Student and Graduate Trading

Graduate Quantitative Trader – 2023 or 2024


Start dates available for Aug 2023 and Feb 2024

Join Optiver to accelerate your growth in one of the most fascinating and dynamic industries. 

As our Graduate Quantitative Trader, you’ll start the first 4 weeks of your training program in our global HQ in Amsterdam, alongside other Trading graduates from around the world. Then, you'll go to Sydney, our APAC HQ, to continue your training on the fundamentals of trading: the theory, the markets, the strategies and the technology. Once you’ve got the basics covered, you’ll put your knowledge into practice and start trading in our simulated trading environment – a live copy of the financial market.

Once you've completed your training, you’ll join our team of experienced traders in Sydney and begin trading in the real market. 

Ready for the opportunity of a lifetime? Apply now.

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.

In 2005, Taipei office opened, established as the second office for the Group in APAC after Sydney office. With a relatively small size of local employees, we work closely with the Sydney Office in all aspects of daily operations. With solid trading experiences, Taipei office has a steady growth in terms of its revenue and trading volume, and we have continued to work on improving the liquidity and making impact on the Taiwan market.

What you’ll do

From your first day on the trading floor, you’ll have autonomy and responsibility to make decisions that create an immediate impact. Every day will present you with new and interesting challenges to solve. And it’s up to you and your team to drive our success through Optiver’s market leading technology-stack. You’ll be:

  • Trading, while constantly looking for creative quantitative solutions to real world events ahead of the competition.
  • Developing robust pricing models and algorithms to offer the best price on the products you trade.
  • Building tools, conducting analysis and leading projects that take your team’s trading strategies to the next level.
  • Working collectively with our best-in-class team of traders, technologists and researchers, to help Optiver remain at the forefront of the industry.

Who you are

You’re a lateral thinker, with a passion for quantitative problems and working in fast paced environments. You believe in the power of collaborative problem solving and may have an interest in Trading or financial markets. 

We offer a range of opportunities in our Trading team. In the application, select the role that appeals to you the most, and we'll work with you in the recruitment process to ensure the role is most suitable for you. Below are examples of the different roles available.

  • Options Market Maker

As an Options Trader, during market hours, you'll be making quick, yet sharp, trading decisions, based on the data available. You love puzzles, predictions and have a flair for numbers. You’re driven to understand the why, but you’re also comfortable with making decisions under uncertainty. Outside of market hours, you'll work on projects that'll further set you up for success during trading hours.

Check out Will’s ‘Day in the life’ feature to learn more.

  • Delta 1 Trader

As a D1 Trader, you'll be piloting our autotraders. You have a love for statistical analysis and deriving insights from big data sets. You enjoy micro analysis and applying those insights to the bigger picture. You will collaborate with researchers and developers on live trading strategies, using our cutting-edge statistical and machine learning algorithms. 

Check out Jason’s ‘Day in the life’ feature to learn more.

  • Wholesale Trader

As a Wholesale trader, you'll be making quick trading decisions, whilst working closely with third parties. You have strong communication skills and can remain focused under pressure. You’re passionate about quantitative problems and have a flair for numbers. Building rapport comes naturally to you, and you enjoy developing strong relationships with your colleagues and entities outside of Optiver. 

What you’ll get

  • The chance to work alongside diverse and intelligent peers in a rewarding environment
  • Competitive remuneration, including an attractive bonus structure and additional leave entitlements
  • Training, mentorship and personal development opportunities
  • Gym subsidy and weekly in-house chair massages
  • Daily breakfast, lunch and snacks
  • 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.


  • A final year university student or recent graduate
  • Fluent in English

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

If you have any questions regarding this opportunity, please contact us at [email protected] 

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