WebSphere Application Server Support – Contract Inside IR35 (EF-CSP-WEBS-0704) London, England

Salary: GBP495 - GBP550 per day
WebSphere Application Server Support – Contract Inside IR35

6 Month contract
£495 a day inside IR35
Initially remote working, office locations are London, Edinburgh or Manchester.

Our client is looking for multiple experienced Websphere Application Server/Liberty Infrastructure Specialists with at least 8+years experience (preferably in Banking). These roles are working in support / maintenance not project delivery.
The successful candidate will be subject to PES checks which can take up to 4 weeks even longer subject to how quick the requested documentation is provided by the candidate.

The candidates must be service driven and the ability to work under pressure.
All roles are client facing.

Detailed job description:

• Proven experience in the delivery of solutions that use WebSphere and Liberty Application server
- Proven support experience
• Has proven experience of building WebSphere environments using latest capabilities such as Urban Code, Chef and Puppet
• Has proven experience of building WebSphere environments from design documents and hardening guides using Urban Code
• Has proven experience of solving common WebSphere delivery problems, for example Canary Release, SSL certificate renewal, using Urban Code
• Has proven experience of working in continuous delivery/integration environments
• Has proven experience of building WebSphere Application Server v5 through to WebSphere v9.
• Has proven experience of building Liberty solutions
• Has experience of building solutions for cloud platforms
• Has an understanding of Unix and Windows server scripting. Proven understanding of Unix shell scripting. Proven Understanding of Jython
• Has proven experience of setup, management, and tools to automate monitoring of platforms
• Has proven experience of streamlining monitoring and alerting
- Technical capabilities
• Has knowledge of Kubernetes, Docker and Service Mesh capabilities
• Has knowledge of Open Source JEE technologies
• Has knowledge of Integrating services such as MQ, Datapower, LDAP, and Databases
• Has knowledge of SSL and certificate management.
• Has knowledge of Kerberos and SPNEGO
• Has excellent understanding of WebSphere Solutions and capabilities from WebSphere v5 through to WebSphere v9
- Understanding of DevOps and Agile principals
• Has proven experience of working in a DevOps and Agile environment
• Has proven experience of release management
• Has proven experience of change control principals
• Has proven experience of supporting delivery solutions that consider security, audit and performance requirements
• Has proven experience of managing critical incidents and issues
- Essential function
• Supports large, business units to achieve key business objectives
• Analyzes all aspects of the existing infrastructure and recommends modifications that will enhance system reliability, availability, serviceability and scalability.
• Researches new and developing technology and their applicability to the environment.
• Provides support and guidance to improve bank process and procedures and reducing incidents
• Develops and documents existing or new procedures as well as creating and maintaining project documentation.
• Works with vendors, business and appdev teams, and other technical teams to meet the needs of the project.
• Collaborates with engineering teams to develop and tune middleware standards.
• Provides guidance and peer review of project deliverables and manages information repositories to ensure they are being updated appropriately.
• Leads initiatives to improve team standards and processes, develops best practices, and reviews platform specific security threats to determine appropriate action.
• Seeks opportunities to learn, automate, document, share, educate, and improve processes where appropriate.
• Follows corporate security standards and best practices, including the ongoing promotion of awareness on current threats
• Has proven ability to articulate suggestions and findings in reports to senior stakeholders.

High level Key tasks
• Support Critical / High Incidents
• Support of applications in Intensive Care
• Up-skilling / education of existing resources
• Incident Troubleshooting / RC analysis
• PMR attendance
• Service Improvements / Incident Reduction / Incident Trends
• Incident / Problem Tickets
• Assistance with Escalations
• Java 7 Remediation
• Progress remediation of back level currency patching (Liberty & WAS)
• Out of Hrs support

Soft Skills
• Strong written and verbal communication skills
• Organised
• Planning
• Multi Tasker
• Excellent troubleshooting skills
• Logical thinker
• Mentor

Mandatory Technical Skills
• Websphere Application server administrative skills predominately@ v8.5.5.X
• Liberty
• Urban Code
• Patching (WAS & Liberty)
• SSL maintenance

Desirable Technical skills
• Node JS
• WebLogic
• Tomcat
• Portal

If you are looking for a new contract and have the above skill set, please click 'apply now' to be considered.