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Middleware Administrator - MQ/Mule

Date: Nov 28, 2018

Location: New York, NY, 10003

At Northwestern Mutual, we believe relationships are built on trust. That our lives and our work matter. These beliefs launched our company nearly 160 years ago. Today, they're just a few of the reasons why people choose to build careers at Northwestern Mutual.

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We are an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, age or status as a protected veteran, or any other characteristic protected by law.


Position Responsibilities:
• Responsible for installation and configuration of WMQ v.7 - v.9 on UNIX environments.
• Responsible for Implementing and supporting the WebSphere MQ Series infrastructure
• Monitoring and maintaining WebSphere MQ objects such as Queue Managers, Queues, channels and listeners
• Troubleshooting on IBM WebSphere MQ version 7.0, 8.0 and 9.0.
• Backup, recovery and upgrades of MQ objects.
• Responsible for providing application level security. 
• Install and configure cache for Mule.
• Automate application deployments to Mule.
• Implement Performance tuning and Best Practices in Mule ESB.
• Gain a solid understanding of the business process, workflows and data. 
• Assist in technical specifications and other deliverable documents. Implement appropriate monitoring, alerting and measurements to ensure the health of our environment. 
• Develop and document disaster-recovery plans and participate in testing to ensure the environment is recoverable within pre-determined SLAs. 
• Provide off-hours support for production applications. 
• Develop a deep understanding of applications and integration and bring issues to resolution. 
• Monitor application performance and improve response times. 
• Become subject-matter expert (SME) on the software packages you are assigned to support.


Must Haves
Minimum Requirements:
• 5 years hands-on experience administering IBM WebSphere MQ v7.0 and above with expertise in installation, support, analysis of logs and performance tuning. 
• Excellent knowledge of supporting software on Red Hat Linux or AIX. 
• Strong understanding of networking and security concepts. 
• Understanding of network standards, such as DHCP, DNS, SSL, TCP, UDP, IP, QoS and ICMP helpful.
• Understanding of networking concepts, such as load balancing and routing. 
• Ability to carry out basic network troubleshooting in a server runtime. 
• Experience with using monitoring tools such as CA Introscope, ELK, Splunk or Dynatrace. 
• Comfortable with scripting languages to automate tasks, including Bash, Perl and Python. 
• Experience with provisioning tools, such as Ansible, a plus. 
• Experience using a code deployment tool, like UrbanCode, a plus. 
• Experience with other middleware products such as Datapower and IBM WebSphere WAS, a plus. 
• Exposure to automation and CICD tools a plus. 
• Strong analytical and problem-solving skills. Excellent written and verbal communication skills. 
• Able to collaborate effectively and excel in a team environment.
• Good knowledge on MQ clustering, MQ Backup and Recovery
• Experience in Websphere Message Broker 
• Experience in HACMP, MQ Cluster, MQ API Exits.
• Familiarity with MQsecurities like SSL and OAM.
• Experience in messaging tools like RhfUtil, q-tool, q-load.
• Experience in MQ 2001 A/B appliance.
• Good knowledge of multi-instancing concepts on MQ to achieve high availability.
• Experience in Installing and Configuring Mule ESB - Install, Configure Cache for Mule.
• Experience in performance tuning and best practices in Mule ESB.
• Knowledge of Kafka helpful.


Req ID: 23999
Position Type: Regular Full Time
Education Experience: Bachelor's Required
Employment Experience: 6-8 years
FLSA Status: Exempt
Posting Date: 12/04/2018