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Graduate Trader

Graduate Trader
Amsterdam, Netherlands
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Job Description


We are looking for inquisitive problem solvers to join our team as a Graduate Trader

At Mako, we believe in the power of collaboration to drive innovation in pursuit of our collective ambition; excellence in trading. Our diverse community is connected through a commitment to being the best we can be with the highest standards of integrity.

A Unique Programme for Aspiring Traders

Mako’s Graduate Trader Programme is an immersive and structured programme specially designed to give our graduates the opportunity to develop in-depth knowledge and experience of the industry and options markets. The holistic programme runs for an 18- month period and covers the markets in which Mako operates as well as fundamental option theories and risk processes.

What we need from you:

A trader can come from any background and there are many ways to solve the problems they face, but what all successful traders have in common is an ability to make logical decisions under pressure and to be able to react quickly to changing circumstances. Additionally, we are looking for:

  • An ability to demonstrate a competitive edge; Mako is a very collegiate environment, but the market is not.
  • An enthusiasm to learn about our business and make your own mark
  • A very high demonstrable level of mathematical ability.
  • Programming ability - e.g. familiarity with VBA and Python.
  • Highly numerate, demonstrative of solving maths problems in a quick manner
  • An upper second class degree in an STEM based subject or equivalent.

We are Mako

At Mako, we are welcoming, inclusive and collaborative. We work fast and smart in a supportive and dress-down environment that allows colleagues to be themselves and achieve great things. We uphold the principles of a flat structure that offers unrivalled engagement with senior leadership and career development opportunities. We have a comprehensive benefits package, including:

  • Flexible leave and hybrid working policies
  • Discounted health insurance under the Company’s health care scheme
  • Generous pension scheme
  • Subsidised gym membership
  • Bicycle purchase reimbursement
  • Employee wellbeing guidance and support
  • Opportunity become involved in the rewarding work of the Mako foundation


Work in a Fast Paced Real-Time Trading Environment

From the outset, Graduate Traders are introduced to our fast paced and dynamic trading environment and are assigned stimulating and interactive projects to build upon their knowledge and understanding.

You will initially complete our specially designed rotational training programme to teach you about all aspects of trading and will then be assigned to the desk which best suits your skillset and approach to trading.

Learn From Highly Experienced Traders

As a Graduate Trader you will be working closely with our Senior Traders, giving you the opportunity to learn from some of the most experienced in the business. In addition, you will participate in classes covering a rigorous syllabus of options theory and attend regular mock floor-trading sessions in a collaborative and unique environment.

Rotate Across a Wide Range of Product Areas

Graduate Traders rotate across different desks giving the added benefit of exposure across the markets in which the market making team operates. This is an exceptional opportunity to gain an understanding across a wide range of products.

Add Value

Innovation is key to our business and Graduate Traders have the opportunity to add value from the outset. Mako's structure encourages a culture of exploration, challenge and learning. Working on various projects throughout their rotations and having access to a wealth of knowledge across the business. This is the ideal environment for sharing knowledge and generating ideas to drive our business forward.

Recruitment Process:

At Mako, we want to enable you to have the best experience and so we have outlined how the recruitment process will look like. This is aimed to help you anticipate what will happen at each stage:

  • When you apply, you will be sent a test- please complete this as soon as you can in a calm environment.
  • If you have passed the initial test and fit the job profile, we will send an email to invite you to our Assessment Day. Please check your spam/junk folder as it may be sent there.
  • If you are successful in the first round, we will send an email to request a time for a final stage interview, this will be a panel based interview with Senior Traders. Please check your spam/junk folder as it may be sent there.
  • Offers will be given to the successful candidates once all interviews are completed

If you require any support or adjustments with the application process or have any questions about the application process, please contact

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