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Data Center Engineer

| Chicago

Title:  Data Center Engineer
Location: Chicago

At Optiver, we strive for excellence in all things we do. We are looking for Data Center Engineers that share this mindset. A well-planned and well-orchestrated cabling and racking infrastructure is just as important to us as well-engineered trading software. If you are someone who takes pride in what you do, who relentlessly strives for perfection, who gets a kick out of systematizing and organizing your domain, then you’re the person we seek. This is a chance to take ownership of the physical part of our trading infrastructure across multiple data centers and thousands of servers, all the while striving for simplicity and operational excellence.

What you'll do: 
You will be in charge of maintaining our US data centers, including but not limited to the following:
•   Installing and cabling switches, servers, and appliances in our onsite data center
•   Facilitating installation of servers and network equipment with smart hands in remote co-locations
•   Managing power and space including monitoring and capacity planning
•   Maintaining a consistent and clean cable management philosophy 
•   Managing cable inventory
•   Replacing hard drives/memory/transceivers and other hardware related tasks as required by our server and network teams
•   Assisting with planning moves or new build-outs 
•   Getting equipment to and from remote colocations including packing/shipping
•   Maintaining data center documentation  

What you'll need:
•   Willingness to work late shifts 11am-8pm
•   Attention to detail and cleanliness
•   Ability to identify basic parts of network equipment – SFPs, line cards, chassis
•   Ability to identify basic parts of servers – memory, network card, hard drives, etc..
•   Experience with identifying port locations for specific device manufacturers (Cisco, Arista, Juniper)
•   Knowledge of structured cabling systems using cat 5, cat 6, multi-mode and single-mode fiber
•   Familiarity with both power and communications cabling standards
•   Experience configuring and using cable testers for both fiber and copper to troubleshoot cabling issues
•   An understanding of change control processes
•   Strong documentation mentality
•   Ability to lift 75lbs
•   Reliable transportation
•   Willingness to occasionally work weekends, and to travel to New Jersey colocations
•   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

What are Optiver Perks + Benefits

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
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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