People at Optiver

Optiver Trader Katriona talks with us about starting a Trading career and the collaboration within teams.
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  • Meet Katriona

    Katriona has a degree in Mathematics from Oxford University. She joined Optiver 3 years ago, just before the Christmas holiday and takes pride in being a Trader in our Delta 1 team focusing on European Stocks, Futures and ETFs. 

    “I asked my team lead how should I prepare for the job before I joined the team. Are there any text books I should read? He stated that I should learn by sitting with Traders, to learn from them by observing and not reading from textbooks. As I studied Maths, I was really interested in problems solving and puzzles. I wanted something that was fast pace and exciting, a challenging job. So here I am, working with really interesting and bright people and being constantly pushed to perform better every day.”

    Katriona’s advice to starting Traders is to speak to many people and ask questions. “The people around you have so much experience in the field already. They are the best people to learn from when you start. Everyone cares and their job is really important for them as they are really passionate about it day to day. That’s why our best work is done together, all the desks are inter-connected and there is a lot of collaboration.” 

    The first thing she does in the morning is making a cup of tea and prepare before the European market opens. “We have a morning stand-up meeting to discuss the news and events in the market, we also look at tech developments and go over our recent performance. At my desk, I will be checking all systems and make sure that everything is set as it should be.” During the day Katriona trades financial products on-screen. It can be very busy in the market. “We constantly tweak our strategies to make sure everything is behaving optimally. We also work on longer term projects to come up with structural improvements, and dig into data analysis.” After the close she joins the evening stand-up to go over the day, share thoughts and discuss interesting events.


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About Optiver

Over thirty years ago, Optiver started business as a single trader on the floor of the Amsterdam’s European 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. We provide liquidity to financial markets using our own capital, at our own risk, trading a wide range of products: listed derivatives, cash equities, ETFs, bonds and foreign currencies. The more challenging the problem, the more excited we are. Teams of Traders, Researchers and Developers work together to create the best solutions then put them into production.

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