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Mainframe Architect #28279

Location: Eagan, Minnesota
ID Number: #28279

mainframe Architect 
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Atlanta / MN 

The Senior Infrastructure Architect is responsible for the day-to-day infrastructure oversight of the client MVS platform and its adjacent internal and external platforms. The Senior Infrastructure Architect works on multiple products, activities and projects. This position works independently on complex tasks, projects, activities and support assignments that require advanced skills in multiple technical environments.  This is done within the best practices processes and procedures and in collaboration with other teams

Education: College Degree Preferred with experience managing multiple technologies. Industry certifications for the subject matter area, ITIL, Six Sigma would be a plus. Work Experience: 10+ years of technical work experience supporting mainframe system software products including operating systems, utilities and ISV software. Experience in a multi-tiered mainframe to AIX or open systems configuration experience a plus. Experience working with 3rd party vendors. Technical knowledge and understanding: Knowledge of the following technologies and skills will contribute to success in this position: Operating Systems installation experience would be a plus – z/OS

    • Understanding of major IBM subsystems – CICS, JES, DB2, MQ, and IMS

    • z/OS Hardware configuration knowledge and understanding of virtualization on mainframes and within DASD

    • Familiarity with the concepts of SYSPLEX high availability configurations

    • General knowledge and concepts for subsystems including: disk, virtual tape, print (Xerox), TCPIP

    • Experience maintaining and testing disaster recovery plans

    • Third party (non-IBM) vendor package installation and support experience: Levi Ray and Shoup, Microfocus/Serena, BMC, Compuware, Computer Associates software, Rocket, SAS, Software AG products are a plus

    • Strong problem-solving skills to isolate failures, identify remediation steps, develop test plans and verification protocols. A fundamental knowledge of the application programming process is needed to assist developers with troubleshooting and performance issues.

    • Strong communications skills to interact effectively with other team members, customers, management and vendor support personnel. Tailors the detail and formality of communications appropriately for the intended audience.

    • The ability and willingness to perform on call duties and after hour system support. The nature of the work requires the ability to work outside of standard working hours when required. Systems support responsibilities include the ability to respond for on-call systems at any time of the day and any day of the week.  The outsourcer is the primary support and covers 7 x 24, this role will only be engaged for mainframe platform issues of increasing severity and might have to take a leadership role during incident management calls with a need to drive a low MTTR

    • Experience working with vendors and technical experts, accurate work and very careful attention to detail is required to avoid system outages.

    • Able to manage multiple tasks/projects with competing deadlines, communicate progress on a timely basis and respond to changing business priorities

    • Knowledge of DR best practices and high-level mainframe infrastructure architecture.

    • Able to work independently, follow industry standards / best practices and take responsibility for ongoing professional development.

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