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Quantitative Trader – Entry Level and Experienced 

| Chicago

Do you love puzzles, predictions, and problem solving? Are you always hungry to learn and seeking to understand the why? Optiver is looking for soon-to-be campus graduates and junior traders with a passion for solving complex problems to join our trading team. Quantitative Traders spend their days looking for patterns and identifying trading opportunities by logically forecasting the financial market’s next move. The markets are forever changing; what worked yesterday may not work again today. At Optiver, you will constantly look for new and creative solutions to take your team’s trading strategies to the next level. It is up to you and your team to develop algorithms and use our custom built software to adjust prices, monitor positions, and make trades.

We are looking for candidates with no prior knowledge of the financial markets OR candidates with 1-5 years of experience in the industry. 

Depending on your experience, Optiver provides a customized comprehensive training on everything you need to know to be successful - the theory, markets, strategies, and technology. You will experience a continuous learning curve that will challenge and develop you. From your first day, you will be given responsibility to make decisions that have an immediate impact. 

What you’ll need:
•   Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in a quantitative or technical field
•   Superior quantitative and logical reasoning skills 
•   Interest in strategic games and/or competitive activities 
•   Experience with programming or scripting a plus
•   Legal authorization to work in the U.S. is required.  We will not sponsor individuals for employment authorization for this job opening.

What you’ll get:
Competitive compensation; 25 days paid vacation; paid commuting expenses up to the maximum allowable amount; attractive bonus structure; training opportunities; generous 401(K) company match; fully paid health insurance premiums; breakfast, lunch, snacks and beverages provided daily; weekly in-house chair massages; casual dress; game room; annual company trip; in-office barista and more!

Who we are:
Our 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 over 200 in our Chicago office, our mission to improve the market unites us.  

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130 E. Randolph Street, Chicago, IL 60601
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
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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