Position is in Reading PA, company will pay relocation costs,sponsor Visa ok as well, salary is$ 70-100K. Excellent company fortune 100. Looking for an AS400 admin with some sys programming exp. If you feel you have some of the skills, still feel free to apply. thanks!
AS400 Requirements

Job Purpose

The Systems Programmer is responsible for the reliability, performance, recoverability and security of corporate iSeries server hardware, operating systems and certain infrastructure applications/solutions (like faxing, etc.). This includes implementation, configuration, coordination, control, maintenance, troubleshooting, security, usage and performance monitoring and the development of specialized procedures relating to the use of the iSeries distributed computing environment within the corporation.

System Programmer position will be one of the senior technical experts in the organization and will be expected to fill a vital role in the success of the IT organization. The Systems Programmer is responsible for the strict adherence and will insure that all implementations meet department compliance policies, internal control procedures and industry best practices.


· Install, configure, administer and maintain distributed iSeries servers and infrastructure applications in support of business processing requirements.

· Responsible for the general operation of the distributed iSeries server environment, including system and database performance, reliability and efficient use of hardware, software and network resources.

· Review daily backup and recovery operations and ensure is successful functioning for the distributed iSeries server environments with established procedures. Additionally, participate in disaster recovery simulations.

·          As required, provide consulting to other technology groups

· Conduct routine hardware and software audits of servers for compliance with established standards, policies, configuration guidelines and procedures; and develop and maintain a comprehensive hardware and software configuration database/library of all supporting documentation.

· Work with management to define the appropriate standards, policies, procedures, software toolsets and supporting peripherals to facilitate the management, accountability, functionality and security of networked based systems.

· Work with vendors, application developers, database administrators and other technology groups to resolve problems

· Because of the rapid changes that occur in computer industry other duties may be assigned that are not currently defined.

·          Provide project management for distributed computing projects.

· Manage and administrate iSeries operating systems and their corresponding or associated software.

· Manage communication and connection solutions on iSeries including LAN/WAN connections and file transfers.

·          Deploy and maintain security tools/solutions on iSeries.

·          Supervise server storage space allotments/usage.

· Design and implement disaster recovery plan for iSeries operating systems, databases, networks, servers and software applications.

·          Provide on-call technical support as needed for system issues

· Analyze system or application usage and plan for growth or increases in network capacity.

· Assess need for any system reconfigurations (minor or significant) and execute them if required.

· Conduct research on emerging products, services, protocols and standards in support of systems software procurement and development efforts.

· Develop, implement and maintain policies, procedures and associated training plans for system administration and appropriate use.

· Practice asset management of iSeries hardware, software and related technologies/tools including maintenance of inventory and related documentation and technical specifications information.

·          Provide support for audits for responsible areas.

· Monitor and test server software performance and provide statistics and reports.

· Recommend, schedule and perform software improvements, upgrades and /or purchases.

· Manage and/or provide guidance to junior members of the team

Academic, Knowledge and Experience Requirements

·          Bachelor's degree in computer science/systems is preferred.

· Requires minimum of 5 to 7 years of related experience at the senior and mid levels for iSeries environment (hands on)

· Requires minimum of 2 to 4 years of experience in 3-tier application environment preferably involving iSeries as database server

· Good knowledge/understanding of project management tools and methodologies. Minimum of 3 to 5 years of project management experience as project technical lead/specialist.

·          iSeries and related certifications are desirable.


·          Strong interpersonal and oral communication skills

· Adept at reading, writing, and interpreting technical documentation and procedure manuals

· Ability to conduct research into software issues and products as required.

·          Ability to present ideas and solutions in user-friendly language.

·          Highly self motivated and directed

· Proven analytical and problem-solving abilities with keen attention to detail.

· Ability to effectively prioritize and execute tasks in a high-pressure environment.

·          Strong customer service orientation.

Skills Requirements





Minimum Experience Required (Yrs)



-         Background and general PC / MS office skills



AS/400 Hardware


-         Capacity planning/forecasting

-         Maintenance

-         Upgrades

-         Update documentation



Operating System


- Very good skills of all aspects integrated OS - work management, security, DB (local & distributed), communication, OS internal jobs, etc.

-         O/S related issues (IBM PMR's)

-         O/S Testing

-         O/S upgrades & interoperability

-         Documenting upgrade procedures



PTF Mgmt


-         PTF planning

-         Implementation



AS/400 Performance Management


- Monitoring of C/S DB and native applications environment (knowledge of Performance Navigator and Centerfield software a plus)

-         Issue reporting

-         Performance tuning

-         Managing performance issue

-         Documentation




System Programming


-         Good Knowledge of CL a must

-         Automation of backup procedures and daily operations procedures

-         Java, C++ etc. helpful




Third Party software Administration


-         Ensuring systems & versions are up to date

-         Creating system documentation









Minimum Experience Required (Yrs)



-         Use of Visions software to mirror data to DR AS/400s

- Manage role swap to the DR AS/400 (make that the production AS/400)

-         Planning upgrades

-         Planning and implementing new mirroring projects

-         Documentation



Other Software


- Knowledge of Data Propagator, MQ, LXI, PGP,


Business Applications


- Good understanding of financial applications to support applications environment from system engineering point of view



Project Management


-         Must have project planning and management skills

- Must be able to work as a project lead or as part of a project team



- Large 24x7 data center with AS/400's and high availability system(s) at remote data center

- 3 production systems (2 green screen running primarily legacy RPG applications, 1 is the back end database server for our web applications)

- Heavy use of SQL on our largest AS/400 - used as a back end database server for 3-tiered web applications. The web applications do not run on the AS4/00, but run on Websphere Application server on Linux servers. Heavy data base performance monitoring and tuning required

- Must have project planning and management skills. Ability to run a project from planning through implementation. Must be able to work as a project lead or as part of a project team

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