Senior Derivatives Sales Trader

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As one of the world’s leading Market Making firms, we at Optiver pride ourselves on our abilities to improve the market by providing liquidity in all market conditions. In order to grow our market making reach, we have begun trading directly with end users in the derivatives space and are looking for an experienced & dynamic Sales Trader to join our team.

The ideal candidate has experience within the listed fixed income, index and or commodities options space as well as strong selling and business building capabilities. In this role, you will have the opportunity to make a significant impact to our Sales Trading team by driving revenue and building out our market participant network. While working in a dynamic, collegiate and fast paced environment.

What you’ll do:

  • Establish, develop, and maintain relationships with counterparties in the listed fixed income, index and commodity options space
  • Work closely with our Derivatives Traders to understand Optiver’s trading strategies and execute participant orders
  • Develop participant profiles, reports and analyses on counterparties
  • Actively update and manage a CRM system
  • Work with our marketing team to develop and maintain content as it pertains to direct trading initiatives and products
  • Attend and participate in conferences and seminars

What you’ll need:

  • 3+ years’ experience in a sales trading or sales associate role, with a focus on fixed income, index and or commodity options. A plus if experience is across asset classes
  • Strong knowledge about the derivatives market and its participants at CME & ICE exchanges
  • Leverage existing contacts with derivatives end users, and the ability to build new relationships
  • An ability to entertain and manage the organization of events
  • Willingness to travel and meet face to face with prospective and current counterparties
  • Strong communication skills and self-assurance
  • Competitive attitude and eagerness to constantly improve
  • Ability to work collaboratively in a team environment
  • Deep understanding of rules and regulations governing the markets we trade
  • Minimum of Bachelor’s degree
  • 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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