You are here:

Execution Trader

Graduate position
Required language
Dutch, English


Imagine hundreds of thousands of interconnected financial products – all competitively and accurately priced. Picture a constant influx of live market data informing your trading strategies. Think of cutting-edge systems that allow you to seize opportunities which vanish in a nanosecond. Consider relationships with brokers from across Europe's professional markets. Feel the unlimited freedom to prove yourself. Welcome to life as Optiver's Execution Trader. 

Who we are:

Optiver is a tech-driven trading firm and leading global market maker. As one of the oldest market making institutions, we are a trusted partner of 50+ exchanges across the globe. Our mission is to constantly improve the market by injecting liquidity, providing accurate pricing, increasing transparency and acting as a stabilising force no matter the market conditions. With a focus on continuous improvement, we participate in the safeguarding of healthy and efficient markets for everyone who participates.

Our Amsterdam office is where it all began. Over 35 years ago, Optiver’s business started with a single trader on the floor of Amsterdam’s European Stock Exchange. Since our 1986 founding, Optiver’s Amsterdam office has grown into one of the most dynamic and exciting trading floors in Europe. Our culture reflects the Dutch capital city’s progressive, innovative and inclusive nature. With its unique spirit, Amsterdam is the ideal hub for our teams to trade a wide range of products from listed derivatives to cash equities, ETFs, bonds and foreign exchange. 

What you’ll do:

Optiver's Amsterdam trading floor is one of the most dynamic and exciting in Europe. As our Execution Trader, you will become the link to our external trading partners in the inter-dealer broker (IDB) market. You will utilise our trading strategies, but also have responsibility for maintaining key international relationships. This means you must be a people person and master at building and maintaining relationships. It's a role that requires excellent EQ and the ability to successfully multitask under pressure.

Your primary area of responsibility will be facilitating non-screen-based trade requests from our network of brokers. With your excellent attention to detail and strong communication skills, no opportunity will get past you. With the support of experienced Execution Traders, you’ll oversee end-to-end trades, crossing all the T's and dotting all the I's on a deal. Our standing as a direct price provider will be in your very capable hands, and we'll give you the freedom and trust to grow this rapidly scaling area of the business. 

Who you are:

  • Either a final year student, recent graduate, a Trader or Broker with at least 2 years of relevant experience
  • You have a high EQ and superior interpersonal skills, along with the ability to positively influence outcomes
  • You possess excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • You have the ability to work well under pressure 
  • You are detailed oriented
  • You thrive making fast decisions and handling a high volume of trades – often simultaneously
  • You have an academic degree

What you’ll get:

  • The chance to further your career working alongside best-in-class professionals from over 40 different countries.
  • Our performance based bonus structure is unmatched anywhere in the industry. We combine our profits across desks, teams and offices into a global profit pool fostering a truly collaborative environment to work in.

Alongside this you will get great secondary benefits such as 25 paid vacation days, fully paid first-class commuting expenses, training opportunities, discounts on health insurance, breakfast and lunch facilities, sports and leisure activities, Friday afternoon drinks and even weekly in-house chair massages. Being highly international, we are accustomed to guiding expats through their relocation, offering competitive relocation packages and providing visa sponsorship where necessary.

How to apply:

Are you interested in furthering your career on one of the most dynamic and exciting trading floors in Europe?

Apply directly via the form below for the position of Execution Trader. Please provide us with a CV and letter of motivation in English. Applications without a letter of motivation will not be reviewed. When we think there is a potential match, you will hear from us sooner than you expect. If you have any questions feel free to contact our Recruiter Cameron Marett on

Please note, if you are selected from your application to proceed to the next round for the position of Execution Trader, you might be required to take an online assessment.

Kindly note that we do not require any assistance from third-parties including agencies in the recruitment of this role.

Diversity Statement

As an intentionally flat organisation, we believe that great ideas and impact can come from everyone. We are passionate about empowering individuals and creating diverse teams that thrive. Every person at Optiver should feel included, valued and respected, because we believe our best work is done together.

Our commitment to diversity and inclusion is hardwired through every stage of our hiring process. We encourage applications from candidates from any and all backgrounds, and we welcome requests for reasonable adjustments during the process to ensure that you can best demonstrate your abilities.

Please find the link to the vacancy here: