Principal, Cloud Architect

| Chicago

Cloud Architect Principal:

The Company

OCC is the world's largest equity derivatives clearing organization and a key player within the US Financial markets. As the company moves further along its journey into a Cloud-based infrastructure environment and leveraging of modern Infrastructure as Code practices, we are looking for engineers seeking highly complex and challenging work that will have true ripple effects across an industry.

The Role

The Cloud Architect Principal is responsible for leading the creation of a cloud platform technology framework and providing technical architecture and design leadership in support of corporate initiatives in cloud computing and automation. Additionally, the Cloud Architect Principal will be responsible for ensuring that critical cloud applications are designed and optimized for reliability, high availability and disaster recovery.

As a Cloud Architect Principal, you will perform a range of activities required to design, implement, maintain and continuously automate a large, complex cloud-based computing environment. In addition, you will provide technical guidance to team members and, when called upon, serve as a technical liaison between internal departments.

This will involve utilizing best practices for the management, architecture, configuration, DR, administration, and automation of the enterprise server virtualization environment with cloud technologies. These activities will drive the creation of new infrastructure and environments, which will be critical to growth and adoption of broad cloud/automation goals across the business.

The ideal candidate is passionate about new technologies and architecture and keeps current with trends in the cloud platform and infrastructure space, while always searching for ways to improve our systems as technology evolves, with a steady eye towards the extensive regulatory/compliance demands on our company (e.g. CIS, NIST, etc).

Responsibilities

  • Serve as cloud architect principal by providing technical guidance to other team members for the design, implementation and support of new cloud platform architecture and automation technologies, as well as updates and maintenance of existing cloud and automation systems
  • Act as a Subject Matter Expert to the organization for cloud, automation, and end-to-end architecture for IaaS, PaaS and SaaS solutions
  • Work closely with other teams to develop and promote cloud-native application architectures (microservices, serverless, containers), and application development and operations practices
  • Maintain overall industry knowledge on latest trends, technology, etc. and demonstrate forward thinking around how technology can support where the organization is going
  • Advocate and define cloud architecture vision from a strategic perspective, including internal and external platforms, tools, and systems
  • Design, configure, implement and support a fully automated workflow for provisioning and maintaining a complex, highly available cloud environment using infrastructure as code
  • Develop and maintain a library of deployable, tested, and documented automation design scripts, processes, and procedures for deploying services to the cloud
  • Enable DevOps development activities and complex development tasks that will involve working with tools such as Docker, Kafka and container management systems.
  • Participate in cloud computing environment build-outs, software installation, maintenance and support, including but not limited to, patches, fixes, end-of-life preparation, and upgrades.
  • Assist in the development of technology roadmaps and end-of-life technology plans.
  • Implement production changes during defined maintenance windows and support on call rotation; Serve as a point of escalation within the team for production support issues
  • Provide technical guidance to junior team members
  • Review product work, including detailed code, from other team members for approval to deploy; provide technical feedback as needed
  • Provide technical expertise and ownership in the diagnosis and resolution of an issue, including the determination and provision of workaround solution or escalation to service owners
  • Drive scope definition, requirements analysis, functional and technical design, application build, product configuration, unit testing, and production deployment for cloud platform projects
  • Create and maintain documentation of architecture solutions, such as whitepapers, reference architectures, implementation diagrams, etc and relevant systems, procedures and processes.
  • Deliver technical solutions that solve for new levels of complexity, scale and performance, and in turn, enabling breakthrough innovations
  • Drive deep architectural discussions in a collaborative fashion to ensure solutions are designed for successful, automated deployment in the cloud
  • providing prescriptive guidance in addressing customer concerns and helping customers make decisions, enabling expansive use of the AWS platform.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Skills/Experience required:

The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.

  • Good consultative, communication, team player and analytical skills are a must, as you will be regularly interacting between various teams which are distributed across the US.
  • Good technical leadership skills and relevant experience working with other highly technical resources through adopting new technologies while also maintaining highly available, mission critical systems
  • Possess deep technical knowledge and extensive experience with complex, IT environments including applications, middleware, storage, networks, information security, and operations as well as have a solid understand of cloud services, cloud native architectures and application delivery models
  • In depth knowledge and understanding of container and microservices technologies and related architectures
  • Ability to clearly communicate verbally and in writing to business and technology leaders, architects, developers, and team members
  • Must be able to collaborate effectively with a group of high performing, technical individuals.
  • Hands on experience with agile, devops and continuous integration / continuous delivery.
  • Demonstrate ability to support cloud architecture recommendations and decisions with research and reasoning
  • Strong hands-on experience scripting/development skills in Python, Ruby, Go, Java, JavaScript, etc. in a corporate environment
  • Hands-on experience with: Terraform, Kubernetes, Jenkins, Kafka, Github, and configuration management tools such as Puppet, Chef, or Ansible
  • Experience with architecting, implementing and maintaining highly available mission critical environments for 24x7 availability
  • Experience working in an environment with a defined production change control process and mature security controls posture
  • Relevant experience with configuration and implementation of IaaS, Infrastructure as code, AWS, Azure, etc.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of cloud architecture and implementation features (OS, multi-tenancy, virtualization, orchestration, elastic scalability) and DevOps tool chains and processes
  • Strong understanding of SOA, object-oriented analysis and design, and client/server systems
  • Demonstrated history of working within deadlines and ability to work well under pressure
  • Experience working in a financial services or highly regulated environment preferred
  • Bachelor’s degree, preferably in a technical discipline (Computer Science, Mathematics, etc.), or equivalent combination of education and experience required
  • 7 or more years experience in IT systems installation, operations, design, and architecture of virtualized servers / cloud systems
  • AWS Solutions Architect Associate Certification or higher strongly desired; Relevant industry certifications such as Microsoft Azure or Google Cloud are a plus

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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 some social events your company does?

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

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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.

Culture
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
Diversity
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)
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
Sabbatical
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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