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IBM Banking Application Modernization Architect in San Jose, California


IBM Application Consultants work directly with our clients on key initiatives. You will have the opportunity to build an in-depth understanding of their business issues and implement organizational strategies that drive adoption of change. We are looking for experts who can build credibility and trust with our clients and provide knowledge that addresses individual and unique business needs.

Your Role and Responsibilities

Within the IBM Global Business Services, we have a focused business for Core Banking transformation for our banking clients and we are seeking a Banking Application Modernization Architect with core banking solution knowledge to join our team in North America. In this role, you will participate in analyzing the clients’ legacy core banking applications and surrounding systems, defining target application architectures including the new cloud-native core banking systems, and modernization strategies and execution plans for our clients. You will advise our clients to identify the most effective modernization approach and help modernize their legacy applications (mainframe as well as distributed) or build a completely new application stack using modern cloud native architectures with container platforms and cloud services.

We are seeking someone with great breadth and depth of experience when it comes to modernizing legacy applications to hybrid cloud. Ability to work with a global team and flexibility will be essential.


• Work with the client's IT team, as well as C-level executives to demonstrate the cloud value proposition

• Assess the current application and infrastructure environment, performing a gap analysis, and recommending the to-be application solution architecture

• Represent deep expertise on the mainframe environment and the modernization of mainframe legacy, transformation of mission critical applications needing re-architecture, not just containerization/refactoring

• Use your knowledge of the mainframe system and other legacy platforms to advise our clients on their hybrid cloud journey and multi-speed IT progressively modernizing through new cloud application architecture, API management, Microservices, DevOps, Data Modernization and cloud integration suites

• Co-lead with the modernization program manager by providing significant contribution on technical elements of WBS/Sprint planning, estimation, modernization risk, dependencies and Minimum viable product (MVP)

• As technical leader on modernization project, serve as a liaison among technical resources, business leaders, project stakeholders, and business partners


Required Technical and Professional Expertise

  • 7+ years of architecting and delivering banking solutions across multiple enterprise architecture domains (technology, application, information and infrastructure)

  • 3+ years of experience in application development and working knowledge of applications on IBM Z (zOS and Linux on Z) including COBOL, DB2, IMS, CICS, C/C++, Java, and security on IBM Z systems

  • 3 years of experience in delivering mainframe application transformation projects (such as migration from COBOL to Java application or to microservices architecture)

  • 3 years of experience developing project plans and budgets for successful information technology projects

  • 3 years of experience with mainframe applications, Java application development, API and Microservices usage

  • 3 years of experience with DevOps usage

  • 5 years of experience in a consulting organization including consultative-based selling of technology transformation project, documenting and presenting recommendations to clients and/or stakeholders

Preferred Technical and Professional Expertise

  • 5 years of experience and knowledge of RedHat OpenShift

  • Certification in RedHat or Architect certification in one or more of the prominent Public Clouds (IBM, AWS, Azure, GCP)

  • Certification in RedHat or Architect certification in one of the prominent Public Clouds (IBM, AWS, Azure, GCP)

About Business Unit

IBM Services is a team of business, strategy and technology consultants that design, build, and run foundational systems and services that is the backbone of the world's economy. IBM Services partners with the world's leading companies in over 170 countries to build smarter businesses by reimagining and reinventing through technology, with its outcome-focused methodologies, industry-leading portfolio and world class research and operations expertise leading to results-driven innovation and enduring excellence.

Your Life @ IBM

What matters to you when you’re looking for your next career challenge?

Maybe you want to get involved in work that really changes the world? What about somewhere with incredible and diverse career and development opportunities – where you can truly discover your passion? Are you looking for a culture of openness, collaboration and trust – where everyone has a voice? What about all of these? If so, then IBM could be your next career challenge. Join us, not to do something better, but to attempt things you never thought possible.

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About IBM

IBM’s greatest invention is the IBMer. We believe that progress is made through progressive thinking, progressive leadership, progressive policy and progressive action. IBMers believe that the application of intelligence, reason and science can improve business, society and the human condition. Restlessly reinventing since 1911, we are the largest technology and consulting employer in the world, with more than 380,000 IBMers serving clients in 170 countries.

Location Statement

For additional information about location requirements, please discuss with the recruiter following submission of your application.

IBM intends this job to be performed entirely outside of Colorado.

Being You @ IBM

IBM is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, pregnancy, disability, age, veteran status, or other characteristics. IBM is also committed to compliance with all fair employment practices regarding citizenship and immigration status.