OCC
We clear and settle trades for the options industry.
Chicago, IL

Principal, Solution Architect at OCC

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COVID-19

All OCC employees are required to disclose their COVID-19 vaccination status to OCC’s Human Resources department, and provide acceptable proof of vaccination status, as applicable. In addition, OCC requires employees who enter one of its offices to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or submit to regular testing as a condition of employment, subject to reasonable accommodation.

Who We Are

The Options Clearing Corporation (OCC) is the world's largest equity derivatives clearing organization. Founded in 1973, OCC is dedicated to promoting stability and market integrity by delivering clearing and settlement services for options, futures and securities lending transactions. As a Systemically Important Financial Market Utility (SIFMU), OCC operates under the jurisdiction of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), and the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System. OCC has more than 100 clearing members and provides central counterparty (CCP) clearing and settlement services to 19 exchanges and trading platforms. More information about OCC is available at www.theocc.com.

What We Offer

A highly collaborative and supportive environment developed to encourage work-life balance and employee wellness. Some of these components include:

A hybrid work environment, up to 3 days per week of remote work

Tuition Reimbursement to support your continued education

Student Loan Repayment Assistance

Technology Stipend allowing you to use the device of your choice to connect to our network while working remotely

Generous PTO and Parental leave

Competitive health benefits including medical, dental and vision

What You’ll Do

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

  • Experience working with Cloud ecosystems (AWS, Azure, PaaS, K8s)
  • Knowledge and understanding of DevOps tools and technologies such as GIT, Jenkins, Docker, Nexus/Artifactory and CI/CD pipelines.
  • Experience working on large scale codebases with stringent code review requirements.
  • Good understanding of data integrations, patterns, technologies and tools
  • Hands-on experience designing and implementing services (web services, REST, Web API, ESB, message-based) development, integration and deployment
  • Solid experience with a variety of development technologies and application architectures - distributed and enterprise technology platforms, event sourcing, SOA, Microservices.
  • Broad knowledge of systems and application development techniques, database systems/structures, technology tools/products, programming languages.
  • Experience with program/projects involving complex integration of disparate types of technologies/platforms and data.
  • Highly motivated individual with a strong sense of ownership of their work/projects.
  • Strong desire to learn and promote adherence to established architectural patterns.
  • Strong desire to learn business processes.
  • Provides critical thinking and expertise from ideation to implementation.
  • Ability to collaborate, establish and maintain credible and influential relationships at all levels.
  • Ability to explain complex technical concepts to non-technical audiences.
  • Demonstrates refined written and verbal communication skills, fosters open communications, listens effectively, and builds strong partnership networks that result in consistent forward momentum; has excellent negotiation skills with an ability to orchestrate change through influence.
  • Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science or a related discipline or an equivalent combination of education and work experience.
  • 6 or more years of diverse work experience in Information Technology ideally in the Financial Services Industry.

Supervisory Responsibilities:

  • None

Qualifications:

The requirements listed are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the primary functions.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • BS degree in Computer Science, similar technical field, or equivalent practical experience.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • 8+ years of relevant work experience.
  • Java-based software development experience.
  • Experience working on large scale distributed systems.
  • Fluent in object-oriented design, industry best practices, software patterns, and architecture principles.
  • Experience defining and documenting architecture strategies, designs, and requirements across all enterprise architecture domains – business, information systems (applications & data), and technology.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • 6+ years of work experience in the capital markets industry.

Technical Skills:

  • Java-based software development experience.
  • Experience working with two 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.
  • Fluent in object-oriented design, industry best practices, software patterns, and architecture principles.
  • Experience defining and documenting architecture strategies, designs, and requirements across all enterprise architecture domains – business, information systems (applications & data), and technology.
  • Experience designing and developing service-based, component architectures.

Education and/or Experience:

Minimum Qualifications:

  • BS degree in Computer Science, similar technical field, or equivalent practical experience.
  • 6+ years of relevant work experience

Preferred Qualifications:

  • 6+ years of work experience in the capital markets industry.

Certificates or Licenses:

  • N/A

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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.

Technology we use

  • Engineering
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    • AWS (Amazon Web Services)Languages
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    • C++Languages
    • JavaLanguages
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    • PerlLanguages
    • PythonLanguages
    • RLanguages
    • RubyLanguages
    • ScalaLanguages
    • SqlLanguages
    • SwiftLanguages
    • ReactLibraries
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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.
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
Diversity
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)
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
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…

An Insider's view of OCC

What are some social events your company does?

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

Andre

Executive Director, Talent Acquisition

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