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Mainframe Technical Specialist (IMS/DB2/DBA)
Job Type: Full Time
Location: Winnipeg, MB, CANADA; London, ON, CANADA;
Job Category: Technology and Digital Media ; Other Technology and Digital Media Jobs, Technology and Digital Media ; IT Support and Service
Job Industry: Insurance, Internet and Ecommerce
Job Career Level: Experienced
Number Of Positions: 1
Date Posted: Apr 11, 2013
Position Overview:

The Mainframe Technical Specialist, Mainframe Support, reports to the Team Lead, Data and Content Management Services, Middleware Services (Enterprise Infrastructure Services) and is responsible for providing technical expertise on the following activities: 


·         Provides 2nd Level 7 x 24 on-call Mainframe Database Support on a rotating basis
·         Provides day to day database administration of the IMS and DB2 subsystem databases (including database backup and recovery services, reorgs, space management, security grants, etc.)
·         Manages and monitors ongoing IMS and/or DB2 database performance and capacity to ensure service level expectations are maintained
·         Manage access to system level DBMS resources based on GLI Security procedures and policies
·         Identifies resource utilization trends and recommends options for addressing capacity issues in order to meet business requirements and service level agreements
·         Manages lifecycle for Mainframe Database software tools (excluding major product upgrades or product replacements)
·         Maintains operational documentation for IMS and DB2 infrastructure
·         Provides technical expertise for project and upgrade implementations
·         Provides basic database training to the Operations group and Service Desk
·         Identifies process improvements and opportunities within mainframe scope and other services within Shared Enterprise Services (SES)
·         Provides mainframe database disaster recovery services 
·         Works with Service Delivery and Change Management to ensure non disruptive implementation of mainframe database infrastructure.

Qualifications and Competencies:

·         Experience: Minimum 4 years in a large-scale IS operation or a technical support organization
·         Education: Education/skills acquired through completion of a post-secondary degree or equivalent (e.g. Degree or diploma in a related discipline like Computer Science or an equivalent combination of training and experience)
·         Strong knowledge and experience with IMS and DB2 databases subsystems
·         Strong knowledge of database administration tools and functions (e.g. database utility programs, database space management, DB2 rebinds, queries, scans, reorgs, security grants, IMS Gens, etc.)
·         Strong analytical and problem solving skills and knowledge of software diagnosis techniques
·         Knowledge of database design / logic
·         Knowledge of mainframe hardware, software and tools
·         Knowledge of  I.S. processes and procedures including change management and incident management
·         Knowledge of database back-up and recovery tools (Image Copies, Loads/Unloads, Recovery, DBRC)
·         Knowledge of programming languages (one or more of - PL/I, Cobol, Assembler, REXX, CLIST)
·         Ability to use office productivity tools
·         Strong written and verbal communication skills including the ability to communicate effectively to a non-technical audience
·         Ability to work in a fast paced environment and have strong team work skills
In addition to the above it would be an asset (not necessary) to have the following technical skills:

·      Knowledge of system management tools e.g. SMP/E
·      Knowledge of Source to Load tool (ChangeMan, ISPW)
·      Knowledge of infrastructure tools (e.g. compilers/link editor/binder)
·      Knowledge of system utilities (e.g.; IEBCOPY,SYNCSORT)
·      Knowledge of ISPF customization
·      Knowledge of risk analysis
·      Knowledge of industry directions
·      Knowledge of change and problem logging tool (Remedy)
·      Knowledge of ADABAS / Natural

Company Description

Together Great-West Life, London Life and Canada Life serve the financial security needs of 12 million people across Canada, with additional operations in Europe and the United States. As members of the Power Financial Corporation group of companies, we’re one of Canada’s leading insurers with interests in life insurance, health insurance, investment and retirement savings. We offer a broad portfolio of financial and benefit plan solutions for individuals, families, businesses and organizations.

We foster a culture where a wide range of professionals – in finance, accounting, general business and actuarial disciplines, for example – are learning, growing, and shaping their careers to achieve their personal and professional goals.

We’re an organization that cares for our customers, our staff and our communities. You can grow your career with us while giving, growing and connecting with the world around us.

There’s more than meets the eye with our organization. We offer a challenging, team-oriented work environment, competitive income and benefits, and opportunities for professional and personal development and growth.

Discover your opportunity. Apply with cover letter and resume before June 1,  2013.

We are committed to employing a diverse workforce and encourage all qualified individuals to apply. Only those candidates who are selected for an interview will be contacted.

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