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Specialist, WebSphere Administrator

Req. #:  14088
Department: IT Infrastructure Services
Location: Montreal, QC CA
Job Status: Permanent Full-time
Grade:  07
Category: Information Technology

To be successful in this role, the incumbent must be responsible for the maintenance and evolution of WebSphere platform. Sees to the planning and implementation of new installations and/or updates of said environments. Provides leadership and superior knowledge to colleagues and co-workers. Controls, analyses and provides recommendations regarding the optimization of the performance of the environments under their responsibility. Actively participate in the resolution of problems and anomalies that occur within these.

  • Evaluates reviews and provides recommendations with regards to plans and activities brought to their attention.
  • Identifies, documents and automates certain activities in order to improve processes and ensure the better performance of environments under their responsibility.
  • Takes ownership and responsibility for third-level support (analysis and resolution) when major failures occur. Resolves problems and implements permanent solutions.
  • Conducts trend analysis of server performance and provides recommendations.
  • Updates the system documentation and operating diagrams for the environments under their responsibility.
  • Provides members of the department with their superior knowledge and expertise.
  • Is ultimately accountable and responsible for the escalation process when solving system problems with either internal or external parties.


  • University degree in Computer Science with a minimum of 10 years of experience with relevant technologies.
  • Knowledge: Java/JVM/J2EE spec . must understand  WebSphere structure  ( Cell  , Node and configuration levels) and Portal Directory Structure , Portlal artifacts ( portlets , themes , skins , Access Control , etc .. ).
  • Knowledge of load balancing mechanism ( http Servers / proxies / edge server).
  • Ability to configure minimum WebSphere objects (jdbc , mail , JMS, jndi . etc ) and DB2 for portal.
  • WebSphere and Portal Architecture topologies / security (VMM ) / Portal Access Control.
  • Good understanding of Portal configuration procedures (ConfigEngine).
  • Good understanding of Portal migration procedures (XMLAccess or WPS scripting interface).
  • Good understanding of Portlets specification.
  • Fine tuning of WebSphere objects for performance.
  • Second level diagnostic: (determine problem patterns & correlating all metrics IO/HEAP/CPU).
  • Third level diagnostic: ( explaining problems and present short term and long term solutions ).
  • Defining and implementing Integration processes ( rules and protocols ).
  • Automating administrative tasks & Application qualification.
  • Establishing use and performance metrics for publishing.
  • Third level diagnostic: (explaining problems and present short term and long term solutions.
  • Bilingualism (English and French) is an asset.

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