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Trading Analyst (Academic Part-time Job)

Amsterdam

If you’re in the later stages of a STEM or Econometrics Bachelor’s Degree or starting your Master’s, becoming Optiver's Trading Analyst is an excellent opportunity to put your analytical prowess to the test. You’ll work closely with experienced traders, engineers and other analysts to identify and create solutions that continuously improve Optiver's trading strategies. Along the way, we'll provide our world-class, in-house trainings; develop your coding skills; and provide you with flexible working hours. Act now – this is a fantastic stepping stone to becoming a full-time Trader at a leading global market maker.

Important note: To qualify for this role you need to study in The Netherlands and be eligible to work more than 16 hours per week. We do not offer sponsorship for this role.

 

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.

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, bonds and foreign exchange. 

 

WHAT YOU'LL DO:

As a Trading Analyst, you will work directly on one of Europe's most dynamic and exciting trading floors, where over 100 Optiver traders manage their own books. You will analyse day-to-day trading performance, work on projects that optimise our strategies and pricing, and ensure trading sheets are well structured. All of this will take place in close collaboration with our Traders, Data Analysts and Engineers who constantly invite you to challenge the status quo and propose areas of improvement.

The opportunities to develop yourself in this role are endless and a steep learning curve is guaranteed. You are welcome to participate in our 'Trading for Non-Traders’ program, sign-up for Python and SQL courses after work, join the morning trading meetings and work on your personal effectiveness by participating in one of many courses our Learning & Development Department has on offer. All in all, the Trading Analyst role is a fantastic stepping stone to becoming a full-time Trader, Data Analyst or Quantitative Researcher at Optiver upon your graduation. 

 

WHO YOU ARE:

  • University student in the 3rd year of your Bachelor's, or 1st/2nd year of your Masters, preferably in Computer Science, Engineering, Mathematics, Physics, Econometrics, Quantitative Finance or equivalent
  • Experience with Matlab or Python (we are happy to train you further in SQL and Python)
  • Excellent numerical and analytical skills
  • Strong affinity for financial markets
  • Great attention to detail
  • Excellent communication and teamwork skills
  • Currently studying in the Netherlands and eligible to work more than 16 hours per week

 

WHAT YOU'LL GET:

  • 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.

 

HOW TO APPLY:

Are you interested in furthering your career on one of the most dynamic and exciting trading floors in Europe?

Apply directly via the form below for the position of Trading Analyst. Please provide us with a CV and letter of motivation in English. Applications without a letter of motivation will not be reviewed. Mention in the subject of your motivation letter the career path you would prefer: Trading, Data Analysis or Quant Research so we can sign you up for the right selection process. 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 the Recruitment Team on [email protected]. Please note, we cannot accept applications via email for data protection reasons. 

Please note, if you are selected from your application to proceed to the next round for the position of Trading Analyst, you will be required to take an online assessment.

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

 

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.

More information on how Optiver Europe processes your personal data can be found in our Privacy Policy

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