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Senior Options Trader

Ready to join a leading global market maker? Here's your chance to discover what your world-class mathematical and analytical skills are made of. With a competitive edge and a finger on the pulse of global markets, you'll be trusted to manage your Options portfolio – as well as the risk that accompanies it. With your razor-sharp decision making skills, you thrive processing and reacting to a constant stream of live market data. Your success will be determined by your ability to take this information, and use it to strike the right balance between risk and reward.

Your trading activities will be supported by a collaborative team of brilliant researchers, engineers, and analysts, with whom you'll work closely to develop trading strategies that tackle complex market behaviors.

Who we are:

Optiver is a tech-driven trading firm and leading global market maker. As one of the oldest market making institutions, we are a trusted partner of 50+ exchanges across the globe. Our mission is to constantly improve the market by injecting liquidity, providing accurate pricing, increasing transparency and acting as a stabilising force no matter the market conditions. With a focus on continuous improvement, we participate in the safeguarding of healthy and efficient markets for everyone who participates.

Our Amsterdam office is where it all began. Over 35 years ago, Optiver’s business started with a single trader on the floor of Amsterdam’s European Stock Exchange. Since our 1986 founding, Optiver’s Amsterdam office has grown into one of the most dynamic and exciting trading floors in Europe. Our culture reflects the Dutch capital city’s progressive, innovative and inclusive nature. With its unique spirit, Amsterdam is the ideal hub for our teams to trade a wide range of products from listed derivatives to cash equities, ETFs, bonds and foreign exchange. 

What you’ll do:

Optiver is an industry leader across every product we choose to trade. We don’t just meet industry standards – we aim to set them by continually raising the bar for accurate pricing, execution and risk management. In order to remain at the forefront of market making, our teams must adapt, innovate and constantly improve. That's where you come in. 

As we continue to expand, we are looking for an experienced Options position or market making Trader to join the team, adding a fresh perspective to our dynamic trading floor. You will have the opportunity to trade Options across European and American markets as part of a collaborative team with access to best-in-class systems and tools.

Who you are:

The ideal candidate will have strong Options and product knowledge in either equity or index options. You will be a natural problem solver with exceptional analytical and quantitative skills. You’re a strong performer with a passion for trading and eagerness to learn and continually improve. We work very collaboratively at Optiver, so this role will suit someone who enjoys working in a team, sharing knowledge and learning from others.

In terms of qualifications, we’re looking for:

  • 3-8 years experience working as an Options Trader/Market Maker
  • Track record of strong performance
  • Demonstrated knowledge and understanding of the market making space, and a broad understanding of how markets function
  • Strong communication skills and ability to work under pressure
  • A passion for trading
  • Fast decision-making skills, and the ability to handle a high volume trades – often simultaneously
  • Team mentality and collaborative nature 

What you’ll get:

  • The chance to start your career working alongside best-in-class professionals from over 40 different countries.
  • Our performance based bonus structure is unmatched anywhere in the industry. We combine our profits across desks, teams and offices into a global profit pool fostering a truly collaborative environment to work in.

Alongside this you will get great secondary benefits such as 25 paid vacation days, fully paid first-class commuting expenses, training opportunities, discounts on health insurance, breakfast and lunch facilities, sports and leisure activities, Friday afternoon drinks and even weekly in-house chair massages. Being highly international, we are accustomed to guiding expats through their relocation, offering competitive relocation packages and providing visa sponsorship where necessary.

How to apply:

Are you interested in furthering your career on one of the most dynamic and exciting trading floors in Europe?

Apply directly via the form below for the position of Senior Options Trader. Please provide us with a CV and letter of motivation in English. Applications without a letter of motivation will not be reviewed. When we think there is a potential match, you will hear from us sooner than you expect. If you have any questions feel free to contact our Recruiter Cameron Marett via [email protected]Please note, we cannot accept applications via email.

Kindly note that we do not require any assistance from third-parties including agencies in the recruitment of this role.

Diversity Statement:

As an intentionally flat organisation, we believe that great ideas and impact can come from everyone. We are passionate about empowering individuals and creating diverse teams that thrive. Every person at Optiver should feel included, valued and respected, because we believe our best work is done together.

Our commitment to diversity and inclusion is hardwired through every stage of our hiring process. We encourage applications from candidates from any and all backgrounds, and we welcome requests for reasonable adjustments during the process to ensure that you can best demonstrate your abilities.