Sr.SAS Programmer, End-User Support
Infinity Tech Group Inc - Richmond, VA

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(End User support for SAS coding, Enterprise Guide and GRID) ***** Need to support end-users in McLean, VA and Plano, TX traveling to these other areas periodically.***** Primary Skills / Background: A large Financial Institution is in the process of doing a complete migration from UNIX to Linux servers. The new LINUX environment is GRID enabled with 200 Cores. The version of SAS is SAS9.3. Data resides in flat files, Teradata and mainframe.

The customer is looking for a coding expert that has experience with GRID to support end users during this transition. The end users are using a mix of PC SAS and EG to run BASE SAS code. The goal is to phase out the PC SAS and have every user on Enterprise Guide. JOB DESCRIPTION: Expert in SAS programming and how to make programs operate more efficiently.

Needs experience with accessing data from a mainframe, flat files and Teradata. Experience with SAS GRID and Grid enablement is necessary. In addition, creating dynamic code through the use of MACRO programming is a must. This position is an end-user support role, hence experience in this role is mandatory.

The right resource will be highly patient and have excellent communication skills since many of the user that will be supported are new to SAS. In depth of knowledge of Enterprise Guide and PC SAS is needed. Experience with LINUX is very important sine recently SAS was migrated from UNIX and LINUX. Basic LINUX experience is necessary, mostly how the difference between LINUX and UNIX will affect users code.

EXPERIENCE REQUIRED: The technical individual needs to be an expert in SAS coding, Enterprise Guide and have experience utilizing GRID architecture to submit SAS code to. The following bullet points are the areas that the customer feels they need the most assistance with.  Minimum – 10 years writing SAS code and SAS MACRO Minimum – 5 years using SAS in a LINUX environment  Minimum – 5 years using SAS GRID as an end user. Customizing code to be distributed across the GRID.

Person needs to know the GRID MACROS, GSUBMIT and GRID statements. Customer will monitor code to ensure it is running across the nodes of the GRID.  Support end users. During the migration from UNIX to LINUX there are changes in the way the code needs to be run.

The users will need help modifying their code and troubleshooting error messages. This person will also be involved in the "training" of new users on how to get things done in SAS. Other things that the resource would be responsible for would be looking at coding inefficiencies and making the necessary recommendations on how to fix. The resource will have to be well versed in the SAS best practices as well as DATA STEP functions/options that increase processing efficiency.

In some instances there are programs that have many hardcoded values that need to be dynamic, therefore strong experience with SAS MACRO is a requirement.  Migration ‐ Assisting users with all aspects of migration from the old architecture to the new architecture. This included the changes between UNIX and LINUX.  GRID ‐ Many of the users are not utilizing the GRID.

The resource would need to help users write code that would be GRID enabled and run efficiently across all the nodes in the GRID. In addition, users would need to be taught to properly and efficiency use shared disk space within the GRID.  This resource needs to have the ability to teach users and provide knowledge transfer.  Excellent communication skills .

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