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43568 52606

Sr. Mainframe Systems Programmer


Aug 22, 2018 - Harrisburg

Responsible for leading the planning, installation, configuration, customization and monitoring of the IBM z/OS operating system software and various other IBM software including but not limited to TSO/E, ISPF, JES2. Along with 3rd party Vendor software, other technologies and several in-house developed applications and utilities used to enhance and support the environment. Senior Mainframe System Programmers are expected to mentor less senior team members. PRIMARY DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Configure, administer and support various software products (50%)
  • Plan for infrastructure and operational changes such as operating system, hardware, and applications/infrastructure upgrades.
  • Lead the implementation of projects to customize operating system software to support the customer environment.
  • Provide technical guidance for interacting with client/server distributed hardware and software.
  • Develop and implement monitoring procedures to maximize availability and performance of the system while meeting defined targets.
  • Responsible for troubleshooting the most complex activities such as reading system and application dumps and providing recommendations and perfoming resolution activities. Performs performance data collection, analysis, and tuning of the operating system and associated systems.
  • Perform Develop designs and perform modifications involving operating system exits for specialized requirements
  Project Management and Communication (25%)
  •  Assign project tasks and areas of responsibility to project team members from basic to complex. Monitors quality and rate of technical progress.
  • Develop, manage, and monitor highly complex infrastructure and database configurations/changes, upgrades and etc.
  • Collaborate with and influence other Information Technology (IT) departments, functional users and vendors to provide guidance and manage project implementation or user support.
  • Mentor less experienced Mainframe System Administrators. This may include assigning work, reviewing work for adherence to standards, and provide coaching guidance.
  • Scopes, plans, and prioritizes multiple projects.
  • Prepares technical reports and briefings concerning performance of the system and system related problems andcorrections.
  Strategic Agility (15%)
  • Evaluates specifications and features of new products, performing cost comparisons, feasiblity and cost benefit analysis, performance, compatiblity and testing. Reviews customer business requirements and makes technical recommendations regarding software/hardware to meet buisness needs.
  • Maintains skills to stay current with mainframe technology.
  • May sit on/or participate in industry specific user groups/or committees.
  • Serves as a member of the disaster recovery team and participates in the Disaster Recovery testing.
  •   Provide weekly status updates and time reporting.
  •   Other duties as assigned.
EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE Minimum qualifications: Bachelor degree in Information Technology related field and eight years of experience in working on a Mainframe Operating systems like z/OS, z/VM or Linux or an equivalent combination of knowledge, skills, and abilities.
  • Expert knowledge of a progressive mainframe operating system maintaining complex mainframe systems, including; installing, tuning, testing and debugging software.
  • Expert experience working with programming languages such as Assembler, COBOL or CICS.
  • Knowledge in Java or C languages as well as some Windows/AIX/UNIX basic command skills.
  • Proven advanced skills in utilizing common functions such as: TSO/ISPF, SDSF, JCL, DB2/VSAM file management, Rexx/Clist, Microsoft Office products, and Lotus Notes applications.
  • Demonstrated ability to read computer vendor specifications and technical product manuals for implementation, customization and/or administrative purposes.
  • Expert ability to adjust to future vendor hardware or software changes as new technologies are introduced into the operating system(s) as well as logically diagnosing problems and implementing software fixes or customizations as needed to resolve outstanding issues.
  • Advanced knowledge of SMP/E functionality for installing software and for applying maintenance/fixes.
  • Demonstrated ability to analyze and design new large-scale IT systems and modifications to existing systems that support major agency mission objectives.
  • Advance communication skills (written and verbal); presentation skills; interpersonal skills; analytical; and consulting type skills.
  • Knowledge or Unix System Services (USS).
  • This position requires participation in a 24x7x365 on-call rotation. The frequency of the rotation depends on the number of members in the team. On-call requires carrying a cell-phone and responding to calls within the agreed upon timeframe set within our standards. Internet connectivity from home is required as part of the on-call rotation.
  • Flexible for occasional off-site travel required.
  • Performs work required for this position in an office environment.
  • Remain sedentary for significant periods of time.
  • Must be able to use a personal computer. 
All of the following skills are desirable:
  • CICSplex
  • CMOD
  • OMVS file system
  • z/OS installation and tuning
  • VTAM
  • TCP/IP
  • Mainframe security (certificates, ATTLS, PAGENT, RACF, etc.)
  • Hardware (z13/14, TS7720, TS7760, TS4500)
  • LRS suite (VPC, VSV, DRS, pagecenter)
  • WLM
  • Sysplex
  • Websphere MQ
  • Languages (Assembler, COBOL, REXX, JCL)
  • CA products (CA-1, CA-7, OPS/MVS, common services)

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