Mainframe Architect

  • Madison, WI
  • Contract

Company Description

System Canada resources have a broad range of skills in different technologies. The large skill-set has been made possible by a conscious focus on strengthening our skills base. Every person selected for our team brings something new, something that adds to our offerings. We learn continuously, both on the job and through formal training programs.

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System Canada is an equal opportunity employer.

Job Description

The requirement is for a Mainframe Architect with extensive experience in COBOL, CICS, VSAM and DB2 technologies. Candidate should have extensive experience in modernization of Legacy Mainframe systems using SOA, Webservices and MQ. The candidate should be able to work with Business SMEs, Data Architects, and Solution Architects to create Modernization roadmap for the mainframe system.

Duties & Responsibilities:


Ø Asses the current state of Legacy systems and identify the modernization areas.

Ø Understand the current VSAM structure and work with Data Architect to create equivalent RDBMS structure for Db2.

Ø Create future state architecture of the Legacy systems.

Ø Create Roadmap for Legacy Modernization defining the priorities and dependencies.

Ø Analyze requirements and identify candidate CICS Txns for Web services.

Ø Create various design documents for CICS services such as Service Design Document, Service physical Document and define Service SLAs in Non functional requirements.

Ø Have good understanding of requirements and provide estimates for design, and development of required functionality

Ø General knowledge of system development life cycle

Ø Experience working with multi-culture, distributed offshore and onshore development teams in dynamic and complex environment

Ø Must have excellent written and verbal communication skills

Ø Assumes principal technical role in demonstrations, furnishing technical expertise and answering client inquiries with regard to both hardware and software

Ø Performing brief Pilots and Proofs of Concept.

Ø Review code and design from other team members and provide constructive feedback

Ø Interface with delivery partners as required for a total solution

Ø Work with Clients Infrastructure team to assess the need for hardware and software requirements for ESB as per the project need.

Ø Participate in all governance reviews.

Ø Mentor and train project team members. Provide assistance in resource management and hiring of new team members in the project.




Ø Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and related field

Ø Minimum 10 years of software engineering, architecture and design experience in a software company or equivalent.

Ø 5+ year of experience in Legacy Modernization as an Architect in a large SOA project.

Ø Extensive experience in COBOL, CICS, VSAM, JCL and DB2

Ø Experience in SOA Architecture, Web Services and Messaging infrastructure such as Websphere MQ.

Ø Good working knowledge of mainframe security, middleware, job schedulers and other third-party products.

Ø Background in distributed technologies (preferred Java/XML/ J2EE Application Servers), .net also desirable.

Ø Experience in creating CICS Txns as SOA Services in a SOA Architecture.

Ø Experience in converting VSAM structures to DB2.

Ø Experience in CICS Transaction Gateway for z/OS is a plus.

Ø Excellent written and verbal communication skills.

Ø Maintains awareness of new and emerging technologies and the potential application on service offerings and products provided by IT.

Ø Ability to handle client meetings independently

Ø Experience with MS Office™ toolset - Visio included(required)

Ø Expertise in data modeling using multiple notations and tools

Ø Excellent writing (RFI/RFP responses), communication, and presentation skills

Ø Strong understanding of Enterprise and Application Architecture.

Additional Information

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