Mainframe System Programmer

at Apex Systems
Location Toronto, Canada
Date Posted September 23, 2022
Category Engineering
Job Type Permanent



Job Description:

Mainframe System Programmer

Apex Systems is a global IT services provider and our staffing practice has an opening for a Mainframe System Programmer to place at our client, a Big Five Bank We have personally qualified the requirement with the hiring manager.

Client: Big Five Bank

Terms: Contract to Hire.

Location: Hybrid - Close to Union Station

Application Process: It is best to apply via the medium on which you are seeing this posting. If you encounter technical difficulties submitting your resume, please send a Word version of your resume to Johanna Heffernan at or Chris Sporton at Please reference Mainframe System Programmer

Job Description:

Troubleshooting technical issues
Responsible for successful completion of Installation, configuration and migration
Ensure maximum uptime according to the SLA
Improves and maintains customer and employee satisfaction
Perform problem determination followed by root cause analysis and documentation
Implement changes to z/OS and installed SW followed by documentation
Participate in analyzing, planning and implementation of upgrades to z/OS and installed SW
New products installation, testing and customization
Working with incident and change management tools
Understand and implement specific customer requirements
Perform root cause analysis
Defining processes and ensuring that the processes are adhered to
Responsible for strategizing a backup plan and test plan for failure scenario
Monitoring and maintaining SLA requirements by the team members
Planning Backup/Restoration Strategy for 24x7 operation support
Testing / Auditing/processes as required from time to time
Identify Skill gaps and plan for training / knowledge updating

Key Qualifications:

Fully understand z/OS services structure, JES concepts, parallel sysplex/GDPS, catalog management
PARMLIB configuration and JES customization
Knowledge of JCL, REXX, CLIST and Modify Assembler EXITS
Knowledge of z/OS HW, LPAR, HMC
IMS/MQ Series (Web Sphere MQ)
RACF experience
Knowledge of installing and supporting few commonly used ISV products like CA-View, Tape management tool (CA-1), Scheduling tools (BMC Incontrol, CA-7) etc.,
Knowledge of USS management
Capable of installing regular maintenance (RSUs)
Supporting any hardware or software upgrade in the environment
Capable of Installing/upgrading CICS and related products on a mainframe
Maintain reliability, availability of CICS systems software

Nice to Have:

Good knowledge in usage of transactions like CEMT, CEDA etc.,
Good Knowledge of SMP/E, SQL, DB2 online and offline utilities, ZPARMS, DB2 logs and BSDS, DB2 Commands, DDF etc.
Install and use performance monitoring tools and products(like SAS, MXG, CA-MICS, Strobe and the Omegamon products)
Expertise in tuning and debugging performance problems for z/OS systems including application workloads
Perform problem diagnostics and resolution. Monitor system performance and tune when required
Well versed in storage capacity planning and configuration and should have good familiarity with typical z/OS application performance analysis

This a great opportunity to join a Big Five Bank and start your mainframe career in the financial domain. Be a part of a great work environment with a very well organized PMO and colleagues who will help you succeed.

This is a position that impacts the bank enterprise wide with great opportunity for career growth within the bank.

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EEO Employer

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