Mainframe Capacity and Performance Tech Lead
Allstate Insurance Company
Belfast, United Kingdom
6d ago

Think Technology- Think Allstate

We build solutions that touch 16 million customers on a daily basis.

You will work alongside people as passionate as you, focused on delivering the best possible user experiences.

You will work in a highly collaborative environment primed to adapt to an ever-changing landscape and which places technology solutions at its core.

  • You will thrive, you will think differently, you will challenge convention and have the freedom to act with integrity, intention and speed;
  • you will be at the forefront of developing capabilities in support of Allstate’s global business model; you will deliver results and you will leave things better than you found them.

    Job Description

    Executing over 30 billion transactions a day worldwide, IBM Z is critical to Allstate databases, transaction servers, and applications that require high reliability, scalability, compatibility and security.

    Allstate’s IBM Z (Mainframe) Engineers develop technical solutions which enable our business partners, customers, agents, and employees to reach and exceed their goals.

    We’re looking for a resource who can work with engineers and clients to optimize the enterprise mainframe performance

    We’re looking for strategic, innovative thinkers who excel at providing fresh, creative solutions.

    Responsibilities include (but aren't limited to) :

  • Manages the enterprise mainframe server strategy and capacity planning functions including the configuration, maintenance and implementation of mainframe servers in a multi datacenter, multi sysplex environment.
  • Maintains WLM policy definitions, capacity provisioning manager (CPM) thresholds, assesses sub-systems (DB2, IMS, CICS) and application systems performance and monitors server utilization.
  • Prepares and reviews regular health check reporting identifying trends and takes appropriate actions
  • Drives strategy for mainframe performance by researching and exploiting new technology and capabilities.
  • Ability to work closely with mainframe infrastructure teams and business application clients to resolve complex performance issues
  • Identifies performance tuning and configuration options opportunities to ensure the mainframe systems are running in the most efficient and cost-effective manner
  • Controlling cost by targeting performance tuning for high usage system and application components and use of mainframe configuration options.
  • Undertake impact analysis of business initiatives which may impact mainframe capacity utilization.
  • Self-motivated and self-directed
  • Strong analytical skills
  • Ability to operate effectively as part of a geographically dispersed team
  • Lead by example and be an advocate for change
  • Ability to collaborate with leadership and senior level technicians to assist in setting technical direction
  • Stakeholder Management with business application clients and vendors
  • Strong interpersonal, collaboration and team skills
  • Effective oral and written communication
  • Essential Criteria

  • Must be an EU citizen or possess a current UK Tier 1 Visa or Tier 2 visa and eligible to take up full time, permanent employment.
  • EU candidates must also demonstrate they are eligible to take up UK employment post-Brexit.

  • Strong statistical and analytical skills with extensive knowledge and understanding of Mainframe capacity, workload planning concepts, analysis and be able to undertake capacity forecasting
  • At least a minimum of 5 years’ experience of capacity planning, performance tuning in the zOS multi sysplex architecture and Workload Manager (WLM)
  • In-depth knowledge of RMF, SMF, Omegamon, Tivoli Decision Support, MXG, IBM Capacity Products
  • Good knowledge of MF Subsystems CICS, MQ, IMS and DB2
  • Desirable Criteria

  • Experience of IBM CICS Performance Tools
  • Experience of vendor management
  • Closing Date : Friday 15th November 2019

    Statement on Fair Employment and Equal Opportunities :

    Allstate NI wishes to ensure equal opportunity is given to all job applicants. This company will not discriminate on the grounds of race, gender (including gender reassignment status), sexual orientation, religious belief, political opinion, marital status, age or disability.

    We are an equal opportunities employer. We welcome applications from all suitably qualified persons. However, as women are currently under-

    represented in our workforce, we would particularly welcome applications from women. All appointments will be made on merit.

    Applicants should note Allstate NI complete AccessNI background checks on all candidates offered a position.

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