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Executive Director, Cloud Engineering

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

This role will oversee and manage a team of highly technical team members and perform a range of activities required to both maintain and continuously automate a large, complex cloud-based computing environment. In addition, you will lead and develop technical guidance to the team. This will involve utilizing best leadership practices for the management, architecture, configuration, high availability, disaster recovery, administration, and automation of the enterprise environment with cloud technologies. These activities will drive the creation of new infrastructure and environments, which will be critical to continued growth and adoption of broad cloud/automation goals across the business. The ideal candidate is a leader passionate about new technologies and leading technical teams to accomplish complex project initiatives and implement mission critical systems, while keeping current with trends in the Cloud and Infrastructure spaces for areas to improve, with a steady eye towards the extensive regulatory/compliance demands on our company (e.g. CIS, NIST, etc).

Primary Duties and Responsibilities:

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

  • Reports to the Executive Director, Infrastructure Engineering, Cloud and Enterprise Platforms

  • Leads the team in the design, configure, implement and manage a fully automated workflow for provisioning and maintaining a complex, highly available cloud environment using infrastructure as code

  • Oversees the development and maintenance of a library of deployable, tested, and documented automation design scripts, processes, and procedures for deploying services to the cloud

  • Lead the DevOps development activities and complex development tasks that will involve working with tools such as Docker, Kafka and container management systems

  • Oversee cloud computing environment build-outs, software installation, maintenance and support, including but not limited to, patches, fixes, end-of-life preparation, and upgrades

  • Manages the team on the reliability of the services your area of responsibility provide and manage to both specific and implied SLAs to help the organization achieve both internal and external quality standard excellence for the cloud platform

  • Lead the assessments and plans for capacity needs within the cloud platform and forecast accordingly

  • Implement and manage initiatives within Cloud Engineering with accountability for results and compliance with all controls and security requirements

  • Oversee the development of technology roadmaps and end-of-life technology plans

  • Oversee the implementation of production changes during defined maintenance windows and support on call rotation

  • Maintain appropriate work/personal balance within your team

  • Foster an atmosphere of trust, respect, and high performance while displaying strong ethics and integrity

  • Lead in the management of project and daily work tasks planning and prioritization and meeting project deadlines while also maintaining a high quality of work

  • Manages the budget; and assures adherence to schedules, work plans, and performance requirements

  • Oversee remediation efforts related to findings and observations in areas of responsibility. Ensure remediation addresses root cause, improves OCC’s residual risk and is completed in a timely manner.

  • Other duties as assigned

Supervisory Responsibilities:

  • Manage a team

Qualifications:

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] Strong technical team leadership and technical project management skills are required

  • [Required] Relevant experience leading highly technical teams through adopting new technologies while also maintaining highly available, mission critical systems with a proven track record of success

  • [Required] Ability to clearly communicate verbally and in writing to business and technology leaders, architects, developers, and team members

  • [Required] Must be able to lead effectively a group of high performing, technical individuals

  • [Required] Experience overseeing work tasks using Agile methodology/scrum desired

  • [Required] Demonstrated history of managing teams work to hit deadlines and ability to work well under pressure

  • [Preferred] Experience working in an environment with a defined production change control process; experience with working with audits and compliance or in a regulated environment a plus

Technical Skills:

  • [Required] Strong technical team leadership and technical project management skills are required

  • [Required] Relevant experience leading highly technical teams through adopting new technologies while also maintaining highly available, mission critical systems with a proven track record of success

  • [Required] Ability to clearly communicate verbally and in writing to business and technology leaders, architects, developers, and team members

  • [Required] Must be able to lead effectively a group of high performing, technical individuals

  • [Required] Experience overseeing work tasks using Agile methodology/scrum desired

  • [Required] Demonstrated history of managing teams work to hit deadlines and ability to work well under pressure

  • [Preferred] Experience working in an environment with a defined production change control process; experience with working with audits and compliance or in a regulated environment a plus

Education and/or Experience:

  • [Required] Bachelor’s degree, preferably in a technical discipline (Computer Science, Mathematics, etc.), or equivalent combination of education and experience required

  • [Required] 15+ years experience in IT systems installation, operations, administration, and maintenance of cloud systems / virtualized servers

  • [Preferred] Experience working in a financial services or highly regulated environment preferred

Certificates or Licenses:

  • [Required] AWS Solutions Architect Associate Certification or higher strongly desired

  • [Preferred] Relevant industry certifications such as Microsoft Azure or Google Cloud

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-2886
  • Chicago - 125 S Franklin
  • Full Time Regular
  • Posted: Sep. 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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