Operations Analyst at Optiver

| Chicago
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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’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. With over 1,000 employees globally and 200 in our Chicago office, our mission to improve the market unites us.

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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 door policy
Group brainstorming sessions
Open office floor plan
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Disability Insurance
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Life Insurance
Onsite Gym
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K) Matching
Performance Bonus
Match charitable contributions
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
Family Medical Leave
Company sponsored family events
Optiver hosts a family-oriented summer event.
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Generous PTO
Paid Volunteer Time
Paid Holidays
Paid Sick Days
Perks & Discounts
Beer on Tap
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
Company Outings
Free Daily Meals
Game Room
Stocked Kitchen
Happy Hours
Professional Development Benefits
Tuition Reimbursement

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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