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

Executive Director (Program/Project Management)

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What You'll Do
This role leads and manages the Program and Project Management capability comprised of Project Coordinators, Project Managers, and Program Managers. Responsibilities include leading strategy and oversight of the execution of enterprise programs and projects for various business areas including Financial Risk Management, Information Technology, Operations, Security, or other Shared Services Partners to fulfill the strategic objectives of the business. The role will partner with senior leaders within the lines of business and functional areas to address a range of critical initiatives for technology, risk, and operations, including initiatives to respond to regulatory needs, increase operating performance, improve process design and controls, and generate bottom-line improvements. Additionally, this role is responsible for ensuring compliance to documented processes and procedures, project management practices, and portfolio and project management (PPM) tools.
Primary Duties and Responsibilities:
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each primary duty satisfactorily.

  • Cultivate a high-performance environment that attracts, retains, develops, and motivates the team by fostering an inclusive work environment, communicating vision/values/business strategy, and managing succession and development planning for the team
  • Ensure compliance across the portfolio of enterprise projects
  • Oversee and ensure quality of all in-flight initiatives (budget, timeline, and scope) and ensure alignment of initiatives to strategic business outcomes
  • Establish strong relationships with business sponsors and executive leadership to understand and identify effective solutions for business outcomes that align with OCC strategic objectives
  • Adhere to and hold team accountable to all OCC standard project management guidelines, procedures, and controls, including OCC project management checklists and templates
  • Ensure team stays current on all OCC standard project management guidelines, including OCC project management checklists and templates
  • Ensure team members identify project risks, track, resolve issues, and eliminate project challenges
  • Monitor and report on the progress of the portfolio of project milestones, health, and budget to executive leadership and impacted stakeholders
  • Set and clearly communicate priorities and performance expectations, provide feedback and coaching, and conduct performance appraisals
  • Support EPMO participation in regulatory examinations, internal audits, compliance reviews and management self-testing
  • Lead remediation efforts related to findings and observations in areas of responsibility and ensure remediation addresses root cause, improves OCC's residual risk, and is completed in a timely manner
  • Perform other duties as assigned

Supervisory Responsibilities
Manage a team
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.

  • [Required] Ability to successfully plan, scope and drive multiple interdependent projects to completion
  • [Required] Experience managing large, complex programs with the support of a cross-functional team in a matrix organization
  • [Required] Ability to manage complex tasks with aggressive timelines as well as meet changing requirements resulting from evolving business needs
  • [Required] Expert knowledge of project and product management methodologies such as Waterfall and Agile
  • [Required] Ability to analyze project/program business cases and understand the impact to the business
  • [Required] Ability to contribute consistently and positively in a dynamic, fast-paced, and highly regulated environment
  • [Required] Ability to facilitate program alignment between business and technical teams
  • [Required] Analytical problem-solver
  • [Required] Self-directed and detail oriented
  • [Required] Highly effective organization and planning skills
  • [Required] Excellent written and verbal communication skills, including effective presentation skills
  • [Required] Ability to develop and maintain constructive and cooperative working relationships
  • [Required] Experience leading teams and managing the career growth of direct reports

Technical Skills & Background

  • [Required] Expert with project management tools such as Microsoft Project and SharePoint (or similar PPM tool)
  • [Required] Proficiency in using Microsoft Office products (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)
  • [Required] Expert with Agile tools such as Jira and Confluence
  • [Required] Expert knowledge of application development and testing processes


  • [Preferred] Project Management Professional (PMP) certification
  • [Preferred] Agile Scrum Certification or similar

Education & Training

  • [Required] Bachelor's degree in business or technical discipline
  • [Preferred] Master's degree in business administration, management, or technical discipline
  • [Required] 15+ years of experience in project management, project leadership, or role within a Project Management Office (PMO)

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 2 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
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Step 2
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Step 3
If you are called in for an interview, a representative from OCC will contact you to set up a date, time, and location.

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OCC is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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What are OCC Perks + Benefits

OCC Benefits Overview

Educational Assistance and Student Debt Forgiveness, 12-week paid parental leave, BYOD program with technology stipend up to $2,000 every three years, $35 per month pay to offset costs of mobile data plans. 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.
Open door policy
OKR operational model
Team based strategic planning
Open office floor plan
Flexible work schedule
OCC provides employees with a flexible work schedule that includes Flexible start and end times.
Remote work program
2 days per week work from home program
Dedicated diversity and inclusion staff
Mandated unconscious bias training
Diversity employee resource groups
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Disability insurance
Dental insurance
Vision insurance
Health insurance
HSA or FSA accounts available for those enrolled in medical plans.
Life insurance
Wellness programs
Includes back-up child or elder care along with other wellness programs.
Mental health benefits
Financial & Retirement
401(K) matching
OCC provides employees with a 401(k) matching plan managed by Fidelity. We match 50% of contributions up to 12% of an employee's annual gross pay.
Performance bonus
Charitable contribution matching
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous parental leave
12-week paid parental leave
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
Office Perks
Commuter benefits
OCC Offers pre-tax commuter benefits for employees in Chicago and Washington, D.C.
Company-sponsored happy hours
Relocation assistance
OCC offers relocation assistance which varies based on the position level and location.
Home-office stipend for remote employees
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 $10000.
Lunch and learns
OCC hosts leadership lunches on a regular basis so you can learn about your colleagues and their unique backgrounds.
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 recently recognized as one of LinkedIn's Top Company in Financial Services! Take a look at our blog post here: https://www.theocc.com/newsroom/press-releases/2022/06-23-linkedin-list…

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