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Sr Principal Mainframe Backup Administrator

Are you interested in expanding your career through experience and exposure, all the while supporting a mission that seeks to ensure the security of our nation and its allies? If so, then Northrop Grumman may be the place for you. As a leading global security company providing innovative systems, products and solutions to customers worldwide, Northrop Grumman offers an extraordinary portfolio of capabilities and technologies. Here at Northrop Grumman we are comprised of professionals that bring different perspectives, are curious about the world, accepting of each other, and understand that the more ideas, backgrounds, and experiences we bring to our work then the more innovative we can be. As we continue to build our talented workforce we look for professionals that exemplify our core values, leadership characteristics, and approach to innovation.

The Mainframe Storage Administrator will join a team responsible for Engineering highly available and redundant backup solutions to ensure all mainframe data is appropriately synched and backed up. Candidates should have good leadership skills, have project management experience and a good technical background in storage systems.

Northrop Grumman is seeking a senior level IT storage professional familiar with IT project management processes, mainframe computer systems, current mainframe storage subsystems and software.

Description of Work:
  • Devise storage management and business resilience standards for systems, subsystems, SMS constructs, volume serial numbers, hardware, network components, backups, data replication groups, backup schedules, snapshots, electronic vaulting, etc.
  • Design, build/re-engineer, test, deploy, and document both Storage Management System (SMS) and non-SMS system storage space for each sysplex.
  • Implement, test, and document SMS data class, management class, storage group, storage class, and Automatic Class Selection (ACS) updates based upon change requests. Solicit approvals from customer pool managers for the change. Use the IBM TSO and ISMF technologies to modify the SMS constructs and ACS code. Test the changes before activation into the production environment. Document all updates and interact with the customer submitting the change request to ensure the actions meet their needs.
  • Construct the BMC Mainview Storage Resource Manager and EMC Unisphere infrastructure to perform storage monitoring, analysis, and management.
  • Establish and document processes to configure/manage media meta-data, SMS pools/constructs, thin provisioning pools, data replication containers, unused space reclamation, etc.
  • Analyze the operating posture of the existing storage hardware and software. Plan, design, test, and deploy enhancements, new infrastructure, and technical processes to meet expanding workloads, exploit new technologies, improve operational functionality and efficiency, and protect the integrity and resilience of the agency's data
  • Work with teams and third party vendors to devise storage infrastructure and practices to meet future application and database requirements.
  • Design and engineer detailed testing configurations and proofs of concepts for new technologies that support customer storage needs.
  • Develop best practice project plans, engineering scripts, laboratory test models, and documentation to manage existing and new storage infrastructures
  • Research and develop recovery approaches for potential failure scenarios that meet the agency Recovery Point Objective (RPO) and Recovery Time Objectives (RTO) objectives.
  • Analyze the root cause of backup and data replication failures/exposures. Design practices and deploy technologies to eliminate data loss exposure. Design, build, test, and deploy automation mechanisms that minimize RPO and RTO.
  • Work with teams and third party vendors to devise business resilience infrastructure and practices to meet application and database requirements.
  • Design and engineer detailed plans and scripts to execute disaster recovery exercises.
  • Design, document, and train storage administrators in data restoration processes.
Basic Qualifications:
Minimum knowledge, skills, abilities needed.
  • Bachelor's degree and 9 Years of relevant work experience OR Master's degree and 7 Year of relevant work experience OR a minimum 13 years of relevant work experience as a Manual Tester in lieu of a degree
  • Minimum of 2 years of experience with IBM System z mainframe and z/OS
  • Minimum of 2 years of experience with Mainframe backup and recovery using physical and logical tape and data replication
  • Minimum of 2 years of experience managing Enterprise Storage, Data Replication, and Disaster Recovery planning
  • Minimum of 2 years of experience with IBM z/OS SMS and HSM
  • Must be US Citizen or US Permanent Resident (Green card holder)
  • Must be able to obtain and maintain a US Public Trust clearance

Preferred Qualifications:
Candidates with these skills will be given preferential consideration.
  • EMC VNX or EMC Unity
  • EMC Data Domain
  • Experience using EMC Disk Library for Mainframe (DLm) virtual tape systems
  • MS Project
  • Knowledge of managing Oracle Virtual Storage Managers (VSM) virtual tape systems
  • Knowledge of managing Oracle Virtual Library Extension (VLE)
  • Experience with Batch Job, IBM z/OS Job Control Language (JCL)
  • BMC Mainview or Computer Associates (CA) Vantage SRM experience
  • Experience using StreamLine SL8500s Library System
  • Host Software Component/Storage Management Component (HSC/SMC) knowledge
  • Working knowledge of Object Access Method (OAM)
  • Experience with Computer Associates CA-1 tape management system, or catalog solution software
  • Mainframe systems engineering documentation experience


Northrop Grumman is committed to hiring and retaining a diverse workforce. We are proud to be an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer, making decisions without regard to race, color, religion, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, national origin, age, veteran status, disability, or any other protected class. For our complete EEO/AA and Pay Transparency statement, please visit www.northropgrumman.com/EEO. U.S. Citizenship is required for most positions.




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