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Mainframe Architect

  • Location: Atlanta, Georgia
  • Type: Direct Hire
  • Job #2026


Work alongside Cloud by McKinsey client teams and senior client IT leadership to assess legacy mainframe environments and develop roadmaps for total or application-specific mainframe migration and modernization. Identify and assist with modernization tool/services vendor selection and application of vendor tools for proof of concepts. Aid in the definition and requirements gathering for mainframe modernization/migration business cases. Assist with the development of the overall migration plan as well as the decomposition of the plan into agile roadmaps. Drive and track the execution of the migration and ensure alignment to overall customer impact.

Job Responsibilities

  • Assess legacy mainframe applications and application ecosystems and determine appropriate approach for application decomposition/migration
  • Apply modern mainframe modernization tools to analyze and convert legacy mainframe code bases
  • Define and document cloud solution architecture(s) including technical designs and diagrams.
  • Design and deploy dynamically scalable and highly available services on AWS
  • Build and deploy production systems in AWS
  • Design infrastructure as code structure including Terraform
  • Drive and gather complex technical requirements
  • Determine impact of new business requirements on existing applications & databases


Required Soft Skills

  • Ability to work with technical teams to ensure all requirements are addressed in solution design.
  • Ability to facilitate large meetings with multiple business stakeholders, agencies, and service providers
  • Excellent knowledge of the software development lifecycle, mobile technologies, web technologies, mobile and web development processes
  • Experience communicating with all levels of client team (business team to executives)
  • Driven to achieve a high level of client and customer satisfaction
  • Exceptional problem-solving skills
  • Ability to work within a team as the technical SME
  • Passion for delivering high quality technical solutions
  • Strong crisis management skills
  • Strong oral and written communication skills including presentation skills with both technical and non-technical audiences
  • A natural enthusiasm and ability to learn cutting edge technologies
  • Excellent verbal, written and interpersonal communication skills
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to communicate effectively with both technical and non-technical audiences
  • Strong analytical abilities across business and technology
  • Demonstrated ability to think creatively and strategically when implementing projects and solving problems
  • Ability to work comfortably within a complex environment with rapid changes in requirements, direction, and environment
  • Able to assertively dig into the business requirements and drill into the project-specific details

Required Qualifications

  • 1+ years of mainframe modernization experience
  • 2+ years of modernization tools experience (auto refactoring or middleware emulation tools)
  • 5+ years of systems integration experience
  • 3-5 years of development experience:

– Platforms: Mainframe z/OS, Unix/Linux, Windows

– Programming languages: COBOL, C, C++, C#, Java, PL/SQL, DB2 PL

– Databases: IDMS, UDS, Adabas, DB2, Oracle, SQLServer, IMS

  • Experience configuring and deploying applications in Amazon Cloud using core features of that environment such as:
    • EC2, RDS, S3, ELB, VPC, StepFunctions, Redshift, Lambda, API Gateway, EC2, SQS
  • Experience with Terraform or CloudFormation
  • Experience with JavaScript, Typescript, Python and/or Go
  • Experience with bash scripting
  • Experience building and deploying production systems within a cloud environment
  • Experience delivering applications using CI/CD pipelines that incorporate modern DevOps best practices
  • Strong knowledge of leading-edge technologies, tools, and software & services vendors
  • 5 years of proven consulting experience
  • Extensive work experience in a client delivery role with direct client interaction
  • Experience with creating production backlogs and creating agile product roadmaps


Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience modernizing legacy applications for financial services companies


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