Head of Tax

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Optiver is looking for a motivated and detail-oriented Head of Tax with experience in international tax. As the Head of Tax you will play a key role in strategic business initiatives and complex international tax structure, all while supporting and directing a team of talented tax professionals.


What you’ll do:

  • Oversee and direct the tax function and tax planning/vision for US and UK entities and collaborate with Parent and affiliate tax groups, providing technical tax support for proprietary trading, physical asset and business operations
  • Drive a continuous improvement mindset across all tax department activities; identify new opportunities to add value to the business
  • Research, resolve, and liaise with tax consultants
  • Lead ongoing structure and transfer pricing initiatives, manage intercompany arrangements between affiliates
  • Manage tax multi-state, multi-national, and indirect (sales and use/VAT) tax compliance—own successful completion of returns, filings, provisions, estimates and allocations
  • Monitor tax law changes
  • Develop, mentor and support direct reports
  • Manage ongoing efforts for effective internal controls in a dynamic environment
  • Collaborate with the Head of Finance to streamline financial reporting support, tax accounting and disclosures
  • Work with Legal, HR, and Business Leads on strategic business initiatives
  • Effective communication to management on complex tax issues
  • Responsible for audits of federal, state and local filings
  • Partner with the payroll function for employee-related tax items, including T&E and stock-based compensation
  • Manage special projects

What you’ll need:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Accounting required, MBA or Masters in Taxation, preferred
  • CPA certification required
  • 15+ years of experience in a position that has managed tax deliverables and tax projects
  • Experience with structuring and transfer pricing required
  • Experience with federal and state compliance for corporations required
  • Strong track record of identifying and implementing process improvement and control monitoring
  • Experience managing a team, projects, and processes
  • Excellent communication and analytical skills
  • Strong organizational and interpersonal skills
  • Highly motivated, detail oriented individual able to handle multiple priorities in a fast paced environment
  • Experience with sales and use/local tax and VAT a plus
  • 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 proprietary trading firm using technology to provide the most up-to-date and competitive prices in financial products around the world. Put simply, we improve the markets. Achieving this requires excellence in everything we do. That’s not merely an aspiration, but our reason for being.

We’re seeking people 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.

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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 sync
Open door policy
Group brainstorming sessions
Open office floor plan
Diversity
Hiring Practices that Promote Diversity
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)
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
Promote from within

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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