Five critical domains
At Optiver, each domain offers a new opportunity
Whether you’re seeking an internship, graduate or experienced role, our career opportunities are abundant. We work across five critical domains: trading, technology, risk & control, data science and business operations.
Our business is driven by technology
Technology isn’t just a component of Optiver’s business – it powers everything we do.
We leverage technology to solve a variety of complex problems: optimising for scarce bandwidth, responding to market events in nanoseconds, pricing complex sets of financial instruments with low error tolerance and analysing huge volumes of data. Our systems are built to add stability to the market; therefore they must operate at peak efficiency in extreme conditions.
Trading is at the core of what we do
Optiver trades thousands of financial instruments on exchanges worldwide, using our own capital and at our own risk. As a market maker, we aim to improve the markets in which we trade by continuously offering the most competitive prices possible.
To be not only active but also precise, across all of these markets and products is a hugely complex challenge. We continuously refine and optimise our proprietary trading strategies and algorithms to price the thousands of instruments we trade. After all, the only constant in markets is change, and keeping up requires nimble, decisive thinkers — a pretty accurate description of an Optiver trader.
Risk management is in our DNA
At Optiver, risk management and control are built into our financial and operational processes. Our dedicated team of Risk and Control professionals ensures we’re operating in accordance with local regulations, laws, market requirements and expectations. It’s one reason why we’re trusted to provide continuous prices for thousands of financial instruments on 70+ exchanges around the globe.
We focus on five core risk and control domains at Optiver – market risk, automated trading risk, operational risk management, compliance and control.
Data scientists improve our trading strategies
How does Optiver continuously price hundreds of thousands of financial products in real-time? One word: Data.
Data Science is at the very core of Optiver’s pricing strategies. Our teams tackle challenges at the intersection of technology and trading – where some of the most complex and valuable financial market data resides. With world-class skills that cut through the noise, Optiver’s data science teams directly contribute to the precision and scalability of our trading business.
People shape the future of our firm
At Optiver, people are our greatest strength. That’s why we’re passionate about empowering them and championing inclusivity in everything that we do. From wide-ranging benefits to countless learning opportunities, we pride ourselves on enriching our people’s well-being and investing in their development.
Combining IQ and EQ
When solving some of the most complex financial challenges, we seek people with bright minds and humble mindsets.
Transparency is at the heart of Optiver’s culture – it allows for collaboration at every level to tackle difficult problems
Launch your career
Accelerate your future at Optiver.
Check out our internship and graduate programs.
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Your chance to achieve exponential growth
Optiver’s internship programme isn’t just a step forward in your career – it’s a launch pad. Get ready to be immersed in the fast-paced, dynamic world of market making. Owning projects that directly impact our world-class trading systems. Entrusted to develop and execute live market strategies. Collaborating with and mentored by the industry’s best and brightest. Learn more in a few weeks than during the years studying for your degree. Not to mention having fun exploring the cities in which we operate alongside your class of global peers.
With Optiver’s internship programme, your work improving the market starts today.
Discover your future improving the market
Spend some time with the Optiver team, and a couple things become clear: there is no single path to a successful, lucrative career here, and there is no single major that’s best suited to it. Watch the videos below to meet some of our team members and hear about their journeys to Optiver. You might just see yourself in them.
What we look for at Optiver
While most of our people are competitive at heart, we still believe that our best work is done together. Our unique internal culture fosters an environment that not only accepts working together on projects but encourages it.
At Optiver, continuous innovation is the name of the game. Whether it’s Trading, Technology, Compliance, Risk or Business Operations, our flexible career paths provide opportunities for our people to continuously improve upon and fine tune their skills.
The strategies and technology we deploy to keep the markets stable are deeply complex. Our people thrive on finding ways to do all of these things faster, smarter and more efficiently — every single day.
While we take measures to mitigate risk as a business, we encourage our people to step out of their comfort zones as often as they can. The sharing of ideas can come from any and everyone, and we take pride in our people feeling comfortable to openly do so to explore new opportunities and unlock new potential.
Discover our interview process
Our interview process varies by role, but there are a few things they all share in common.
Submit your job application and information on our website.
Our assessments vary based on role, skill level and experience, and may include quantitative, cognitive or technical assessments.
Candidates are invited for a conversation to assess skills, cultural fit and working style.
Final interviews and discussions
Candidates typically undergo a series of behavioral and technical interviews to further dive into how they think.
Life at Optiver
Recruitment at Optiver
Optiver US campus recruiting Q&A
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Optiver and P33
As a tech-driven market maker, Optiver seeks partnerships to help push technology forward and support the next generation of talent. Recently it partnered with P33, a non-profit organization dedicated to driving innovation and economic growth in the city of Chicago. The partnership aims to support and grow the local tech ecosystem in Chicago while creating […]Learn more
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Data Visualisation at Optiver: Streamlining trading decisions
Data visualisation is at the core of effective decision-making in the fast-paced, data-driven world of trading. For Optiver’s traders to access the information they need right when it matters, it’s crucial to display data intuitively and meaningfully.In this blog post, we’ll take you behind the scenes of data visualisation at Optiver and explore how our […]Learn more
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Optiver grad stories: From Chemistry student to Risk graduate
Tim, one of our Market Risk graduates, shares his experience in our graduate program and what it’s like to work at Optiver.Learn more
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Optiver intern: Discover a career in research
Bruce, one of our Quantitative Research Interns, shares his experience in our internship program and what it’s like to work at Optiver.Learn more
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Optiver intern: Kickstart a career in tech
Madison, one of our tech interns, shares her experience in our internship program and what it’s like to work at Optiver.Learn more
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Inside Optiver’s 12-week training programme
Meet Ophelia, an Execution Trader who joined Optiver after graduating from the University of Cambridge. Despite having no background in finance or trading, Ophelia was drawn to the fast-paced environment and the opportunity to utilise her quantitative skills. In this interview, she reflects on her experience in the Optiver Academy training programme, shares her favourite […]Learn more
Ready Trader Go 2023 Winner Announced
After three weeks of building and optimising their trading algorithms, Optiver sends a huge congratulations to the winning teams and participants of Ready Trader Go 2023!Learn more
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Optiver intern: Explore a career in market risk
Winnie, one of our Market Risk Interns, shares her experience in our internship program and what it’s like to work at Optiver.Learn more
Ready Trader Go: An interview with 2021 finalist Guyon van Rooij
Ready Trader Go, Optiver’s global coding competition, presents an excellent way for students to test their coding strength and dive headfirst into the world of algorithmic trading. On top of fine-tuning trading algorithms for Optiver’s simulated market exchange, RTG also provides a unique opportunity for students to join a competition that requires no previous knowledge of coding or trading in general – and provides a chance to win a monetary prize.Learn more