Campus: Operations Analyst (2020 Start)

| Chicago

Our Back Office Engineering and Operations team is seeking an Operations Analyst. This team is responsible for infrastructure that records and reconciles our trades and positions in addition to various controls and monitoring of our live trading environment.

Within the Operations Analyst role, you will ensure these systems are functioning correctly and allow trading to operate with confidence.

What you’ll do:

  • Prepare all daily, intraday, and monthly reconciliations and address any exceptions
  • Use scripts and queries to research and analyze reconciliation issues on daily and monthly intervals
  • Identify, resolve and analyze differences in PnL
  • Develop fluency with existing systems, infrastructure, and procedures and proactively improve them
  • Identify opportunities to intelligently automate while maintaining firm human control
  • Gather and analyze metrics to improve and report on the performance and efficiency of back office systems
  • Work in tandem with back office engineering to ensure the health and stability of the back office processes and systems
  • Continually drive systems toward cleanliness, simplicity, and reliability
  • Create documentation to ensure processes and tasks are consistent and repeatable as well as increase knowledge sharing across the back office team

What you’ll need:

  • A Bachelor’s degree
  • Ability to proactively identify both technical and operational deficiencies
  • Ability to automate and improve processes by learning and applying technical tools such as Excel, VBA, Scripting, or SQL
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Experience with balancing, trade reconciliation or experience in a trade settlement role is a plus, but not required
  • Legal authorization to work in the U.S. is required; we will not sponsor individuals for employment authorization for this job opening

Who we are:

Optiver is a leading global electronic market maker specializing in pricing, execution and risk management. Working together, our traders and software engineers design proprietary systems and execute strategies to provide liquidity and increase market efficiencies.

Put simply, we improve the markets. That’s not merely an aspiration, but our reason for being. It requires intelligence, obviously. But in this industry, that’s table stakes. We’re seeking traders, software engineers and interns who up the ante with nerve, with guts and, most importantly, with heart. We’re looking for the bold. Does that describe you? Then opt in.

*We accept one application per role per year. If you have previously applied to the Operations Analyst position during this season and have been unsuccessful, you can reapply once the next recruitment season begins in 2020.

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Technology we use

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


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.


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.


Quantitative Trader

What are Optiver Perks + Benefits

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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