Quantitative Trader - Experienced at Optiver

| Chicago
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Do you love puzzles, predictions, and problem solving? Are you passionate about trading and the markets and always hungry to learn and find out the why? Optiver is seeking Quantitative Traders to 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, we value our employees viewpoints and encourage an innovative mindset. You will constantly be looking 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 1-5 years' experience in the trading 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
  • 1-5 years’ of successful trading experience in a similar environment required
  • Superior quantitative and logical reasoning skills
  • Index and/or commodities options trading background or knowledge highly preferred
  • Interest in strategic games and/or competitive activities
  • Experience with programming or scripting a plus (Python, Excel VBA, SQL, R)

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
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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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