Are you a final year student or recent graduate from a S.T.E.M degree? Do you like challenges and want to kick start your career at one of Australia’s “Best Places to Work”? Do you want to work with passionate people and apply your quantitative ability in a collaborative environment? If so, Optiver is the right place for you!

  • Generous salary, plus an abundance of perks and benefits
  • Relocation assistance provided if based outside of Sydney, including flights and accommodation
  • Start dates available for mid-2019 and 2020
  • Screen Trading and Wholesale Trading roles available

Curious to find out what algorithmic Trading is really like? Keep reading and find out more!

What you’ll work on

Every day will present you with new problems and interesting challenges to solve. Traders are always looking for patterns, aiming to logically forecast the financial markets’ next move. The markets are always changing. What worked yesterday may not work today. So, it’s up to you and your team to develop strategies and use our custom built software to adjust prices, monitor positions and make trades. From your first day on the trading floor, you’ll have autonomy and responsibility to make decisions and make an immediate impact. You’ll be:

  • Constantly looking for creative quantitative solutions to real world events ahead of the competition.
  • Developing your own mathematical models and algorithms to offer the best price on the products you trade.
  • Building tools, conducting analyses and leading projects that take your team’s trading strategies to the next level.
  • Working collectively with leading Traders, Technologists and Researchers in the industry, to stay at the top of our game.


What you’ll learn

You don’t need an understanding of the financial markets. Optiver can teach you that. We’ll provide you with 3 months of training on everything you need to know – the theory, the markets, the strategies and the technology. You’ll go through a steep and continuous learning curve that will challenge and develop you. You’ll have:

  • Six weeks with our dedicated Head of Trading Education, learning the basics in a classroom style environment.
  • Six weeks putting your new knowledge into practice in our specially built simulated trading environment, reacting to real world scenarios with live market data.
  • Multiple opportunities to shadow experienced Traders on the trading floor, as well as spending time with senior mentors.
  • Within three months, you’ll be trading in the live market with real money and real risk. With guidance from your experienced team, you’ll be immediately contributing to our business.

Who you are

  • You have a distinction average in Maths, Statistics, Physics, Engineering (all disciplines), Computer Science, Actuarial Studies, Applied/Quantitative Finance or Econometrics.
  • You’re a final-year/Honours/Masters/PhD student or a recent graduate (up to 4 years).
  • You’re an Australian/New Zealand Citizen or Australian Permanent Resident.

Screen Trader

You love puzzles, predictions and problem solving. You’re always hungry to learn. You like to understand the why. You have a real passion for quantitative problems and a flair for numbers. You’re a little curious about the financial markets and this competitive industry. You have a sense of humour and a thirst for success.

Wholesale Trader

Building rapport comes naturally to you. You enjoy developing strong relationships and you don’t take yourself too seriously. You have amazing communication skills and can deal with pressure while staying focused. You’re passionate about quantitative problems and have a flair for numbers. And you have an inherent drive to work in a rapidly-changing, sometimes uncertain environment.

Who we are

Optiver. It’s a combination of the Dutch words for ‘trading’ and ‘options’. And that’s what we do. We trade options (and other financial products) in the world’s markets.

Optiver’s a different beast. We don’t have clients. Or dress codes. We don’t have a stifling organisational hierarchy. And we don’t have the ego-driven culture you might be expecting from finance. That’s not us. We’re about the challenge. Our people are driven to solve open-ended problems in the most competitive market there is. We celebrate fast feedback and quick solutions. We collaborate to innovate. We share knowledge, ideas and the glory when everything goes right.

Optiver has been around for more than 30 years. We’re an electronic market maker operating around the globe. We work to improve the market, trading options and other financial instruments. With more than 1000 people around the world working to improve the market, Optiver’s a quiet powerhouse of creative problem solving and collaboration. We like challenges. We love success. And we’re proud of our culture, designed to give you plenty of opportunity and support to do amazing things.

Our perks

We want the best and we want our people focused on delivery. So, we make life easy for you by taking care of the little things. Like lunch, which our in-house chefs prepare every day. And coffee, free from our barista. And fitness, with your free gym membership and access to group training sessions. There are massages every week, meditation training and lots of wellness perks. There are also plenty of ways to unwind, from our famous games room and social clubs to our many internal sports teams. And with a culture that celebrates wins, you can bet that from our monthly social events, annual trip, Christmas party and more, you’ll find time to meet your fellow Optiverians and enjoy a party or two.

Optiver also believes in getting better every day. Our internal learning and development programs are designed to help you get to the next level. With in-house experts, a structured learning program and plenty of opportunities to learn as you work, you’re always developing new skills. Which helps when you’re solving the most interesting problems in the world.

See yourself at Optiver? Take up the challenge and apply today!

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