Back
Experienced Technology

Data Engineer

Amsterdam

How does Optiver accurately price hundreds of thousands of interconnected financial products in real-time? In one word: data. We tackle fascinating challenges that exist at the cutting-edge intersection of technology and trading – a space with some of the most complex and exciting volumes of financial market data. 

Optiver's Data Engineers collaborate with Traders, Researchers and other Developers to build robust and scalable data pipelines. We work closely with stakeholders to understand the business problems and data requirements. We implement high quality solutions that enable our users to query, research and innovate on large scale datasets across different business domains. As an experienced Data Engineer, your development skills and industrial knowledge will be highly valued, and you will be a key player in scaling up our data platforms, 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.

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:

You will be the key person who shapes our data platforms for the future. You will be the data expert who owns a large portion of our ecosystem, including but not limited to data collection, modeling, transformation and quality check. You will also be a data steward to govern the quality of our data warehouse and instill a data-driven mindset in those around you. Together with our team we aim to take our data pipelines to the next level.

No two days are the same on the Data Team. Your work will be dynamic and ever-evolving, with a mixture of short and long-term projects. You can expect to: 

  • Create and streamline data processes to extract, transform and load data streams from various sources into our data warehouse
  • Design, build and maintain research platforms that enable large scale data analysis and fast innovation
  • Design and implement standardized data schemas and APIs for a variety of downstream use cases
  • Build data quality solutions and automated checks to ensure data integrity
  • Work with other developers to scope and build data warehouse solutions to help the business scale
  • Collaborate with traders, analysts and researchers to gather scope requirements
  • Manage and execute projects from start to finish including project management, data gathering, transformation and modelling, analysis, and delivery of tooling or business recommendations

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:

  • 5+ years industry (not necessarily in trading/finance) experience in data engineering and/or quantitative development
  • Deep understanding of computer science fundamentals and engineering instincts
  • Strong knowledge of Python, SQL and opensource frameworks for data retrieval, pipelining and transformation
  • Preferably, a degree in computer science or other technology related fields
  • Experience with data modeling and data warehousing
  • Experience with manipulation of large and complex data sets
  • Problem solving mindset 
  • Proactive, can-do attitude
  • Eagerness to learn
  • Strong communicator: you need to able to translate your ideas to different areas of the business

WHAT YOU'LL GET:

  • The chance to advance 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 Senior Data Engineer. Please provide us with a CV and letter of motivation in English. Applications without a letter of motivation will not be reviewed. 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 our Recruiter Theo Schneider via [email protected].  Please note that we cannot accept applications via email.

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

Experienced Technology Amsterdam
Careers

Related vacancies

  • Technology

    Senior Enterprise Support Engineer

    WHO WE ARE Optiver is a proprietary 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 […]

    Learn more
    Sydney
  • Technology

    Software Engineer

    WHO WE ARE: Optiver is a proprietary 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 […]

    Learn more
    Shanghai
  • Technology

    FPGA Engineer

    Hardware Engineers at Optiver build hardware-based trading systems ranging from low latency algorithms to high bandwidth computation. They are responsible for owning all aspects of the development process from ideation to implementation creating bespoke solutions to our complex trading problems. Their systems have little room for failure which add to the stability of the market, […]

    Learn more
    Chicago
  • Technology

    Software Engineer – Infrastructure

    At Optiver, we pioneer our own trading strategies and systems using clean code and sophisticated technology, running a global network with thousands of high-performance, low-latency applications that solve problems in nanoseconds. As we trade in several exchanges around the world, we must co-locate servers in each one, and manage them alongside the ones running in our  […]

    Learn more
    Amsterdam
  • Technology

    Senior Technical Writer

    WHO WE ARE Optiver is a tech-driven trading firm and leading global market maker. For over 35 years, Optiver has been improving financial markets worldwide, making them more transparent and efficient for all participants. With more than 1,400 employees in offices around the world, we’re united in our commitment to improving the market through competitive pricing, execution and […]

    Learn more
    Sydney
  • Technology

    Low Latency Network Engineer

    Optiver’s industry-leading proprietary trading systems depend on reliable and scalable networks to power our trading activities on financial exchanges around the world. As a Low Latency Network Engineer, your job is to ensure Optiver has the fast connectivity and physical infrastructure to allow our traders and engineers to get market data accurately and quickly, making […]

    Learn more
    Chicago
  • Technology

    HR Product Manager

    The Enterprise Product Manager will develop deep understanding of key business functions and partner closely with business stakeholders to understand the challenges and opportunities that Optiver needs to address. Product managers work with business leaders to align on definition and prioritization of desired outcomes. They are responsible for delivery of these outcomes, solving for the optimal […]

    Learn more
    Austin
  • Technology

    Research Engineer

    Optiver’s Futures Trading team is looking for Research Engineers to build our large-scale research infrastructure. This infrastructure will facilitate an active machine learning pipeline for feature engineering, modelling, back-testing, and simulation. Research Engineers collaborate with traders and researchers as thought partners to develop, evaluate, and optimize new pricing features for model training and matching engine […]

    Learn more
    Austin
  • Technology

    Support Engineer

    The User Solutions Team has a dual function; to ensure our employees can have maximum productivity at all times and to build tooling to improve the user experience across trading, technology and business operations.   WHO WE ARE: Optiver is a tech-driven trading firm and leading global market maker. As one of the oldest market […]

    Learn more
    Amsterdam
  • Technology

    Windows Engineer

    Optiver is a leading, technology-driven, proprietary trading firm. We've traded the world's most competitive markets for over 35 years, having grown from a single trader on the floor of Amsterdam's European Option Exchange, to over 1000 employees across Amsterdam, Chicago, London, Shanghai & Sydney. Every day our pioneering trading strategies and systems make millions of […]

    Learn more