As a Trader at Optiver you will work in an entrepreneurial manner to fully manage your own trading book. Your tasks will encompass many different responsibilities, primarily making good risk/reward trading decisions but just as importantly working closely with the technology, research and control departments to make continuous improvements.

If you have an academic degree, excellent numerical skills and a passion to prove yourself, then you could be the Trader we are looking for.

Optiver is an industry leader across everything we do. We don’t just meet industry standards we aim to set them! With trading teams focusing on a broad range of options and delta1 products we are able to provide an unrivalled universe of exciting opportunities for our employees. Through our core function as a market-maker we continuously improve the market by being the source of liquidity for market participants.

What you'll do

The Optiver trading floor is one of the most dynamic and exciting trading floors in Europe. As a Trader you will continuously price and trade financial products to fulfill our market making responsibilities, managing the risk of the complex portfolio of financial instruments you trade in the process. You will process information from multiple sources and take action to adjust trading parameters.

We value Traders who take the initiative to work closely together with the technology and research functions to improve everything we do. In summary, as a Trader you will:

  • Entrepreneurially manage your own trading book
  • Make markets in financial instruments
  • Manage the risks of a complex portfolio of financial instruments
  • Process and act on the flow of information from various data sources
  • Seek improvement in everything you do
  • Work closely with colleagues across multiple departments

Upon starting as a Trader you will be immersed in an intensive two-month training program alongside other new recruits and employees from other departments within the organisation. The first month will be classroom based, bringing you up to speed with the theoretical basics of pricing and the workings of the wider organisation. The second month you will compete against your peers in live simulation trading. Upon graduation from the training program you will join one of our trading teams. We believe hands-on experience is the best way to learn and that is exactly what we provide.

Company Information

Over thirty years ago, Optiver started business as a single trader on the floor of Amsterdam’s European Options Exchange. Today, we are a leading global electronic market maker, focused on pricing, execution and risk management.

What are we looking for?

What you'll need

  • An academic degree in Mathematics, Engineering, Physics, Econometrics, Finance, Computer Science or equivalent
  • Excellent numerical and analytical skills
  • A pro-active problem solving nature
  • Fast decision making skills under pressure
  • Competitive attitude and eagerness to constantly improve yourself
  • Great attention to detail
  • Computer programming skills are not required but definitely a plus

What will you get?

  • Benefits :
    • Training and continuous learning opportunities
    • Competitive remuneration
    • 25 paid vacation days
    • Access to conferences and Tech events
    • International transfer opportunities
    • Fully paid commute
    • Sports and recreation activities
    • Complimentary in-house barista
    • Breakfast, lunch and dinner facilities
    • Friday afternoon drinks with your colleagues
    • Weekly in-house massages
    • Under personal development you will given a chance to do additional training for traders

How to apply


The facts

September 22, 2020
Amsterdam based, but offer a few spots in London
Job Type
Closing Date
No closing date, recruiting on a rolling basis
International Visa Sponsorship
IT & Technology
Candidate Type
Graduates or Undergraduates
Salary offer
Total package 100k per year

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