Optiver

Over 30 years ago, Optiver started as a single trader on the floor of Amsterdam’s Europeans Options Exchange. Today, we are a leading global market maker driven by technology, providing liquidity to financial markets using our own capital at our own risk. Focused on pricing, execution and risk management, we pioneer our own trading strategies and systems using clean code and sophisticated technology to trade a wide range of products: listed derivatives, cash equities, ETFs, bonds and foreign currencies. Our expertise allows us to continuously strive to offer the best prices in all market conditions.

Our mission to improve the market is what unites our diverse team of over 1100 people from more than 40 countries in our offices in Amsterdam, London, Chicago, Shanghai and Sydney.

Trading has changed rapidly over the last three decades; we have been leading this expansion in the world of market making. Our expertise allows us to continuously strive to offer the best prices in all market conditions. In addition to having outstanding quantitative skills, Traders have a deep understanding of market dynamics. They are constantly analysing positions and developing trading strategies to help us improve the market. 

This is why we are always on the lookout for motivated students with a flair for numbers, strong analytical skills and a competitive spirit, who learn quickly and are eager to help us solve the ever-changing challenges faced when making markets. Econometricians have proven to be a great fit for us!

We constantly recruit for:

  • (Algorithmic) Traders

  • Data Analysts

  • Quantitative Researchers

  • Execution Traders

Students who want to work alongside our trading and research teams with the opportunity to gain valuable insight into how our company operates, might be interested in our part-time Trading Analyst role.

Trading Analyst (academic part-time role)

As a Trading Analyst you will work directly on the Optiver trading floor, where over 100 individual traders manage their own trading book – making this one of the most dynamic and exciting trading floors in Europe. You will analyze day-to-day trading performance, work on projects to improve our strategies/pricing and make sure trading sheets are well structured. All of this will take place in close collaboration with our traders, analysts and engineers who constantly invite you to challenge the status quo and to propose areas of improvement. The opportunities to develop yourself in this role are endless and a steep learning curve is guaranteed. You can participate in our Trading for non-traders’ program, sign-up for Python and SQL courses after work, join the morning trading meetings and work on your personal effectiveness by participating in one of many courses our education department has on offer. All in all, the Trading Analyst role is a fantastic stepping stone to becoming a full-time Trader at Optiver.

This role is aimed at final year or penultimate students who have the ambition to work for us full-time upon graduation.