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Automated Trading Risk Analyst

Amsterdam

Are you curious to find out how we manage to send out thousands of orders each second towards dozens of exchanges all across the globe, and what we do to make sure our systems don’t go rogue? Would you like to learn how financial markets work, and how we, as a market maker contribute to them? Have you heard about Knight Capital?

We’re the team making sure that story does not repeat itself. And, if you’ve answered YES to the first  two questions, then we might be your next dream team!

We can teach you loads about High Frequency Trading, and about Automated Trading Risk and how to deal with it. As well as about how to manage a complex technology environment that is continuously evolving.

You can help us monitor and operate our systems, scale and improve them, and ensure that we keep learning and do not take any unnecessary risks. You will also get to analyze incidents up-close and coordinate investigations.

In doing so, you will have a broad outreach to the entire organization, closely interacting with all Trading, Tech, Data Analysis, and Risk teams. You will also often communicate with, report to, and advise senior Management on various events or new developments.

 

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 70+ 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 are in a Risk Role, and hence you will spend much time challenging ideas and plans, and looking for what can go wrong.
  • You will work with the team in operational and project shifts. During operational shifts, you will monitor our ATR systems and make any changes required to keep operations smooth and safe.
  • You will build Python-based data analysis and visualization tools that monitor and give us data-driven insights into our automated trading risks.
  • A new business activity might be planned, or a new technology or market might be onboarded, for which you will assess any emerging risks.
  • A deep dive might be planned for a specific system, which you might coordinate or gather input and form an opinion/recommendation for.
  • If it’s reporting time, you will assess various metrics, elaborate on opinions, and formulate recommendations to be included in the relevant pieces. You will also review reports and escalate items you disagree with.
  • You will learn, learn, learn, and then learn some more

 

WHO YOU ARE:

  • You’re very analytical, you’re critical in your thinking, and have a good eye for detail.
  • You have a strong affinity with Technology.
  • You enjoy an environment that’s moving fast, and taking decisions on the spot does not sound intimidating to you.
  • You’re eager to continuously improve
  • You have experience using Python and SQL in Data Processing.
  • An academic degree in Mathematics, Engineering, Econometrics, Quantitative Finance, Computer Science, Physics or equivalent is required.
  • Any previous experience in a similar role or in the sector is a plus.

 

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 & LOCAL PRIVACY STATEMENT

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 Automated Trading Risk Analyst. 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 Jolijn Kruyne via [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 Automated Trading Risk Analyst, you may 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.

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