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City of Tacoma WA Senior ABAP Developer (Application Development Systems Analyst, IT Analyst, Sr. Technical ) in Tacoma, Washington

Senior ABAP Developer (Application Development Systems Analyst, IT Analyst, Sr. Technical )


$77,105.60 - $119,620.80 Annually


Tacoma, WA

Job Type



Information Technology

Job Number



Information Technology


11/5/2021 5:00 PM Pacific

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Position Description

The City of Tacoma’s Information Technology Department has a fantastic opportunity for a Senior ABAP Developer. This position includes a great work-life balance, short commute times, professional development and opportunities for advancement for someone interested in becoming a new member of IT's SAP ABAP Team.

As an Application Development Systems Analyst, (IT Analyst, Sr. Technical) you will be a part of a project team that makes additions, modifications, and deletions to new and existing SAP Repository and Data Dictionary objects utilizing the ABAP Workbench (ABAP Editor, ABAP Dictionary, Function Builder, Workflow, Forms, Class Builder, Web services, archiving objects, HANA development studio and other integrated programming tools). This will be done while maintaining system integrity and adhering to City of Tacoma programming standards. Job tasks include managing the technical object lifecycle through the change management process including estimation, design, development and maintenance.


  • Design and develop development objects as per requirement

  • Work collaboratively with cross-functional teams to develop enhanced processes

  • Solve business challenges by effectively and efficiently communicating possible technical solutions

  • Explore and select new IT technologies that will bring value to both the business user functions and the IT function

  • Effectively communicate with key business and functional leads

  • Document technical solutions


The City of Tacoma offers a generous program of employee benefits:

  • Outstanding working conditions and an exceptional quality-of-life environment

  • Medical coverage for eligible employees, spouses/domestic partners and dependents, including children up to age 26

  • Paid overtime

  • Vision care with VSP for employees and eligible dependents enrolled in the Regence PPO medical plan with vision benefits

  • Dental coverage for eligible employees and their elected dependents, including dependent children up to the age of 26

  • Deferred compensation allowing tax-deferred savings as authorized under Section 457 of the IRS Code

  • Personal time off

  • Paid holidays

  • A great pension plan

City of Tacoma Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion

Tacoma's diversity is its greatest asset. Tacoma embraces its multi-cultural and multi-ethnic character. Communities of color and immigrant communities are fundamental to Tacoma's entrepreneurial spirit, workforce, and long-term success. In Tacoma, equity and empowerment are top priorities, meaning that all Tacoma residents must have equitable opportunities to reach their full potential and share in the benefits of community progress. One of our goals is for the City of Tacoma workforce to reflect the community it serves. We actively work to eliminate racial and other disparities and welcome candidates with diverse backgrounds and/or multicultural skill sets and experiences. Our goal is for Tacoma to be an inclusive and equitable place to live, work, and play.


Equivalent combination to:

Bachelor degree in computer science or related field


Five (5) or more years directly related information technology work experience.


Experience with object oriented ABAP, forms, and web services.

Experience with any mobile applications with SAP integration is highly desired.


Some positions may require a valid Washington State Driver's License at time of appointment with maintenance thereafter.

Some positions may require incumbents to successful pass a Criminal Justice Information Services (CJIS) background check.

Positions assigned to the Tacoma Police Department may require additional background checks which may include fingerprinting and/or a polygraph test.

Knowledge & Skills

  • Expert knowledge of computer technology principles, their application, and troubleshooting techniques.

  • Expert knowledge of specialized technologies, such as applications, tools, systems, and/or databases.

  • Expert knowledge of system security systems, backup, disaster recovery and related processes.

  • Expert knowledge in detecting, diagnosing and correcting the source of errors in logs.

  • Expert knowledge of data and system security and other similar technical processes approaches.

  • Knowledge of principles and concepts of total quality management and problem solving methods.

  • Skill in applying advanced technical knowledge to evaluate and resolve complex tasks such as planning and directing projects, conducting capacity planning, coordinating or facilitating the installation of complex systems, hardware, software, application interfaces or applications.

  • Understands and applies principles and practices of leadership, motivation and teambuilding.

  • Skills in following directions under broad guidelines, and independently explore, and evaluate technical solutions to complex problems.

  • Skill in programming and the understanding of development and designing best practices.

