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Director, Technical Project Manager

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 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


Reporting Relationships:       This role will report to the ED, Risk Engineering2-3 sentences describing the overall responsibilities.

Key Relationships:                   ED & MD’s of Strategic Systems, ED’s/MD’s of Financial Risk Management, ED’s in Architecture and Integration

The role requires an individual who can successfully help lead an engineering & project management function in conjunction with the Head of Risk Engineering and other technology leaders. Strong technical skills, team leadership and development, Agile expertise, resource management discipline, and the ability to effectively execute on multiple fronts are baseline expectations for this role.  This is a highly rewarding and challenging role that requires well developed leadership, problem solving, cloud experience, strategic decision making, and execution capabilities.  The candidate will also possess a willingness and demonstrated ability to be the technical Product Owner of deliveries.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities:

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

  • Lead development of solution and provide technical directions and project management support to the team executing on Renaissance initiative

  • Solicit business and technical requirements. Help translating those into flexible, scalable and resilient design proposals.

  • Review architecture proposals with tech leads as well as senior business partners.

  • Provide technical directions by analyzing designs and reviewing code to achieve high quality software deliveries for the team.

  • Create strategies and transition plans, prioritize work, drive book of work and manage deliveries of the projects.

  • Following agile development methodology, facilitate all agile ceremonies, operate as technical product owner and collaborating with stakeholders drive the projects to its successful completion.

Supervisory Responsibilities:

  • Manage development of core foundational technical components as well as select functional projects.

  • Manage resources against commitments to ensure high quality solutions are consistently delivered to established expectations.


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.

Candidates will be evaluated based on their ability to demonstrate a proven track record of proficiency at the following competencies and organizational objectives:

  • Ability to quickly gain credibility as a strong engineering lead who can work with the risk technology team to set best practices

  • Demonstrate and embed the behaviors and competencies that create a risk aware and regulatory compliance and internal control mindset within the organization.

  • Operate effectively as a member of the wider team through partnership, collaboration and influencing across the relevant business and technology functions and partner with leads in other technology domains.

  • Create and adhere to delivery roadmaps partnering with other leaders. Strong execution mindset.

  • Solutions architecture experience. Ability to design and develop high performance and flexible solutions.

  • Familiarity with Hadoop and/or other Big Data ecosystems required.

  • Experience in real time solutions leveraging Kafka and other event driven technologies

  • Experience with cloud computing required. AWS preferred.

  • An ability to communicate complex and technical issues to diverse audiences, orally and in writing

Technical Skills:

 Java development background with good understanding of advance object-oriented software development techniques.

Education and/or Experience:

Candidates will be evaluated primarily upon their ability to demonstrate the competencies required to be successful in the role, as described above. For reference, the typical work experience and educational background of candidates in this role are as follows:

  • Minimum of 12 years’ development experience within the financial industry preferred

  • Experience developing high performance data and compute platforms at scale. Experience delivering cloud native projects preferred.

  • Ability to coach and mentor developers at different levels

  • Proven ability to establish and execute technology best practices

  • Experience coaching Agile transformation efforts and leading Agile (preferably Scrum) development.

  • Preferred – prior leadership experience in guiding teams through cultural transformation.

  • Bachelor’s degree required in Computer Science or a technical discipline. Master’s degree preferred.

Certificates or Licenses

  • N/A

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-2264
  • Chicago - 125 S Franklin
  • Full Time Regular
  • Posted: Oct. 20, 2021

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.

This web site discusses exchange-traded options issued by The Options Clearing Corporation. No statement in this web site is to be construed as an endorsement, recommendation or solicitation to purchase or sell a security, or to provide investment advice. Options involve risk and are not suitable for all investors. Prior to buying or selling an option, a person must receive a copy of the disclosure document, Characteristics and Risks of Standardized Options. Individuals should not enter into option transactions until they have read and understood this document. To obtain copies, contact your broker, any exchange on which options are traded, or The Options Clearing Corporation, 125 S. Franklin Street, Suite 1200, Chicago, IL 60606 ([email protected]occ.com).