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.

Trading Systems Support Engineer at Optiver

Title: Trading Systems Support Engineer 
Location: Chicago

Optiver's Trading Systems Support Engineers are the gatekeepers of the production trading environment. We firmly believe in balancing a safe, orderly production environment with profitability and sustainable growth. We are looking for engineers who share this vision, and who eschew complexity in favor of simplicity.

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:
• Deploy, monitor, and configure a complex suite of trading applications
• Provide exceptional trade support to a high frequency trading floor in a competitive market-making environment
• Provide skilled hands-on technical expertise to trading, risk, middle office, and compliance teams across Windows and Linux platforms
• Develop fluency with existing systems, infrastructure, and procedures and proactively improve them
• Intelligently automate while maintaining firm human control
• Script against configuration files, databases, and logs
• Gather and analyze metrics to improve and report on the performance and efficiency of trading systems
• Work in tandem with development to ensure the health and stability of the production trading environment
• Continually drive production systems toward cleanliness, simplicity, and reliability
• Participate in deep dive investigations necessary in troubleshooting and improving low latency systems
• Track and solve issues as part of a fast-paced results driven set of IT teams

What you'll need:
• Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience
• A high aptitude for learning and employing appropriate technologies 
• Solid scripting skills (Python, Ruby, or Perl preferred)
• Software development skills are a plus but not required
• SQL and database administration skills are preferred
• Solid understanding of operating systems
• Solid understanding of network architectures
• Knowledge of trading exchanges and financial instruments is not required

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

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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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