  • Skills in communicating and representing enterprise-wide computing standards for both technical and non-technical staff.

  • Skill in understanding, following and giving oral and written directions effectively.

  • Work confidentially and with discretion.

  • Develop and implement quality assurance testing and performance monitoring, using quality assurance techniques and best practices.

  • Skills in using advanced diagnostic troubleshooting tools to analyze and resolve complex programs.

  • Accurately analyze situations and follow an effective course of action.

  • Skill at estimating the level of effort and resources for technical projects, and coordinating technical projects, meeting project schedules and established timelines.

  • Employ expertise, credibility and effective partnering to help customers and vendors resolve complex and difficult issues.

  • Maintain technical fluency through journals and periodicals.

  • Skill in maintaining appropriate technical documentation.

  • Skills in modeling effective group process behavior, such as listening, discussing, encouraging, and using tact, patience and courtesy.

  • Expert skill in handling multiple competing priorities.

  • Skills in integrating various ideas, intentions and information to form effective goals, objectives, timelines, action plans and solutions.

  • Effectively organize and facilitate group discussions, creating a cooperative and productive environment in which to resolve problems or develop and implement plans.

Selection Process & Supplemental Information

To be considered for this career opportunity:

Please apply online and attach the following :

  • A detailed Resume

  • Cover Letter that includes job experience, major responsibilities and accomplishments related to this position.

    In order for your application materials to be considered, all information must be submitted by the closing date and time listed on this job announcement. Applications received without the required resume, cover letter, will not progress in the selection process.

    Candidates who are eligible for Veteran's Preference scoring criteria must attach a copy of their DD-214 member copy 4, (proof of military discharge form) at time of application , to be eligible for review for Veteran's Preference points, with redacted birth date and social security numbers.

Examination Process:

This is a competitive selection process. Applicants must submit a resume, cover letter. Applicants who meet the minimum qualifications will have their responses to Supplemental Questions # 7-11 reviewed and scored by a committee of subject matter experts, as the Experience and Training Test . It is the responsibility of the applicants to adequately describe all pertinent experience and training. Please make sure you read the questions and provide complete informative answers. DO NOT respond with "see resume" in lieu of answering these questions; this will result in a failing score.

Reference checks will be conducted on final candidates and appointment is subject to passing a background check. This position is covered by a Labor Agreement between the City of Tacoma and Local 120. New employees must successfully complete a nine-month probationary period prior to obtaining permanent status in this classification.

The City of Tacoma

Tacoma is a mid-sized urban port city that sits along the Puget Sound with a population of nearly 210,000. The third largest city in the state of Washington, it is a diverse, progressive international gateway to the Pacific Rim.

When you work for the City of Tacoma you'll have the opportunity to enjoy a healthy work/life balance , the potential for flexible schedules with some job classifications, continuing education programs, leadership pathways, wellness incentives and a total rewards benefits program. We welcome you to take a look at our website and discover how the City of Tacoma can make your next career move part of our combined destiny :

The City of Tacoma believes that each employee makes a significant contribution to our success. This job description is designed to outline primary duties, qualifications and job scope. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment to the position.

Communication from the City of Tacoma:

We primarily communicate via email during the application process. Emails from and/or must be placed on your safe domain list to ensure that you receive notifications in a timely manner. As a precaution, you may also want to check your junk email folders.

In order for your application materials to be considered, all information must be submitted by the closing date and time listed on this job announcement.

For assistance with the NEOGOV application process, or questions regarding this job announcement, please call Human Resources at (253) 591.5400 before 4:00 pm of the closing date of the job announcement.

The City of Tacoma provides excellent medical, dental and vision plans for the whole family; paid holidays and paid leave; participation in the Tacoma Public Employees' Retirement System (alternate plan for Police/Fire); continuing education and advancement opportunities and a growing variety of City-sponsored health and wellness opportunities and incentives.

Medical Coverage: For eligible employees and their families, including domestic partners and dependent children age 26 or younger.

Dental Coverage: For eligible employees and their families, including domestic partners and dependent children age 26 or younger.

Vision Coverage: For eligible employees and their eligible dependents.

Paid Leave: City employees are entitled to received paid holidays, sick/vacation leave or personal time off (PTO), depending upon union affiliation and appointment type.

