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Mainframe Application Support Subject Matter Expert

Woodland Hills, California
Information Technology

Job Description

Requisition ID: 180005FI
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Job Summary 
Provides expertise in the design and functionality of business applications; Understands customers’ business processes and products and how best they can be supported by the application systems; Reviews and validates the detailed technical design for business applications provided by the supplier to ensure alignment with business requirements; Performs quality review checks on project deliverables; Validates suppliers estimates; Performs impact analysis of application changes across various components, holding an end-to-end view of the system; Estimates Rough Order of Magnitude for the level of effort/cost of new application functionality; Specifies / recommends integration and parallel testing criteria; Supports the implementation activities, troubleshooting system environmental issues, as required. 
Essential Job Functions 
  • Work under the direction of IT Program Manager and master all mainframe production batch applications for Personal Lines.
  • Ensure Critical Success Factor (CSF), Service Level Agreements (SLA) and Key Performance Indicators (KPI) are met for all batch applications. 
  • Present Metrics / Trends / Dashboards & SLAs to Farmers management.
  • Communicate delays/issues to other partnering applications, business, vendors and Farmers management.
  • Work with stakeholders from other support groups, development teams, infrastructure teams and business contacts for production issues
  • Communicate the relevant details on production issues, perform and provide root cause, proposed resolution and clean up status to all stakeholders.
  • Independently work or work with a team on assigned projects and enhancements. Develop applicable documentation such as project plans, implementation plans, and impact analysis.Present Metrics / Trends/ Dashboards with defined metrics & SLAs
  • Provide testing recommendations for functional & regression testing for the assigned projects, assignments and during handover/consultation meetings.
  • Analyze and make recommendations for the need of system backup, security, balancing & controls.
  • Support ITIL processes and makes sure to enforce and abide by them (Change, Incident, Problem)
  • Review pre & post production validation results to make sure that the changes migrated are working as expected.
  • Coordinate and support ticket intake, timely execution and closure.
  • Create tickets for Development/Agile teams for permanent/code fixes.
  • Troubleshoot production defects, perform root cause analysis and provide guidance to team on the resolution. Communicates the relevant details to business and takes issue ownership.
  • Conduct system studies, analyze existing automated and manual processes to improve efficiency; research and develop techniques for automation.
  • Participate in Incident and Problem management calls.
  • Participate in Disaster Recovery exercise as needed 
  • Coordinate and participates in Audits.
  • Will be required to work on-call as needed to support scheduled activities and production Incidents.
Education Requirements 
Bachelor’s degree or equivalent or specific relevant experience 
Experience Requirements 
  • 5+ years’ experience in Production Support or Development environment supporting mainframe technologies such as COBOL, CICS, JCL, DB2, EASYTRIEVE, VSAM, and Fileaid. Knowledge of REXX and Assembler language is a big plus.
  • 3+ years’ experience on mainframe batch monitoring, abend resolution, different file formats and storage.
  • 2+ years’ experience working knowledge of HP Quality Center, SharePoint, MS Office Suite and ServiceNow.
  • 2+ years’ experience coordinating offshore team work assignments.
  • IT experience in policy administration application for Property & Casualty Insurance is preferred.
Preferred Skills and Abilities
  • Capable of facilitating in-person and remote meetings with Business & IT resources.
  • Experienced in effective management of multiple competing and frequently changing assignments and priorities.
  • Exposure to agile methodologies, testing automation & continuous integration.
  • Ability to explain complex concepts/issues in simple terms.
  • Ability to identify and appropriately escalate issues/risk to management for direction.
  • Ability to apply quantitative data analysis techniques to improve processes, and ability to interpret data in a business framework (trends, opportunities, action items), present data, and provide analyses and insights to Farmers management
Special Skill Requirement 
  • Good working knowledge on policy premium calculation or rating concepts is desirable.
  • Must have the ability to apply quantitative data analysis techniques to improve processes, and ability to interpret data in a business framework (trends, opportunities, action items), present data, and provide analyses and insights to Farmers management.
  • Experienced in creating audit reports is highly desirable. 
  • Must have excellent time management skills to handle multiple assignments and competing priorities.
  • Exposure to Agile methodologies, testing, automation & continuous integration is highly desirable.
  • Must have strong analytical, verbal and written communication skills.  
  • Must have the ability to explain complex concepts/issues in simple terms.
Physical Actions 
  • Required job duties are essentially sedentary work consisting of occasional walking, standing and lifting and/or carrying 10 lbs. maximum, and seeing.
Farmers is an equal opportunity employer, committed to the strength of a diverse workforce. 




Schedule: Full-time

Job Posting: 08/29/2018