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U.S. Bank Principal Mainframe System Engineer (Performance & Capacity Management) in Hackensack, New Jersey

At U.S. Bank, we’re on a journey to do our best. Helping the customers and businesses we serve to make better and smarter financial decisions and enabling the communities we support to grow and succeed. We believe it takes all of us to bring our shared ambition to life, and each person is unique in their potential. A career with U.S. Bank gives you a wide, ever-growing range of opportunities to discover what makes you thrive at every stage of your career. Try new things, learn new skills and discover what you excel at—all from Day One.

Job Description

For our Principal Mainframe Capacity & Performance Engineering Specialist, we are seeking a candidate with a broad and deep knowledge of the mainframe platform to support our core systems. In this executive level individual contributor role, you’ll be expected to have knowledge across all disciplines in the mainframe space including network, database & transaction services as well as operating systems. Capacity Planning is a large component of the role, and you’ll need to know how all aspects function and interact with each other to be successful. You will be expected to be a liaison and talk mainframe strategy and enterprise architecture with senior technology leaders.

Basic Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree, or equivalent work experience

  • Eight or more years of relevant experience

Preferred Skills/Experience

  • Deep knowledge of mainframe performance & capacity planning

  • Mainframe platform architecture experience

  • zOS knowledge: structures and logic, parallel sysplex, IMS & DB2 data sharing, workload management, workload scheduling (JES2); mainframe access management, encryption & compression

  • Network knowledge: TCP/IP configurations & security, SNA networking, cross-system communications, sysplex distributor, WAN configurations.

  • CICS/MQ knowledge: CICS transaction processing, security, structures & logic as well as MQ queue and channel setup, structures, and logic.

  • Database knowlege: Mainframe DB2 and IMS; structures, logic, buffer pool usage & tuning

  • Storage knowledge: Mainframe channel architecture, CKD storage constructs, I/O performance characteristics, HCD and IOCP definitions, systems managed storage routines & classes (SMS), storage replication & resiliency, virtual tape infrastructure.

  • Thorough understanding of several team's domains and how they contribute to the overall business strategy and alignment to the technical strategy.

  • Possesses expertise in performance, scalability, enterprise system architecture, and engineering best practices in an agile environment.

  • Strong problem-solving and analytical skills

  • Excellent communication, presentation, and leadership skills

  • Proven collaboration and influencing skills.

Location Expectations

The role offers a hybrid/flexible schedule, which means there's an in-office expectation of 3 or more days per week and the flexibility to work outside the office location for the other days.

If there’s anything we can do to accommodate a disability during any portion of the application or hiring process, please refer to our disability accommodations for applicants (https://careers.usbank.com/global/en/disability-accommodations-for-applicants) .


Our approach to benefits and total rewards considers our team members’ whole selves and what may be needed to thrive in and outside work. That's why our benefits are designed to help you and your family boost your health, protect your financial security and give you peace of mind. Our benefits include the following (some may vary based on role, location or hours):

  • Healthcare (medical, dental, vision)

  • Basic term and optional term life insurance

  • Short-term and long-term disability

  • Pregnancy disability and parental leave

  • 401(k) and employer-funded retirement plan

  • Paid vacation (from two to five weeks depending on salary grade and tenure)

  • Up to 11 paid holiday opportunities

  • Adoption assistance

  • Sick and Safe Leave accruals of one hour for every 30 worked, up to 80 hours per calendar year unless otherwise provided by law

EEO is the Law

U.S. Bank is an equal opportunity employer committed to creating a diverse workforce. We consider all qualified applicants without regard to race, religion, color, sex, national origin, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability or veteran status, among other factors. Applicants can learn more about the company’s status as an equal opportunity employer by viewing the federal KNOW YOUR RIGHTS (https://eeoc.gov/sites/default/files/2023-06/22-088_EEOC_KnowYourRights6.12ScreenRdr.pdf) EEO poster.


U.S. Bank participates in the U.S. Department of Homeland Security E-Verify program in all facilities located in the United States and certain U.S. territories. The E-Verify program is an Internet-based employment eligibility verification system operated by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. Learn more about the E-Verify program (https://careers.usbank.com/verification-of-eligibility-for-employment) .

The salary range reflects figures based on the primary location, which is listed first. The actual range for the role may differ based on the location of the role. In addition to salary, U.S. Bank offers a comprehensive benefits package, including incentive and recognition programs, equity stock purchase 401(k) contribution and pension (all benefits are subject to eligibility requirements). Pay Range: $145,180.00 - $170,800.00 - $187,880.00

U.S. Bank will consider qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance.

Job postings typically remain open for approximately 20 days of the posting date listed above, however the job posting may be closed earlier should it be determined the position is no longer required due to business need. Job postings in areas with a high volume of applicants, such as customer service, contact center, and Financial Crimes investigations, remain open for approximately 5 days of the posting listed date.