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Mainframe Systems Programmer – Entry level

Remote - United States JR008854

At Ensono, our Purpose is to be a relentless ally, disrupting the status quo and unleashing our clients to Do Great Things!  We enable our clients to achieve key business outcomes that reshape how our world runs. As an expert technology adviser and managed service provider with cross-platform certifications, Ensono empowers our clients to keep up with continuous change and embrace innovation.

We can Do Great Things because we have great Associates. The Ensono Core Values unify our diverse talents and are woven into how we do business. These five traits are the key to achieving our purpose.

About the role and what you'll be doing: 

As a recognized leader in IT infrastructure management, Ensono is dedicated to cultivating talented individuals with unique skillsets who know how to dream big and build bigger. We are looking for passionate and self-motivated candidates to apply for our Entry Mainframe Systems Programmer (EMSP) open position set to start May 15, 2023.

The incumbent of this role will first go through 6 to 7 months of training via our Mainframe Apprenticeship program where the candidate will complete several hours of online courses and work in test environments to complete labs and exercises to obtain necessary hands-on experience, gain exposure to various mainframe components, and reinforce key knowledge elements. They work directly with teams within our Mainframe Global Optimize Business Unit to train/learn the various support requirements and perform tasks as directed by a manager or team leader. The Mainframe Apprenticeship training provides an introduction to various mainframe disciplines: Technical Services Support (TSS), Storage, Scheduling, Automation, Database/CICS, Disaster Recovery, Hardware, Network, Capacity Planning, Operating System and third-party software (ISV/zOS), as well as soft skills and project management. After initial training is successfully completed, the associate would then be advanced into one of our mainframe discipline team within our Mainframe Global Optimize Business Unit, which supports all Ensono managed services clients with mainframe services. Once placed on a mainframe team, the associate will continue their gain of mainframe skills while contributing to client deliverables.

Ensono's Mainframe Academy (MFA) is a program with a purpose of creating a new generation of IT professionals to replenish the mainframe staffing gap in the present day workforce. Through our 6-8 month, leveled training program, MFA trains participants in mainframe technologies and the basics of various mainframe disciplines at Ensono, including hardware, networking, databases, storage, automation, scheduling, and more.  Our MFA Fast-Track program provides you with coursework, hands-on learning, and tech mentors to teach you valuable skills. Upon successful completion of the program, you will move on to one of our mainframe teams in a full-time Associate-level Systems Programmer role.  

  • Be curious, have a thirst for knowledge and learning new things — ask questions and offer thoughtful solutions
  • Complete online training coursework as well as hands-on labs and exercises related to the various mainframe disciplines
  • Perform knowledge transfer and training with various teams that comprise the Mainframe Global Technical Services Business Unit (GTS BU). Teams consists of but not limited to: Technical Services Support (TSS), Storage, Scheduling, Automation, Database/CICS, Disaster Recovery, Hardware, Network, Capacity Planning, Operating System and third-party software (ISV/zOS)
  • Capture technical information and document the process steps in written form
  • Interact with teammates via various means of communication (face to face meetings, phone, email, instant messenger, conference calls) to exchange knowledge and information to successfully complete deliverables
  • Exercise professional integrity by seeking work during downtime, having respect of company required work hours, properly requesting time off and documenting time honestly in designated time tracking tools
  • Demonstrate organization and time management skills which includes acknowledging and attending meetings, deciphering and responding to important emails in a timely manner, completing assignments on time (by due date or earlier) or escalating to manager immediately if obstacles are identified
  • Utilize problem solving skills in an effective and conclusive manner to analyze an issue, suggest a solution, and be involved in the direct implementation of that solution – providing necessary teamwork and research throughout the process
  • Adapt and efficiently manage priorities in the ever-changing, fast-paced world of IT

Examples of Mainframe Job Performances:

  • Assist with access requests to systems – submit requests and follow-up to ensure completion of assigned username and password
  • Software (SW) research to determine compatibility and end of support upgrade requirements
  • Vendor SW conversions, installs, replacements, and upgrades
  • SW upgrade validation, testing, and creating back out documentation using standard team processes
  • Capacity/CICS/Database/Storage management
  • Provide 24 X 7 on-call support (when qualified)
  • Participate in Disaster Recovery activities

We want all new Associates to succeed in their roles at Ensono. That's why we've outlined the job requirements below. To be considered for this role, it's important that you meet all Required Qualifications. If you do not meet all of the Preferred Qualifications, we still encourage you to apply. 

Required Qualifications

  • 3+ years of professional work experience
  • Possess…
    • the drive and self-motivation to sharpen current skills while also learning something new
    • conceptual or practical understanding of or have a willingness to learn various technologies including but not limited to Mainframe, Open Systems, Networking, etc.
    • strong analytical/problem-solving, organizational, and time management skills
  • Intermediate proficiency in MS Office (Excel, PowerPoint, Project, and Word) or MAC equivalent products
  • Decision making skills – know when to ask for guidance/help or when to escalate an issue
  • Proactive attitude, dependable, and detailed-oriented
  • Ability to…
    • function in a fast-paced environment and manage the stress level
    • actively participate within a team and collaborate with others effectively  
    • take constructive criticism or receive corrective instructions without offense
    • present ideas in a clear and concise manner – sharp communication skills both verbal and written


Preferred Qualifications

  • Professional work experience in the IT field
  • 4-year degree in Computer Science, Management Information Systems or STEM related area of study.
  • Related Associate Degrees, Professional Certificate, or professional experience in a technical role will also be considered.


Our Values
Whether providing unprecedented solutions for clients or collaborating with each other to make unexpected connections, our teams are to exhibit these core values across every endeavor:

Honesty – We’re transparent and accountable

Reliability – We deliver on our promises

Collaboration – We thrive as a team

Curiosity – We relentlessly innovate on behalf of our clients

Passion – We love what we do and share our enthusiasm


Why Ensono?

Ensono is a place to make better happen – for our clients and for your career. You can do great things through innovation or collaboration, by learning or volunteering, or to promote diversity and inclusion. You can do great things for your own health or for a healthier planet. Whatever it means to you to do great things we want Ensono to be the place you can do it. 

We are a client-facing business, but we do encourage clients to allow us to work remotely most of the time so if you are not required to be on client site, you can choose to work from home or in our Ensono offices.

  • Unlimited Paid Days Off
  • Two health plan options through Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • 401k with company match
  • Eligibility for dental, vision, short and long-term disability, life and AD&D coverage, and flexible spending accounts
  • Depending on location, ability to take advantage of fitness centers
  • Wellness program

Ensono is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. We are committed to providing equal employment to our Associates and building a diverse and inclusive workforce. All qualified applicants will be considered without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status, disability, or other legally protected basis, in accordance with applicable law.

Pay transparency nondiscrimination statement/posting OFCCP’s pay transparency policy can be found on OFCCP’s website.

If you need accommodation at any point during the application or interview process, please let your recruiter know or email [email protected].


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