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Leidos Mainframe ZLinux Programmer in Washington, District Of Columbia


Job Description:

Leidos is a Fortune 500™ company aimed at embracing and solving some of the world’s most pressing challenges. Through science and technology, Leidos makes the world safer, healthier and more efficient. Our Civil Group offers an array of exciting career opportunities for the best IT, energy, logistics and engineering professionals.

Come join our rapidly growing team and enjoy these benefits:

  • Accrue 3 weeks of PTO during your first year

  • Get ten paid holidays a year

  • Access to benefits on day one including medical and dental insurance

  • The potential to work from home during COVID-19

  • Employee discounts

  • Company HSA contribution

  • Excellent 401K

The ESA V program is an IT Services program supporting several customers within the Department of Justice. The program provides a range of IT services, including help desk, deskside support, Windows workstation engineering and maintenance, managed print services, ITSM, Active Directory services, and video conferencing, among others.

Leidos is hiring a Mainframe ZLinux Programmer, who will be responsible for the installation, configuration, monitoring, automation, integrity, technical support and maintenance of the Department’s IBM System Z mainframe environment. This position will serve as a systems programmer for z/Linux.

Other responsibilities include:

  • Responsible for the installation, configuration, monitoring, automation, hardening, integrity, support and maintenance of the Department’s Linux servers running on an IBM System Z platform (i.e. zLinux).

  • Serves as a Senior level Systems Admin/Programmer for Linux servers.

  • Review and Support (SUSE) Security Patches, STIGs, and POAMs

  • Operate SuSE Linux Enterprise Server (SLES) instances on zSeries hardware within virtual machines on IBM z/VM Platform

  • Handling day-to-day administration activities as well as OS level installations, upgrades, updates (patching) and support migrations with customer.

Location: This position may be remote but must be open to on-site support in DC, post COVID

Required Education & Experience:

  • High school diploma with 12+ years related experience

  • Extensive experience installing, hardening and maintaining Linux/zLinux and scripting.

  • Candidate selected will be subject to a Government Public Trust security investigation from the Department of Justice prior to beginning work. US Citizenship is required. Current clearance is not required.

  • Solid experience in Linux administration and hardening in a SUSE or Red Hat Linux environment.

  • Thorough knowledge and proven ability to perform installation, maintenance, problem analysis and prevention, system tailoring, customization and administration, performance monitoring and tuning, and documentation of z/Linux guests. Experience with IBM z/VM in support of z/Linux guests a plus.

  • Proven ability to determine, analyze and resolve software and related problems.

  • Demonstrated high level communication skills and ability to develop positive relationships with customers, team members, vendor service providers and stakeholders.

  • Ability to work independently and as a team member.

  • Strong customer service skills.

  • Experience installing and migrating new software releases.

Desired Expereince:

  • Operating Systems: using z/OS and/or z/VM, CMS

  • Using IBM SW: TSO, ISPF, SDSF, JCL; CMS, Xedit

  • Knowledge of z/VM and z/OS a plus.

  • SW: Websphere, Connect:Direct, VM:Operator, CA Hidro, CA-Top Secret (or other z/VM ESM such as RACF, ACF2, VM:Secure), CA-Scheduler, CA-1, Assembler

  • HW: Hitachi VSP, IBM TS7720/7740/7760 Virtual Tape

  • General knowledge of mainframe hardware including z series HW, Virtual tape and enterprise storage a plus

  • Basic z System Support Knowledge including REXX

  • Experience maintaining mainframe IODF a plus

  • Ability to apply user requirements to the analysis, planning, and design of technology systems

  • Ability to communicate problems and solutions both verbally and in writing to the Government Lead

  • Ability to interface with all customer levels

  • Strong analytical and problem solving skills

External Referral Bonus:Ineligible

Potential for Telework:Yes, 100%

Clearance Level Required:None

Travel:Yes, 10% of the time

Scheduled Weekly Hours:40


Requisition Category:Professional

Job Family:Systems Administration

Leidos is a Fortune 500®information technology, engineering, and science solutions and services leader working to solve the world’s toughest challenges in the defense, intelligence, homeland security, civil, and health markets. The company’s 38,000 employees support vital missions for government and commercial customers. Headquartered in Reston, Va., Leidos reported annual revenues of approximately $11.09 billion for the fiscal year ended January 3, 2020. For more information, visit

Pay and benefits are fundamental to any career decision. That's why we craft compensation packages that reflect the importance of the work we do for our customers. Employment benefits include competitive compensation, Health and Wellness programs, Income Protection, Paid Leave and Retirement. More details are available here.

Leidos will never ask you to provide payment-related information at any part of the employment application process. And Leidos will communicate with you only through emails that are sent from a email address. If you receive an email purporting to be from Leidos that asks for payment-related information or any other personal information, please report the email to [email protected]

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to sex, race, ethnicity, age, national origin, citizenship, religion, physical or mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, pregnancy, family structure, marital status, ancestry, domestic partner status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, veteran or military status, or any other basis prohibited by law. Leidos will also consider for employment qualified applicants with criminal histories consistent with relevant laws.

REQNUMBER: R-00042726

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. Leidos will consider qualified applicants with criminal histories for employment in accordance with relevant Laws. Leidos is an equal opportunity employer/disability/vet.