My company procedures will likely require a full rewrite and management 
approval of a formal job description before an opening can be authorized and 
posted, but on a temp/contract to perm/hire basis I'm trying to encourage a 
candidate to present who is willing to work ahead of the formal posting, and 
perhaps be in and working (even if as a temp for a couple of weeks or so) 
before the current jobholder departs at the end of two weeks.
 
I'm working outside the formal procedures of the company, hoping to get help 
soon, or at least well qualified candidates to be waiting for the official 
posting of the job before the end of January.
 
The skills/experience that would justify an immediate hire (as a 
temp/contractor for the "immediate") -- or put you on the "gotta talk to" list 
if you must wait for it to become an official open "perm" position, are these:
 
Solid mid level or senior iSeries (AS/400) computer "production' operations -- 
supporting business schedules and calendars and a mix of user support  issues. 
We do lots of generation of reports and checks and related documents, and 
distribution in all media and by electronic methods, much of which has yet to 
be properly automated. This position is essentially the "lead" position as 
regards distribution and maintaining job schedules, with two solid and reliable 
and experienced folks taking part in the distribution and related activities.
 
The MAJOR background that we're eager to replace is with three HelpSystems 
products, Robot Reports, Robot Schedule, Robot Client. Those three products are 
used extensively, and need to be well understood to allow them to be used even 
more efficiently and aggressively going forward -- and this job is for the 
person who can take that on.
 
Lesser but still big pluses to offer -- Robot OPAL code, Robot Console, Robot 
Alert, Robot Save.  The Robot products have allowed a 7x24 computer operations 
environment to get by with pretty much regular business hours coverage, but 
having someone who is at least well on the way to being an expert in those 
products is extremely important, and that is who we must replace.
 
On the Systems Admin side the big pluses would be knowledge of Mimix (another 
replicator product would be better than no related experience), Work 
Management, Backup and Restore, PTFs, some CLP. Even in a Mimix environment, 
that means weekend work now and then.
 
iSeries staff includes 3 P/As, a senior System Administrator, the two 
production personnel -- all reporting to a director who is also over a small 
Network Administration staff that handles the LAN, a few dozen Windows servers, 
communications, etc. There's another 9 IS people involved in Windows server 
development and applications support. Company size is under 200. Location is 
freeway adjacent near I50 - I5 - I80 freeways in a decent area and in a pretty 
nice office building. Pay and benefits are pretty good for iSeries in the 
Sacramento area, and this non-exempt position is -- in my opinion and based on 
past observation --  likely to have 2-8 hours overtime in any given week, 
probably about 3-4 hours on average. System down sort of emergencies are rare 
but can lead to lots more overtime in that week. Cell phone and ISP charges are 
reimbursed (or a cell phone is provided, but ask me about the PC situation), 
and there is rotating "on call" duty for a week every 3-5 weeks, and weekend
 or late hours work schedules every few weeks for one reason or another. There 
are some good people here, and it is in some ways too busy and too much in 
"catch up" mode, but still a good place to work with pretty good retention of 
IS personnel. (The person who is leaving was here over 5 years. I've been here 
3+, seven others have been here the 3 years and more since I got here.) 
"Diversity" is pretty obvious by about any measure you'd want to apply -- and 
the IS folks aren't highly social or political (everyone is pretty busy just 
cranking the work out), but are generally courteous and helpful, even good to 
one another.
 
If interested please respond privately to chiseries@xxxxxxxxx rather than to 
the midrangejobs list. I don't recommend sending a resume to me since I'm not 
in HR and this is not any sort of actual job offering or posting -- I'll try to 
answer questions more than ask them, and it will all be my opinion as to what 
seems likely to be important to the executive and the HR personnel who will 
later on define and refine exactly what it is they are looking for and are 
willing to offer (which of course might vary a lot from what I'm expecting). 
 
Thanks - Charlie Hahn

                
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