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.

Title: Lead Developer

Location: Chicago

We are looking for senior developers to lead large projects, cultivate teams, and be role models within a maturing organization. You will have an opportunity to engineer simple and elegant systems that can quickly change to meet the dynamic needs of our industry. Our development teams leverage technology to solve a variety of difficult problems. Our trading strategies must respond to market events in microseconds or less and we automatically price large, diverse sets of financial instruments with extremely low error tolerance. We continually sanitize, store, and analyze terabytes of data produced by market activity and our trading system. Our user interfaces must present coherent, responsive real-time visualizations of market activity and system performance while providing intuitive control of a highly complex system.

We are aiming to grow and mature every part of our development group, so depending on your skills and interests, we will find the right team and project for you.

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. We employ 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 is every employee’s responsibility to make our company better. Founded in 1986, Optiver has been profitable every year of its existence.
 
Our Lead Developers:
•   Establish vision and guide teams of developers.
•   Ensure new programs fit into and follow our architectural standards.
•   Develop a deep understanding of options trading and exchanges.
•   Collaborate deeply with traders, engineers, and researchers.
•   Form strong opinions, loosely held.
 
What you'll need:
•   Strong engineering instincts and computer science fundamentals.
•   Creative, big-picture thinking grounded in real-world pragmatism.
•   Agility in a rapidly evolving environment coupled with a desire to continuously improve.
•   Readiness to set technical direction, promote engineering principles, and do the right thing.
 
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!
Landon
Software Developer
at Optiver
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.
Jared
Linux Engineer
at Optiver
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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.
Culture
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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