Over thirty years ago, Optiver started business as a single trader on the floor of Amsterdam’s European Options Exchange. Today, we are a leading global electronic market maker, focused on pricing, execution and risk management. 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. Our independence allows us to objectively improve the markets and provide efficiencies for end investors.
With over one thousand Optiverians globally, our mission to improve the market unites us. Thriving in a high performance environment, we pioneer our own trading strategies and systems using clean code and sophisticated technology. We achieve this by attracting, developing and empowering top talent, in order to sustain our future.
Whether you’re seeking an internship, graduate or experienced role, our career opportunities are abundant. We work across five critical domains: trading, technology, risk & control, data science and business operations.
We have the following full time opportunities for graduates to join us as;
Graduate Software Developers
We also have two 8 week summer internship programmes available within our Trading and Technology departments, to be based in Amsterdam.
The programmes are open to penultimate year students studying one of the following subjects or equivalent;
Please check the Optiver website for the specific requirements and application process per role.
Do you thrive in an environment where your growth and knowledge are constantly propelled to new heights? If so, you should get to know Optiver, a leading global market marker on the cutting-edge of technology, trading and research. Here's what we're all about:
The endless pursuit of excellence.
We are market makers. Optiver's role is to always remain present in global financial markets, where we are trusted by 70+ exchanges to provide accurate pricing on hundreds of thousands of financial products. Our constant activity creates the liquidity needed to keep capital markets viable, enabling all parties to trade at will. In sum, we improve the market by acting as a stabilising force, there to buy when someone wants to sell, and there to sell where someone wants to buy. It’s a responsibility we don’t take lightly - even in times of extreme volatility - which makes what we do incredibly fast-paced and exciting.
Pushing the envelope one idea at a time.
Every day at Optiver is an opportunity to solve the seemingly impossible. It's a place where you're empowered to build, code, develop and strategise ideas that push the boundaries of technological and analytical possibility. Every team member has an integral role to play in this endeavour. From traders to developers, engineers, researchers and business operations specialists, we all strive to find and own unique solutions. It’s a melting pot of dynamic thought, fast execution and entrepreneurial spirit.
Your growth is our growth.
Our ethos is based on a hunger for growth that touches everything we do. Accelerated growth not only applies to our global expansion, but also to every individual team member. Our people continually strive to improve and evolve into the best versions of themselves. Optiver fosters this constant growth by creating an environment where all are considered equal and afforded the same opportunities to flourish. This flat, growth-minded structure rings true across all of our global operations, which span offices in Amsterdam, London, Chicago, Austin, Sydney, Shanghai, Singapore and beyond.
The brightest of the bright.
When it comes to joining Optiver, the bar is set high – and for good reason. To remain at the forefront of market making, we need the best and brightest industry talent within our teams. Fortunately, we value potential over expertise, which is why we hire candidates from a diversity of backgrounds, studies and experience levels. No matter which walk of life they're from, when we find someone with the entrepreneurial spirit we seek, we take it upon ourselves to heavily invest into upskilling them with our world-class training programme. Trust us when we say that whether your background is in Physics, Chemical Engineering, Actuarial Studies or Journalism, there are many unexpected paths that lead to Optiver.
As a leading proprietary trading firm, Optiver works to make markets more efficient, transparent and stable for all. We have over 1,600 employees in offices around the world, united in their commitment to providing liquidity, competitive pricing and reliable risk management.
The chance to start your career working alongside best-in-class professionals from over 40 different countries. Alongside this you will get great secondary benefits such as fully paid first-class commuting expenses, training opportunities, discounts on health insurance, breakfast and lunch facilities, sports and leisure activities, social events and even weekly in-house chair massages.
Equity, diversity & inclusion
At Optiver, we embrace diversity and strongly believe in creating an environment in which people feel safe to be their authentic selves. We believe that diversity of people, experience, background and thought is key to unlocking the innovation potential, critical analysis and academic discourse that powers our excellence in trading, technology and research.
Market makers play a critical role in driving the transition to more sustainable finance. By always injecting liquidity into ESG products, we make them more attractive to investors of all sizes. Optiver’s steadfast commitment to trading these products gives market participants the confidence needed to include ESG products into their portfolios and investment strategies.
Introducing the Optiver Foundation
As a non-profit organisation we aim to tackle some of the most pressing issues facing our planet and its people. Of particular focus for us is how to use science and technology to solve many of these problems. We understand that meaningful change only happens when those who can have the greatest impact step up to meet the challenge.