Infrastructure Software Engineer

| Chicago, IL, USA
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Who we are:

Optiver is a tech-driven trading firm and leading global market maker. As one of the oldest market making institutions, we are a trusted partner of 70+ exchanges across the globe. Our mission is to constantly improve the market by injecting liquidity, providing accurate pricing, increasing transparency and acting as a stabilising force no matter the market conditions. With a focus on continuous improvement, we participate in the safeguarding of healthy and efficient markets for everyone who participates.

Optiver Chicago’s culture parallels the energetic city we’re immersed in. Home to the Chicago Board of Trade, Chicago Board Options Exchange, and Chicago Mercantile Exchange, Chicago has established itself as the trading capital of the US. Active on leading US exchanges, Optiver’s Chicago office trades a wide range of products from listed derivatives to cash equities, ETFs, bonds and foreign exchange.

What we do:

Our team meticulously oversees every minute detail of our infrastructure, ensuring complete control by constructing and managing each component of our computing systems. Our robust network includes over 2000 systems, comprising a blend of Windows servers and advanced trading workstations.

We recognize that Infrastructure as Code is the optimal approach for scaling effectively and maintaining cutting-edge standards. Our goal is to address infrastructure operation challenges through innovative software solutions. We are currently seeking Software Engineers who are not only adept in coding but also possess a robust understanding of networking or the intricacies of Windows/VMware kernel internals. Our teams represent a dynamic convergence of these skill sets.

What you’ll do:

In this role, you will become a pivotal member of the Enterprise Infrastructure team, specializing in Windows-based trading systems. You will have the opportunity to work closely with other experts across our networks and platform teams, leveraging their insights and expertise to enhance our systems' performance and reliability.


  • Participate in the design and implementation of our infrastructure management systems, with a primary focus on writing PowerShell code.
  • Responsible for a variety of areas including modeling, provisioning, configuration management, debugging, writing and reviewing code, observability, and deployment.
  • Help us elevate our next-generation observability stack by designing advanced Windows monitoring systems that operate effectively at a large scale.
  • Extend our REST API framework.
  • Optimize and standardize the management and utilization of essential infrastructure services such as Active Directory and DNS.
  • Create a globally consistent CI/CD pipeline for our configuration-as-code system.
  • Collaborate seamlessly with diverse teams to implement updates in our infrastructure and enhance support for operations.
  • Be a part of our team’s on-call rotation.

Who you are:

Minimum Requirements:

  • Bachelor of Science degree or equivalent experience.
  • Coding experience in PowerShell and/or Python, with expertise in building tools for infrastructure automation using these languages.
  • Proven experience with automation and infrastructure.
  • The capability to effectively manage your time and prioritize tasks in collaboration with other teams.
  • A proactive approach to problem solving.
  • High attention to detail coupled with strong communication skills.
  • Experience with configuration management.

Preferred Requirements:

  • Knowledge of virtualization technologies, networking, bare metal server management.

What you’ll get:

  • Work alongside best-in-class professionals from over 40 different countries.
  • Performance based bonus structure that is unmatched anywhere in the industry. We combine our profits across desks, teams and offices into a global profit pool fostering a truly collaborative environment to work in.
  • Ownership over initiatives that directly solve business problems. 

Alongside this you will get great other benefits such as 25 paid vacation days and market holidays, fully paid health insurance, daily breakfast and lunch, training opportunities, 401(k) match up to 50% and charitable match opportunities, regular social events and clubs, and many more.

At Optiver, we are committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment of mutual respect. Optiver recruits, employs, trains, compensates and promotes regardless of race, religion, color, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, physical or mental disability, or other legally protected characteristics.

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130 E. Randolph Street, Chicago, IL 60601

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