We clear and settle trades for the options industry.
Dallas-Fort Worth, TX

Associate Principal, Software Engineering: Software Development Test (SDET) at OCC (Dallas, TX)

| Dallas-Fort Worth, TX
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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 Associate Principal, Software Engineering: SDET works with business analysts, developers and other QA team members. They will be primarily responsible for running Functional testing, Integration testing, Release and End to End testing.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities:

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

Creating, maintaining and executing automation test plans for transactional and computational scenarios, writing code against software platforms, estimating testing efforts, analyzing and communicating test results, defect tracking and participation in day to day acceptance test activities, and contribute to the company’s performance and scalability testing efforts. 

• Collaborating with others to deliver complex projects which may involve multiple systems

• Continuously thinking about the next steps while improving yourself and others around you

• Contribute to our long-term vision and strategy for improved quality via automation

• Develop, enhance, and extend automation frameworks 

• Analyze and communicate test results and defect tracking 

• Participate in performance and load test efforts as needed

• Assist in the planning, creation and control of the test environments and test data 

• Define test strategy, conduct requirements analysis for testability, identify scope, conduct risk and mitigation planning, configuration management planning, write master and detailed test plans for test planning and design.

• Participate in the review of acceptance test procedures and processes and provide recommendations for improvements to eliminate redundancies in testing and improve efficiency. 

• Collaborate with team on best automation practices, design, and implementation.

• Presents clear and effective analysis to business user and product owner for sign-off.

• Participates in sprint planning, understands prioritizes from product owner, proactively takes on and completes tasks either independently or collaboratively.

• Conducts regression, integration, and systems testing on newly designed or modified applications/systems. Writes clear and precise defect reports as required for identified software defects and functional defects based on testing results.

• Other duties as assigned

Supervisory Responsibilities:

  • None


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.

• Familiar with clearing and/or financial risk management concepts like trade, position and collateral management, financial risks, market participants, assets, derivatives, hedging, Greeks, profit and loss, value at risk, margin; understands how a derivative clearing house works is a plus.

• Experience working in an Agile environment 

• Hands-on experience with writing automation test code and utilizing leading industry standards tools and frameworks that can simulate complex multi-system scenarios 

• Proficiency with automated testing types (Unit, Functional, Load, Security, Behavioral, Integration, Component, Contract and End to End) 

• Strong testing experience which includes developing test plans, automate test cases, and working with test frameworks.

• Deep analytical skills with ability to describe methods of testing highly sophisticated systems, diagnose systems defects, and clearly communicate to project constituents, key findings, and learning. 

• Ability to thrive in a fast-paced and team-focused environment.

• Highly motivated and business-oriented individual who is willing and capable to wear multiple hats in getting assigned work done.

• Good verbal and written communication and presentation skills in conveying complex business and model concepts and work in harmony with business and technical team.

• Ability to adapt quickly to changing priorities, environment constraints and project deadlines.

• Excellent organizational skills, able to manage and prioritize assignments and respond to shifting priorities

• Ability to meet aggressive deadlines efficiently and effectively

Technical Skills:

• Automated Testing framework experience (Cucumber, Selenium, Mocha/Chai, TestNG)

Education and/or Experience:

Certificates or Licenses:

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What are OCC Perks + Benefits

OCC Benefits Overview

Educational Assistance and Student Debt Forgiveness, 12-week paid parental leave, technology stipend up to $2,000, mobile data reimbursement of $35 per month. Open offices, online health coaching.

Volunteer in local community
Each year, OCC employees select a locally-based charitable organization for each of our three offices (Chicago, Dallas and Washington, D.C.). We offer multiple opportunities to get involved.
Partners with Nonprofits
OCC Partners with local organizations in Dallas, Chicago and DC to raise funds and support their missions. Employees select the charity and are eligible for up to 8 hours of paid time to volunteer.
Friends outside of work
Daily sync
Open door policy
Team owned deliverables
Team based strategic planning
Open office floor plan
Dedicated Diversity/Inclusion Staff
Unconscious bias training
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Disability Insurance
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Life Insurance
Wellness Programs
Mental Health Benefits
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K) Matching
OCC provides employees with a 401(k) matching plan managed by Fidelity. We match 50% of contributions up to 6% of an employee's annual gross pay.
Performance Bonus
Match charitable contributions
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Flexible Work Schedule
OCC provides employees with a flexible work schedule that includes Flexible start and end times.
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Generous PTO
OCC employees receive between 22 and 32 days per year of paid time off based on years of service.
Paid Volunteer Time
Eligible employees get 30 days of paid sabbatical after their first 10 years of working at the company.
Paid Holidays
Paid Sick Days
Perks & Discounts
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
OCC Offers pre-tax commuter benefits for employees in Chicago and Washington, D.C.
Happy Hours
Relocation Assistance
OCC offers relocation assistance which varies based on the position level and location.
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
OCC offers employees professional development opportunities including onsite training courses and the ability to attend job related certification courses, conferences and seminars.
Tuition Reimbursement
Our tuition reimbursement plan offers an annual max of $1000.
Lunch and learns
OCC hosts leadership lunches on a regular basis so you can learn about your colleagues and their unique backgrounds.
Cross functional training encouraged
Promote from within
Online course subscriptions available
Customized development tracks
Paid industry certifications
Employees are strongly encouraged to stay current in relevant technologies and supports certification programs.

Additional Perks + Benefits

We were just recognized as a best place to work for working parents! Take a look at our blog post here: https://www.theocc.com/Newsroom/Views/2021/04-26-OCC-Designated-as-Best…

An Insider's view of OCC

What are some social events your company does?

Monthly happy hours and cultural celebrations to honor our diverse workforce.


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