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FPGA Engineer

Posted 31 Jul 2022
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At Optiver, we pride ourselves on being real Engineers, not just coders. Our Engineers work closely with Traders to identify the business problems we face and determine how they should be solved. We apply a disciplined and scientific approach to engineer simple, well-architected solutions that meet the dynamic needs of our traders. Our passion is to solve problems which really matter to the business, and we take great pride in the quality of our solutions.

Hardware Engineers at Optiver build hardware-based trading systems ranging from low latency algorithms to high bandwidth computation. They are responsible for owning all aspects of the development process – from ideation to implementation, creating bespoke solutions to our complex trading problems. Their systems have little room for failure which add to the stability of the market, not detract from it. Working in close collaboration with Software Engineers and Traders, Hardware Engineers deeply understand our trading problems and create dynamic, well-architected systems that make an impact in a matter of days and weeks rather than months and years.

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:

As Optiver's FPGA Engineer, you'll accelerate network infrastructure and trading system components with high-speed hardware designs. This will require you to research new low-latency techniques and platforms in order to identify opportunities for integration with our trading system. Along the way, you'll have the support of a multidisciplinary team of Traders, Software Developers, and Infrastructure Engineers. With their collaboration and support, you'll be empowered to leverage the best hardware available or build in-house versions to ensure our FPGAs can interface with cutting-edge server hardware. To ensure the smooth sailing of our installations, maintenance expansion, you'll mnage relationships with 3rd-party vendors.

Who you are:

  • Bachelor’s degree in CE, EE, CS, or related technical field
  • Experience designing, coding, testing, and verifying FPGAs and/or ASICs
  • Experience coding in VHDL, Verilog, SystemVerilog as well as C or C++
  • Experience with RTL synthesis, writing timing, area, and other relevant constraints
  • Experience with digital simulators and self-checking test benches.
  • Experience supporting post-silicon bring-up and debugging a plus
  • Ability to work closely with software developers to rapidly deliver integrated systems

What you’ll get:

  • The chance to start 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.

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...


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

Interested?

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 recruitment@optiver.com. In the meantime feel free to learn more about who we are and what we do by following us on LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook.

Finance & banking
Amsterdam
1,000 employees

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Valuing the difference is at the core of Optiver’s business, doing so correctly or better than others is what makes Optiver one of the dominant players in the industry. The same goes for Optiver’s culture. The unique skill set and diverse educational background of the individuals contributes...