Executive Director, Enterprise Project Management Office

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 position will lead the development and execution of business transformation and project management practices for the organization, calibrating execution to risk and ensuring consistency in project execution. The position will partner with and influence senior leaders within the lines of business and functional areas to address a range of critical initiatives for technology, risk, and operations, including initiatives to respond to regulatory needs, increase operating performance, improve process design and controls, and generate bottom-line improvements. This includes setting strategy, ensuring staff adherence to the Project Management Methodology and associated policies and procedures.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities:

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


  • Build a high-performance environment and implement a people strategy that attracts, retains, develops, and motivates their team by fostering an inclusive work environment; communicating vision/values/business strategy and managing succession and development planning for the team

  • Establish strong relationships with internal stakeholders to effectively understand and communicate the business rationale behind programs and initiatives, creating alignment and facilitating clear communication lines for status and scope updates for each project and the entire portfolio

  • Follow a portfolio management process to enable a balance between workload and capacity. Balance the predictable execution of corporate initiatives against the addition of new projects or scope to existing projects

  • Oversees program execution team and its development of clear and effective program plans and project plans that establish clear and achievable objectives, balances competing demands for quality, scope, time and cost, and adapts specifications, plans and approaches to the different concerns and expectations of the various stakeholders

  • Execute against existing project delivery policies, processes, and procedures that support efficient and effective project full-lifecycle delivery while maintaining adherence to internal project management standards. Responsible for continuous improvement in project management practices

  • Manage overall portfolio health including milestones, risks, issues, and escalation as appropriate

  • Lead ideation of process improvement ideas; define business cases and determine quantifiable impact/benefit of desired enhancements or issues to support prioritization of work efforts

  • Make recommendations for process improvements across the company, and implement them through the delivery process if approved

  • Ensure that EPMO routinely conducts project quality and compliance assessments

  • Ensure that open audit and regulatory items have been resolved with excellence in timely manner

  • Lead the execution of special projects as assigned by Senior Management

  • Manage projects and programs within the department budget and adhere to department goals and objectives

  • Lead and grow a high performing program and project execution team of 25-30 full time and contract employees

  • Set and clearly communicate priorities and performance expectations, provide feedback and coaching, and conduct performance appraisals. Provide leadership and mentoring to staff, while remaining well-informed of projects and staying abreast of industry best practices.

  • 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

Supervisory Responsibilities:

  • Manage a team


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] Advanced familiarity with project management methodologies

  • [Required] Proven ability to manage a project in various stages of the project life cycle from initiation through completion

  • [Required] Proven ability to contribute consistently and positively in a dynamic, fast-paced, and highly regulated environment

  • [Required] Proven ability to facilitate project alignment between business and technical teams

  • [Required] Analytical problem-solver

  • [Required] Self-directed and detail oriented

  • [Required] Highly effective organization and planning skills

  • [Required] Excellent written and verbal communication skills, including effective presentation skills

  • [Required] Develops and maintains constructive and cooperative working relationships

Technical Skills:

  • [Required] Strong experience with project management tools such as Microsoft Project and SharePoint (or similar PPM tool)

  • [Required] Proficiency in using Microsoft Office products (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Visio)

  • [Required] Experience with Agile tools such as Jira and Confluence

  • [Preferred] Advanced knowledge of application development and testing processes

Education and/or Experience:

  • Required] Bachelor’s degree in business or technical discipline required

  • [Required] 15+ years of experience in project management or project leadership role

Certificates or Licenses:

  • [Preferred] PMP and/or BPM Certification

  • [Preferred] ITIL, Agile, or Scrum experience/certification

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-2844
  • Chicago - 125 S Franklin
  • Full Time Regular
  • Posted: Aug. 16, 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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