Lead Software Development Engineer in Test (SDET) at OCC

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About Us

The Options Clearing Corporation (OCC) is the largest equity derivatives organization in the world.  We provide central counterparty clearing and settlement services for equity options, futures, options on futures, and securities lending transactions.  We serve approximately 115 clearing members and 15 exchanges including CBOE, Nasdaq, and NYSE.


The OCC is building a culture that empowers continued learning, authentic innovation, and constant creativity.

What We Need

We need experienced engineers that can live in Sweden for a 6-month, extensive, training program.  While in Sweden, you will work side by side with a world class software development team on OCC's next generation, event driven, clearing system.  After the 6-month period, you will return to the USA and continue work as a member of OCC's development staff, spreading the knowledge and culture learned in Sweden.


We are looking for an individual to join our team as a Software Engineer in Test with the following skills and abilities:

Minimum Qualifications:

  • BS degree in Computer Science, similar technical field, or equivalent practical experience.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • 6+ years of relevant work experience.
  • Java-based software development experience.
  • Fluent in object-oriented design, industry best practices, software patterns, and architecture principles.
  • Experience with continuous integration tools and techniques, automating processes, and writing scripts using Python and other languages.
  • Proficient in the following types of testing: unit, integration, system, functional, non-functional, regression, performance, security, and acceptance.
  • Experience in two or more of the following test frameworks: JUnit, TestNG, Cucumber, Selenium.
  • Experience working with four or more of the following: web/mobile application development, Unix/Linux environments, event-driven systems, transaction processing systems, distributed and parallel systems, large software system development, security software development, public-cloud platforms.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Work experience in the capital markets industry.
  • Deep understanding of performance issues and multi-threaded development.


What You’ll Do

You’ll be working alongside experts that are building OCC’s next generation clearing and settlement system, and paving the future of digital transformation in the capital markets industry by:

  • Collaborating with others to deliver complex projects which may involve multiple systems.
  • Continuously thinking about the next steps while improving yourself and others around you.
  • Developing solutions to complex technical challenges while coding, testing, troubleshooting, debugging, and documenting the systems you develop.
  • Recommending technologies and tools that improve the efficiency and quality of OCC’s systems and development processes.
  • Producing test strategies, plans, and cases that cover all aspects of system quality and challenge your team to strive for perfection.


Work Environment:


Business casual.


Interview Information:


Phone screen interview, 2 coding challenges, then on-site 


Who is the Internal/External Customer:

Stakeholders and the users of the U.S. equity options and futures markets. 


Impact to the Internal/External Customer:

To better serve its customers, planning to comprehensively redevelop and modernize the company's risk management, clearing and data systems. 


Business Challenge:


Modernize OCC's technology to better serve market participants. current system is approx. 18 years old. 


Employee Value Proposition:

OCC was named the best clearing firm in 2018 by Markets Media and is the largest clearing house in the world. This is the opportunity to get in at the ground floor of OCC’s #1 initiative, Renaissance. Please see “OCC fact sheet” for more information.


Non-Technical Skills:


Attitude and Aptitude. We want the kind of people who add immediate value in a team environment, and have the ability to solve complex problems with little or no direction.


Why is position open?:


Building new clearing platform


Technical Environment:


Java, Unix/Linux 


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

An Insider's view of OCC

What are some social events your company does?

Monthly happy hours, summer and winter outings and cultural celebrations to honor our diverse workforce.


Principal, Diversity and Inclusion

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.
Friends outside of work
Daily stand up
Open door policy
Team owned deliverables
Team based strategic planning
Open office floor plan
Dedicated Diversity/Inclusion Staff
Someone's primary function is managing the company’s diversity and inclusion initiatives
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Disability Insurance
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Life Insurance
Wellness Programs
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
Perks & Discounts
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.
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