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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.
The Senior IMS Database Administrator creates, maintains, designs, monitors and troubleshoots Ensono or client databases. They use specific relational database management systems, develop and implement database recovery mechanisms and procedures. And coordinate security measures to safeguard database integrity.
Position reports to Senior Manager – Mainframe Database
Key Areas of Focus for this Role
The successful candidate will perform mainframe database software upgrades coupled with administration and tuning to support our customers’ IMS environments.
The individual will need to work with vendor personnel to achieve timely solutions of database problems.
The individual will be responsible for day-to-day database maintenance such as creating backups, performing restores, monitoring file extent growth, scheduling reorganizations, creating and maintaining DR procedures and overall support of customer needs and requests.
The successful candidate will be called upon to perform a variety of database optimizations that will include general reporting and analysis of the efficiency of the database configuration and periodic review of database performance.
Expertise and work efforts will focus on the development and support and/or the customization of new services and support efforts.
System programming knowledge of multiple DBMS’s is a bonus.
The individual will need to participate in on-call responsibilities
What the Ideal Candidate Brings to this Role
Required Qualifications help to assure new Associates are set up for success in their role with Ensono. To be considered for this career opportunity, it is important that you meet all Required Qualifications. Candidates that may meet some, but not all, Other Qualifications are still encouraged to apply.
Bachelor’s degree required and/or equivalent work experience.
10+ years of professional experience in IMS for administration and systems programming support. CA and IBM tools for IMS a plus
Knowledgeable in best practices of software management, maintenance and documentation
Configure and manage IMS in a parallel sysplex environment
Develop innovation, strategies, processes and best practices in IMS systems programming
Establishing policies and procedures pertaining to database management, DR, security, maintenance and utilization
Reviewing new versions of IMS for functionality, advising how they benefit the client
Evaluating change requests and determine impact to assigned clients
Vendor consultations for problems and questions
DR recovery of application objects
Troubleshooting and solving production database issues
Demonstrated ability to respond quickly and effectively to support requests from multiple clients
Supporting multiple customer for after hours on-call
Knowledge of IMS database organization using access methods of VSAM and OSAM
Full function database organization types
HSAM, HISAM, SHISAM, HDAM, HIDAM, INDEX, GSAM
Definition and use of LOGICAL databases
HALDB (partitioned): PHDAM, PHIDAM, ILDS, PSINDEX, etc.
Fast Path databases (DEDBs)
Database Design and related utilities
DBD source coding and DBDGEN
PSBGEN source coding and PSBGEN
How databases are processed using secondary indexes (PROCSEQ=)
Correct usage of PROCOPT= to minimize database locking
IMS commands related to ACB and FORMAT changes
Coding and usage of IMS reorganization utilities (including IBM, BMC, CA), including: unload, prefix resolution, reload, prefix update, secondary index build, image copy, and pointer checker
Support planned (disaster recovery) and unplanned (emergency) database recovery activities
Knowledge of log archive and change accumulation utilities
How to perform a log archive on demand
Knowledge of IMS DB recovery utility
How to use DBRC to generate JCL for forward recovery and point-in-time database recovery.
Database dataset space reporting for proactive outage avoidance.
How to immediately fix an out of space condition for a VSAM database dataset
Identification and resolution of performance issues
Online tracing – Usage of IMS TRACE commands and associated utilities for spot monitoring of online program/transaction activity
Extracting information from IMS logs using DFSERA10 and related utilities DFSUTR20 and DFSUTR30
Use of DFSDDLT0 utility to access data
Program/transaction monitoring – Familiarity with usage of IBM’s IMS performance Analyzer product is a plus
Ensono is a place we unleash Associates to Do Great Things – for our clients and for your career. This could mean achieving a professional goal, collaborating with your team on an innovative idea, learning a new skill, reaching a wellness milestone, or engaging in your community through volunteer programs. Whatever it means to you, we want Ensono to be the place where you can do great things.
We value flexibility and work-life balance. Positions that are not required to be onsite to support a client may offer the ability to work remotely or hybrid at an Ensono office location.
Unlimited Paid Day Off (PDO) Plan
Two robust health plan options through Blue Cross Blue Shield
401(k) with a generous 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
Flexible work schedule
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.
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