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I have a wealth of experience in different cobol environments, within the Life and Pensions industry, and also within Accounts/Finance generally.
I can turn my hand to most cobol development tools, and can work on my own initiative or within a team.
I am actively seeking a new contract from 1st October 2013
National Farmers Union Mutual LTD
Development and maintenance of CLOAS system, using IBM Cobol, TSO, ISPF, and Easytrieve.
Development and maintenance of CLOAS systems for various clients, using IBM Cobol, TSO, ISPF, and Easytrieve. Based in Dublin, I was responsible for business systems analysis, development, end-to-end testing and implementation.
Product Support Engineer
MICRO FOCUS LTD
Supporting clients using AcuCobol and all its associated tools including: AcuBench, AcuConnect, AcuServer, AcuSQL, AcuXDBC. Solving customers' issues and incidents, logging all details in a citrix-based Pivotal database, and becoming SME.
Systems Analyst and Systems Developer
TRINITY EXPERT SYSTEMS LTD
Enhancement and maintenance of Policy Admin system using Microfocus Cobol, Server Express on HP Unix box with an Oracle database using embedded SQL and PL/SQL. TESL are contracted to run the IT division of Windsor Life, who are owned by Swiss Re. The Alpha policy system has been cloned and is being bespoked for other Life & Pensions clients, to administer closed books of business. I was based on a client site in Telford. AdminRe's clients that I have worked for include Aviva and GE.
Data/Systems Analyst and Systems Developer
Conversion of NHS Personnel and Payroll data across to Oracle system. The project is called Electronic Staff Record (ESR). Spent 6 months as Analyst, then moved into development, using Microfocus COBOL on PC network and HP Unix box. We took datafiles delivered from the NHS Trusts, validated it, converted it into required formats for the ESR system, reporting all data anomalies. Over 1.2 million personnel records and associated payroll data.
Senior Systems Developer
SYSTEMS UNION GROUP LTD
Development using MicroFocus COBOL interfacing with C++ handled Visual Basic screens on PC platforms. Software package called SunSystems comprising Accounts, Asset Register and Supply Chain.
Utilising: MicroFocus Cobol, SQL Server 7, Oracle.
Developed Forms, programs, SQL stored procedures, File Handling subroutines in both Cobol and SQL. Extensive knowledge of Screen Handling software with its associated functions such as Ledger Revaluation, Transaction Matching. Inside knowledge of important functions such as Ledger Entry.
Extremely good understanding of the Data Dictionary and its utilisation throughout SunSystems. Also of Form Designer and how it uses the Data Dictionary. Worked closely with Build & Release for a year, taking and testing builds before general release to R&D, while in Core Systems Dept.
Specialised in Validation programs for Financials. Also specialised in the Reference Data Retrieval/Maintenance functions, and other File Handlers. Wrote the V5 standard Date subroutine.
Converted client requirements into high-level and detailed programming specifications.
Cleared over 600 reported bugs.
Departments: Financials, Core Systems, Oracle conversion,
3 month stint managing Financials Maintenance.
Senior Analyst Programmer
CSC FINANCIAL SERVICES GROUP
CLOAS, CAPSIL, COBOL and EASYTRIEVE on various hardware platforms for various clients. Conversion of insurance admin package ( over 2 million lines of code) to be millennium compliant. I worked in varied roles for CSC clients using and expanding my skillset. I undertook contracts from 1 week up to 1 year as Systems Consultant, systems analysis and design, software engineering, unit and systems testing. Development of systems and programming specifications from high to low-level.
Systems analysis consultancy for largest insurance company in Norway (Gjensidige Forsikring). Producing a final report detailing how to interface their newly written bespoke Client data system to the existing Policy Admin system.
Various projects involving Systems Analysis, Analysis and Programming, Unit and systems testing for Financial Sector clients in the UK and Norway. Working on own or as part of a team, on different hardware platforms and operating systems.
SAFEWAY STORES PLC
JSP utilising COBOL II, DB2, VSAM (KSDS, ESDS), on new development work in their Financial Systems area. The system was responsible for calculating the company's Gross Profit, and subsequent calculation of bonus for buyers, and therefore mission critical. Structured walkthroughs of all system documents, especially high-level and low-level design work, with QA checking.
IBM mainframe based systems analysis and programming using COBOL, and development tools such as MicroFocus COBOL Workbench. I worked in a team of 5 people, supervising two developers, reporting to the project analyst, and migrating client policy data from one hardware platform to another. On the conversion project I also wrote system and programming specifications. I also spent some time as part of a team of approximately twenty colleagues supporting the development of the CLOAS package.
ICL 2900 mainframe based bespoke development using DME with GEORGE III operating system. The manager of my team left the company and I assumed the role dealing with all the responsibilities except for budget considerations. I then migrated the system from the ICL machine to the IBM 4381 mainframe working on my own initiative.
Carried out analysis through to implementation and support of an Agency Remuneration suite on ICL mainframe including monthly batch processing with interface to separate cheque production and Account system (Millennium). Daily online system for enquiry, cheque production and detail maintenance.
Analysis and programming for major project converting client policy data from ICL mainframe to IBM pensions administration package (CLOAS).
Carried out PC based systems analysis, design, specification, build, testing, implementation and user training. I used RM COBOL in the company's Financial Systems department on stand-alone machines and Novell Ethernet LAN. Identified need, then specified, programmed and implemented a payment recording and enquiry system on Novell Netware server, and trained users in all aspects of the system.
Ensuring that the company complied with the Financial Services Act.
Pearl Assurance Peterborough
Gjensidige Forsikring Lysaker, Oslo
National Farmers Union Stratford upon Avon
Family Assurance Brighton
NHS Based in Warwick
Windsor Life Hitchin and Telford
Trinity Expert Systems Hitchin and Telford
Swiss Re Telford
CROWN FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT LTD
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