Campus: Data Scientist (Summer 2019 Start)

| Chicago

Optiver is looking for entry level Data Scientists in our Chicago office. Ideal candidates will leverage proven abilities in statistical analysis and data mining to assist in developing new trading strategies as well as refine existing ones.

You will be responsible for quantitative analysis, research, and tool development. As members of the Trading Team, Data Scientists will collaborate with Traders to creatively solve problems.

What you'll do:

  • Quantitatively analyze trade and market data
  • Use a multitude of mathematical techniques to identify patterns in financial markets
  • Collaborate with Senior Traders and Data Scientists to develop strategies based on identified patterns
  • Rigorously back-test prototyped trading strategies

What you’ll need:

  • 0 to 1 year of work experience, preferably within the financial services industry
  • Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, Statistics or related field.
  • Proficiency with a programming language, preferably Python, C or R
  • Solid understanding of basic statistics
  • The ability to think independently and work collaboratively
  • The willingness to teach others and learn new techniques
  • Ability to communicate clearly with Traders and Developers

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 1,000 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.

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Technology we use

  • Engineering
    • C#Languages
    • C++Languages
    • JavaLanguages
    • PythonLanguages

Location

130 E. Randolph Street, Chicago, IL 60601

An Insider's view of Optiver

What projects are you most excited about?

I’ve really come to appreciate what “proprietary” in “prop trading” means for our development culture. It enables a quick feedback and iteration loop where improvements are sometimes identified, designed, & implemented in a matter of hours. It also promotes a close-knit team culture where ideas come from all levels.

Owen

Software Engineer

How do you collaborate with other teams in the company?

One of my favorite aspects of Optiver is the openness of our company culture. We’re always encouraged to learn from each other and share ideas across teams, and this spirit of collaboration really permeates every interaction you’ll have.

Xiaoyu

Quantitative Trader

What are Optiver Perks + Benefits

Culture
Eat lunch together
Daily Stand Up
Open Office Floor Plan
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K) Matching
Performance Bonus
Match Charitable Contributions
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Generous PTO
Paid Volunteer Time
Paid Holidays
Perks & Discounts
Beer on Tap
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
Company Outings
Free Daily Meals
Game Room
Stocked Kitchen
Happy Hours

Additional Perks + Benefits

Fully paid health insurance premiums for employees • Generous 401(k) Plan • 25 days of paid vacation • Free catered breakfast and lunch daily • Weekly in-house chair massages • Complimentary in-house barista

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