We clear and settle trades for the options industry.

Principal, Infrastructure Architecture

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About Us
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
OTSI (Office of Technology Strategy & Innovation) is OCC's technology strategy, research, and development team. The team focuses on architectural design, problem solving, and security using cutting edge technologies to deliver solutions for the organization as part of the OCC Unified Technology Strategy.
As a Principal Infrastructure Architect, you will be part of a small Innovation team of Architects that will collaborate with development teams, Solutions Architects, vendors, and other stakeholders to define and drive architectural vision, implementation and continuous improvement of solutions running on OCC's core real-time data streaming and compute infrastructure platforms such Kafka, Flink and K8s in a Hybrid Environment.
Primary Duties and Responsibilities:
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each primary duty satisfactorily.

  • Collaborate with cross-functional teams to design, create and review software application architectures specifically tailored for streaming use cases.
  • Ensure fault tolerance, scalability, and low-latency processing in streaming applications.
  • Collaborate with DevOps teams to define deployment strategies and manage scalability.
  • Drive optimization of streaming application performance by fine-tuning configurations, monitoring resource utilization, and identifying bottlenecks.
  • Drive Implementation of best practices for efficient data serialization, compression, and network communication.
  • Create and maintain architecture documentation, including system diagrams, data flow, and component interactions.
  • Maintain vendor relationships and participate in escalation sessions and postmortems
  • Evaluate and recommend tools and frameworks that enhance the performance and reliability of our streaming systems.
  • Stay informed about industry trends related to Kafka, Flink, and Kubernetes.

Supervisory Responsibilities:
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] Effective communication skills to effectively collaborate and evangelize best practices with technical stakeholders.
  • [Required] Advanced problem-solving skills and logical approach to solving problems
  • [Required] Ability to execute spikes and provide code samples demonstrating best practices when developing solutions on Kafka and Flink.
  • [Required] Experience with DevOps tools, e.g. Terraform, Ansible, Jenkins, Kubernetes, Helm and CI/CD pipeline etc.

Technical Skills:

  • Expert level knowledge of Kafka
  • Expert level knowledge of Flink
  • In depth knowledge of on-premises networking as well as the hybrid connectivity to AWS and/or Azure
  • Knowledge of Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), Platform as a Service (PaaS), compute, storage, database, network, content distribution, security/IAM, microservices, management, and serverless services
  • Knowledge of Infrastructure as Code (IaC) such as Terraform, CloudFormation, or Azure Resource Manager
  • Knowledge of containerization technologies like Docker and orchestration tools like Kubernetes

Education and/or Experience:

  • [Preferred] Bachelor's or Master's degree in an engineering discipline
  • [Required] 10+ years of experience architecting of mission critical Cloud and On-Prem real-time data streaming and event-driven architectures
  • [Required] 10+ years of experience with Java
  • [Required] 5+ years of specific Kafka and Flink experience
  • [Preferred] 5+ years of Kubernetes experience

Certificates or Licenses:

  • [Preferred] Confluent Certified Developer for Apache Kafka
  • [Preferred] AWS certifications (e.g Solutions Architect Associate)
  • [Preferred] Certified Kubernetes Application Developer

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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
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
Generous parental leave
12-week paid parental leave
Vacation + Time Off
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
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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