Senior Systems Programmer: z/OS System Support (MVS Sysprog) Job at IBM – Sandton, Gauteng


MVS Sysprog provides support for the z/OS base and associated products. This role functions in a team in providing services in a client, multi-vendor, multi-protocol complex storage delivery environments. Interacts frequently with clients, vendors, and management to ensure a high level of client satisfaction. Acts as a resource and point of escalation for team members. This role needs to have a strong technical background and the ability to learn and/or work with multiple toolsets.

The candidate should have a background in support of the Mainframe environment for multiple multinational and large customers.

Ideally, the candidate must have experience in a zOS/mainframe environment, with systems programming experience. The candidate must be prepared to work within a team on a standby rota for 24×7 support of customer systems and will be expected to perform some out-of-hours work in order to support customer changes. Candidates must be able to demonstrate that they can effectively manage their workloads and be proactive and flexible in their approach to work.

This position is required to be on-site at Stonemill office Park, Cresta

Your Role and Responsibilities

Responsible for management and support of the operating system and associated started tasks in a cost ecost-effective efficient manner. The zOS Specialist is primarily responsible for:

Planning and installation of new operating system release to maintain software currency.

Planning and application of cumulative PTF packages.

Planning and installation of upgrades/new software, including some local customization when required.

Planning and application of system software patches to fix identified problems.

Management of system & software configurations (via change control).

Ensuring that all work is actioned in accordance with security standards.

Use of the current processes/tools to assist with security healthchecking and maintenance of security standards.

Ensuring that Security APARS/PTFs are managed and applied as soon as possible.

Providing input to the planning/implementation of Disaster Recovery tests when required.

Creation and maintenance of documentation.

Working to establish and build on collaborative working relationships with customer groups and other teams.

Reviewing and approving change control plans.

24×7 support for diagnosis and resolution of problems relating to the operating system and associated software.

Build and test new operating systems/subsystems.

Tuning of systems/software to improve performance


Required Technical and Professional Expertise

Minimum 8 years experience in the following:
ZOS environment


Problem & Change Management disciplines







Disaster Recovery experience Installing ISV products ZSERIES hardware

TPX and other Session Managers Network e.g. TCPIP/Netview Parallel Sysplex






Preferred Technical and Professional Expertise

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Company Location:  Sandton, Gauteng

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