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Graduate Site Reliability Engineer

Enjoy solving complex problems and optimizing system performance? Want to have direct impact from day one? Do you like working with dynamic people in an international environment?

Then you might be the Graduate Site Reliability Engineer we are looking for.

Start your career with Optiver, a global leader in electronic trading. We build and maintain low latency trading systems that respond to market events in nanoseconds. As a leading technology-based market maker and liquidity provider, we are committed to improving the market by providing efficiencies for end investors. Using our own capital at our own risk, we trade thousands of financial instruments on more than 50 exchanges around the world, contributing to healthy markets and putting us at the forefront of technology and trading.

Our Systems

At Optiver, engineering is at the core of our trading strategies. Trading is a complex and unpredictable environment with frequent changes and a high load. Our systems have to be fast, reliable and precise. Our engineers continually refine, store, and analyse hundreds of terabytes of data, enabling us to automatically price large, diverse sets of financial instruments with extremely low error tolerance. Our infrastructure is a combination of 10 000 highly customised components and 600 different applications, which run on 1500 servers distributed globally. We deal with 14 000 releases and 35 000 changes per year.

Reliability engineering at Optiver focuses on prevention and swift resolution of operational issues, guarding the reliability and performance of our systems. Reliability to us means having full control over our systems and guaranteeing proper functioning even in the most extreme market conditions. Simplicity and deterministic behavior are important aspects of reliability to us.

Your Day-to-Day

As a Graduate Site Reliability Engineer, you deploy, monitor, and configure a suite of proprietary trading applications. You work on the trading floor alongside Traders, Researchers and fellow Engineers to identify and troubleshoot issues that arise. You collaborate with software development teams to ensure the health and stability of the production trading environment. You develop tools to make daily activities more efficient and consistent. With a hands-on mentality, you always strive for the simplest solutions. Your big challenge will be balancing complexity with system performance and a reliable trading environment. 

Learn more about a day in the life of Site Reliability Engineer (we call this job Application Engineer internally) in this blog post and this video

In terms of skillset

  • A degree in Computer Science, Engineering or equivalent;
  • Strong affinity with Unix/Linux systems;
  • The ability to automate tasks using Python;
  • Experience with relational databases (e.g. MSSQL, postgres);
  • An understanding of networking fundamentals and protocols
  • Strong communication skills and collaborative mindset
  • Dutch is NOT required

You are eager to learn and a logical thinker. You look for opportunities to get out of your comfort zone and like frequent change.

Prior knowledge about trading is not required as you will learn all you need to know during our six-month Tech Starters Program. You will have a combination of theoretical as well as practical experience by working on projects directly impacting the business.

What you can expect from us

At Optiver, we have a very flat structure. We work extremely closely with our stakeholders, often working as a single team to solve Optiver’s problems. Individually, you are very highly empowered to deliver significant changes, with the support of your team and your leaders. Above all we value the passion of our technical team and foster a collaborative and innovative working environment which nurtures brilliant minds.

Take a look at this short video to learn more about our core values.

We strive to bring out the best in our people and in return we are fortunate enough to have a great package of benefits. We also provide relocation assistance.

Hiring Process

Apply directly via the form below (or through our website) by submitting a comprehensive CV and motivation letter in English. Please note that applications without a motivation letter will not be considered.

Please contact Serena Riccomagno on [email protected] with any questions regarding the role.

Once you have been identified as a candidate for a Graduate Site Reliability Engineer role you will be required to take an online (HackerRank) test. No prior trading knowledge is needed.,

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