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Sr. Mainframe Systems Engineer

Richmond, VA 23219

Posted: 04/29/2024 Industry: Infrastructure Job Number: 5819

Job Description

Synigent Technologies is seeking a Senior Mainframe System Engineer for a client in downtown Richmond, Va.  This position will be a hybrid position with at least 2 days in office per week. This role is Contract-to-Hire; C2C is not being considered for this role.

This position plays a key role in the development, implementation, and maintenance of the IBM z Series mainframe, z/VM operating system, VSEn operating system and all peripheral devices attached to the current z/15 mainframe.
Responsibilities include OS updates and patching, system backups, and collaboration with other system engineers on mainframe virtualization initiatives.   
Minimum Qualifications:
  • 12+ years of hands-on experience in mainframe administration, preferably with IBM Z series mainframes.
  • 8+ years of experience with z/VM and z/VSE.
  • A bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, Information Technology, or a related field.
  • Expertise in installing, configuring, and maintaining the z/VM operating system.
  • Knowledge of the z/VSE/VSEn operating systems, including experience with CICS, CICS Transaction Gateway, and CICS Web Services
  • A deep understanding of virtualization concepts and technologies, including knowledge of virtual machine (VM) management, virtual networking, storage virtualization, and resource pooling.
  • In-depth knowledge of mainframe hardware components (processors, channels, control units).
  • Expertise in mainframe storage management (DASD, virtual tape, physical tape).
  • Experienced with mainframe network and communication technologies (TCPIP, VTAM, SNA, 3270, OSA, HiperSockets, etc).
  • Proficiency in programming languages commonly used in the z/VSE environment, such as Assembler, COBOL, PL/I, JCL, REXX, and CP/CMS EXEC.
  • The ability to analyze system logs, dumps, and other diagnostic information.
  • Proficiency in basic Linux administration tasks.  
  • Certifications such as IBM Certified System Programmer, IBM Certified Advanced Technical Expert, or similar.
  • Hands-on experience with IBM DS8000 series disk storage systems.
  • Comprehensive understanding of IBM TS7700 virtual tape library.
  • Knowledge of IBM TS4500 physical tape library and tape management practices.
  • Understanding of and experience with VSE Interactive Computing and Control Facility (ICCF).
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