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Graduate position
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Ready to join a leading global market maker? Here's your chance to discover what your world-class mathematical and analytical skills are made of. With a competitive edge and a finger on the pulse of global markets, you'll be trusted to manage your diverse portfolio – as well as the risk that accompanies it. With your razor-sharp decision making skills, you thrive processing and reacting to a constant stream of live market data. Your success will be determined by your ability to take this information, and use it to strike the right balance between risk and reward.

Your trading activities will be supported by a collaborative team of brilliant researchers, engineers, and analysts, with whom you'll work closely to develop trading strategies that tackle complex market behaviors.

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 is an industry leader across every product we choose to trade. We don’t just meet industry standards – we aim to set them by continually raising the bar for accurate pricing, execution and risk management. In order to remain at the forefront of market making, our teams must adapt, innovate and constantly improve. That's where you come in. 

As we continue to expand, we're looking for a Trader to join Optiver's trading floor – which is one of the most dynamic and exciting in Europe. As a Trader, you will price and trade financial products to fulfill our market making responsibilities, rapidly processing information from multiple sources and taking action to adjust trading parameters.

Upon starting as a Trader, you will be immersed in an intensive two-month training program alongside other new recruits and employees from other departments within the organisation. The first month will be classroom based, bringing you up to speed with the theoretical basics of pricing and the workings of the wider organisation. The second month you will compete against your peers in live simulation trading. Upon graduation from the training program you will join one of our Trading Teams. We believe hands-on experience is the best way to learn and that is exactly what we provide no matter what academic background you come from. 

Who you are:

We value Traders who take the initiative to closely collaborate with our technology and research functions, contributing your perspective to further improve everything we do. 

In terms of qualifications, we’re looking for:

  • An academic degree in Mathematics, Engineering, Physics, Econometrics, Finance, Computer Science or equivalent
  • Excellent numerical and analytical skills
  • A proactive problem-solving nature
  • Fast decision-making skills under pressure
  • Competitive attitude and eagerness to constantly improve yourself
  • Great attention to detail
  • Computer programming skills are not required but definitely a plus

What you’ll get:

  • The chance to start 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 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 the Recruitment Team on

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

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.

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