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Head of US Advocacy & Regulatory Affairs

New York

Optiver is seeking an experienced, energetic, and talented individual to join our team as the Head of US Advocacy & Regulatory Affairs. In this newly created role, you will spearhead our US advocacy and regulatory affairs within a fast-paced trading firm. You are responsible for representing the firm amongst regulatory agencies, government officials, industry groups, and other key stakeholders in this role. The successful candidate will bring proven lobbying, advocacy, and regulatory affairs experience from a regulated, financial services environment.

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 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.

Optiver Chicago’s culture parallels the energetic city we’re immersed in. Home to the Chicago Board of Trade, Chicago Board Options Exchange, and Chicago Mercantile Exchange, Chicago has established itself as the trading capital of the US. Active on leading US exchanges, Optiver’s Chicago office trades a wide range of products from listed derivatives to cash equities, ETFs, bonds and foreign exchange.

What you'll do:

As the Head of US Advocacy & Regulatory Affairs, you will engage with key external and internal stakeholders and decision makers to define and execute Optiver’s US Advocacy & Government Relations Strategy. Externally, you will represent Optiver’s role and function in the markets amongst key regulators, legislators, and other government officials to assess and inform the potential impact of regulatory and legislative developments within the US upon Optiver’s business. Internally, you will work closely with our Corporate Strategy, Trading, and US Local Management Teams to guide business decisions that are impacted by these public policy developments.

  • Monitor relevant regulatory and legislative developments
  • Assess and report on the potential impact of these development upon our business activities
  • Drive public policy strategy in the US
  • Coordinate updates globally across the organization
  • Coordinate and prepare external comment letters, positions papers, and consultation responses
  • Engage and liaise with key external stakeholders and decision makers, including:
    • Regulators, legislators, and public officials
    • Examples include: the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC); the Commodity Futures and Trading Commission (CFTC); relevant US House of Representative and US Senate Committees and Sub-committees; relevant individuals and groups in State and Local governments
  • Participate in and contribute to projects for our various industry associations
    • Examples include: the Futures Industry Association Principal Trades Group (FIA PTG); the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association (SIFMA), Security Traders Association (STA); the National Grain and Feed Association (NGFA)
  • Provide relevant expertise for internal projects
  • Engage with public policy staff at the various exchanges and venues on which we transact
  • Attend conferences, participate in external round tables, and attend relevant public hearings
  • Lever your existing professional network to identify joint interests and build alliances with other stakeholders

Who you are:

  • A Bachelor's degree
  • At least five years of relevant professional experience within lobbying, advocacy, public policy, and regulatory affairs from the perspective of a regulated, financial services environment
  • Highly developed and professional interpersonal skills, including strong relationship development and the ability to influence key stakeholders, both internally and externally
  • An existing professional network amongst the US public policy and regulatory space
  • The ability to build, maintain, and call upon this existing network to represent Optiver and our interests, both internally and externally
  • Knowledge of and a keen interest in the financial markets in general, and trading in particular
  • Superior oral and written communication skills and sound technical expertise across the breath of the function
  • The ability to work independently without supervision
  • Legal authorization to work in the U.S. is required; we will not sponsor individuals for employment authorization for this job opening
  • Ability to be based in Chicago, New York City, or Washington D.C.
  • If based in Chicago or New York City, willingness to travel frequently (short term)

 What you'll get:

  • Work alongside best-in-class professionals from over 40 different countries.
  • Performance based bonus structure that 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.
  • Ownership over initiatives that directly solve business problems.  

Alongside this you will get great other benefits such as 25 paid vacation days and market holidays, fully paid commuting expenses and health insurance, daily breakfast and lunch, training opportunities, 401(k) match up to 50% and charitable match opportunities, regular social events and clubs, and many more.

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