Senior Site Reliability Engineer

| Chicago

Our Site Reliability Engineers are the stewards of our trading systems, balancing a safe, orderly production environment with profitability and sustainable growth. Your responsibility is to stay ahead of the complexity inherent in scaling a distributed system that handles over half a million correlated financial instruments across multiple data centers and thousands of servers, all the while striving for simplicity and operational excellence.

As a Senior Site Reliability Engineer, you are a key driver of our operational culture by deeply understanding how our systems work together and providing your technical expertise to influence design decisions for our infrastructure. You’ll solve a broad spectrum of problems across the entire stack with custom solutions built from the ground-up. Rather than simply stringing existing tools together the challenge in this role is to engineer critical infrastructure that impacts the bottom line.

Technology at Optiver:

Our engineers work closely with development and operations teams to identify the business problems we face and build the infrastructure to meet them. We apply a disciplined and scientific approach. We engineer simple, well-architected solutions that meet the dynamic needs of our production systems. Our passion is to solve problems which really matter to the business, and we take pride in the quality of our solutions.

What you'll do:

        • Design, build and maintain infrastructure used to deploy, monitor, and configure a suite of proprietary trading applications
        • Establish vision and technical direction for major initiatives
        • Provide DevOps expertise to development, operations, and trading teams
        • Establish and implement configuration and interoperability standards across trading applications
        • Thoughtfully decide when to build and when to buy
        • Build infrastructure to monitor the health and stability of the production trading environment
        • Ensure new and existing programs adhere to our coding, architectural, and operational standards
        • Track and solve issues as part of a fast-paced and results driven IT team

What you'll need:

        • Bachelor’s degree in CS or related technical field
        • Experience with Python, Ruby, or Perl
        • Experience with SQL and data administration
        • Experience with operating systems and understanding network architectures
        • Knowledge of trading exchanges and financial instruments is 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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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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