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Optiver is an international and innovative proprietary trading firm. We deal with highly-automated electronic market making activities. With offices in Amsterdam, Chicago and Sydney, employing around 600 talented individuals from over 30 nationalities, we trade in more than 20 countries, across 5 continents, 24 hours a day.
Although market making is our core activity, we rely heavily on our IT expertise and excellent Business Operations support. We recognise that only the very latest hardware and software will ensure fast and reliable connections with option exchanges worldwide. Our success is the result of our continuous attention to innovation, and we aim to always stay ahead of the technology curve.
For our Trading department we are looking for final-year students or recent graduates from a an analytically related field of study such as Finance, Economics, Econometrics, Financial Engineering, Engineering, Mathematics, Computer Science or Physics. A flair for numbers, a passion for financial markets and a hugely competitive nature are a must.
We don’t hire trading clerks; we hire traders.
As a Trader you will immediately have a high responsibility level, trading your own book within 3 weeks. You will be pricing and trading financial options, while managing a complex portfolio of financial instruments. You are expected to take initiative in improving pricing models and show innovation with new trading strategies in order to seize any opportunity that should arise in the market. Finally, you need to be dedicated to constantly improve your market knowledge and develop your personal skills.
For our IT department we are scouting for talented final-year students and recent graduates in an IT related field of study, such as Computer Science, IT Engineering, Informatics, Business Engineering or similar. We offer graduate positions in Software Development and Application Engineering. You will work in a superb high-tech learning environment together with Unix-, Network-, Windows- and Software Development experts.
No suits, no ties and no red tape. Our culture is one of our most valuable assets: result-driven, open and informal, team-based, ambitious and exceedingly flexible, whilst striving for professionalism within all our departments.
Our offices are modern and offer many stress-relieving extras, such as pool tables, table football and more. We give our employees the flexibility to be innovative, research their ideas and act upon them. Our working environment is ideal for ambitious and talented people who enjoy a challenge. Despite the independent nature of our profession, we are a very team-oriented company.
You can apply directly for one of our positions via our website.
For more information, please contact Kim Ruijer (Recruiter Trading) or Sander Hattinga van ‘t Sant (Recruiter IT). Interested in visiting an in-house day? Send an e-mail to email@example.com.
Do you have what it takes to become our next trader at Optiver? Sven Hubens (25) started in March 2011 as a trader at Optiver, his first job after graduating at the TU Eindhoven.
Why did you choose to work as a trader at Optiver?
When I was a child, I was already very interested in financial markets and started trading some stocks myself; I always had the drive to become a trader. During the last year of my study Technology Management I started to orientate myself on a career within trading. I’m a fast thinker, quick with numbers and that’s why I was immediately drawn to Optiver. During a company presentation I felt attracted to the dynamic and informal atmosphere of the company, combined with winners mentality and the possibility to grow fast within the organisation.
What are your main tasks as a trader?
I price and trade financial options, using computational models en market information to estimate the value of the product. We provide liquidity by providing quotes to the market, a buy- and a sell price. Next to that, I manage my trading positions and assess the trading risks involved. Within my team we mainly trade fixed income and currencies, for example German Bunds and the EUR/Dollar.
How did you experience your first months at Optiver?
As an Optiver ‘ trainee’ you will start with an intensive three month training period. During your first month you learn everything about the theory behind trading, but you’re expected to apply it directly into practice. In the second month the trading simulation starts and you’ll learn how trading actually works outside your study books. During this period your insight into trading will be extensively tested. After two months you’ll obtain a spot on the trading floor within one of our teams. The learning curve is steep, after three months I traded my own ‘desk’.
What distinguishes Optiver from other companies?
I see Optiver as a young, informal and international company with like-minded people, working together towards the same common goal. This, combined with the diversity in background and nationalities, is for me the perfect culture I would like to work in. Besides that, at Optiver I can actually execute my passion: trading. You will not work on presentations until 2 am, you will not be serving coffee whole day, you’re actually trading. For me it’s the perfect company to work for, with the opportunity to grow fast and getting the responsibilities to make a difference
Do you have what it takes?
Are you competitive and a fast decision-maker under pressure? Do you have a flair for numbers, a passion for financial markets and a competitive nature? You might be our next trader at Optiver. Apply for the Optiver Trading Master Class on May 23 & 24 2013 in Amsterdam.