Lead Systems Reliability Engineer

at Optiver (view profile)
Location Amsterdam, Netherlands
Date Posted December 28, 2018
Category European Union - EU Blue Card Jobs
Netherlands - GVVA Work Permit Jobs
Job Type python


As a Lead Systems Reliability Engineer you are the custodian of our production trading environment.
Our infrastructure is a combination of vastly distributed systems, high-performance computing and low-latency trading algorithms on one hand, and high-throughput dataflows, huge storage and data analysis on the other. We evolve our systems on a daily basis. The challenge: balancing innovation speed with reliability and performance.

Reliability engineering at Optiver focuses on prevention and swift resolution of operational issues, guarding the reliability and performance of our systems. Reliability to us means having full control over our systems and guaranteeing proper functioning even in the most extreme market conditions. Simplicity and deterministic behavior are important aspects of reliability to us.

No two days are the same, but as Lead Systems Reliability Engineer you will maintain, monitor and improve the reliability, scalability and performance of our in-house built trading software. Sitting in the middle of the trading floor, you closely collaborate with the Traders, Researchers and fellow Engineers.

What you need to be successful
You are a pragmatic, logical thinker. With a facilitating and enabling attitude as well as hands-on mentality, you always strive for the simplest solutions. You are naturally curious about hardware and software, and how these interact. You are able to explain your thoughts clearly through written and verbal communication, ask the right questions, and are not afraid to challenge your colleagues. You look for opportunities to get out of your comfort zone and like frequent change.

No prior trading experience is needed – our onboarding program will kick-start your career at Optiver and support you in building the knowledge about our business.

In terms of skillset

  • Experience managing day-to-day operations of software and hardware infrastructure;
  • Strong affinity with Unix/Linux systems;
  • The ability to automate tasks using Python;
  • Experience with relational databases (e.g. MSSQL, postgres);
  • An understanding of networking fundamentals and protocols.

What you can expect from us
An energetic and collaborative work culture with ambitious, down-to-earth colleagues . We constantly ask ourselves how to do better, which creates a stimulating and fun environment. Next to a great salary and excellent benefits (such as an attractive profit sharing structure, training opportunities, fully paid first-class commuting expenses, a premium-free pension, discounts on health insurance, breakfast and lunch facilities, sports and leisure activities, weekly chair massages and Friday afternoon drinks), you will get the support and tools to develop your skills on the job so that you feel empowered to be at your best, both personally and professionally. We also provide relocation assistance.

Interested in working at Optiver?
Please apply for the role via the form below and provide us with a CV & cover letter in English. If you have any questions, feel free to contact Patrycja Ostrowska at [email protected] or +31 20 708 7481. The first step after applying for this job is an online (HackerRank) test assessing your problem-solving and programming skills (in Python).

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