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Belfast, Northern Ireland

Closing Date

2019-12-20 23:50:00


Senior Software Engineer

  • Title: Senior Software Engineer

    Ref: 6/12/SSE

    Think Technology- Think Allstate

    We build solutions that touch 16 million customers on a daily basis.

    You will work alongside people as passionate as you, focused on delivering the best possible user experiences.

    You will work in a highly collaborative environment primed to adapt to an ever-changing landscape and which places technology solutions at its core.

    You will thrive, you will think differently, you will challenge convention and have the freedom to act with integrity, intention and speed; you will be at the forefront of developing capabilities in support of Allstate’s global business model; you will deliver results and you will leave things better than you found them.



    Job Description

    The Senior Software Engineer – z/OS: is the principle IBM and 3rd party software product architect and an expert technical resource for those software systems. This position incorporates some functions and responsibilities of a Software Architect and Software Specialist.

    Under general direction, the Senior Software Engineer will evaluate, design, implement, and maintain IBM software, third party software, management systems, computer applications, operating systems and direct software services.

    Responsibilities include (but aren't limited to):

    • Primary responsibility for maintaining the z/OS 2.3 and JES2 software environment.
    • Install and/or participate with software management and installation.  This would include installation and maintenance utilizing the IBM SMP/E product. It also includes migration with testing and integration.
    • Implement and verifies backup and recovery procedures. This would include Business Recovery concerns and associated testing.
    • Reviews new features and other changes related to system software and advises Technical/Development/Operations groups of issues relevant to reporting, programming, and performance, identifying the need for software upgrades and patches, as appropriate.
    • Creates, maintains, and upgrades software systems for development and production environments.
    • Monitors system software access, performance, and resource utilization.
    • Provides technical leadership to developers on the use of software management system, development and integration tools, and deployment strategies, to include application tuning and guidance in effective use of software features.
    • Act as a liaison between application programmers and vendors to report and resolve software problems. 
    • Work with application programmers to ensure that application problems do not adversely affect production operations. 
    • Assists with the analysis, design, programming, and implementation of applications that will interface with system software.
    • Analyzes requirements and recommends policies, procedures, and standards for software systems.
    • Develops and modifies technical documentation to support operations and training.
    • Performs other duties as assigned including special projects.
    • Develop/maintain/monitor proper software use and security authorization policies.
    • Ability to provide 24/7/365 software support. This would include on-call support during off-hours.

    Essential Criteria

    • Must be an EU citizen or possess a current UK Tier 1 Visa or Tier 2 visa and eligible to take up full time, permanent employment. EU candidates must also demonstrate they are eligible to take up UK employment post-Brexit.
    • 5+ years of experience with mainframe software management specific to z/OS operating system and other software products. 
    • Ability to install and customize IBM and third-party software using SMP/E & IEBCOPY
    • Experience in keeping the z/OS hardware configuration current using HCD.
    • Experience supporting a multi-LPAR, multi-site, Sysplex environment.
    • Experience with IBM’s Geographically Dispersed Parallel Sysplex (GDPS) software
    • Experience using TSO, ISPF & SDSF
    • Experience with RACF, JES2, SMS, HSM, RMM, SAR and DIF

    Desirable Criteria

    • Experience and understanding of z/OS UNIX environment.
    • Experience with Communications Server, DB2, IMS & CICS
    • Experience with z/VM, z/Linux & IFLs
    • Strong analytical skills.
    • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
    • Excellent problem-solving skills.
    • Ability to think strategically and act tactically.

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    Closing Date:  Friday 20th December 2019

    Statement on Fair Employment and Equal Opportunities:

    Allstate NI wishes to ensure equal opportunity is given to all job applicants.  This company will not discriminate on the grounds of race, gender (including gender reassignment status), sexual orientation, religious belief, political opinion, marital status, age or disability.

    We are an equal opportunities employer. We welcome applications from all suitably qualified persons. However, as women are currently under-represented in our workforce, we would particularly welcome applications from women. All appointments will be made on merit.

    Applicants should note Allstate NI complete AccessNI background checks on all candidates offered a position.

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