Websphere MQ for z/OS Systems Programmer

Job Title:                     Websphere MQ for z/OS Systems Programmer

Job Location:              Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Degree:                        Bachelor in Computer Science, MIS, or related field

Job Description:

Responsibilities 

  • Responsible for the administration of Websphere MQ (WMQ) subsystems and associated software on the client’s mainframes.
  • Install, test, configure and implement mainframe WMQ and associated system software while maintaining a stable operating system environment for business applications.
  • Provide technical support to Computer Operations, Applications Department and other users of the mainframe systems in areas related to program coding, performance, product exploitation and the use of WMQ tools and utilities.
  • Plan and implement corporate strategies for new technology and assist with development of corporate technology standards.
  • Ensure documentation of all related operational processes and procedures.
  • Provide training to local company staff.

Working relationships:

  • Work closely with Applications Development and systems programmers in z/OS, Networking

Key tasks         

  • Keep software versions current and apply maintenance and new releases as necessary to keep software under existing maintenance agreements.
  • Perform WMQ system backups and recovery
  • Monitors system activity for performance and availability and where necessary, tune accordingly
  • Perform problem diagnosis and resolution.
  • Liaise with vendors to manage and resolve queries and incidents.
  • Design and code exits and procedures to maximize productivity and to minimize the occurrence of errors.
  • Support new and existing applications (a mixture of in-house and those supplied by 3rd party vendors) during all stages of the development life cycle.
  • Work with other internal departments to understand current and future projects to insure the systems programming infrastructure can meet the demands of future growth
  • Develop, plan and implement the overall strategic goals of the organization's mainframe WMQ software infrastructure.
  • Evaluate and recommend changes to current and future system software requirements to meet the organization's needs.
  • Ensure documentation of all related operational processes and procedures.
  • Provide on-call support as required by Client.
  • Provide operational training to local staff.

Essential Skills  

  • Recent and extensive knowledge of Websphere MQ internals and externals.
  • Configuration and administration of WMQ Queue Sharing and Clustering.
  • Detailed understanding of WMQ-RACF security.
  • Work well independently and with others with minimal supervision
  • Ability to effectively communicate, both verbal and written, to staff and executive management.
  • The candidate must demonstrate no less than 10+ years of relevant experience working in a similar position.

Additional Skills

  • Monitoring using Tivoli Omegamon.
  • Should have ideally worked with an ADABAS based application on the mainframe.
  • Preferably should be from financial industry.
  • Preferably should have some knowledge of NATURAL.
  • Must be comfortable in supporting existing Z-Series setups and can offer on call help during odd hours if required (very rare).
  • Project planning and management techniques