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Manager Public Affairs

Are you eager to become the link between Optiver and our public stakeholders like regulators, industry associations, public officials and politicians? Are you familiar with financial markets and trading and do you enjoy engaging in legislative and regulatory processes in Europe? Then the role of Manager Public Affairs within Optiver might be right for you.

As Manager Public Affairs you have an important advocacy role within a very dynamic and fast-paced trading firm. A role in which you are responsible for protecting and furthering Optiver’s interests in the outside world. You inform internal stakeholders of major developments that could affect our business and explain externally on our important role in the markets and the impact of new rules and regulations on the liquidity that we can provide to investors.

Who we are:

Optiver is a global, proprietary trading firm with over 1200 employees working from nine offices across Europe, Asia-Pacific and North America. Powered by technological might and guided by intellectual rigor, we trade financial instruments, with our own money, at our own risk for our own reward. But not solely for our own benefit. By offering competitive, two-sided prices to buyers and sellers, we provide much needed liquidity and inject stability into the world’s financial markets. That’s good for all market participants, from small retail investors to large pension funds. And as our 35-year track record of profitability indicates, it’s also quite good for business.

At Optiver, we approach our work with intensity. But we do so in an atmosphere that’s very informal and extremely collaborative. And we are constantly inspired by one another, with a keen understanding that excellence is a team sport.

What you will do:

As our new Manager Public Affairs, you will have a lot individual responsibility. You will be closely monitoring regulatory and legislative developments in Europe and assess (and report on) the potential impact on our business activities. Where necessary you will engage with key stakeholders and decision makers to explain our role in the markets and inform on the potential impact of regulatory initiatives on the liquidity that we provide to investors. You will liaise with industry associations, participate in working groups and provide relevant expertise in internal projects. You will also provide input to regulatory and legislative processes via comment letters, consultation responses and position papers. You will work closely together with, and directly report to our Head of Public Affairs.

In short, your tasks and responsibilities will be:

  • Monitor relevant regulatory and legislative developments;
  • Coordinate and prepare comment letters, positions papers and consultation responses;
  • Engage with regulators, legislators and public officials – in particular from institutions like ESMA, the European Parliament, the European Commission and important EU member states;
  • Participate in, and contribute to projects of our industry associations like FIA EPTA and the APT;
  • Visit conferences, participate in round tables and attend relevant public hearings;
  • Identify joint interests and build alliances with other stakeholders.

What you need to be successful:

  • An academic degree;
  • Multiple years of relevant experience with financial markets regulation;
  • Knowledge of and a keen interest in the financial markets in general and trading in particular;
  • Good working proficiency in English – other European languages are an advantage;
  • Strong communication skills – both written and verbally;
  • The ability to build and maintain an extensive relevant network, both internally and externally;
  • The ability to and enjoy working independently without supervision;
  • Willingness to travel frequently (short term).

Our main office is in Amsterdam, but – over time – working from our rep. office in Brussels is also a possibility.

What we can offer:

We understand that our best work is done together. We constantly ask ourselves how we can do better, which creates a stimulating and fun environment, where you are seriously rewarded for your performance. To be concrete, we offer competitive remuneration and great secondary benefits, such as an attractive profit-sharing structure, training opportunities, fully paid first-class commuting expenses, a premium-free pension, breakfast and lunch facilities, sports and leisure activities, even weekly chair massages and of course Friday afternoon drinks. We are used to guiding expats through their relocation and offer relocation packages and discounts on health insurance.


If you are interested, please apply directly below by uploading your CV and Cover letter in English. Applications without a letter of motivation will not be reviewed.

If you have any questions feel free to contact Claire van Raay on [email protected]

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