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Sr Systems Developer - 90261216 - Washington

Date: Nov 1, 2019

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Amtrak connects businesses and communities across the country and we move America’s workforce toward the future. We employ more than 20,000 diverse, energetic professionals in a variety of career fields throughout the United States. The safety of our passengers, our employees, the public and our operating environment is our priority and the success of our railroad is the result of our employees.

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The Senior Systems Developer works on multiple projects as a project team member, sometimes as a project leader and matrix managing others. Responsible for systems analysis, design development, integration enhancement, maintenance and support.
Individuals within the Systems Development job family work closely with clients, business analysts and team members to understand the business requirements that drive the analysis and design of quality technical solutions. These solutions must be aligned with business and IT strategies and are in compliance with the organization’s architectural standards.  Senior System Developers are involved in the full system’s life cycle and therefore are responsible for designing, coding, testing, implementing and supporting application software that is delivered on time and within budget. Responsibilities beyond development of software may include participation in component and data architecture design, technology planning, product evaluation, advanced testing processes and buy vs. build recommendations. 


Individuals also provide input to project plans related to the Senior System Development initiative.   Senior System Developers have experience in systems design and have a solid understanding of development, testing, and integration methodologies. Knowledge of current and emerging IT products, services and processes is required.


Individuals must be able to adjust to constant business change. Common types of changes include introduction of new organizations through mergers and acquisitions, evolving goals and strategies and emerging technologies. These changes require integration of solutions that can impact the overall system development activity.  Senior System Developers also provide client support, consultation and subject matter expertise for system development, maintenance and support.


  • Works on small to large, complex projects that require increased skill in multiple technical environments. Responsibilities include, but may not be limited to, the following:
  • Participates in the project planning process with IT business analysts and team members.
  • Organizes and documents technical requirements. Creates technical design specifications.
  • Assists in evaluating and providing recommendations for application packages and tools.
  • Provides multiple recommendations for the solutions.
  • Identifies system requirements.
  • Assists in the deployment of new modules, upgrades and fixes.  
  • Integrates solutions with other applications and platforms outside the framework. Participates in integration testing.
  • Defines, develops or modifies software application modules using disciplined development processes.
  • Documents functions and changes to new or modified modules and test activities/results.
  • Adheres to quality standards and procedures. Reviews modules for quality assurance and checks compliance with application standards and SLAs.
  • Makes modules production-ready by moving them to libraries, completing forms, following procedures, completing version control documents, etc.
  • Provides ongoing maintenance of applications.
  • Provides Tier II (application) support. Troubleshoots existing information on systems to identify errors or deficiencies and develops solutions..
  • May produce and analyze data extracts from system based on user requirements.
  • Assists in the development of user guides and training documentation for manual and web enabled systems.  
  • Provides technical coaching and mentoring to less-experienced team members.


  • Bachelor’s degree in Programming/Systems or Computer Science, specialized training, certification, or equivalent work experience.
  • 5 to 7 years of programming and/or systems analysis experience.
  • Recent application development on a z/TPF reservation system using IBM Assembler and C/C++ languages.
  • Demonstrated experience in Information Technology, including experience in application/system support.
  • Ability to work well under pressure situations and timelines
  • Experience working in client-focused service delivery environments
  • Must be able to adjust to fluid business requirement changes
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the full IT development lifecycle.
  • Must be able to work on multiple tasks concurrently.
  • Must be able to reliably estimate time and effort required to complete a task.
  • Ability to quickly learn and understand complex applications and technologies

Requires advanced programming techniques and application design. May require knowledge of distributed systems architecture, middleware, or object-oriented analysis and design. 

Must have excellent written and oral communication skills.

Requisition ID:41715
Posting Location(s):District of Columbia; Maryland; Virginia
Job Family/Function:Information Technology 
Relocation Offered:No 
Travel Requirements:None 

Amtrak employees power our progress through their performance.

We want your work at Amtrak to be more than a job – we want it to be a fulfilling experience where you find challenging and rewarding opportunities, respect among colleagues, competitive pay, benefits that protect you and your family, and a high performance culture that recognizes and values your contributions and helps you reach your career goals.

We proudly support and encourage U.S. Veterans to apply for Amtrak job opportunities.

All positions require pre-employment background verification, medical review and pre-employment drug screen. Amtrak is committed to a safe and drug-free workplace and performs pre-employment substance abuse testing. All new hires are required to undergo a hair drug test which detects the presence of illegal drugs for months prior to testing. We appreciate your cooperation in keeping Amtrak safe and drug-free.  

In accordance with DOT regulations (49 CFR section 40.25), Amtrak is required to obtain prior drug and alcohol testing records for applicants/employees intending to perform safety- sensitive duties for covered Department of Transportation positions.   If an applicant/employee refuses to provide written consent for Amtrak to obtain these records, he/she will not permitted to perform safety-sensitive functions.

Note that any education requirement listed above may be deemed satisfied if you have an equivalent combination of education, training and experience.

Amtrak is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and we welcome all to apply. We consider candidates regardless of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability (including blindness), or veteran status.

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