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Sr. Systems Administrator (MQ)

Job Duties and Responsibilities

ManTech International seeks qualified candidates for a Sr. System Administrator (MQ) to support a large-scale Federal Agency program critical to our nation's safety. The Sr. System Administrator (MQ) Administrator is responsible for production support, implementation, standards/governance, integration, deployment, monitoring, root cause analysis and performance tuning of a medium-scale WMQ deployments. This will include the maintenance/support of a large number of medium-enterprise systems, problem resolution for a middleware integration environment, installing, configuring and deploying WebSphere MQ and MQ software products. 

The selected candidate must possess the following: 
  • Ability to work with little supervision on individual tasks, as well as team-oriented tasks.
  • 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.
  • Ability to support after hours on-call and respond in a timely manner
The selected candidate will also be: 
  • Responsible for enterprise wide WebSphere MQ messaging infrastructure across distributed platforms including UNIX (AIX and Linux), Windows, WebSphere MQ Administration (V8.x &above) on distributed platforms (AIX, Linux, and Windows)
  • Required to troubleshoot on AIX, Linux and Windows systems, build and run scripts.
  • Required to administer MQ using MQE and command line using MQSC commands
  • Responsible for the design and build of the Distributed Queue Management
  • Responsible for the administration of Administer WebSphere Application Server(WAS) using ISC console
  • Responsible for the administration and management of MQ Clusters
  • Responsible for the administration and management of MQ Publish/Subscribe
  • Setup security for WebSphere MQ queues& other objects for data access and for administration using role-based security
  • Responsible for software installations and patches to WebSphere MQ servers
  • Able to work with MQ monitoring tools like Tivoli Omegamon
  • Required to 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: backup & recovery, clustering, security, patch management, enterprise monitoring & performance tuning.
  • Perform strategic analysis and design of MQ infrastructure and makes 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 development 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 Requirements: 

  • ITIL certification and experience
  • Certifications specific to applications and job functions
  • IBM Certified System Administrator – WebSphere MQ V8


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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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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