Principal Mainframe Modernization Developer - Virtual

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Date Posted: Sep 16, 2023

Location(s): Remote, US, 0 Cary, NC, US, 27513

Company: MetLife

Job Location: Virtual

Alternate Job Location:

United States : North Carolina : Cary 

United States : South Carolina : Greenville

Work Arrangement: Work from home


Role Value Proposition: 

Being a leader in the Group Benefit space, MetLife is always in search of top talent who are driven by the purpose of providing excellent customer experience, accepting new challenges, and focusing on providing simplified solutions to complex problems. The Group Benefits area in MetLife is growing and the Dental Claims team is looking for an energetic and motivated Principal Full Stack Developer with IBM z/OS Mainframe Modernization skills who is forward-focused, not afraid of experimentation and a team player. In this role, you will be working on a set of applications that deliver dental claims management, adjudication, and payment, as well as collaborating and interfacing with partners to deliver on enterprise-level strategic initiatives. Your work will make an impact on how MetLife fulfills its promises to the customer and you will have excellent opportunities to interact and contribute to the group's success.


Key Responsibilities:

  • Design, develop, implement and maintain the application using mainframe-based technologies including technical leadership of a team of engineers working in an Agile onshore-offshore model.
  • Lead the modernization efforts of the application set, to increase agility to handle ever changing policy and regulatory provisions
  • Modernize a monolithic COBOL/CICS/VSAM/DB2 application into a Java/Microservices/DB2 model on the mainframe before eventual migration to Azure Cloud.
  • Collaborate with:
    • Enterprise Architecture to ensure adherence to corporate strategy and establishment of guardrails for development teams to operate within.
    • Development team members (including offshore consultants) in designing, developing, and testing the system modification.
    • Mainframe & Cloud Infrastructure Engineering
    • Partnering applications in understanding, designing, and agreeing to the interface requirements
    • Product Owners, Product Managers, Application Owners, and Release Train Engineers
  • Drive Application Changes to enable Test Automation efforts that will support Integration, End to End, and User Acceptance Testing at the overall project or program level.
  • Be innovative and always ready to learn new skills.
  • Be a leader in implementing DevSecOps for the mainframe development space.


Essential Business Experience and Technical Skills: 


  • Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science or related field.
  • 8+ years of hands-on mainframe application development experience working with JAVA, COBOL, DB2, CICS, JCL, SQL, and VSAM.
  • Strong working knowledge of version and revision control tools like Git, and CHANGEMAN.
  • Good experience in developing REST and SOAP APIs using technologies like MQ, zOS Connect and IDz.
  • Strong ability to troubleshoot and debug both online and batch using tools like IBM Debugger.
  • Working experience with mainframe DevOps, Scrum Framework, and SAFe Agile methodologies.
  • Ability to multi-task effectively and be able to work in an open, collaborative environment to support both individual and team objectives.
  • Experience working in a multi-site onshore-offshore model with the ability to mentor and guide multiple geographically dispersed Agile development teams.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.



  • Prior experience implementing Java on z/OS (In CICS, in Batch, and in z/CX for OpenShift)
  • SAFe Certified.
  • Experience in Medical or Dental Claims.
  • Familiarity with Group Insurance



At MetLife, we’re leading the global transformation of an industry we’ve long defined. United in purpose, diverse in perspective, we’re dedicated to making a difference in the lives of our customers.




MetLife, through its subsidiaries and affiliates, is one of the world’s leading financial services companies, providing insurance, annuities, employee benefits and asset management to help its individual and institutional customers navigate their changing world. Founded in 1868, MetLife has operations in more than 40 countries and holds leading market positions in the United States, Japan, Latin America, Asia, Europe and the Middle East.


We are one of the largest institutional investors in the U.S. with $642.4 billion of total assets under management as of March 31, 2021. We are ranked #46 on the Fortune 500 list for 2021. In 2020, we were named to the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) for the fifth year in a row. DJSI is a global index to track the leading sustainability-driven companies. We are proud to have been named to Fortune magazine’s 2021 list of the “World’s Most Admired Companies.”      


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