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Institutional Trader

Institutional Trader
Chicago, US
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Job Description

Optiver is looking for an Institutional Trader to join our Trading Team. Upon joining our firm, you will be a key member in growing our equities and execution services arms. As one of the key faces of our organization, you'll translate market intricacies into strategic trades, driving profitability and expanding our trading counterparties utilizing your strong interpersonal skills. This is an exciting opportunity to help shape the future of our institutional business.

Who we are:
At Optiver, our mission is to constantly improve the market by injecting liquidity, providing accurate pricing, increasing transparency and acting as a stabilizing force no matter the market conditions. With a focus on continuous improvement, we participate in the safeguarding of healthy and efficient markets for everyone who participates. We tackle the toughest problems, challenge the status quo and always aim for excellence. As one of the largest market making institutions, we are a trusted partner of 70+ exchanges across the globe.

Optiver Chicago’s culture parallels the energetic city we’re immersed in. Home to the Chicago Board of Trade, Chicago Board Options Exchange, and Chicago Mercantile Exchange, Chicago has established itself as the derivatives trading capital of the US. Active on leading US exchanges, Optiver’s Chicago office trades a wide range of products from listed derivatives to cash equities, ETFs, bonds and foreign exchange.

What you’ll do:
Institutional traders often take on the largest and most impactful trades across the landscape. Every day presents them with new interactions, experiences and situations to navigate. In this role, you will also:
• Represent Optiver by managing current and building new relationships with external counterparties
• Interpret large flows to inform trading strategies
• Identify new market opportunities in order to diversify our strategies and maximize team success
• Collaborate with our internal sales and trading desks to make real-time contributions to trading and pricing decisions
• Assist in the growth of our equities and execution services arms

Who you are:
• Hold a bachelor’s degree (required)
• Have 2-5 years of experience trading Index and/or Equity Derivatives at a Bank or Propriety Trading Firm
• Expertise in trading and position management around market flows
• Have a deep understanding of the market landscape and industry dynamics, allowing for the identification of innovative growth prospects
• Excellent communicator with experience building and maintaining external relationships in your prior roles
• Competitive attitude and dedication to constantly improve in a team environment
• Strong mathematical and quantitative background
• Legal authorization to work in the US

What you’ll get:
• Work alongside best-in-class professionals from over 40 different countries.
• Performance based bonus structure that is unmatched anywhere in the industry. We combine our profits across desks, teams and offices into a global profit pool fostering a truly collaborative environment to work in.
• Ownership over initiatives that directly solve business problems.

Additionally, you’ll get great other benefits such as 25 paid vacation days and market holidays, fully paid health insurance, daily breakfast and lunch, training opportunities, 401(k) match up to 50% and charitable match opportunities, regular social events and clubs, and many more.

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