IMS Systems Programmer

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The IMS Systems Programmer provides premium software support and services to Ensono mainframe clients as they relate to Mainframe IMS systems.
 

Extensive experience with the following:

  • Knowledge in best practices of software management, maintenance and documentation.
  • Configure and manage IMS in a parallel sysplex environment.
  • Develop innovation, strategies, processes and  best practices in IMS systems programming.
  • Reviewing new versions of IMS for functionality, advising how they benefit the client.
  • Troubleshooting and solving of IMS System and database issues.
  • Evaluating change requests and determine impact to assigned clients.
  • Vendor consultations for problems and questions.
  • DR recovery of application objects.
  • Troubleshooting and solving production database issues.
  • Supporting multiple customer for after hours on-call.

Database Administration

  • Knowledge of IMS database organization using access methods of VSAM and OSAM
  • Full function database organization types: HSAM, HISAM, SHISAM, HDAM, HIDAM, INDEX, GSAM
  • Definition and use of LOGICAL databases: HALDB (partitioned):  PHDAM, PHIDAM, ILDS, PSINDEX, etc.
  • Knowledge of Fast Path databases (DEDBs)
  • Database Design and related utilities
  • DBD source coding and DBDGEN
  • PSB source coding and PSBGEN
  • How databases are processed using secondary indexes (PROCSEQ=)
  • Correct usage of PROCOPT= to minimize database locking
  • Understanding of path calls
  • Understanding of bi-directional logical relationships
  • Understanding and use of Data Set Groups
  • IMS commands related to ACB and FORMAT changes
  • Coding and usage of IMS reorganization utilities (including IBM, BMC, CA)
  • Support planned (disaster recovery) and unplanned (emergency) database recovery activities
  • Knowledge of log archive and change accumulation utilities
  • How to perform a log archive on demand              
  • Knowledge of IMS DB recovery utility
  • How to use DBRC to generate JCL for forward recovery and point-in-time database recovery.
  • Identification and resolution of performance issues 
  • Online tracing - Usage of IMS TRACE commands and associated utilities for spot monitoring of online program/transaction activity
  • A solid working knowledge of SMP/E and its role in the installation process
  • Solid understanding of IMS database structures
  • Understanding of IMS connect
  • Understanding of MFS for IMS message formatting
  • Understanding and use of Compression routines
  • Understanding and use of Randomizers
  • Strong JCL skills
  • Understanding and use of Assembler
  • Understanding of exits in the install process
  • Understanding and use of the IRLM in a data sharing environment
  • Extracting information from IMS logs
  • Using DBRC to monitor database activity
  • Self-motivated and able to work independently. 
  • Demonstrated ability to respond quickly and effectively to support requests from multiple clients
  • Must be able to multi-task and work under short deadlines and in high pressure situations.
  • Excellent communication skills (written, verbal and presentations)
  • Ability to work as part of a team, as well as independently.

FUNCTIONAL RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Fulfill customer service requests for mainframe z/OS customers in a timely manner as they pertain to IMS and related OEM software products.
  • Provide primary support for reported problems related to IMS and related OEM software products.
  • Provide support on 24 x 7 x 365 basis across multiple time zones.
  • Follow procedures for installing OEM software products efficiently and according to best practices and Ensono standards (for productivity/scalability purposes).
  • Provide key support for customer migration services (new customer transitions) as they pertain to IMS and related OEM software products.
  • Assist the assigned project manager in the migration of newly acquired customers such that all technical hurdles are addressed in a timely manner and do not impede the expected progress of the transition nor the targeted migration date.
  • In joint cooperation with the Disaster Recovery Services, successfully execute tasks associated with any given customer’s disaster recovery plans.
  • Adhere to a schedule that efficiently manages resources and allows timely implementations.
  • Follow ITSM change control procedures

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree required and/or equivalent work experience.
  • 10+ years of professional experience in IMS for administration and systems programming support.  CA and IBM tools for IMS a plus
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Benefits include - generous maternity and paternity leave, generous paid days off and company paid holidays. Sabbatical, adoption, compassion and bereavement leave days, adoption assistance and flexible spending account. Healthcare and 401K eligibility on 1st day of work. Paid volunteer days.

Wellness programs - designed to help us be our best! Fitness week, Virgin Pulse® platform, wellness plans for credits and discounts on medical plan contributions.

Fun ergonomic workplace - free snacks, onsite gym & trainer, yoga classes, Beer O'Clock days.

Culture
Volunteer in local community
Eat lunch together
Intracompany committees
Open door policy
Team owned deliverables
Team based strategic planning
Group brainstorming sessions
Open office floor plan
Diversity
Unconscious bias training
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Disability Insurance
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Life Insurance
Wellness Programs
Onsite Gym
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K)
401(K) Matching
Performance Bonus
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
Flexible Work Schedule
Family Medical Leave
Adoption Assistance
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Generous PTO
Paid Volunteer Time
Sabbatical
Paid Holidays
Paid Sick Days
Perks & Discounts
Beer on Tap
Beer O' Cart every month!
Casual Dress
Game Room
Stocked Kitchen
Parking
Recreational Clubs
Relocation Assistance
Fitness Subsidies
Onsite gym available!
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
Tuition Reimbursement
Diversity Program
Promote from within

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