Software Developer/Programmer 3

Des Moines, Iowa

MARS Solutions Group is looking for an experienced Software Developer/Programmer located in Des Moines, IA. Our client is a government agency looking for high-quality talent to make a difference. They are known to respect a traditional work week and often extend contracts for added job security and stability


Project Description:

  • The Software Developer/Programmer (SDP) converts data from project specifications and statements of problems and procedures to create or modify computer programs. The client is searching for a variable data programer to join our Print Team.  This position will be responsible for mapping variable data for agency mailings, postcards and larger books.  They will also work with the Post Office to create new Business Reply Mail (BRM) and other envelopes.  Additionally, the candidate will serve as a backup for graphic design orders.  The ideal candidate will be proficient using InDesign and Planet Press.



  • Setting up daily print templates in Planet Press
  • Setting up mass mailings in InDesign
  • Using Acrobat macros to run batch processes on PDF files
  • Running address validation on large yearly mailings
  • Using FTP software to transfer files to various customers/agencies
  • Burning CD/DVD's, creating labels
  • Setting up Saddle-stitch books
  • Using InDesign scripts to import large print files for editing
  • Making .html and .css adjustments to the OCIO website template
  • Splitting production print jobs into printable files and archives
  • Splitting excel files into for postcard sheets
  • Cropping marks and registration
  • Mark mailings with OMR and sequential numbering
  • Set up large format prints
  • Making excel calculations for mass mailings
  • Configuring print drivers.


Further Job Requirements:

  • Prepares, or receives from systems analyst detailed workflow chart and diagram to illustrate sequence of steps that program must follow and to describe input, output, and logical operations involved.
  • Analyzes workflow chart and diagram, applying knowledge of computer capabilities, subject matter, and symbolic logic.
  • Confers with supervisor and representatives of departments concerned with program to resolve questions of program intent, data input, output requirements, and inclusion of internal checks and controls.
  • Converts detailed logical flow chart to language processed by computer. Enters program codes into computer system. Inputs test data into computer.
  • Observes computer monitor screen to interpret program operating codes. Corrects program errors, using methods such as modifying program or altering sequence of program steps.
  • Writes instructions to guide operating personnel during installation and maintenance of the application.  May work with business analyst to obtain and analyze project specifications and flow charts. May direct and coordinate work of others to write, test, and modify computer programs.  Most frequently requested programmer skills include C#, Java, PHP and IDMS.
  • 8 to 10 years of experience. 
  • Relies on experience and judgment to plan and accomplish goals, performs a variety of complicated tasks, may lead and direct the work of others, may report directly to a project lead or manager, a wide degree of creativity and latitude is expected.


Must Have Skills:

Experience in using Acrobat macros to run batch processes on PDF files

Experience in using InDesign scripts to import large print files for editing

Experience in making .html and .css adjustments to the OCIO website template


About MARS Solutions Group:

MARS Solutions Group provides a range of opportunities for meaningful work by understanding that employment fit is a combination of people, process, and technology. We leverage our experienced and compassionate team to bring humanity to matching you with the right advanced technology role, and stay connected with you to help you attain your professional goals.