Trading System Engineer (Python)

at Optiver (view profile)
Location Amsterdam, Netherlands
Date Posted July 25, 2017
Category Netherlands - GVVA Work Permit Jobs
Job Type sysadmin


Job Description

Excited by the idea of having to manage over 5000 components across more than 20 locations world-wide? Can you make split second decisions that directly influence our P&L and do you keep your cool when everything around you seems to fall apart? Are you the type of engineer who improves their work by automating tasks? Then you will fit right in!

Technology at Optiver

In order to be successful in our trading domain, we constantly need the most advanced technology, trading software and connections to the market. In short, we need the best technologists to develop, optimise and support our systems and tools. With 12 datacenters and thousands of servers we run ten thousands of trading components executing hundred thousands of trades every day. These systems produce a lot of data that needs to be wrangled to turn it into valuable information for different areas of the business.

What you'll do

As a Trading System Engineer you are the custodian of our production trading environment. You will care for our trading software and systems using your distinct skillset and insights, and adapt the environment as required to achieve our business goals. Activities include setting up, tweaking, optimizing and monitoring the different software and hardware components manually, as well as developing tools to make these activities less labour intensive and more consistent.
You constantly keep an eye on our trading activities, answering questions and troubleshooting issues as they arise. You will be working with highly skilled, smart and engaged colleagues within a team of traders, researchers, software engineers and other system engineers. Together you constantly question the status quo; see whether it makes sense and is the most optimal, and find ways to improve and then make it happen.


What you'll need

  • a Bachelor, Master or PhD degree level in IT related study;
  • extremely well-developed analytical skills, smartness and stress resistance;
  • experience with Unix/Linux as well as Windows systems;
  • scripting skills (i.e. Python, Bash, PowerShell, SQL);
  • facilitating and enabling attitude, with a hands-on mentality;
  • to be a team player with excellent communication skills;
  • experience in data analysis is a plus.

What you’ll get

Optiver is above all a state of mind. We are looking for you when you believe in daily improvement, when you like to be seriously rewarded for your performance and when you easily adapt to change and enjoy some humour and fun. To be concrete, we offer excellent remuneration and great secondary benefits, such as an attractive profit sharing structure, training opportunities, fully paid first-class commuting expenses, a premium-free pension, breakfast and lunch facilities, sports and leisure activities, even weekly chair massages and of course Friday afternoon drinks. We are used to guiding expats through their relocation and offer relocation packages and discounts on health insurance.


We are 400 highly educated professionals 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 other’s expectations.


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.

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