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Senior Associate, Credit Risk Management at OCC (Chicago, IL)

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As a member of OCC’s Credit Risk Management team you will help safeguard OCC from counterparties who exhibit elevated credit or operational risk or lack appropriate risk management programs. Senior Associates are responsible for identifying, measuring, monitoring, managing, and reporting various risks and exposures introduced to OCC by clearing members, banks, and other critical counterparties. Senior Associates understand the risks present within the clearing industry and/or the participating financial entities, including broker-dealers, futures commission merchants, commercial banks, pension funds, and financial market utilities. Senior Associates build and manage overall risk profiles of counterparties through several direct and ancillary processes.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities:

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each primary duty satisfactorily.

  • Monitor ongoing creditworthiness of counterparties and their compliance with OCC rules and other regulatory requirements, material news and event disclosures, interact with counterparties to identify root cause of issues or concerns, and escalate issues requiring enhanced surveillance to department management and internal working groups so appropriate actions can be taken
  • Independently analyze financial statements to identify levels and trends in key metrics and ratios
  • Perform and document assessments on clearing member’s risk management policies, procedures, processes, staff, and systems to understand how the member is mitigating its risk to OCC 
  • Manage the applications of new counterparties and document results for presentation to senior management and Board Risk Committee for approval
  • Collaborate with other Financial Risk Management teams and counterparty-facing departments to assess all risks posed by counterparties
  • Ensure counterparty inquiries are addressed regarding OCC risk policies and procedures as well as time-sensitive questions regarding margin requirements and position movements
  • Support system, data, and risk methodology development, review data and risk methodologies during annual reviews, and identify underlying methodology assumptions with a comprehensive set of special cases
  • Develop and conduct advanced data analytics and reporting to identify and analyze causal links and meaningful relationships (e.g., correlations, distributions, percentiles) across large and/or multi-sourced data sets, determine best methods and visuals to communicate analytical insights, and deliver compelling and easy to understand narratives of those insights to support executive decision making
  • Develop, maintain, and adhere to written policies and procedures
  • Participate in procedure-related control testing activities
  • Support regulatory reporting obligations
Supervisory Responsibilities:
  • None


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.

  • Demonstrated analytical and problem-solving skills and the ability to work in a collaborative environment
  • Ability to read and understand financial statements, brokerage statements, and accounting records
  • Basic knowledge of regulatory rules and regulations related to the SEC/CFTC
  • Excellent organization skills – must be detail oriented
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Comfortable working in a customer service-oriented environment and addressing questions from both OCC colleagues and OCC counterparties, engaging users to understand issues and identify root causes, escalating incidents to appropriate teams, and collaborating with others to ensure timely resolution and user satisfaction
  • Ability to work well under pressure with multiple priorities and time-sensitive deadlines
  • Knowledge of the financial services industry, including the financial, market, liquidity and operational risks of broker-dealers, futures commission merchants, commercial banks, pension funds, and financial market utilities preferred
  • Proficient understanding of securities markets, derivatives, and option trading strategies preferred
  • Ability to perform counterparty credit analysis including a basic understanding of the CAMEL(S) rating methodology and other rating systems preferred

Technical Skills:

  • Proficient in Microsoft Office, including Excel experience using lookups and pivot tables to perform data analysis, and comfortable developing PowerPoint presentations
  • Coding experience with SQL and other data analytics tools (e.g., Tableau, Python, R, VBA macros) preferred
  • Programming experience to help build and maintain the team’s self-automated processes preferred
  • Experience using Bloomberg and/or S&P Global Market Intelligence, and the technical ability to connect these tools to Excel preferred
Education and/or Experience:
  • Bachelor’s degree (preferably in Risk Management, Accounting, (Computational/Quantitative) Finance, or Economics) or equivalent work experience
  • 2-4 years of counterparty credit risk or relevant financial services industry experience
  • Master’s degree or progress towards a Master’s degree (preferably in Risk Management, Accounting, (Computational/Quantitative) Finance, or Economics) preferred
Certificates or Licenses:
  • Desire to earn, or progress towards, a CFA or FRM certification

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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, 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.
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
Diversity Employee Resource Groups
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Disability Insurance
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
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
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 12% 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.
Remote Work Program
2 days per week work from home program
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
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 $10000.
Diversity Program
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 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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Monthly happy hours and cultural celebrations to honor our diverse workforce.


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