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Risk Analyst

Chicago

Optiver is looking for a Risk Analyst to join our ambitious, results-driven Risk Team who is focused on analyzing and improving our risk framework. The ideal candidate has an affinity for financial markets and a strong quantitative & technical background. As Risk Analyst, you will work closely with Traders to develop and improve our risk systems, methodologies, and limits.

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 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.

What you'll do:

  • Conduct data analysis to improve and enhance our risk framework
  • Perform stress tests and analyze the risk of various trading positions 
  • Clearly communicate risk data and positions to key internal stakeholders 
  • Proactively keep track of relevant news that might impact our trading positions and strategies 
  • Report risk violations to the Head of Risk and the Trading department
  • Collaborate with software developers to develop and maintain risk tools
  • Proactively identify, capture, and evaluate risk incidents 
  • Analyze orders and quoting behavior of our electronic execution strategies
  • Monitor regulatory capital limits

Who you are:

  • Bachelor's degree in quantitative subject 
  • At least 3 years of experience in analyst role
  • Basic understanding of options theory and the ability to understand trading strategies
  • Basic knowledge of programming or scripting (Python or similar) required
  • Strong analytical and problem solving skills 
  • Excellent numerical skills
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills 
  • Ability to make informed decisions in fast paced, trading environment 
  • Legal authorization to work in the U.S. is required; we will not sponsor individuals for employment authorization for this job opening

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 stabilizing 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.

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