Senior Natural Software Developer

Duration: 2 years (24 months) with an option to extend up to 36 additional months

Contract/Perm: Contract- Full Time

Start Date: October 2023

Additional Information:

  • Candidate MUST have at least 15 years of total IT experience*
  • Candidate MUST be local to Sacramento, CA
  • The Contractor reports directly to CalSTRS CTO or designee based on assignment, and may be assigned to one or more teams, programs or projects during the total services period.

Project Scope:

CalSTRS is in the process of replacing multiple outdated legacy systems with a new pension administration system, a project known as Pension Solution. Pension Solution functionality will include, but will not be limited to, contribution reporting and collections, crediting service, member demographic information maintenance, service credit purchases, benefit application processing, benefit calculation, benefit payroll, third party deductions and disbursements, tax reporting, receivables and collections, correspondence and statement generation, and event tracking. Over 200 CalSTRS staff members are involved in the effort. CalSTRS’ approach for this project has been to have CalSTRS’ technical resources work closely with the implementation contractor early and on-going through-out the project.

CalSTRS is seeking experienced Senior Natural Software Developers with extensive knowledge and experience with pension and/or financial mainframe systems to work on complex projects and efforts. The Developers will perform various systems analyses and programming activities related to the CalSTRS’ current mainframe pension administration system and the future pension administration system. The delivery of these services requires senior level skills in business requirement analysis, system design, functional and technical specification documentation, programming/coding, and testing. The Developers will be responsible for following the System Development Life Cycle (SDLC) methodology for development activities while working with a variety of CalSTRS business areas. The services required are described in Exhibit A, Statement of Work, included in this document.

The Senior Natural Software Developer (Contractor) will be responsible for the execution of the following mainframe system activities to resolve/respond to, as assigned: 1) Incidents, 2) Data Change Requests, 3) Information Requests, 4) Enhancements, 5) Data Cleansing, and 6) Data Conversion between the current and future pension system.

The Contractor is expected to perform various system analysis and programming activities related to one or more of the following assigned project/efforts:

  • Data Quality Project
  • Operational and legislation implementation efforts
  • Other enterprise projects requiring Natural Software Developer support

Roles/Responsibilities:

  • Follow the System Development Life Cycle (SDLC) methodology in developing quality solutions to meet customer needs.
  • Under general direction from team management and leads, formulate and define system scope and objectives.
  • Work at a high technical level on all phases of application system analysis and programming activity.
  • Work with customers to identify and document business requirements.
  • Perform analysis to determine system and performance impact.
  • Develop or modify functional specifications.
  • Develop technical specifications, detailed test plans, test scripts, and test execution checklists.
  • Construct code to meet specifications.
  • Conduct unit and system integration testing.
  • Prepare software release documents.
  • Participate in quality assurance peer reviews of business requirements, technical specifications, test documentation, and code.
  • Devise or modify procedures to solve complex problems considering computer equipment capacity and limitations, operating time, and form of desired results.
  • May be responsible for completing one or more phases of an enhancement effort.
  • May be responsible for leading a team of developers for individual system enhancements.
  • Transfer of knowledge to appropriate CalSTRS employees is required, along with any requested materials and content for transfer of knowledge.
  • Such other tasks and related services to provide the tasks/deliverables hereunder, as requested by CalSTRS.

Completion Criteria

Deliverables/tasks will include all work assignments identified to be completed. Deliverables/tasks are considered complete after CalSTRS’ quality assurance process is completed and approval is granted by designated CalSTRS’ reviewers. No payments are due until the deliverables/tasks have been accepted and approved by CalSTRS.

Performance and timeliness of all deliverables/tasks will be monitored by CalSTRS via the submission of Contractor’s weekly status reports and through status meetings. Status and actual hours will be reported by Contractor on a weekly basis for the deliverables/tasks assigned. Each deliverable/task will be tracked via the appropriate program/project schedule and budget in order to monitor progress toward the completion of the deliverables/tasks and milestones.

Mandatory Skills: * At least ten (10) years of experience programming in a Natural/ADABAS development environment.

  • At least ten (10) years of hands-on experience following a structured System Development Life Cycle (SDLC).
  • At least three (3) years of demonstrated experience working as a Natural developer with a pension or financial system.

Desirable Skills: * Experience with a Natural Construct technical environment.

  • Experience with the conversion of data from ADABAS to SQL Server.
  • Experience with and knowledge of SQL.
  • Experience with and knowledge of Job Control Language (JCL) and Time-Sharing Option (TSO).

Other Requirements: * At least Three (3) client references with the following details. The references must be from three (3) different clients.

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