proven and probable reserves of copper, gold, and molybdenum. The company has a dynamic portfolio of operating, expansion and growth projects in the copper industry. Freeport-McMoRan is one of the world’s largest publicly traded copper producers, the world’s largest producer of molybdenum and a significant gold producer. We have a long and successful history of conducting our business in a safe, highly efficient and socially-responsible manner.

We have the assets, the talent, the drive and the financial strength to provide attractive and rewarding careers of our employees. We encourage you to take the time to explore the opportunity to advance your career at Freeport-McMoRan.

Please note:  This position has the possibility to work remotely up to 100% of the time.  The position will require occasional travel to the Phoenix corporate offices and/or site locations.  This position may be performed anywhere in the U.S. except California, New Hampshire, Michigan, Illinois and New York.  Additional states may be excluded from remote work based on business factors.  Should the position shift to in-office work in the future, the company will offer relocation benefits at that time should the position meet the established eligibility for these benefits.


Responsible for the overall architecture, design, performance and availability of global database solutions integrated and aligned with overall MIS strategies.  Analyze technologies and recommend upgrades/changes based on assessments of the organization's current and future network technology needs, with a collaborative and Agile mindset.

  • Create both short and long-term enterprise Database technology roadmaps based on an understanding of the organizational strategic requirements, technology context and business needs, set direction and lead improvements of techniques, methodologies and deliverables.
  • Design secure solutions and create implementation and support models for Cloud and Hybrid database technologies.
  • Define and review reports to ensure all services are completely, securely and successfully delivered; proactively intervene to correct problems when they are encountered; and use metrics to improve processes.
  • Work effectively with other IS teams and outsourcing providers to ensure technology solutions are effectively designed, managed and performed.
  • Perform other duties as requested.




Minimum Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science/Engineering, Information Technology or related field, AND
  • Eight (8) years of experience in the Information Services, which includes five (5) years of direct experience with Database Technologies
  • Microsoft SQL & Azure certifications
  • Strong and proven architecture documentation and presentation skills, creating technology roadmaps and strategic direction
  • Strong understanding across Infrastructure systems and components design and support concepts.


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree in Information Technology or related field, AND
  • Ten (10) years of experience in the Information Services, which includes eight (8) years as a Sr. Database Engineer and three (3) years of Database Architecture and Solutions design
  • Microsoft Certified SQL Architect and Azure Cloud implementation
  • One year of active Agile Methodology involvement, mindset and coaching
  • Experience with security and hardening database platforms and SOX audits
  • Advanced experience and knowledge of IT operations, including networking, virtualization, identity, security, business continuity, disaster recovery, data platform, budgeting, and governance
  • Experience integrating hybrid environments with Cloud providers (Azure/AWS)
  • Strong liaison with enterprise, server, storage, security, database and application architects to develop comperhensive solutions
  • Strong Project Management skills to direct and oversee implementation of architecture
  • Broad IT knowledge is desired, covering, virtualized environments, Hyper-converged systems, DevOps, storage platforms, ERP systems and application interaction


Criteria & Conditions

  • Ability to understand and apply verbal and written work and safety-related instructions and procedures given in English
  • Ability to communicate in English with respect to job assignments, job procedures, and applicable safety standards
  • Must be able to work in a potentially stressful environment
  • Position is based in a busy, non-smoking office located in Phoenix, AZ; although regular travel to all mine and plant operating locations (including South America and Indonesia) is expected
  • Visits to mine and plant settings may include exposure to extremes in temperature and humidity, moving mechanical parts, risk of electrical shock, toxic chemicals, explosives, fumes or airborne particles.
  • Must be able to frequently sit, stand and walk
  • Must be able to frequently lift and carry up to ten (10) pounds
  • Project demands will dictate varied work hours
  • Personal protective equipment is required when performing work in a mine, outdoor, or manufacturing plant environment, including hard hat, hearing protection, safety glasses, safety footwear, and as needed, respirator, rubber steel-toe boots, protective clothing, gloves and any other protective equipment as required
  • Freeport-McMoRan promotes a drug/alcohol free work environment through the use of mandatory pre-employment drug testing and on-going random drug testing as per applicable State Laws


Freeport-McMoRan has reviewed the jobs at its various office and operating sites and determined that many of these jobs require employees to perform essential job functions that pose a direct threat to the safety or health of the employees performing these tasks or others.  Accordingly, the Company has designated the following positions as safey-sensitive:

  • Site-based positions, or positions which require unescorted access to site-based operational areas, which are held by employees who are required to receive MSHA, OSHA, DOT, HAZWOPER and/or Hazard Recognition Training; or
  • Positions which are held by employees who operate equipment, machinery or motor vehicles in furtherance of performing the essential functions of their job duties, including operating motor vehicles while on Company business or travel (for this purpose "motor vehicles" includes Company owned or leased motor vehicles and personal vehicles used by employees in furtherance of Company business or while on Company travel); or
  • Positions which Freeport-McMoRan has designated as safety sensitive positions in the applicable job or position description and which upon further review continue to be designated as safety-sensitive based on an individualized assessment of the actual duties performed by a specifically identified employee.

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