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Sr. Systems Administrator (MQ)

Job Duties and Responsibilities

ManTech International seeks qualified candidates for Sr. System Administrator (MQ) to support a large-scale Federal Agency program critical to our nation's safety.
The Sr. System Administrator (MQ) is responsible for production support, implementation, standards / governance, integration /deployment, monitoring, root cause analysis and performance tuning of medium-scale WMQ deployments. This will include the maintenance/support of a large number of medium-enterprise systems, in a middleware integration environment.  Install, configure, and deploy WebSphere MQ and MQ software products to accomplish this requirement.. Possess familiarity with varied concepts, standard best business practices, and procedures. The selected candidate must possess the following:
  • Ability to work with little to supervision on individual tasks, as well as team-oriented tasks.
  • Possess good communication and written skills
  • Ability to work well as a productive member of a multi-faceted team.
  • Ability to prioritize competing tasks.
  • Ability to work under a cross-matrix management structure.
  • Required to support after hours on-call and respond in a timely manner.
The selected candidate will: 
  • Be responsible for enterprise wide WebSphere MQ messaging infrastructure across distributed platforms including; UNIX (AIX and Linux), WINDOWS.
  • Utilize WebSphere MQ Administration (V8.x &above) on distributed platforms (AIX, Linux, and Windows)
  • Troubleshoot platform on AIX, Linux and Windows systems, build and run scripts.
  • Administer MQ using MQE and command line using MQSC commands
  • Design and build Distributed Queue Management
  • Administer WebSphere Application Server(WAS) using ISC console
  • Administer and manage MQ Clusters
  • Administer and manage MQ Publish/Subscribe
  • Setup security for WebSphere MQ queues & other objects for data access and for administration using role-based security
  • Perform software installations and patches to WebSphere MQ servers
  • Be able to work with MQ monitoring tools like Tivoli
  • Work with application development teams providing support of middleware components.
  • Define and maintain middleware standards and governance including MQ and API administration and utilization.
  • Utilize industry standard technologies& methods to insure the integrity & recoverability of MQ based applications incl. but not limited to:
  • Perform backup & recovery, clustering, security, patch management, enterprise monitoring & performance tuning.
  • Perform strategic analysis and design of MQ infrastructure and make recommendations on improvements and/or new systems required to meet business needs and future capacity.
  • Serve as technical resource to business analysts, solutions development and other groups responsible for application development standards, system design and integration.  
  • Maintain professional knowledge of WebSphere MQ hosted on AIX, Linux, and Windows systems as required for the administration and support of a large scale distributed environment
  • Prepare and maintain professional documentation of server(s) / application(s) / network configuration(s) as they relate to middleware components and infrastructure.
  • Ensure systems remain at operational excellence during infrastructure improvements (hardware/software upgrades server migrations/consolidations, application deployment, etc.).
  • Engineer solutions, related to messaging that support and enhance business operations with guidance from Enterprise Architect Team and Technical Management.
  • Provide 1st level technical support to IT Managers, DC Systems Managers, Information Security Team and Application Development Teams
  • Participate in regular on call rotation, providing 24x7 support meeting business SLA’s.
  • Provide technical leadership and mentor junior engineers supporting them to achieve excellence in their fields of interest and responsibility.


  • B.S. degree in Computer Science or a related field and seven to ten years progressive IT experience including:
  • 5+ years experience in WebSphere MQ administration on Unix platforms
  • 5+ years’ experience with MQ clustering
  • 3+ years’ application dent with combined experience in MQI / JMS and Java/C programming languages
  • 3+ years working with WebSphere Application Server (WAS)
  • 5+ years working on Unix operating systems (AIX and Linux preferred)

Desired Qualifications: 
  • ITIL certification and experience
  • Certifications specificto applications and job functions
  • IBM CertifiedSystem Administrator – WebSphere MQ V8.x 


Bachelor's Degree
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Years of Experience

07-09 years w/Bachelors Degree
08-10 years w/Bachelors Degree
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Annapolis Junction, Maryland
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