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Associate Principal, Enterprise Project Management Office


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Who We Are:
OCC, founded in 1973, is the world's largest equity derivatives clearing organization. OCC is dedicated to promoting stability and financial integrity in the marketplaces that it serves by focusing on sound risk management principles. We serve 16 options exchanges, 2 futures exchanges and 1 stock loan alternative trading system.  OCC has over 100 clearing members, including several of the largest U.S. broker-dealers.

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:

The Enterprise Project Management Office partners with OCC business units and the Office of the CEO to successfully execute initiatives across the company. We offer a fantastic opportunity to develop your leadership skills, make lasting connections, and drive business outcomes. 

The EPMO Associate Principal, Senior Project Manager is responsible for managing multiple projects of varying size and complexity from initiation through completion across cross-functional project teams.  Project work includes delivering high-quality financial risk management solutions, operational enhancements, infrastructure improvements, and/or enterprise systems.  Using the OCC Project Management and Delivery procedures as a guide, the Associate Principal, Senior Project Manager leads project planning, execution, and closure activities of the approved project while driving the effort and providing on-going monitoring and reporting of project progress.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities: 

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

•    Brings depth of Project and Program Management in both traditional and Agile project/product approaches to execute projects and achieve business outcomes.
•    Demonstrates leadership and overall responsibility for project delivery including scheduling, scope management, and quality.
•    Manages the day-to-day aspects of a project to deliver high-quality, on time, on budget outcomes within the project scope.
•    Follows OCC standard project management guidelines, including OCC project management and delivery procedures and templates.
•    Leads project initiation and planning activities to structure the project, including facilitating the definition of project goals, objectives, and scope.  
•    Engages project teams in detailed planning activities, including coordinating and planning all project work streams, epics, sprints, and releases. Identifies key milestones and dependencies.
•    Drives and manages project execution activities and works with teams to complete deliverables and stories, achieve project milestones and timelines, proactively identify and mitigate project risks, resolve issues, manage dependencies, and escalate effectively. 
•    Manages and reports project statistics, including progress of project milestones and deliverables, plan vs. actuals for resource utilization and budget, and issues and risks. 
•    Communicates clear, concise, and accurate project status to all appropriate project stakeholders, including conducting status meetings and providing status reports.
•    Takes the initiative to deliver the project, drive the team, and get the work done.  
•    Provides oversight of the project team, coaches team members, and holds project participants accountable for meeting commitments and goals.
•    Coordinates and responds to project changes as needed.
•    Performs other duties as assigned by management.
Supervisory Responsibilities:    

•    Oversight of the project team and management of deliverables 
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.    •    Experience delivering complex programs/projects in Financial Services
•    Demonstrates a consultative in approach to Project Management and is confident and politely forceful
•    Ability to use influence to deliver while coaching and guiding team members who report to a different manager
•    Proven ability to successfully build and align project teams across business and technical resources, lead team decision-making processes, and foster an environment of healthy team debate and collaboration.
•    Proven ability to manage multiple complex projects in various stages of the project life cycle from initiation through completion.
•    Ability to contribute consistently and positively in a dynamic, high-paced, and sometimes unpredictable work environment.
•    Proven ability to influence and facilitate project alignment between business and technical teams.
•    Ability to manage large projects with aggressive timelines and challenging scope, including being able to create and execute project work plans to meet changing requirements resulting from evolving business needs.
•    Strong written and verbal communication skills, including effective presentation skills.
•    Strong analytical, problem solving and quantitative abilities.
•    Ability to work effectively in team environment where not all team members are in the same location.
•    Confident self-starter who requires minimal supervision, comfortable with ambiguity and very adaptable.
Technical Skills: 

•    Proficiency in project management tools such as Microsoft Project and SharePoint.
•    Proficiency in using Microsoft Office products (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Visio).
•    Proficiency in Agile tools such as Jira and Confluence.
•    Knowledge of application development and testing processes (preferred).
•    Knowledge of business process improvements and controls (a plus).
Education and/or Experience:    

•    Bachelor’s degree in business or technical discipline (preferred)
•    7-10 years of experience in IT technical/infrastructure project management or program leadership role
Certificates or Licenses:    

•    Project Management Professional (PMP) or Scrum Certification (desired)
•    ITIL Foundations certification (a plus)

Step 1
When you find a position you're interested in, click the 'Apply' button. Please complete the application and attach your resume.  

Step 2
You will receive an email notification to confirm that we've received your application.

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. 

For more information about OCC, please click here.

OCC is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Apply About OCC
  • REQ-2535
  • Chicago - 125 S Franklin
  • Full Time Regular
  • Posted: Mar. 11, 2022

How to Apply

Step 1 - When you find a position you're interested in, click the 'Apply' button. Please complete the application and attach your resume.

Step 2 - You will receive an email notification to confirm that we've received your application.

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.

OCC is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Numerous studies have shown that people from groups that are traditionally under-represented in financial services apply to jobs only if they believe they meet 100% of the requirements. We want to break down this mindset to further diversify our workforce.

We encourage you to review our open positions and apply if you think your experience may be a match, even if you do not meet all of the qualifications. Your perspective may be an element we need to continue building innovative solutions to support the markets and market participants we serve.

OCC is a globally recognized entity that clears a multitude of diverse and sophisticated products. We want to reflect this in the diversity of our workforce.

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