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Lead Systems Engineer - Infrastructure Planning and Alignment (Federal Employee Program)

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Resp & Qualifications

PRINCIPAL ACCOUNTABILITIES: Supported technologies include:  WebSphere MQ, WebSphere WAS, AIX, Z/OS, MVS utilities, CICS, DB2, Korn Shell, Java, Data Power, Pega Business Rules Engine, Unix/Linux, Apache Tomcat, mainframe analyzers and Web Services

  1. Requirements Gathering: Independently conduct requirements gathering and translating end-user requests into technical infrastructure design documents. Ability to interface with and provide robust solutions to various technical support and Application teams.
  2. Coordination and Alignment: Ensure peer groups are kept in the loop and informed of upcoming changes and milestones on the infrastructure roadmap.  Ensure changes initiated outside of Infrastructure team are accounted for in the infrastructure roadmap.
  3. Participation and Administration: Participates in project work group meetings (status meetings, stand-ups, change review meetings, process improvement (P2CP) reviews, walk through, internal/external peer reviews, etc.)  Completes administrative tasks in a timely and accurate manner (ex. time sheets, meeting attendance, performance self-evaluations)
  4. Development and Process Improvements: Self-driven with interest to learn diverse technologies including Open Source and Scripting technologies. Displays and utilizes business knowledge. Expands knowledge of corporate systems and procedures.  Educates self in current business systems and processes.   Continuously seeks opportunities to implement creative solutions, apply innovation and improve processes.
  5. Project Management: Provides project management at the team and technical project level, including properly following a project life cycle, developing and maintaining project plans where appropriate, and completing all appropriate documentation and notifications in order to obtain resolution within established timeframes.
  6. Leadership: Provides technical training and mentors less senior team members. Works with Infrastructure Systems Architect to interface with Enterprise Architecture, Technical Management and Application Architecture to develop strategic roadmaps and solutions for meeting current and future business needs.


Required: This position requires a BA/BS in Computer Science or equivalent with 5-10 years of prior experience in the specific technical discipline, OR equivalent experience.

General knowledge of application development and operating systems for Mainframe and middleware platforms. Ability to perform system and problem analysis. Proven ability to apply process improvements to improve system performance.

Working towards one or more of the following certifications: IBM WebSphere, IBM WebSphere MQ, Z/OS, UNIX/AIX, Process certification such as ITIL, CMMI

Technical/Skills: Ability to integrate and coordinate technical requirements with cross functional teams. Position requires proficiency in Mainframe and Middleware platforms and familiarity with other Platforms.

Additional technologies include: WebSphere, WebSphere MQ, Unix, Database Management Systems, Operating systems, as well as familiarity with communications, programming, storage and providing systems support for the software listed above.

Specialized Skills:

Strong and current hands on experience with Mainframe and Middleware platforms for the following technologies within these platforms:  WebSphere MQ, WebSphere WAS, AIX,  Java, Korn Shell, WebServices,  Data Power, Pega Business Engine, Scripting and Automation. Mainframe technologies such as IBM z/OS, CICS, DB2. Hands on experience with Middleware and Mainframe support with some Systems integration experience.

General knowledge and/or experience managing and troubleshooting for technologies listed above.

Hardware: General knowledge and/or experience managing and troubleshooting systems utilities for Mainframe and Middleware platforms for Z/OS, AIX, or IBM WebSphere.

Server Software: Familiarity with IBM Z/OS or AIX server or IBM WebSphere application server software.

Office Software: Solid understanding/experience with Microsoft Office products, and of the Software development lifecycle.

Abilities/Skills: Ability to read, analyze and interpret general business periodicals, professional journals and technical procedures; ability to write reports, business correspondence, and procedure manuals for peers; ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from senior leadership, external customers, and associates. 

Preferred Strong expertise and knowledge of an Information Technology environment.  Experience with mainframe analyzer tools.  Hands on experience with the SDLC and knowledge of the following utilities: WebSphere MQ, WebSphere WAS, AIX, IBM z/OS, MVS utilities, CICS, DB2, Korn Shell, Java, Data Power, Pega Business Rules Engine, and WebServices.



Department: FEP Infrastructure Planning

Equal Employment Opportunity

CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield is an Equal Opportunity (EEO) employer.  It is the policy of the Company to provide equal employment opportunities to all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, protected veteran or disabled status, or genetic information.

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Actual salary will be based on relevant job experience and work history.

Where To Apply

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Closing Date

Please apply before: 9/7/2018

Federal Disc/Physical Demand

Note:  The incumbent is required to immediately disclose any debarment, exclusion, or other event that makes him/her ineligible to perform work directly or indirectly on Federal health care programs.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an associate to perform the essential duties and responsibilities of the position successfully.  Requirements may be modified to accommodate individuals with disabilities.  Travel between CareFirst sites is required.

The associate is primarily seated while performing the duties of the position.  Occasional walking or standing is required.  The hands are regularly used to write, type, key and handle or feel small controls and objects.  The employee must frequently talk and hear.  Weights of up to 25 pounds are occasionally lifted.

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Must be eligible to work in the U.S. without Sponsorship

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