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Associate Principal, Software Engineering: Software Development Test (SDET)


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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

The hands on Lead is responsible for gaining a thorough understanding of the new system to be tested.  This individual must learn both the technical side of the system as well as understand what the business user expects.  The lead analyst will create automated test scripts, use cases, test cases, test plans, create test data and define the expected result. During daily scrum meetings and collaborations meetings the lead analyst will collaborate and communicate the around the above artifacts with team members, other technical teams and users, to ensure accuracy and transparency prior to test execution.  The lead analyst will document test results and report status on the systems stability.  The lead analyst will be able to diagnose and absorb new projects, and evaluate the designed system, the requirements and other key approaches to develop a comprehensive test approach.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities:

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

•    Works in an Agile team throughout the Lifecycle to collaborate on the analysis, design, development & testing
•    Actively participates in Sprint planning sessions to create stories with robust acceptance criteria while helping identify missing or incomplete requirements
•    Actively participates in design/technical reviews to identify missing, incomplete or inaccurate design assumptions or design choices. 
•    Creates and Executes automated scripts for regression, integration, and functional testing on newly designed or modified applications/systems. 
•    Thoroughly analyzes, tests, and documents software quality to ensure proper implementation.
•    Clearly articulates verbally and in writing the specifics around defects
•    Monitors and updates defect reports as needed to ensure timely problem resolution.
•    Independently follows up with design/development resources regarding defects. 
•    Follows agreed upon implementation of agile philosophies to ensure that all information system products and services meet:  both explicit and implicit quality standards, end-user functional requirements, architectural standards, performance requirements, audit requirements, security rules are upheld, and external facing reporting is properly represented.
•    Performs application and project risk analysis and recommends quality improvements.
•    Assists Production Support by testing time sensitive defects and providing advice on system functionality.
•    Communicates in a clear and concise manner all time delays or defects in the software immediately to appropriate team members and management
•    Mentor and coach team members and new team members
•    Champions test automation and testing best practice
•    Evaluate solution to design, script and execute Performance (Load, Stress etc..) tests

Supervisory Responsibilities:

  • Lead activities, including assigning and delegating work to team members as needed

  • Communicating status to team and senior management

  • Assisting immediate supervisor in administrative duties that have been delegated 

  • Training team members on new systems requirements and nuances


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.

•    Broad based knowledge of the lifecycle development, change control management, test planning management
•    Deeply analytical skills, with ability to display methods of testing highly sophisticated systems, progressively diagnose systems defects, and clearly communicate to project constituents, key findings and learnings.
•    Strong communication skills, written and oral, analytical abilities, sound judgement and time management skills, and the ability to work effectively with clients (users), management and staff.
•    Highly motivated self-starter with creative problem solving skills.
•    Able to meet aggressive deadlines efficiently and effectively.
•    Able to handle multiple project tasks simultaneously.

Technical Skills:

•    Automated Testing Tool experience 
•    Automated RESTFUL Web services testing
•    Performance Testing Skills and tools experience
•    Database experience (i.e. Informix, Sybase, SQL Server, Oracle and DB2).
•    J-units, python coding, Perl and Unix shell scripting a plus
•    Big Data Experience a plus

Education and/or Experience:

•    10 years’ experience in leading QA efforts.  5+ years’ experience as a Lead Automation Engineer
•    Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science or a related discipline, OR an equivalent combination of education and work experience.
•    Mastery of QA concepts, principles and requirements is a must.
•    Requires experience developing test cases / scenarios using structured test methods. 
•    Financial Industry experience preferably in trading and Risk management

Certificates or Licenses:

•    Any QA certifications are a plus.
•    JCP / Python certification a plus
•    Agile certifications 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-2385
  • Chicago - 125 S Franklin
  • Full Time Regular
  • Posted: Jan. 12, 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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