Senior Cobol Developer

at Wisconsin Physicians Service Insurance Corporation
Published November 22, 2022
Location Madison, WI
Category Default  
Job Type Full-time  


Senior Cobol Developer

U.S. citizenship is required for this position due to Department of Defense restrictions.

Who We Are

WPS Health Solutions is a leading not-for-profit health insurer in Wisconsin. Our services offer health insurance plans for individuals, families, seniors, and group plans for small to large businesses. We process claims and provide customer service support for beneficiaries of the Medicare program and manage benefits for millions of active-duty and retired military personnel across the U.S. and abroad. In 2021, WPS Health Solutions celebrated 75 years of making health insurance easier for those we serve. Proud to be military and veteran ready.

Our Culture

WPS' Performance-Based Culture is where the great work and innovations of our people are seen, fueled, and rewarded. We accomplish this by creating an inclusive, empowering employee experience, focusing on People, Work, and Conditions. This results in people bringing their authentic selves to work every day in an organization that successfully adapts to business changes and new opportunities. We are guided by our Purpose: Together, making health care easier for the people we serve.

In 2021 and 2022, WPS Health Solutions was recognized for several awards including:

* Madison, Wisconsin's Top Workplaces
* Top Workplace national cultural excellence awards for Remote Work and Work-Life Flexibility
* Achievers 50 Most Engaged Workplaces with the further honor of Achievers "Elite 8" winner in the category of Culture Alignment

Role Snapshot

The Senior Cobol Developer is under general supervision and makes modifications to complex applications and will create detailed specifications. This person will lead and assist in design, creation, deployment, and maintenance of programs. They will also demonstrate effective communication skills to interpret needs of clients and work very closely with other Information Systems teams. In our mainframe environment we rely on our senior developers to have recent experience and a strong understanding of CICS. Besides COBOL, we have a robust DB2 environment as well.

How do I know this opportunity is right for me? If you:

* Can analyze and prepare specifications and documentation according to department standards, coding, testing, and integrating applications.
* Like to provide in-depth analysis, design, and support for department applications and programs.
* Can perform useful research and issue resolution for processing of business data.
* Communicate effectively (both verbal and written) and work alongside coworkers, clients, and project managers.
* Enjoy helping to translate technical details into business terminology to bridge gaps between clients and IT.
* Can provide daytime and nighttime production support for applications to provide positive customer service.
* Work with Quality Assurance teams in testing of applications.
* Like to peer review code and technical documents for other team members to ensure best quality.
* Are skilled in source control software to maintain integrity of production software, including prior versions of code.
* Can follow defined Software Development Life Cycle (SDLC) and Change Control processes.
* Can organize and send out communication about development activities with other teams, e.g. database management, infrastructure configuration, quality assurance testing.
* Enjoy taking a leadership role on moderately complex projects independently or as part of a larger project team.
* Handle multiple competing initiatives and escalate issues effectively.

What will I gain from this role?

* Growth in leadership, communication, and project management skills alongside other team members and departments.
* Experience working on a highly collaborative team with other senior Cobol developers.
* Skills in utilizing data, statistics, and technology to solve issues and gain knowledge on processes within WPS.
* Experience working in an environment that serves our Nation's military, veterans, Guard and Reserves along with their families.
* Exposure to working in a continuous performance feedback environment.

Minimum Qualifications

* U.S. citizenship is required for this position due to Department of Defense restrictions.
* Bachelor's Degree in related field or equivalent post high school and/or related work experience
* 1 or more years of related work experience

Preferred Qualifications

* 5 or more years of related work experience
* 5 or more years of experience in Information Systems performing development work
* Mainframe coding experience (TSO, JCL, COBOL, CICS, MVS, File-Aid etc.)
* Experience with VSAM files
* Experience with RDBMS (DB2, SQL)
* Experience using multiple operating systems (Windows, Redhat, zOs)
* Knowledge of Control-M
* Experience with Agile Methodology

Your team:

Consists of over 15 Developers working multiple projects focused on our Military Veteran Health (MVH) business lines pertaining specifically to DoD TRICARE health Insurance.

Salary Range

* $95,000 ~ 105,000
* The base pay offered for this position may vary based on your experience, knowledge, skills, and may fall outside the posted range.

Work Location

This role is open to remote work for this opportunity in the following approved states:

Arizona, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, New Jersey, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Virginia, Wisconsin

Remote Worker Requirements

For remote position, employee is required to meet remote worker requirements, including a designated work station, a wired (Ethernet) connection to the network, and a minimum of 10Mbps downstream connection with at least 1Mbps upstream (can be checked at


* Remote and hybrid work options available
* Performance bonus and/or merit increase opportunities
* 401(k) with dollar-per-dollar match up to 6% of salary (100% vested immediately)
* Competitive paid time off
* Health, dental insurance, Teladoc starts DAY 1
* Review additional benefits here

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