Websphere Application Server Engineer

for Costco Wholesale Corporation in Issaquah, WA

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Skills:
Minimum of 4 years experience supporting products running on AIX, Linux or other UNIX variants. 
Location:
Issaquah, WA
Area Code:
425 
Travel Req:
none 
Telecommute:
no 
Pay Rate:
Market 
Tax Term:
FULLTIME 
Length:
 
Posted:
4-17-2014 
Position ID:
951 
Dice ID:
COSWA001 

 

Did you know

Costco, the second largest retailer in the US, with operations in eight countries, needs technology leaders to join our IT division. We are in the midst of explosive worldwide growth and your IT skills can make an immediate contribution. With our rapid technology change and growth, we offer great career opportunities in a family atmosphere where our employees thrive. At Costco, the quality you see in our warehouses is reflected in every area of our business and we are widely recognized for our commitment toour employees.

 

Description of position

This position is responsible for the support, design, installation, configuration, and monitoring of WebSphere Application Server (WAS) and Web servers. These servers run on various platforms including; AIX and Red Hat Linux.

This is not a Developer position.

 

Tasks and responsibilities

  • Work with architects, line of business, and other project members to create middleware solutions that:

    • is in alignment with Costco standards.

    • meets the needs of the project.

    • fits within industry best practices.

    • protects our internal and external customers from risk.

  • Leads large, complex projects to achieve key business objectives.

  • Support, analyze, and make performance or capacity recommendations as necessary.

  • Providing technical guidance and leadership to team members.

  • Serve as the escalation point for all issues not resolved by the other support staff.

  • Analyze all aspects of the existing infrastructure and recommends modifications that will enhance system reliability, availability, serviceability and scalability.

  • Perform logical and physical design (HA, multi-jvm, and multi-cell).

  • Research new and developing technology and their applicability to the environments.

  • Develop and document existing or new procedures as well as creating and maintaining project documentation.

  • Provide operational support for WAS, IBM HTTP Server and other products supported by the middleware team.

  • Deliver project based work to agreed target dates. Work with appropriate teams to resolve roadblocks.

  • Work with vendors, business and appdev teams, and other technical teams to meet the needs of the project.

  • Installation, configuration and monitoring of all application and web servers.

  • Participate in rotating on-call support 24x7 and be available to work weekends and/or holidays, as necessary.

  • Collaborate with other engineers to develop and tune middleware standards.

  • Monitor load tests, perform deploys, review logs, and various other tasks related to maintaining the middleware portfolio. 

  • Seek opportunities to learn, automate, document, share, educate, and improve processes where appropriate. 

  • Follow corporate security standards and best practices, including the ongoing promotion of awareness on current threats.

  • Understand and adhere to Costco’s project methodology and framework.

  • Understand and adhere to Costco’s Mission Statement and Code of Ethics.

Required skills, abilities, and certifications

  • Minimum of 4 years experience supporting products running on AIX, Linux or other UNIX variants.

  • Minimum of 2 years shell scripting.

  • Minimum of 5 years supporting production java application server environments, preferably IBM  WebSphere but will accept WebLogic, JBoss, Tomcat, Oracle AppServer, or iPlanet experience.

  • Proficient with operating system utilities such as vi, top/topas, crontab, nslookup, ifconfig, and ssh.

  • Team player – friendly, communicative, open, honest, thoughtful and committed.  Must work cooperatively with others, sharing ideas and collaborating and ultimately putting team goals first.

  • Excellent Leadership abilities, able to persuade and get consensus on ideas.

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.

  • Willing to learn and support third party applications.

  • Advanced networking knowledge.

  • LDAP Directory integration experience.

  • Oracle/DB2 integration.

  • Experience with enterprise level monitoring tools.

  • Performance testing and tuning.

  • Security experience including SSL certificates, hardening, PEN tests, etc.

  • Jython, JACL, and/or PERL scripting.

Recommended skills, abilities, and certifications

  • AIX or Linux certification.

  • IBM WebSphere Application Server certification.

  • WebSphere Commerce Server experience.
Costco Wholesale Corporation
999 Lake Dr
Issaquah, WA 98027