Thirty years ago, Optiver started business as a single trader on the floor of the Amsterdam’s Options exchange. Today we are at the forefront of trading and technology, employing over 900 Optiverians from over 40 nationalities in Amsterdam, Chicago, Sydney and Shanghai.

We stick to what we’re good at: making markets in a wide range of financial products. Optiver brings together a multidisciplinary group of talented people from all over the world who have a clear goal in common: continuous improvement exercised through creativity and collaboration. A good idea will always be given a chance.

The dynamic environment and the nature of work Optiver gets involved with means that your problem solving, creativity and analytical skills can be well leveraged in the pursuit of excellence.

This excellence is well rewarded at Optiver with a highly competitive package.

At Optiver, your training is of vital importance to us so we have structured and tailored training programs for each department as follows;

Trading and Research

After a two-month intensive training program involving classroom work, trading desk simulation exercises and live market trading— with real money—you will start trading at your own desk.


  • The training program will be tailored to your specific needs.
  • You will follow classes that help you understand our trading business better, and training that will improve your software development skills.
  • Besides hard skills we will also help you improve your soft skills.


We have the following Graduates roles across Trading, Research and Technology;

  • Trader*
  • Researcher*
  • Graduate Software Developer

We also have an eight-week summer internship program available for Summer 2017 for the roles marked *.

Degree disciplines and recruitment criteria
Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in either Computer Science, Economics, Engineering, Information Systems, Mathematics, Physics or equivalent.

Application Process

Apply via our website including CV and cover letter.

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