Inventory Specialist at Optiver

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At Optiver, we strive for excellence in all things we do. We are looking for an Inventory Specialist that shares this mindset. A well-engineered inventory system is just as important to us as well-engineered trading software. If you are someone who takes pride in what you do, who relentlessly strives for perfection, and gets a kick out of systematizing and organizing your domain, then you’re the person we seek. This is a chance to take ownership of the physical part of our trading infrastructure across multiple data centers and thousands of servers, all the while striving for simplicity and operational excellence.

Location: Aurora, IL

What you’ll do:
• You will be responsible for maintaining inventory at our US sites, by means included, but not limited to the following:
• Maintain a live physical asset database for all hardware
• Receive and document physical asset purchase orders at our primary local site
• Coordinate receiving and verification of physical asset purchase orders at remote sites
• Organize and maintain clean storage spaces as hardware needs to evolve
• Design and implement continuous updates to the Inventory & Fulfilment process in an effort to make the process more efficient and mature
• Identify inefficiencies and build project plans to address and improve the Inventory & Fulfilment process
• Perform regular inventory audits of all sites
• Ship and receive hardware between all sites
• Install newly received network devices and servers in a staging area and test for faulty hardware
• Coordinate Return Merchandise Authorization orders with the Procurement team

What you’ll need:
• Attention to detail
• Great communication skills
• Strong documentation skills
• Ability to identify IT/data center hardware – switches, servers and server parts, transceivers, copper, fiber and A/V cabling, etc.
• Ability to identify and resolve operational inefficiencies
• Basic understanding of server hardware and troubleshooting steps
• Basic understanding of Windows and Linux OS
• Jira familiarity
• Ability to lift 75lbs
• Reliable transportation (this role is located in Aurora, IL)
• Ability to occasionally travel to New Jersey colocations when COVID-19 restrictions are lifted
• 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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