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Graduate Data Analyst

Amsterdam

How does Optiver accurately price hundreds of thousands of interconnected financial products in real-time? In one word: data. Our Data Analyst teams tackle fascinating challenges that exist at the intersection of technology and trading – a space with some of the most complex and exciting volumes of financial market data. With world-class skills that can cut through the noise, Optiver's Data Analyst teams directly impact the precision and scalability of our 35+ year trading business.

Optiver's Data Analysts collaborate with Traders, Data Engineers, Quantitative Researchers and Technologists to perform in-depth data analysis. They sit on our buzzing Trading floor – the heartbeat of the business – to share their market insights with our Traders, Quantitative Researchers and Developers. As a Data Analyst, your observations and recommendations will be highly valued, and trusted to inform crucial trading decisions, including identifying new trading opportunities. This makes you a key player in our market activities, 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:

Being a Data Analyst at Optiver is not just about analysing data. You will be the key person who transforms raw market data into concise, actionable information. By viewing trading strategy inefficiencies through a structured, statistical lens, you'll enable us to improve our results. You will also be responsible for developing our data analysis application, which provides large-scale, real-time strategy analysis.

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

  • Analyse and transform terabytes of raw market and trading data
  • Provide the Trading team with new insights that improve their strategies or automate their tasks
  • Use data analysis to detect and evaluate unwanted trading patterns and assess potential risks
  • Streamline data pipelines, conducting modelling and make visualisations
  • Build, own, maintain and further develop different interactive trading applications
  • Write and test code for several ongoing projects
  • Continuously broaden your technical horizon and stay up-to-date with the latest technology

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:

  • Academic degree in a STEM related area: e.g. Math, Statistics, Data Science, Computer science, Engineering, Econometrics etc.
  • Advanced knowledge of Python experience with scientific Python stack (e.g. Pandas, Numpy and SciPy) 
  • 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 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 Data 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 Rachael Thompson at [email protected].

Please note, if you are selected from your application to proceed to the next round for the position of Data Analyst, you will 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.

More  information  on  how  Optiver  Europe  processes  your  personal  data  can  be  found  in  our Privacy Policy.

*We accept one application per role, per year. If you have applied to this role across any of our offices in the last year and have been unsuccessful, you can reapply once your 12 month cooling period has concluded.

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