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RPG Programmer

Books-A-Million, Inc. Birmingham Full-Time
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Responsible for defining requirements, analyzing, designing, coding, testing and supporting applications, with minimal direction and assistance. Prepares specifications and documentation as well as test plans; conducts peer code reviews and testing; follows established development, documentation, and system standards.

Roles and Responsibilities

  • Perform application analysis
  • Design, implement, and test applications
  • Prepare technical documentation
  • Troubleshoot and perform bug fixes as needed
  • Participate in code walkthroughs, testing, and migration
  • Provide on-call support
  • Research existing problems and propose solutions
  • Perform system/regression testing
  • Provide systems operations support
  • Perform unit/integration testing
  • Prepare user documentation and provide user training and support
  • Performa all other duties as assigned

Qualifications and Education Requirements

  • Bachelor's degree from a four-year college or university with course work in
  • Information Systems or related field, or equivalent combination of work experience
  • Three or more years of related work experience with demonstrated competence

Preferred Skills

  • Ability to create effective, efficient RPG II, RPG III, RPG IV, RPG FreeForm program code based upon detailed specifications, with periodic support and direction by more senior development staff.
  • Excellent verbal and written communications, problem-solving, and organization skills
  • Understanding of and compliance with IT development process.
  • Demonstrated ability to define and conduct unit testing of programs written or modified.
  • Ability to independently analyze and design moderately complex systems and solutions on an IBM I Series (AS400) system.
  • Knowledge of IBM I Series programming and commands including but not limited to: CL, DDS, SQL, FTP, WebSphere, IFS and documents.
  • Experience with retail or wholesale ERP systems.

Physical and Environmental Requirements

  • Must be able to sit at a computer or desk for extended periods of time.
  • Must be able to use hands/arms to operate keyboard, telephone and for repetitive motion activities.
  • Must be able to lift objects up to 25 lbs. with or without assistance.
  • Must be able to communicate using speech, sight, and sound with or without assistive device.
  • Must be able to stand, walk, stoop or crouch while performing daily activities of the job.

Skills required

Project Coordination
Project Management
Resource Management
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Founded in 1917 as a street corner newsstand in Florence, Alabama, Books-A-Million, Inc. has grown to become the premier book retailing chain in the Southeastern United States, and the second largest book retailer in the nation. Based in Birmingham, Alabama, the company currently operates more than 260 stores in 32 states. In addition to its primary retail component, the corporation includes a book wholesale and distribution subsidiary, American Wholesale Book Company, an e-commerce division operating as BOOKSAMILLION.COM, and an internet development and services company, NetCentral, in Nashville, Tennessee.

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