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Internal Tax Specialist


Are you a tax specialist with an interest in the financial markets? Would you like to be part of a highly collaborative team working in a fast-paced environment? Are you an entrepreneurial, analytical and flexible thinker who is results driven and thrives under pressure? Are you ready to deploy your broad experience and background and go for that deep dive when required? Do you enjoy your work? Then you could be just who we’re looking for!


Optiver is a proprietary 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 stabilizing 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 and foreign exchange.


You will become a member of the ambitious Tax team at Optiver Europe that covers a wide range of topics and jurisdictions and is involved in many unique and challenging new projects in Optiver’s ever changing environment. You will work in close collaboration with the Trading and Technology teams as well as with the Finance, Legal and HR departments and engage directly with external stakeholders like tax authorities and advisors.

More concrete:

  • You will have a steep learning curve gaining and deepening your understanding of the financial markets and securities trading business, enabling you to assess the tax implications of trading new products (options, futures, ETFs, etc.) and strategies in respect of securities trading related operational taxes like dividend withholding taxes and financial transaction taxes and suggest practical solutions
  • You will (further) develop yourself as an in-house tax specialist with both technical and business skills. As such you will have an opportunity to oversee the implementation of your suggested solutions and have a long-term involvement with their operation and execution
  • You will leverage your current and new experience and capabilities with regard to VAT, wage taxes, corporate income taxes (including transfer pricing) and other international tax matters by providing tax advice to various internal stakeholders, managing tax risks and participating in projects such as tax planning analyses, tax audits, tax review of business transactions and business restructurings, directly adding value to our business
  • You will participate in the upkeep, optimization and execution of our tax control framework, by developing, embedding and monitoring best practice tax processes in the fields where you are the subject matter expert


Optiver needs our next Internal Tax Specialist to be someone with:

  • An academic degree in tax law/economics  
  • A broad (tax) scope, gained during your 4 – 8 years relevant working experience in the tax team of a multinational and/or an international consulting practice
  • Experience in (international) employment tax matters and/or VAT is preferred
  • Strong Excel skills and interest in data management
  • Ability to balance business and control interests
  • A Pro-active, sharp, confident, analytical, structured, flexible and quality minded personality
  • Excellent organizational and planning skills
  • Great written and verbal communication skills in English
  • A team player mindset with a good sense of humor


  • 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.


Apply directly via the form below for the position of Internal Tax Specialist. 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 Claire van Raay via [email protected] Please note, we cannot accept applications via email for data protection reasons. 

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


As an intentionally flat organization, 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.