Becker Career Center

FMS ARCHITECT/DEVELOPER , Financial Information Services Agency and the Office of Payroll Administration (FISA-OPA) of the City of New York, New York, NY


The FMS Architect/Developer will be a member of the FMS Technical Systems team reporting to the Director of Application Supporting Services. FMS is a financial management system developed on two separate platforms. The accounting system is a Web based application. The candidate will be responsible for support, maintenance and new development. Technical knowledge should include Java and J2EE, Web based development and UNIX based scripting (mainframe knowledge is a plus). In addition to developing/modifying software components, configuring third party software, packaging code for deployment, troubleshooting technical application issues across environments, and performing ad hoc technical tasks as directed by the manager of the FMS Application development group, the candidate will also conduct technical reviews of peer work, prepare formal evaluations of vendor deliverables and author technical designs. Candidate will also be required to be part of a rotation for nightly production support (on call) every few weeks. The details of the position responsibilities are as follows:


• Ensure that the FMS application software, as designed and developed by FISA's vendors, meets the City's functional and technical requirements by conducting reviews and formal evaluations of the vendor's application architecture/technical solutions and development work for quality, completeness, and adherence to FISA and industry standards for Web-based development;

• Develop new components and enhancements to the suite financial management systems in the FMS suite of applications adhering to FISA and New York City development standards.

• Identify, review and analyze vendor deliverables to ensure that they meet key technical/non-functional requirements for the performance, operability, and maintainability of the application software.

• Serve as an escalation point for the resolution of production application issues when application issues are encountered in the software: 1) during the online day by users, and 2) support staff and in the evening during the execution of the batch cycle.

• The candidate will similarly support software testing tracks in non-production application environments by providing batch cycle and technical software support.

• Design and Execute technical tests as necessary to ensure that vendor and FISA software deliveries address the business and technical problems in a manner consistent with FISA standards for quality and completeness.

• Review and provide feedback on functional business designs in terms of technical feasibility and impact on performance, operability, and maintainability - and completeness of solution;

• Support FISA Business Units by helping to troubleshoot job flow and application execution problems during the simulation and production executions of FMS business events. The same assistance will be performed as end user software issues are reported and escalated to development by level 2 user support teams.

• Gather production operation requirements and incorporate the requirements into the products authored by the FISA development team.

• Coordinate with the Financial Systems Production Operations Units to implement new software processes into the staging and production environments.

• The candidate is expected to be able to work independently and interact with other Financial system team members including Operations, Business Unit and Testing as directed by the FMS Development Team lead. 


Minimum Qual Requirements 


1. A master's degree in computer science from an accredited college and three years of progressively more responsible, full-time, satisfactory experience using information technology in computer applications programming, systems programming, computer systems development, data telecommunications, database administration, planning of data/information processing, user services, or area networks at least 18 months of this experience must have been in an administrative, managerial or executive capacity in the areas of computer applications programming, systems programming, computer systems development, data telecommunications, data base administration, or planning of data processing or in the supervision of staff performing these duties; or

2. A baccalaureate degree from an accredited college and four years of experience as described in "1" above; or

3. A four-year high school diploma or its educational equivalent approved by a State's department of education or recognized accrediting organization and six years of experience as described in "1" above; or

4. A satisfactory combination of education and experience equivalent to "1", "2" or "3" above. However, all candidates must have at least a four-year high school diploma or its educational equivalent approved by a State's department of education or recognized accrediting organization and must possess at least three years of experience as described in "1" above, including the 18 months of administrative, managerial, executive or supervisory experience as described in

"1" above.

Qualification Requirements (continued)

NOTE: The following types of experience are not acceptable: superficial use of preprogrammed software without complex programming, design, implementation or management of the product; use of word processing packages; use of a hand held calculator; primarily the entering or updating of data in a system; the operation of data processing hardware or consoles. 


Preferred Skills 


• Experienced as a Developer / Architect on at least (2) full life cycle project iteration:

• Designing and developing large scale architecture consisting of distributed services and applications executing in UNIX based Java/Web applications and using Java EE with Oracle as the primary DB.

• Good understanding of Oracle structures for processing and performance based applications

• Thorough understanding of advanced SQL programming and performance techniques. (e.g., ability to write and troubleshoot anonymous SQL blocks and stored procedures and author complex SQL for troubleshooting and production purposes).  Candidate should be proficient in authoring quality SQL which takes advantage of Oracle performance features and facilities.

• Strong HTML and Javascript development skills not only from the ability to code but the ability to understand the best design approaches.

• Proficiency in using and navigating in UNIX. This should include intermediate to advanced Unix commands, understanding directory structures, permissions schemes and the ability to piece together useful tools from basic Unix commands. Advanced in developing new and modifying existing shell scripts. Proficiency in Korn Shell.

• Strong Java programming skills including the development and analysis of Java classes, EJB's, MDB's. Should also understand how to create a complete Java or J2EE application including all supporting configuration components for deployment (.EAR, WAR., CLASSPATH, Deployment Descriptors etc.).

• Good understanding of standard SDLC methodologies

• Background in accounting and budgeting packages is a plus.

• Strong analytical and problem solving skills.

• Excellent written and verbal communication skills.

• Experience in Mainframe development (JCL, CICS, TSO, COBOL, DB2) is a plus.


Extensive Experience in:



Java, HTML, JavaScript, SQL, Korn Shell, XML/XSLT

plus++ PL/SQL


Technologies and Frameworks

Java EE

plus++ Financial ERP (any)


Development Platforms

plus++ IBM Rational Application Developer



JMS, Messaging Driven Beans (MDB,-EJB)

plus++ MQSeries


Application Servers

IBM WebSphere 8.5 + (proficient in WAS interaction with apps)




plus++ DB2


Software and Task Management

plus++ Rational Clearquest, Rational Clearcase, BMC Remedy 




To Apply 

External applicants please visit to apply to Job ID #349167 Current NYC employees may apply via Employee Self Service (ESS). While all complete applications will be given consideration, only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted by FISA-OPA.