Insurance Plans: Employees are covered by a long-term disability plan. Short-term and expanded long-term disability insurance plans are also available to employees. The State Industrial Insurance Act also covers employees.

Deferred Compensation: Income can be set aside on a pretax basis and invested for supplementation of normal retirement income.

Retirement: All employees of the City, except members of the Police and Fire services, Tacoma Rail and certain project employees, are included in the Tacoma Employees' Retirement System. Information on the Tacoma Employees' Retirement System can be found at or by calling (253) 502-8200.

Other Employment Information

Direct Deposit: Employees are paid on a bi-weekly schedule by direct deposit.

Salary Increases: Based on satisfactory job performance, the City provides for a regular progression of salary increases for most classifications according to the salary schedule.

Union Affiliation: Many job classifications are covered by union security provisions which require union membership, dues, or payment of equivalent service fees.

Note: The provisions of this job announcement do not constitute an expressed or implied contract. Any provision contained herein may be modified and/or revoked without notice.


The Supplemental Questionnaire is part of the application and test process and will be used to determine whether you meet the minimum qualifications for this position, and will be used as a test to create an Eligibility List for this position. INSTRUCTIONS: Answer the following questions as truthfully and accurately as possible. Any sign of deliberate misinformation or intentional exaggeration will result in disqualification from the examination process and possible bar from future employment opportunities with the City of Tacoma. Do not indicate "see resume" or copy unrelated content from your resume when answering these questions. Answer all information requested in each question. I certify that the information provided is accurate and complete to the best of my knowledge. I understand that any falsification may cancel any terms, conditions, or privileges of employment. Please indicate "Yes" to show that you have read and understand these instructions.

  • Yes

  • No


    Applicants must be authorized to work in the United States for any employer. There is no sponsorship available for this position. Will you now or in the future require sponsorship for employment visa status (e.g., H-1B status)?

  • Yes

  • No


    Which best describes your highest level of education?

  • High school diploma or GED

  • Some College

  • Associate's Degree

  • Bachelor's Degree

  • Master's Degree


    How many years of IT related experience do you have?

  • No Experience

  • Less than 5 years

  • 5 years but less than 6

  • 6 years but less than 7

  • 7 years but less than 8

  • 8 years but less than 9

  • 9 or more years


    Please describe your post-secondary education, any relevant training and any relevant certifications you've earned.



    Questions #7-11 are the experience and training test that will be used to establish the eligibility list. These questions will be scored by subject matter experts who will not have access to any of your application materials, and will provide scores based solely upon your answers to the questions. Your answers must stand on their own merit. DO NOT RESPOND WITH "SEE RESUME" in lieu of answering this question, as raters will not have access to your resume or application and this will result in a score of 0 points and you will fail the test. Your score on the experience and training test will ONLY reflect your response to the questions asked.

Please indicate "Yes" that you have read and understand the instructions for questions #7-11.

  • Yes

  • No


    Describe your experience with ABAP and other high-level programming language, please include the latest version of SAP ABAP you have used. If you have no relevant experience, respond with "N/A".


    Please list the specific SAP modules you have knowledge and experience with and include your level of proficiency. If you have no relevant experience, please respond with "N/A".


    Describe your experience with application development project; please include your level of responsibility. If you have no relevant experience, please respond with "N/A".


    Describe your experience customizing workflows for materials management, asset management, and system analysis. If you have no relevant experience, please respond "N/A".


    Describe the extent of your experience with other tools like SAP workflow, SAP forms, web services and similar programs. If you have no relevant experience, please respond with "N/A".


    Please tell us how you learned about this job opening.

  • Job Interest Card notification

  • Internet search

  • Professional organization

  • Military organization

  • Union job posting

  • City of Tacoma employee

  • Online job board posting

  • Word of mouth

  • LinkedIn

  • SEED

  • TTEP (Tacoma Training and Education Program)

  • Indeed

  • Facebook

  • Instagram

  • Careers in Government

  • Government Jobs


  • Outreach Event


    Please provide specific information regarding how you learned about this job opening. Thank you, your feedback will be used to evaluate our success reaching the public and refine our methods for future job postings.

    Required Question


City of Tacoma


Human Resources Department 747 Market Street Tacoma, Washington, 98402-3764





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