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Associate Principal, Performance Test Lead at OCC (Chicago, IL)

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The Performance Testing Lead will work with other team members to ensure that OCC systems meet specified performance quality standards and agreed upon Service Level Agreements. The Lead will utilize industry standard performance testing methods with an emphasis on efficiency, high performance and innovation. This individual will be an experienced contributor in the performance certification process including, performance test planning, performance test data preparation, performance test environment preparation, performance test execution and performance test result reporting to project stakeholders.

The Lead will be responsible for conducting performance testing of the next generation of OCC’s Cloud Platform and further ensuring system capacity, reliability, scalability and other key performance indicators on various applications at OCC. Typical duties performed include working closely with the testing team in developing performance test cases and plans, analyzing test results, and handling bug fixes in collaboration with internal product/ external vendor teams. Additionally, will be responsible for evaluating the root causes of performance problems and resolve them.


  • Develop test strategies and test approaches for performance testing
  • Responsible for design and development of performance tests for clearing and risk applications
  • Responsible for development of performance testing for batch and real time applications
  • Responsible for performance requirements definition and risk analysis
  • Review, monitor and summarize progress of performance testing results
  • Identify, evaluate, and recommend performance testing tools 
  • Install, configure performance testing tools in cloud environment 
  • Drive Performance test requirements documentation with project stakeholders
  • Work with multiple product development teams in a fast-paced environment to execute performance test cycles
  • Lead a team of 2 to 3 Performance and Non-Functional testers
  • Attend high level design sessions, code walk-throughs and offer suggestions, and guidance on any topic that could have a negative impact on the performance
  • Look to uncover performance tuning opportunities via the Performance test phase. 
  • Work with technical and non-technical professionals in a project environment with an emphasis on Performance Engineering and Performance testing concepts.


  • Experience performing load testing, failover testing, high volume testing, and capacity testing
  • Experience in performance testing of distributed system such as K8S, Flink and Spark
  • Advanced knowledge of non-functional performance testing methodologies
  • Understanding of all aspects of system testing domain (such as analysis, planning, performance, and automation)
  • Experienced in arranging performance test execution cycles, monitor, witness and support the performance test outcomes
  • Experienced in extracting response data and correlation for dynamic data uses
  • Experienced in building a load profiles with ramp up and down
  • Analyze results and publish meaningful, pragmatic performance test metrics and results
  • Abilities to communicate differences between different performance testing scenarios
  • Understanding of CICD tools like Git, Gradle, Jenkins, Artifactory, Harness, Docker and Kubernetes
  • Understanding of DevOps automation tools like Terraform, Ansible
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills


  • BS in computer science or equivalent
  • 7+ years of software development and performance testing experience
  • 3+ years working as a lead
  • Experience working with automation testing and performance testing tools (ex. LoadRunner)
  • Programming skills in Java or Python
  • Experienced and strong in Linux shell scripting
  • Experience with JVM, K8S, Splunk, Network monitoring tools in AWS cloud environment
  • Experience in using data formats like YAML, Json, Protobuf and Parquet
  • Experience writing test approach, test plans, and test reports
  • Experience working in agile engineering environment
  • Knowledge of database query tools and write SQL queries.

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Where we are

Adjacent to the Willis Tower, close to CTA, Metra and expressways with plenty of food and entertainment options nearby.

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What are OCC Perks + Benefits

OCC Benefits Overview

Educational Assistance and Student Debt Forgiveness, 12-week paid parental leave, technology stipend up to $2,000, mobile data reimbursement of $35 per month. Open offices, online health coaching.

Volunteer in local community
Each year, OCC employees select a locally-based charitable organization for each of our three offices (Chicago, Dallas and Washington, D.C.). We offer multiple opportunities to get involved.
Partners with Nonprofits
OCC Partners with local organizations in Dallas, Chicago and DC to raise funds and support their missions. Employees select the charity and are eligible for up to 8 hours of paid time to volunteer.
Friends outside of work
Daily sync
Open door policy
Team owned deliverables
Team based strategic planning
Open office floor plan
Dedicated Diversity/Inclusion Staff
Unconscious bias training
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Disability Insurance
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Life Insurance
Wellness Programs
Mental Health Benefits
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K) Matching
OCC provides employees with a 401(k) matching plan managed by Fidelity. We match 50% of contributions up to 6% of an employee's annual gross pay.
Performance Bonus
Match charitable contributions
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Flexible Work Schedule
OCC provides employees with a flexible work schedule that includes Flexible start and end times.
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Generous PTO
OCC employees receive between 22 and 32 days per year of paid time off based on years of service.
Paid Volunteer Time
Eligible employees get 30 days of paid sabbatical after their first 10 years of working at the company.
Paid Holidays
Paid Sick Days
Perks & Discounts
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
OCC Offers pre-tax commuter benefits for employees in Chicago and Washington, D.C.
Happy Hours
Relocation Assistance
OCC offers relocation assistance which varies based on the position level and location.
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
OCC offers employees professional development opportunities including onsite training courses and the ability to attend job related certification courses, conferences and seminars.
Tuition Reimbursement
Our tuition reimbursement plan offers an annual max of $1000.
Lunch and learns
OCC hosts leadership lunches on a regular basis so you can learn about your colleagues and their unique backgrounds.
Cross functional training encouraged
Promote from within
Online course subscriptions available
Customized development tracks
Paid industry certifications
Employees are strongly encouraged to stay current in relevant technologies and supports certification programs.

Additional Perks + Benefits

We were just recognized as a best place to work for working parents! Take a look at our blog post here: https://www.theocc.com/Newsroom/Views/2021/04-26-OCC-Designated-as-Best…

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Monthly happy hours and cultural celebrations to honor our diverse workforce.


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