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Software Engineer – Front Office Trading Tools

London

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 of data. Our systems are built to add to the stability of the market, not detract from it; therefore they must operate at peak efficiency in the most extreme market conditions. To achieve this, our user interfaces must present coherent, responsive, real-time visualisations of market activity and system performance while providing intuitive control of a highly complex system.  The atmosphere we work in is fast, but incredibly exciting. This makes Technology at Optiver a great challenge in which expertise, innovation and fun go hand-in-hand every day. 

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.

As one of the world’s major financial centres, London was selected as the home of Optiver’s FX trading business, our UK-focused Institutional Trading Team and rapidly growing commodities trading arm of the business. Established in 2019, Optiver’s London office is quickly growing as a key player in the FX market. With its position in England’s capital city bridging European, Asian and American time zones, Optiver London embraces a truly global mindset. And it’s no wonder why. London is one of the most diverse cities in the world, comprising more than 270 nationalities and 300 languages.

What You’ll Do:

  • Design, develop, support, and maintain trading systems, tools and infrastructure
  • Build user interfaces that present coherent, responsive real-time visualisations of market activity and system performance while providing intuitive control of our highly complex system
  • Integrate our system with multi-trading platforms and third parties as well as our global office network
  • Build and improve our automation environment to facilitate automating historically manual actions to enable focus on higher level concepts
  • Collaborate deeply with Traders, Risk Analysts, Researchers, and other Engineers
  • Gain and develop an in-depth understanding of trading theory and practice
  • Ensure new and existing programs adhere to our coding, architectural, and operational standards

At Optiver we pride ourselves on being real Engineers who work closely with Traders to identify the business problems we face and determine how they should be solved. We apply a disciplined, scientific approach and engineer simple, well-architected solutions that meet the dynamic needs of our Traders. Our passion is to solve problems which really matter to the business, and we take pride in the quality of our solutions.

Who You Are:

  • Strong engineering instincts and a deep understanding of computer science fundamentals
  • Experience writing software in C#, C++, C, or Java with a proven ability to deliver scalable, reliable, high-quality clean code
  • A passion for clean code, simple well-architected systems and continuous improvement
  • Interest in designing, developing, supporting and maintaining trading systems, tools and infrastructure
  • Ability to collaborate with Developers, Traders and Business Operations Teams.
  • Ideally experience connecting trading platforms to multi-trading platforms and exchanges and the ability to build a trading system that covers the entire lifecycle
  • Experience or an interest in low-latency optimisation, networking or real-time systems will set you apart from other applicants

What You’ll Get:

You will be part of a well-established and high performing global firm whilst experiencing the excitement that comes from a growing operation. As our London operations grows there is a real opportunity to make a huge impact and take us and your career to a new level. We offer a supportive environment for you to perform at your best. Some of our key benefits include:

  • Competitive remuneration
  • 27 paid vacation days, plus all UK public holidays
  • Daily breakfast and lunch
  • Home to office commute covered
  • 50% paid gym subscription  
  • Private Medical Insurance
  • Pension scheme
  • Training and continuous learning opportunities
  • Access to conferences and continuous training/development
  • International transfer opportunities

When applying for a role with Optiver UK Limited, the recruitment process is run via our Optiver global recruitment team. The personal data you will submit as part of the recruitment process may be processed in the UK, US and the Netherlands. By continuing with your application you hereby consent to your personal data being processed in these locations. More information on how Optiver processes your personal data can be found in our Privacy Policy.

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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