How does Optiver accurately price hundreds of thousands of interconnected financial products in real-time? In one word: data. We tackle fascinating challenges that exist at the cutting-edge intersection of technology and trading – a space with some of the most complex and exciting volumes of financial market data.
Optiver's Data Engineers collaborate with Traders, Researchers and other Developers to build robust and scalable data pipelines. We work closely with stakeholders to understand the business problems and data requirements. We implement high quality solutions that enable our users to query, research and innovate on large scale datasets across different business domains. As an experienced Software Engineer – Data, your development skills and industrial knowledge will be highly valued, and you will be a key player in scaling up our data platforms, 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:
You will be the key person who shapes our data platforms for the future. You will be the data expert who owns a large portion of our ecosystem, including but not limited to data collection, modeling, transformation and quality check. You will also be a data steward to govern the quality of our data warehouse and instill a data-driven mindset in those around you. Together with our team we aim to take our data pipelines to the next level.
No two days are the same on the Data Team. Your work will be dynamic and ever-evolving, with a mixture of short and long-term projects. You can expect to:
- Create and streamline data processes to extract, transform and load data streams from various sources into our data warehouse
- Design, build and maintain research platforms that enable large scale data analysis and fast innovation
- Design and implement standardized data schemas and APIs for a variety of downstream use cases
- Build data quality solutions and automated checks to ensure data integrity
- Work with other developers to scope and build data warehouse solutions to help the business scale
- Collaborate with traders, analysts and researchers to gather scope requirements
- Manage and execute projects from start to finish including project management, data gathering, transformation and modelling, analysis, and delivery of tooling or business recommendations
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:
- 5+ years industry (not necessarily in trading/finance) experience in data engineering and/or quantitative development
- Deep understanding of computer science fundamentals and engineering instincts
- Strong knowledge of Python, SQL and opensource frameworks for data retrieval, pipelining and transformation
- Preferably, a degree in computer science or other technology related fields
- Experience with data modeling and data warehousing
- Experience with manipulation of large and complex data sets
- 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 advance 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:
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 Software Engineer – Data. 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 Theo Schneider via [email protected]. Please note that we cannot accept applications via email.
Kindly note that we do not require any assistance from third-parties including agencies in the recruitment of this role.
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.