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Graduate Quantitative Trader – 2025

Sydney

Ready to accelerate your career in a global tech-driven trading firm? Want to work alongside talented peers to solve complex and challenging problems every day?

Optiver's Quantitative Trader Graduate program will empower you with the skills needed to excel in our fast-paced environment.

Kickstart the program with four weeks of trader training in the Optiver Academy, our global training program in Amsterdam.

Then, once you’ve got the basics covered, you'll continue the rest of your learning in Sydney, where you'll put your knowledge into practice. Dive into technical projects and start trading in our unique simulated trading environment.

With our support, mentorship and world-class training, there’s no limit to how quickly you can accelerate your career at Optiver.

Use your passion for quantitative problems to make a direct impact on global financial markets. Apply today.

Who we are

Optiver is a global tech-driven trading firm, with offices in Amsterdam, Sydney, London, Singapore, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Taipei, Chicago and Austin. Founded in 1986, today we are a leading liquidity provider, with close to 2,000 employees in offices around the world, united in our commitment to improve the market through competitive pricing, execution and risk management. By providing liquidity on multiple exchanges across the world in various financial instruments we participate in the safeguarding of healthy and efficient markets. We provide liquidity to financial markets using our own capital, at our own risk, trading a wide range of products: listed derivatives, cash equities, ETFs, bonds and foreign currencies.

Optiver’s Sydney office is one of the primary players within Asian markets, trading a range of products. Established in 1996, we're an active participant on the Hong Kong, Korea, Singapore, Taiwan and Japan exchanges, and act as Optiver’s APAC head office. 

What you’ll do

No previous experience in trading or financial markets? You bring the passion and we'll have the training to support you along the way.

Immerse in the buzz and excitement of our dynamic trading floor. You’re trusted with significant responsibility early on and empowered to challenge conventions right from the start. 

Every day will present you with new and interesting problems to solve. And it’s up to you and your team to drive our success through Optiver’s cutting edge technology-stack. You’ll get to:

  • Trade, while constantly looking for creative quantitative solutions to real world events, ahead of the competition
  • Develop your own robust models and algorithms to offer the best price on the products you trade
  • Build tools, conducting analysis and leading projects that take your team’s trading strategies to the next level
  • Collaborate with the industry's best to stay at the top of our game

Who you are

You’re a lateral thinker, with a passion for quantitative problems and working in dynamic 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 teams. We'll work with you through the training program to find the most suitable role for you.

  • 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 in charge of running and constantly improving Optiver’s automated trading strategies. Whether it’s conducting a micro-analysis on part of the trading stack, or searching for new, novel trading signals in large, noisy data sets, you’ll be using your strong quantitative skills to continually solve trading problems which don’t have textbook solutions. You will collaborate closely with researchers and developers to trade, using Optiver’s cutting-edge statistical models and machine learning algorithms.

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

  • Institutional Trader

As an Institutional 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.

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

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 membership plus weekly in-house chair massages
  • Daily breakfast, lunch and an in-house barista
  • Regular social events including an annual company trip
  • A work-from-home allowance and support
  • Guided relocation and a competitive relocation package.

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.

Eligibility

  • A final year university student or recent graduate
  • An Australian or New Zealand Citizen, Australian Permanent Resident or able to provide evidence of full working rights

Ready to take your career to the next level? Apply today.

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

 

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