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Technical Operations Analyst

| Chicago

Optiver's Technical Operations team works closely with the Trading, Development, and Operations teams in an effort to keep a healthy balance between risk and reward in our production trading systems, while still facilitating consistent technical advancement. We firmly believe in balancing a safe, orderly production environment with profitability and sustainable growth.

As the Technical Operations Analyst, you will help us achieve that goal. You will be trusted to handle a broad suite of tasks across all facets of the business. The person we seek is always mindful of risk yet still able to facilitate fast-paced innovation across the firm. If you are interested in gaining experience with both the business and technical sides of a market making trading firm, this role will provide that opportunity.

What you’ll do:

  • Manage multiple operational tasks to facilitate trading, including administration of trading access rights and 3rd party access privileges during the on-boarding and off-boarding process
  • Facilitate connectivity requirements with various exchanges and 3rd party vendors
  • Coordinate fire drill testing of various operational procedures
  • Help to manage all technical changes taking place in the environment and gauge the level of risk associated with the daily changes
  • Investigate technical incidents to understand and identify the root cause and proper follow-up actions
  • Track and analyze daily incidents and trends and work with development, operations, and trading to implement short and long term fixes
  • Provide feedback on the state of technical operations/operational risks to management on a regular basis
  • Work closely with Compliance, Risk, and Back Office to review new trading initiatives, new products, and strategies
  • Work in tandem with Trading, Development, and Operations teams to drive critical cross-team projects to completion
  • Drive risk based initiatives across the firm to understand and mitigate automated risks, operational risks and cyber risks through a number of controls and disaster recovery planning

What you’ll need:

  • Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent experience
  • The ability to multitask and drive several technical projects simultaneously
  • Risk awareness and the ability to identify imminent risks
  • A high aptitude for understanding how technical applications interact with one another
  • Ability to work autonomously
  • Strong communication skills
  • Strong organizational and analytical skills
  • High attention to detail
  • Knowledge of financial exchanges and financial instruments is preferred
  • 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’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
    • PythonLanguages


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 Office Floor Plan
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K) Matching
Performance Bonus
Match Charitable Contributions
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Generous PTO
Paid Volunteer Time
Paid Holidays
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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