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z/OS Systems Programmer

Company: Apex Systems
Location: Baltimore
Posted on: June 12, 2021

Job Description:

Title: Systems Programmer (job summary below is from HM)

The need is for highly experienced mainframe z/OS (MVS) Systems programmer with broad background in SYSTEMS (not Application) work.

Top Skills required:

1) Z/OS (MVC)

2) SMP/E

3) Mainframe on Systems programming experience. Not applications.

OVERVIEW - MAINFRAME STORAGE ADMINISTRATOR The Mainframe Storage Administrator is a key position in the Mainframe Technical Support team. This team is responsible for all facets of the mainframe platform environment including operating system, database (DB2), CICS and other key components. As a Storage Administrator the successful candidate will be responsible to configure storage, install and maintain software products, monitor, and sustain the storage of corporate data in databases, VSAM files, work and sort space to allow the proper processing of business requirements. Responsible for service delivery. The storage administrator will also execute all backup, recovery, disaster recovery, and related capabilities.

  • Requires specialized knowledge and expertise in their own job discipline Accountable for work of self and others; sets standards around which others will operate Works independently, with guidance in only the most complex situations Acts as advisor to management and key external stakeholders on broad-ranging projects


  • Mainframe Storage Administration functions - DASD and TAPE.
  • Installs, maintains, and upgrades IBM and 3rd Party products in a mainframe z/OS environment using SMP/E and zOSMF.
  • Volume space and capacity management.
  • Coordinates across support teams to quickly resolve disruptions to technology services, performs root cause analysis, and takes preventative measures Approves production readiness of technology solutions and application deployments Reviews performance trends across the broader technology portfolio and initiates actions to address areas at risk for potential impacts Proactively identifies and addresses vulnerabilities across the technology environment Work with vendors on hardware and software fixes, coordinating visits for repairs Capable of dissecting a problem into manageable parts Provides feedback and coaching to others who have management responsibility of resources Holds associates and teams accountable for adhering to practices and policies May lead initiatives of varying degrees of complexity and mentors others


  • Possesses strong understanding of the tech and asset management industries and internal business units to enable navigation of key stakeholders and understanding of impact


  • 5+ years experience
  • Possesses subject matter expert level of knowledge in own expertise while maintaining a comprehensive understanding of the broader technology portfolio in entirety. Stays abreast of industry trends and technologies Evaluates capacity utilization and initiates projects to address areas of excess and shortages proactively and reports to management in easy to understand presentations i.e. Excel spreadsheets, Powerpoint Reviews planned changes for alignment to target state and for adherence to policies before being implemented into the technology environment Works across teams to review technology portfolio and make recommendations for procedures and practices Ability to multi-task Proficient with DFSMS and DFHSM Working knowledge & experience with Oracle Virtual tape environments including VSM, VLE and HSC management software Working knowledge of Dell/EMC DASD including SRDF remote copy Disaster recovery of DASD and TAPE Ability to track, maintain, and project space utilization using tools including FD Report, Excel Administrative experience with BMC Mainview; installation and support Demonstrated ability to work independently as a self-starter and to conduct environment discovery to understand SMS, ACS Routines


  • BMC products AutoOperator, Mainview Batch Optimizer, Easy pool SRM, and CMF Systemware - Job History Subsystem CA-1, CA-JCLCHECK, CA-APCDOC Use of ServiceNow for Change and Incident management

Release Comments: This position will be shortlisted on 5/12 @ 10am

EEO Employer

Apex Systems is an equal opportunity employer. We do not discriminate or allow discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, creed, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding, or related medical conditions), age, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, genetic information, registered domestic partner status, marital status, disability, status as a crime victim, protected veteran status, political affiliation, union membership, 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 or 844-463-6178.

Keywords: Apex Systems, Baltimore , z/OS Systems Programmer, Other , Baltimore, Maryland

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