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Associate Principal, Mainframe Administration at OCC (Remote)

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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

Under minimum supervision, this individual will be strong in the z/OS operating system and its major components. They will need a good working knowledge of the IBM Mainframe, have worked with various DASD subsystems and is able to adapt to new technologies and facilities.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities:

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

  • Act as subject matter expert and maintain (keep hardware, software, applications, chips, bios all updated per vendor direction) and monitor the processors, memory and disk to ensure they meet requirements and are functioning and lead the configuration of hardware infrastructure.

  • Design and architect IBM z/OS operating systems and their various components and verify their compatibility and maintenance levels for consistent and reliable availability.

  • Actively represent group at project meetings and planning sessions at an expert level by participating in any discussions, offer alternatives and recommendations to help achieve project goals and report status to project owner and management.

  • Provide direction in the I/O subsystem architecture to add, delete or modify channel definitions and control units and devices across a partitioned mainframe. 

  • Verify work performed by staff is complete and accurate prior to implementation and offer suggestions for improvement of processes or tasks.

  • Support production and development applications executing on mainframe, including all aspects of system (operating system, major components and subsystems and third-party products).

  • Provide expertise in operating system and component software to assist in design and architecture of ongoing and future corporate projects. 

  • Provide support and expertise to various groups that use these systems.

  • Assist in training with new facilities or improvements to existing technology and provide best practice recommendations. 

  • Remain aware of new technology and apply it when appropriate.

  • Adhere to change policies and procedures. Maintain departmental documents as required.

  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Supervisory Responsibilities:

  • N/A


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.

  • Ability to multi-task and prioritize tasks under minimal supervision.

  • Demonstrate strong accountability and confidence in abilities and knowledge.

  • Ability to work well under pressure and in crisis situations.

  • Good written and oral communication and leadership skills.

  • Able to mentor staff and provide direction as-needed..

  • Ability to work off-hour support when necessary.

  • Excellent troubleshooting skills with ability to assist in determining root cause of problems and offer recommendations or suggestions for a quick and effective resolution.

Technical Skills:

  • Expert knowledge of SMP/E, ICF Catalogs, DF/SMS, z/OS Operating System and utilities, SMF, Workload Manager, DB2.

  • Experience working with vendor ISV products from companies such as Broadcom/CA, BMC, etc.

  • In-depth knowledge of HCD.

  • Knowledge of various DASD and tape subsystems a plus. 

Education and/or Experience:

  • Bachelors degree in Information Technology or related field or equivalent work experience.

  • 5-7 years as a Mainframe Systems Administrator/Systems Programmer or similar role.

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

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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.

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
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) 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
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…

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


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