Sr. Mainframe System Engineer in Omaha, NE at APEX Systems

Date Posted: 10/17/2018

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Job #:  868917

Sr. Mainframe System Engineer

Omaha, NE

Apex Systems, nation’s 2nd largest IT Staffing firm, has a Sr. Mainframe System Engineer open to meeting business objectives by planning for and providing reliable, available, and secure infrastructure systems. Technical skills include: SMP/E, JCL, ISPF, TSO, CLIST/REXX, AbendAid, XPEDITER, Fileaid, Mainview, CMF, Sysview, PTF/APAR application, HCD tool. Preferred skills include: VTAM/TCPIP, JES2, Assembler, FTP, USS, ServerPac, DFDSS, IPCS, CA-1, CA7, CA11, CA-MIM, CA-PDSMan, Librarian, ACF2, ,JHS, VPS, Control-O, Control-M, Connect Direct, AbendAid, SAS, Syncsort.

Applicants must have minimum 5 years’ experience as a Sr. Systems Engineer.  If interested, send a resume to Shelbie Hoggatt, our infrastructure-focused Recruiter in Omaha, via 

Overview of position:

  • Analyzes, develops, modifies, installs, tests and maintains moderately complex z/OS and z/VM Operating Systems Software.
  • Review and influence ongoing design, architecture, standards and methods for Operating Systems, Transactions Managers or Middleware installation.
  • Participate in capacity planning and forecasting, system performance analysis and system tuning.
  • Participate in Systems Life Cycle Management through monitoring, measuring, and maintaining Operating Systems, Transaction Managers, Enterprise Applications and Middleware software.
  • Adhere to Change Management, Incident Management, and Configuration Management policies and procedures.
  • Adhere to installation naming conventions in ISV software installation and maintenance activities.
  • Manage and scale systems to meet business demands by providing a stable and secure infrastructure.
  • Evaluates vendor supplied system software packages and make recommendations to IT management.
  • Responsible for complying with all Company Information Services policies and standards.
  • Responsible for ensuring appropriate security and privacy measures are implemented on technology solutions to protect Company data from intentional or accidental misuse.
  • This position requires sitting over 66% of the time.
  • This position requires Visual Acuity at 20 inches (or less) over 66% of the time.


Job Requirements

  • Minimum of 5 years’ experience as Senior Systems Engineer.
  • Responsibilities and duties include oversight and performance of the following:
    • Work collaboratively within the zSystem Team and its customers to maintain the production and test LPARS on the system.
    • Install and/or participate with software management and installation. This would include installation and maintenance utilizing the IBM SMP/E product and non-SMPE installations as well.
    • Identify the need for software upgrades and patches, as appropriate.
    • Develops and modifies technical documentation to support operations and training.
    • Strong knowledge of SMP/E, JCL, ISPF, TSO, CLIST/REXX.
    • Working knowledge of AbendAid, XPEDITER, Fileaid, etc.
    • Familiarity with monitoring tools such as Mainview, CMF, and Sysview.
    • Maintain system software through the use of PTF/ APAR application, in accordance with standard change management practice and without unscheduled service outages.
    • Knowledge of z/OS configuration, including configuration changes necessary in the course of software installation,   and the HCD tool.
    • Ability to perform software changes dynamically, if possible for any particular product.
    • Plan and position mainframe environment for business continuity readiness and participate in disaster recovery exercises.
    • Provide technical assistance to users and other company personnel.
    • Provide support for Mainframe related problems; Identify and successfully troubleshoot problems.
    • Perform system audits; Monitor capacity.
    • Provide off-hours support for Mainframe related issues as required.
    • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
    • Excellent problem-solving skills.
    • Ability to think strategically and act tactically.
    • Strong analytical skills.
    • Excellent work history and attendance record.

Preferred skills:

  • Knowledge and experience with VTAM/TCPIP, JES2, Assembler, FTP, USS, ServerPac, DFDSS, and IPCS.
  • Experience with CA Products CA-1, CA7, CA11, CA-MIM, CA-PDSMan, Librarian, ACF2, and others.
  • Experience with JHS, VPS, Control-O, Control-M, Connect Direct, AbendAid, SAS, Syncsort, and others.

*Please note that as a contract employee with Apex Systems, you'd be eligible for Health, Dental, Vision and Life Insurance; Short Term Disability; Hospitalization Coverage; Direct Deposit; Weekly Pay; Training and Development Programs; Corporate Discounts/Perks and our Referral Program.*

EEO Employer

Apex is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. Apex will consider qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with the requirements of applicable law. If you have visited our website in search of information on employment opportunities or to apply for a position, and you require an accommodation in using our website for a search or application, please contact our Employee Services Department at   844-463-6178


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