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Expression of Interest – Data Scientist

How does Optiver accurately price hundreds of thousands of interconnected financial products in real-time? In one word: data. Data science is at the very core of Optiver’s pricing strategies. Our Data Science teams tackle fascinating challenges that exist at the intersection of technology and trading – a space with some of the most complex and exciting volumes of financial market data. With world-class skills that can cut through the noise, Optiver's Data Science teams directly impact the precision and scalability of our 35+ year trading business.

Optiver's Data Scientists collaborate with Data Analysts, Data Engineers, Quantitative Researchers and Traders to perform in-depth data analysis. They sit on our buzzing Trading floor – the heartbeat of the business – to share their market insights with our Traders, Quantitative Researchers and Developers. As a Data Scientist, your observations and recommendations will be highly valued, and trusted to inform crucial trading decisions, including identifying new trading opportunities. This makes you a key player in our market activities, whose impact can be felt in real time.  

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.

As one of the world’s major financial centres, London was selected as the home of Optiver’s FX trading business, our UK-focused Institutional Trading Team and rapidly growing commodities trading arm of the business. Established in 2019, Optiver’s London office is quickly growing as a key player in the FX market. With its position in England’s capital city bridging European, Asian and American time zones, Optiver London embraces a truly global mindset. And it’s no wonder why. London is one of the most diverse cities in the world, comprising more than 270 nationalities and 300 languages. With some of the best museums, a thriving international restaurant scene and bustling high streets, there’s no better place to become a citizen of the world. 

Please note: we aren't currently actively recruiting for this role, but we'd love to hear from you if you're interested – we will be reviewing applications periodically and be in touch within 4 weeks about next steps. 

What you'll do:

Data Scientists at Optiver apply their statistics and analytics skills to develop and improve our trading strategies. It’s a fascinating role that requires strong a coding background and problem-solving skills.

Your typical day could involve any number of challenging assignments. Perhaps you’ll work on predictive analytics using historical data. Maybe you’ll statistically evaluate our trading strategies and systems together with developers and traders. You may also find yourself unlocking a new trading business alongside traders and engineers. You could of course be writing robust and scalable code to prototype sophisticated pricing and hedging logics. You can expect to:

  • Create and streamline data pipelines to extract, transform and load data streams from various sources into our SQL data warehouse
  • Build Python-based data analysis and visualization tools that monitor and optimise our trading strategies
  • Work closely with our trading team to improve our trading results using data-driven insights 
  • Develop and test your market hypotheses 

Who you are:

The feedback loop for this team is immediate, therefore we look for dynamic and highly ambitious people who seek to constantly innovate, challenge the status quo and want to work alongside some of the most talented and intelligent people in the business. 

In terms of skills and qualifications, we're looking for:

  • Excellent data analysis, scientific and critical thinking skills, as well as an eye for detail
  • A decent level of Python development ability, experience with scientific Python stack (e.g. Pandas, Numpy and SciPy) is highly desirable
  • Outstanding communication skills to collaborate with multiple stakeholder groups, challenge thinking and obtain buy-in
  • The ability to present complex ideas with data to expedite decision making
  • A focus on pragmatic outcomes, and the ability to prioritise effectively
  • A strong interest in the world of trading, however no experience in the financial industry required 

What you'll get:

Optiver’s London office is the location of our foreign exchange trading business and a growing hub for our commodity trading business. You will be part of a well-established and high performing global firm whilst experiencing the excitement that comes from a growing operation. As our London operations grows there is a real opportunity to make a huge impact and take us and your career to a new level. We offer a supportive environment for you to perform at your best. Some of our key benefits Include:

  • Competitive remuneration
  • 27 paid vacation days plus all UK public holidays
  • Daily Breakfast and lunch
  • Home to office commute covered
  • 50% paid gym subscription  
  • Private Medical Insurance
  • Pension scheme
  • Training and continuous learning opportunities
  • Access to conferences and Tech events
  • International transfer opportunities

How To Apply:

Are you interested in furthering your career in our rapidly-expanding office in the heart of London?

Apply directly via the form below and please provide us with a CV and letter of motivation in English. When we think there is a potential match, you will hear from us sooner than you expect. If you have any additional questions, please feel free to reach out to [email protected].

When applying for a role with Optiver UK Limited, the recruitment process is run via our Optiver global recruitment team. The personal data you will submit as part of the recruitment process may be processed in the UK, US and the Netherlands. By continuing with your application you hereby consent to your personal data being processed in these locations. More information on how Optiver processes your personal data can be found in our Privacy Policy.

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.