Senior Cobol Developer – Hybrid

at Unum
Published September 6, 2023
Location Portland, ME
Category Default  
Job Type Full-time  


Our Fortune 500 company is driving a digital transformation and looking for forward-thinking innovators to disrupt how our industry thinks about and uses technology. As one of the world's leading employee benefits providers, we help millions of people gain affordable access to benefits that help them protect their families, their finances and their futures.

Are you an asker of questions, a solver of problems, and a challenger of the status quo? Our mission is to provide a differentiated customer experience and exceed the expectations people have of technology at any company — not just insurers.

We are seeking individuals to join our team of talented IT professionals who share never-ending passion and an unwavering focus on our customer experience. Team members comfortable working in an agile, fast-paced, and delivery-focused environment thrive in our environment where we value an entrepreneurial spirit and those who challenge the status-quo.

Unum is changing, and we’re excited about what’s next. Join us.

General Summary:

Unum is looking for a Senior Cobol Developer to join the Acquisition Journey Run Team. This role will be expected to work in an agile environment, with other teams and understand the flow of data among those teams. As a Senior Cobol Developer, you will have extensive knowledge of JCL and COBOL, experience supporting mainframes, be able to perform maintenance and fix bugs in a team environment. The ideal person for this role will thrive in a role that requires collaboration with the full team and have a strong understanding how files are transferred between applications/systems.

Job Specifications

  • Bachelors of Computer Science is preferred, or equivalent relevant business experience

  • 5+ years experience in COBOL development and delivery track record in a range or roles in a scrum environment

  • At least 5 years experience on the Mainframe

  • Technical Skills - COBOL, CICS Online, DB2, Mainframe, IBM RACF, Agile,FTP, EDI, SQL, Stored Procedures, JCL

  • Skilled in Agile development/methodologies

  • Takes an innovative approach to problem solving

  • Strong team player; able to work effectively within a team and more broadly with people from a variety of backgrounds and areas across the organization.

Job Description - Principal Duties and Responsibilities

  • Leads the conceptualization, design, development, implementation, and maintenance of new and existing features for the existing portfolio of applications for a business area

  • Ensures application solution design conforms to agreed upon quality attributes such as performance, fault tolerance, etc.

  • Design, codes, configures, unit tests, maintains, and documents software deliverables using agreed upon standards and tools.

  • Automates testing of software to industry standards of software automation ensuring very high quality application/solution delivery and efficient regression of existing features

  • Quickly learns how our daily JOBS are run and how to tweak them to deliver appropriate % numbers to the brokers.

  • Ensures that the latest project progress is known to the agile team by ensuring Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) tools are up to date and participating in daily standups outlining progress made, progress planned and detailing impediments

  • Thinks with the mind of the end customer at all times, ensuring solutions seek to improve the customer experience and delight their customers.





Our company is built on helping individuals and families, and this starts with our employees. We want employees to maintain a positive balance, which is why we provide access to the benefits and resources they need to invest in themselves. From our onsite fitness facilities and generous paid time off to employee professional development programs, we are committed to helping employees live and work their best – both inside and outside the office.

Unum is an equal opportunity employer, considering all qualified applicants and employees for hiring, placement, and advancement, without regard to a person's race, color, religion, national origin, age, genetic information, military status, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, or protected veteran status.

The base salary range for applicants for this position is listed below. Unless actual salary is indicated above in the job description, actual pay will be based on skill, geographical location and experience.


Additionally, Unum offers a portfolio of benefits and rewards that are competitive and comprehensive including healthcare benefits (health, vision, dental), insurance benefits (short & long-term disability), performance-based incentive plans, paid time off, and a 401(k) retirement plan with an employer match up to 5% and an additional 4.5% contribution whether you contribute to the plan or not. All benefits are subject to the terms and conditions of individual Plans.