Senior Mainframe Operations Lead in Arlington, VA at General Dynamics Information Technology

Date Posted: 8/12/2019

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We are GDIT. The people supporting and securing some of the most complex government, defense, and intelligence projects across the country. We ensure today is safe and tomorrow is smarter. Our work has meaning and impact on the world around us, but also on us, and that’s important. GDIT is your place. You make it your own by embracing autonomy, seizing opportunity, and being trusted to deliver your best every day.

We think. We act. We deliver. There is no challenge we can’t turn into opportunity.

The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) mission is to preserve and promote public confidence in the U.S. financial systems by insuring deposits in banks and thrift institutions for up to $250,000; by identifying, monitoring, and addressing risks to the deposit insurance funds; and by limiting the effect on the account and the financial system when a bank or thrift institution fails. GDIT provides the day-to-day operational services to FDIC in support of infrastructure, facilities, hardware, software, and systems. GDIT supports operational security, client support/help desk, data center operations, asset management, and systems engineering service areas.

US Citizenship and background investigation is required; you must have a current clean financial background. Though the position is 8-5 M-F, the role can require at times support on weekends, nights, and holidays.


  • Work with application partners to tune, troubleshoot and maintain a DB2 environment
  • Analyze problems and provides recommendations for application improvements where appropriate
  • Create, tune and monitor z/OS DB2 systems for performance
  • Assure integrity of databases, backups and logs
  • Perform data refreshes in lower environments as needed
  • Assist applications groups with system and database level issues and research
  • Work with application groups and peers to determine implementation details for enhancements and applications
  • Work with software vendors to provide timely support and resolution to issues
  • Available to provide non-business hours support as assigned
  • Establish and maintain working relationships with internal customers, internal IT support groups and vendors to achieve project goals
  • Identify and develop strategic approaches for effectively evaluating and implementing new technologies and performance enhancements
  • Recommend modifications to operating policies through process improvement initiatives
  • Responsible for maintaining mainframe z/OS and z/VM systems software at most current level release and communicate resulting impacts of the overall health of the mainframe environment
  • Hardware/software refresh programs – lifecycle management
  • Media handling and offsite rotation
  • Disaster recovery and business continuity planning for the mainframe
  • Mainframe Level  1, 2, and 3 support
  • Become actively involved in the daily operation when required to meet critical schedules or resolve complex problems
  • Annual forecasting and management of budget
  • Capacity planning
  • Mainframe vendor management
  • Oversee annual maintenance renewals for mainframe hardware/software
  • Review applicable standards that affect mainframe
  • Represent area to peers, customers for projects that cross multiple disciplines
  • Ensure team adherence to all standards and policies
  • Participate with corporate sourcing in hardware/software procurement
  • Oversee all mainframe projects – including all Project Managers 


  • Undergraduate degree in CS/CE/CIS/MIS or Engineering/Technology or related field or equivalent experience/training
  • 8+ years of z/OS mainframe experience (11 years required, if no degree)
  • Understanding of z/OS subsystems and their roles
  • IBM z/Series processors
  • IBM z/OS and z/VM operating systems
  • EMC Disk Library for Mainframe
  • Experience with a maintaining mission critical, high availability z/OS DB2 systems in a 24x7 environment
  • Ability to effectively meet deadlines and prioritize projects in a dynamic and fast-paced work environment
  • Must be well organized, thrive in a sense-of-urgency environment, leverage best practices and innovate through any problems
  • Proficient in MS Office applications, including Microsoft Outlook, EXCEL and Word
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Mainframe OEM software
  • Mainframe configuration management
  • Experience with Linux on a System z Enterprise Storage Solutions
  • Performance management Capacity and predictive management
  • Experience with large scale technology infrastructure Data Center operations, hardware and software
  • Demonstrated conceptual understanding of the relationship between distributive and mainframe environments
  • Demonstrated experience with managing performance metrics that must conform to SLAs

Desired Experience:

  • Ability to handle critical situations
  • Demonstrated ability of oral and written communications at all levels of management
  • Excellent presentation skills and ability to interface with senior management
  • Proven ability to drive change, process improvement, and lead RCA for permanent solutions in the mainframe environment

As a trusted systems integrator for more than 50 years, General Dynamics Information Technology provides information technology (IT), systems engineering, professional services, simulation, and training to customers in the defense, federal civilian government, health, homeland security, intelligence, state and local government and commercial sectors. With approximately 32,000 professionals worldwide, the company delivers IT enterprise solutions, manages large-scale, mission-critical IT programs and provides mission support services. GDIT is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or veteran status, or any other protected class.


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For more than 50 years, General Dynamics Information Technology has served as a trusted provider of information technology, systems engineering, training, and professional services to customers across federal, state, and local governments, and in the commercial sector. Over 40,000 GDIT professionals deliver enterprise solutions, manage mission-critical IT programs, and provide mission support services worldwide. GDIT is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or veteran status, or any other protected class.','industry