Global Data Consultants

  • Sr. Mainframe System Programmer

    Job Locations US-PA-Harrisburg
    Posted Date 7 months ago(7/6/2018 4:46 PM)
    Job ID
    Rigoberto Colon
  • Overview

    Our client, a leading financial services provider, is currently seeking a Sr. Mainframe System Programmer in the Harrisburg, PA area.

    Position Overview

    This person is responsible for leading the planning, installation, configuration, customization and monitoring of the IBM z/OS operating system software and various other IBM software 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.


    • 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.
    • Develop and implement monitoring procedures to maximize availability and performance of the system while meeting defined targets.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • Prepares technical reports and briefings concerning performance of the system and system related problems and corrections.
    • Evaluates specifications and features of new products, performing cost comparisons, feasiblity and cost benefit analysis, performance, compatiblity and testing. 
    • Serves as a member of the disaster recovery team and participates in the Disaster Recovery testing.
    • This position requires participation in a 24x7x365 on-call rotation. The frequency of the rotation depends on the number of members in the team. 
    • Flexible for occasional off-site travel required.
    • Provide weekly status updates and time reporting.

    Minimum Qualifications

    • Bachelor's degree in an Information Technology related field and eight years of experience 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-level 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.
    • Advanced knowledge of SMP/E functionality for installing software and for applying maintenance/fixes.

    Preferred Experience

    • 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)

    What We Do

    GDC IT Solutions (GDC) is a full-service Information Technology (IT) company providing solutions that empower businesses to increase employee productivity, maximize investments, and improve operational efficiencies. With experienced and certified professionals, we deliver services in the areas of application development, data center, 24/7 multilingual service desk, desktop lifecycle management, project management, business process consulting, and IT staff augmentation. 

    What Makes GDC Different:

    Our employees are our greatest asset continually driving our success each and every day. We attract and maintain the best talent to provide a personal customer experience at every touchpoint. Our technology professionals care about day-to-day client interactions and resolving customer issues quickly and efficiently, the first time. We deliver services with a code of high ethical responsibility, both to protect our clients and to assure that the work is carried out at the maximum level of professionalism. We are technology experts remaining one step ahead as technology evolves and constantly engaging to understand our clients’ business technology needs in order to deliver the best possible solution. 

    Why Work for GDC?

    • Cutting Edge Technology and Innovation: GDC fully supports and embraces continuing education and industry certifications to stay ahead of trends and remain current within the technology landscape. We recognize that our employees add the real value to our clients and to our business. By approaching our daily operations with a passion for innovation and a shared-learning environment, everyone can make a positive difference.
    • Career Growth: GDC is one of the fastest growing companies in the region!  Sustained growth means ongoing opportunity. Many of our senior leaders have grown within the company, starting with the helpdesk or other entry-level roles to become thought leaders in the fields of IT infrastructure, application development, project management, and business development.
    • Employee-Centric Environment: GDC prides itself on employee satisfaction with a firm belief that happy employees are the most productive employees. In appreciation of our employees and their contributions, we sponsor numerous events throughout the year including an annual gala, golf, lunch barbeques and more.
    • Comprehensive Benefits Package: GDC offers competitive compensation, excellent benefits, and a positive work environment designed around the philosophy of mutual respect. Our comprehensive benefits package includes medical, dental, prescription, vision, 401(k), short and long-term disability, and group life
    • Holiday and Vacation: GDC firmly believes in a comfortable work-life balance, and we offer comprehensive holiday and paid-time-off (PTO) packages.  We provide a generous PTO package, and we encourage our staff to use it — whether it’s for vacation or other personal reasons everyone needs time to relax and refresh.

    Equal Opportunity Workplace:

    GDC is proud to be an equal opportunity workplace and is an affirmative action employer. We are committed to equal employment opportunity regardless of race, color, ancestry, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, citizenship, marital status, disability, gender identity or Veteran status. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment.


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