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  1. About Optiver

    About Optiver


    Value the difference

    We are Optiver, an international trading company, headquartered in Amsterdam. With more than 1000 colleagues across four continents we constantly offer fair and highly competitive prices for the buying and selling of stocks, bonds, options, futures, ETF’s et cetera. It is called ‘market making’. We build markets and provide liquidity to international exchanges in Europe, the US and Asia Pacific.

    We make financial markets fair, open and reliable We do not only trade when we feel like it. Not only when our outlook is bright, but 24 hours a day. Whichever way the markets go, we are there, always at our own risk, using our own capital. ‘Value the difference’ sums it up perfectly. It explains in a nutshell what we do every day. It also invites you to explore how we do our job differently. We have valued that difference since 1986; the year we started on the Amsterdam based European Options Exchange with a single floor trader.

    Today we are one of the most dynamic, innovative and successful companies in The Netherlands and beyond. So, you are probably who we need. Optiver is above all a state of mind. We want you if you want to be the best. When you believe in daily improvement and feel challenged when colleagues outsmart you, which they will. We are looking for you when you like to be seriously rewarded for your performance, when you easily adapt to change and enjoy some humour and fun. How you fit in is up to you.

    We want to be the best trading firm in the world. Therefore we are always looking for the best traders in the world. But since trading on the floor changed to screen-based trading we also constantly need the most advanced technology, trading software and connections to the market. In short, we need the best IT-professionals there are to develop, optimise and support our tools. And to service our trading and IT-colleagues the best we can, we definitely need great ‘facilitators’ in our business operations.

    We are continuously recruiting for the following positions: Algorithmic Trader Trader Wholesale Trader Trader Assistant (part-time and full-time) Junior Researcher IT Operations Talent Programme Junior C++ Developer Occasionally junior roles available in Risk, Finance and Compliance


    We are 450 highly educated professionals from over 40 different countries that work at Optiver in Amsterdam. We aim to be unrivalled in our industry, by being talented, creative and result driven. And it doesn’t matter how we dress or what we believe in, as long as we exceed our and each others expectations. Please visit our website for more information about Optiver. And if you are ready to apply, and we hope you are, please use the application tool on our site. When we think the ‘magic’ is there, you will hear from us sooner than you expect.

    If you have any questions feel free to contact us on +31 20 708 70 00 or send an e-mail to In the meantime feel free to learn more about who we are and what we do by following us on LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook.

  2. Careerpath



    As a trader you will start your career with an extensive two month training period. During this period you will learn everything about option theories and trading strategies. After 1 month you’ll start trading yourself on a trainee spot. Within two months you’ll get full responsibility by trading at your own spot and managing your own P&L.

    During your career you’ll get the opportunity to develop your skills further. You can become a teamlead or develop yourself towards a more strategic direction like market structure.


    As soon as you'll start as a Developer or as an Application Engineer within our IT Department, you'll be guided by a Senior to quickly adapt to our business needs. During your career you'll get plenty of opportunities to develop yourself further by enhancing your scripting- or programming skills or by absorbing specific IT knowledge that fits with the challenges in our trading business.

  3. Trading


    Trading at Optiver

    For our Trading department we are scouting for final-year students or recent graduates from a study related to analytics, such as Finance, Econometrics, Mathematics or Financial Engineering. A flair for numbers, a passion for financial markets and a hugely competitive nature are also a must. Initially, your role as a Trader is to price and trade financial options. You will build and maintain positions in derivatives and equities, exercise risk management and implement trading strategies.

  4. IT


    IT at Optiver

    Since trading on the floor changed to screen-based trading, we constantly need the most advanced technology, trading software and connections to the market. In short, we need the best IT-professionals to develop, optimise and support our systems and tools. The atmosphere we are working in is fast, but exciting. This makes IT at Optiver a great challenge whereby expertise, innovation and fun go hand in hand every day.

    For our IT department we are scouting for talented final-year students and recent graduates in an IT related field of study, such as Computer Science, IT Engineering, Informatics, Business Engineering or similar. We offer graduate positions in Software Development and Application Engineering.

    You will work in a superb high-tech learning environment with Unix-, Network-, Windows- and Software Development experts.

  5. Application Process

    Application Process


    Interested in Trading? Apply online via our website, for one of our Trading positions. Please provide us with your CV and letter of motivation in English. Once you've applied for a trading position, you will be required to take three numerical tests to measure your mathematical and analytical skills.


    Ready to start your career in IT? Apply online via our website, for the IT Operations Talent Programme. Please provide us with your CV and letter of motivation in English. An assessment is part of the application procedure.

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