Principal, Cloud Engineering


Chicago, IL, USA

Full time



Aug 27


This role will perform a range of activities required to both maintain and continuously automate a large, complex cloud-based computing environment. In addition, you will provide technical guidance to the team and, when called upon, serve as a technical liaison between internal departments. This will involve utilizing best 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 passionate about new technologies 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).


  • Reports to the Executive Director of Platform Automation and Cloud Engineering
  • Design, configure, implement and manage a fully automated workflow for provisioning and maintaining a complex, highly available cloud environment using infrastructure as code
  • Develop and maintain a library of deployable, tested, and documented automation design scripts, processes, and procedures for deploying services to the cloud
  • Manage DevOps development activities and complex development tasks that will involve working with tools such as Docker, Kafka and container management systems
  • Lead and participate in cloud computing environment build-outs, software installation, maintenance and support, including but not limited to, patches, fixes, end-of-life preparation, and upgrades
  • Ensure 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
  • Assess and plan for capacity needs within the cloud platform and forecast accordingly
  • Implement and manage initiatives within your assigned area of responsibility with accountability for results and compliance with all controls and security requirements
  • Lead in the development of technology roadmaps and end-of-life technology plans
  • Effectively communicate project and operational service issues to senior management promptly with observations, decisions, and recommendations for corrective measures
  • Manage and participate in the implementation of production changes during defined maintenance windows and support on call rotation
  • Maintain appropriate work/personal balance within your team
  • Serve as a point of escalation within the team for support issues
  • Implement and manage rotational support schedules for afterhours and weekend work for area of responsibility
  • Foster an atmosphere of trust, respect, and high performance while displaying strong ethics and integrity
  • Manage project and daily work task planning and prioritization and meeting project deadlines while also maintaining a high quality of work
  • Institutes corrective actions to address audit and other regulatory or compliance findings
  • Operate within budget; Establish and assure adherence to schedules, work plans, and performance requirements
  • Write and maintain documentation of relevant systems, procedures and processes
  • Other duties as assigned

Supervisory Responsibilities

  • None

Qualifications & Experience

  • [Required] Good consultative, communication, team player and analytical skills are a must, as you will be regularly interacting between various teams distributed across the US
  • [Required] Working knowledge of infrastructure design and components, such as: servers, operating systems, networks, and storage
  • [Required] Experience with architecting, implementing and maintaining highly available mission critical environments for 24/7 availability
  • [Required] Experience working in an environment with a defined production change control process
  • [Required] Demonstrates history of working within deadlines and ability to work well under pressure

Technical Skills & Background

  • [Required] Strong hands-on experience scripting/development skills in Python, Ruby, Go, Java, JavaScript, etc. in a corporate environment
  • [Required] Hands-on experience with: Terraform, Kubernetes, Jenkins, Kafka, Github, OpenShift, and configuration management tools such as Puppet, Chef, or Ansible
  • [Required] Relevant experience with configuration and implementation of IaaS, Infrastructure as code, AWS, Azure, etc.


  • [Required] AWS Solutions Architect Associate Certification or higher strongly desired
  • [Preferred] Relevant industry certifications such as Microsoft Azure or Google Cloud

Education & Training

  • [Required] Bachelor’s degree, preferably in a technical discipline (Computer Science, Mathematics, etc.), or equivalent combination of education and experience required
  • [Required] 10+ 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

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

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 2 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

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OCC is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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