Student and Graduate Technology

Graduate Software Engineer


Deeply passionate about technology and its application in the trading business? Keen to make a tangible impact right from the start? Come work alongside the world's brightest engineers and traders to build and maintain industry-leading proprietary trading systems that constantly improve the financial market.

Ready to accelerate your growth in one of the most fascinating and dynamic industries? Join the Optiver team. You don’t need to have any prior knowledge of trading or financial markets – we’ll teach you that!

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 around the world, making them more transparent and efficient for all participants. With more than 1,600 employees in offices around the world, we’re united in our commitment to improve the market through competitive pricing, execution and thorough risk management. By providing liquidity on multiple exchanges across the world, we actively trade on 70+ exchanges, where we’re trusted to always provide accurate buy and sell pricing – no matter the market conditions. 

Founded in 2021, Optiver's Singapore location is our ninth global office. As a fast-growing office, we have the feel of a start-up, but the backing of a large multinational trading firm. In Asia Pacific, Optiver was one of the first global market makers to establish a presence in the region, with the incorporation Optiver's APAC head office in Sydney in 1996. Since then, we have expanded our footprint by establishing offices in Taipei (2005), Hong Kong (2007) and Shanghai (2012).

What you'll do

As our Graduate Software Engineer, you’ll begin the first 5 weeks of your training program in our APAC HQ in Sydney, where you’ll learn the foundations of everything that you need to know – ranging from theoretical knowledge to practical, hands-on experience.

Once you’ve completed your training, you’ll then get to take ownership of projects that directly impact Optiver’s world-class trading systems. Whether it is developing ultra-low-latency exchange protocol encoders and decoders, or fine-tuning our automated trading strategies and pricing models, your goal is to find the simplest and cleanest solution to any problem at hand.

If you enjoy a fast feedback loop and seeing the immediate impact of your work, Optiver is the place for you. You could be working on a change to a trading system in the morning and see it running live in the afternoon. Our collaborative culture means you’ll work closely with our best-in-class traders and engineers to identify and solve problems that make a tangible impact on the business.

Discover the exciting projects you could work on in the Graduate program. Hear first-hand from some of our recent graduates:

  • Read Brenda’s story on delivering low-latency, high-throughput systems that improve our connectivity to the financial market.
  • Read Richard’s story on navigating the world of automated trading – systems that make trading decisions.
  • Read Marcus’s story on working in the risk and treasury team, where he monitors systems that manage and mitigate risk (e.g., trading risk).
  • Read Aidan’s story on working in the Compliance IT team, where he manages systems that facilitate reporting and reconciliation.
  • Read Lena’s story on production engineering, where she builds tools and systems that enable us to trade smoothly.

Who you are

You’re a problem solver at heart, who won’t stop until you’ve found a solution. And then push yourself even further to improve it. In addition, you’re:

  • Keen to create high-performance, low latency designs that critically impact trading success
  • Curious to learn and comfortable discussing/exploring complex technical ideas
  • Have a range of out-of-classroom projects or extra-curricular activities that demonstrates your passion in technology, particularly software development
  • Keen to work alongside the best Developers and Traders in the industry, with the humility to continually upskill and improve yourself
  • Knowledgeable about object orientated design and development concepts (experience with C++, C# or Java is required for our technical assessment)

What you'll get

  • The chance to work alongside diverse, intelligent and driven peers in a rewarding environment
  • We offer competitive remuneration, including: an attractive bonus structure and additional leave entitlements
  • Corporate health insurance
  • Training, mentorship and personal development opportunities
  • Weekly in-house chair massages
  • Daily breakfast and lunch
  • Regular social events including an annual company trip
  • A work-from-home allowance and support.

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.


Optiver encourages Singaporean nationals to apply. Applications are open until 31 October 2022.

  • A final year university student or recent graduate
  • Studying a Computer Science, Software/Electrical/Mechatronic Engineering or similarly technical degree

Does this sound like the future you’re looking for? Take up the challenge and apply today!

Student and Graduate Technology Singapore

Related vacancies

  • Technology

    Linux Systems Engineer

    Our Linux Team ensures our trading servers work so we can trade. They establish that our production environment works optimally by deploying, maintaining, monitoring and operating a fleet of UNIX servers to its highest possible performance. You will join a highly-customized environment where proprietary tools and technology run. You will be expected to help build […]

    Learn more
  • Technology

    Data Center Engineer (Frankfurt)

    At Optiver, we strive for excellence in everything we do. Now, we’re looking for a Data Center Engineer that shares our excellence-only mindset. Because we believe that thoughtfully planned and well-orchestrated data center infrastructure is just as important as the algorithms running on our trading software. Without best-in-class infrastructure, there would be no foundation upon […]

    Learn more
  • Technology

    Full Stack Engineer

    Optiver is looking for World Class Engineering Talent to develop the next generation Front and Back end solutions for our Options and Delta 1 trading teams. These solutions will require greenfield development of tooling and back-end functionality to ensure the efficient dissemination and delivery of information to our traders.   WHO WE ARE: Optiver is […]

    Learn more
  • Technology

    Software Engineer – Front Office Trading Tools

    Much has changed since our early days as floor traders at the Amsterdam Stock Exchange. Today, Optiver’s Software Engineers leverage technology to solve a variety of complex problems: optimising for scarce bandwidth, responding to market events with nanosecond speed, automatically pricing complex sets of financial instruments with extremely low error tolerance, and analysing huge volumes […]

    Learn more
  • Technology

    Network Engineer

    Optiver’s industry leading proprietary trading systems depend on reliable and scalable networks to power 50+ exchanges around the world. As a Network Engineer, you’ll have a unique opportunity to collaborate with Developers and Traders to optimise network designs and solve complex problems that make a direct impact to our business. From day one you’ll play […]

    Learn more
  • 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
  • Technology

    Enterprise 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
  • Technology

    Senior FPGA Engineer

    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 around the world, making them more transparent and efficient for all participants. With more than 1,600 employees in offices around the world, we’re united in our commitment to improve the market […]

    Learn more
  • Technology

    Radio Frequency Engineer

    With Optiver’s cutting-edge engineering, data science and research, we actively trade hundreds of thousands of interconnected financial products – no matter the market conditions. To be not only active, but also precise, across such a volume of markets and products is a hugely complex challenge – which is exactly where Radio Frequency Engineering comes into play. Optiver […]

    Learn more
  • 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