Optiver’s story began over 30 years ago, when we started business as a single trader on the floor of Amsterdam’s options exchange. Today, we are at the forefront of trading and technology as a leading global electronic market maker, focused on pricing, execution and risk management.

DevOps and Automation Engineer at Optiver

Title: DevOps and Automation Engineer
Location: Chicago

Optiver's DevOps and Automation Engineers create highly-functional tools and instrumentation to support the needs and processes of IT, development, and trading teams.  If you are an engineer who enjoys a blend of being strategic and hands-on, this is the role for you. As a member of our DevOps team, you will have a balance of targeted projects building systems used across IT and troubleshooting for individual teams and challenges. This makes for an exciting mix of IT engineering across the stack, paired with the aggressive pace of a highly competitive trading firm. You will gain a deep knowledge of the operational requirements that support our infrastructure and trading systems, all of which is critical for moving our trading business forward.

Who we are:
Optiver is a proprietary global market maker, trading on major financial markets around the world. We opened our first office in Amsterdam and now have locations in Chicago, Shanghai, and Sydney. Optiver employs over 900 highly educated professionals worldwide who are continuously improving the way we work and striving for excellence in everything we do. Being good is not good enough, and it’s everyone’s responsibility to make our company better. Founded in 1986, Optiver has been profitable every year of its existence.

What you'll do:
• Build monitoring and configuration management tools and dashboards/instrumentation
• Develop simple, elegant, and maintainable designs
• Automate trading application and infrastructure deployments 
• Integrate OS build tools like Ansible into surrounding network and server management systems
• Code against a variety of data sources inclusive of xml, json, sql, svn, and application logs
• Serve as a full stack engineer for Django web frontends and REST APIs used by IT, development, and trading
• Gather and report metrics used to maintain and improve the performance and efficiency of trading systems
• Work in tandem with operations and development to ensure the health of the production trading environment
• Continually drive production systems toward cleanliness, simplicity, and reliability
• Track and solve issues as part of a fast-paced results driven set of IT teams

What you'll need:
• Bachelor’s degree in a technical field or equivalent expertise
• 3+ years IT engineering/support experience
• Excellent software design and development skills, preferably with Python
• Excellent understanding of operating systems, preferably Redhat Linux and Windows
• Strong SQL and database administration skills
• Strong understanding of network architectures and switch APIs
• Knowledge of trading exchanges and financial instruments is a plus

What you'll get:
25 days paid vacation; paid commuting expenses up to the maximum allowable amount; attractive bonus structure; training opportunities; generous 401K company match; fully paid health insurance premiums; breakfast, lunch, snacks and beverages provided daily; weekly in-house chair massages; casual dress; game room and more!

Company Reviews

Every day I collaborate with co-workers to solve interesting problems, and go head-to-head with them in fierce board game competitions multiple evenings a month. It's great!
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Optiver gives me the opportunity to work with like-minded individuals to tackle challenging problems. Coming into work is no longer a chore, but something that I look forward to each and every day.
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Why work with us
People at Optiver love challenges, welcome collaboration, and strive to be better tomorrow than they are today. Improving the market is an extraordinary challenge that requires a carefully crafted approach. Optiver provides a collaborative working environment to tackle these challenges. In fact, it is this way of working that sets us apart.
We are as passionate about our people as they are about their work. As a dynamic and high-performing company, our people help shape our collaborative culture. Our informal environment and flat structure offers everyone at Optiver the opportunity to thrive both personally and professionally.
Perks & Benefits
Fully paid health insurance premiums for employees
Generous 401(k) Plan
25 days of paid vacation
Paid commuting expenses
Free catered breakfast and lunch daily
Weekly in-house chair massages

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