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Software Engineer

Software Engineer
London, GB
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Job Description

Optiver is looking for a Software Engineer to join our Developer Excellence team. This team is dedicated to creating an environment where developers can excel. You’ll be focusing on developing tools, streamlining processes, enhancing automation and more, all aimed at boosting the productivity of developers within the company. We’re looking for someone with a blend of technical expertise, a passion for efficiency, and the creativity to solve complex problems. Candidates should possess an entrepreneurial mindset and the strategic vision necessary to identify and deploy the most effective solutions, ensuring our engineering teams can operate at peak performance.

Who we are:

Optiver is a tech-driven trading firm and leading global market maker. As one of the oldest market making institutions, we are a trusted partner of 70+ exchanges across the globe. Our mission is to constantly improve the market by injecting liquidity, providing accurate pricing, increasing transparency and acting as a stabilising 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.

As one of the world’s major financial centres, London was selected as the home of Optiver’s FX trading business, our UK-focused Institutional Trading Team and rapidly growing commodities trading arm. Optiver UK is located in a city that bridges European, Asian and American time zones, connecting our regional offices and embracing a truly global mind-set. London is one of the most diverse cities in the world, and is home to some of the best museums, a thriving international restaurant scene and bustling high streets that attract people from all over the globe.

What you’ll do:

  • Work closely with development teams across the company, identifying bottlenecks and challenges in the current development processes and designing innovative solutions to address them;
  • Develop and implement tools and automation strategies that streamline development workflows, enhance code quality, and reduce time to deployment. This includes:
  • Creating or integrating cutting-edge development tools;
  • Automating repetitive tasks and processes;
  • Enhancing our continuous integration and continuous deployment pipelines;
  • Stay informed on and leverage industry best practices and emerging trends, ensuring that our development tools and processes are continuously improving and aligned with current standards;
  • Engage in a continuous feedback loop with developers, gathering insights and understanding their needs to tailor solutions that maximize productivity and satisfaction;
  • Explore and integrate artificial intelligence technologies to enhance our development workflows;
  • Given the critical impact of this team's work on the company, your contributions will significantly enhance every developer's daily experience, driving widespread improvements.

Who you are:

  • Equipped with strong engineering fundamentals and a deep understanding of software development processes and challenges;
  • Experienced in designing, building, and maintaining tools and systems that enhance developer workflows with proficiency in technologies relevant to automation and tool development (e.g. Python, Jenkins, Git);
  • Experience writing software in C#, C++, C and Python with a proven ability to deliver scalable, reliable, high-quality clean code;
  • A proponent of best practices with a knack for identifying areas of improvement and championing changes to address them;
  • A deep understanding of the end-to-end lifecycle of software development from ideation to deployment;
  • Enthusiastic about learning and applying new technologies and methodologies to solve problems creatively and efficiently;
  • Demonstrate big-picture vision paired with a practical approach to addressing real-world challenges;
  • Able to work autonomously as well as collaborate with developers and other technical teams to solve complex technological initiatives;
  • Passionate about improving the developer experience, with a track record of initiating and successfully driving improvements within a software development context.

What you’ll get:

At Optiver UK, you will be part of a well-established and high-performing global firm whilst experiencing the excitement that comes from a growing operation. As our London operations grow, the opportunity to make a global impact and take your career to a new level expands with it. We offer a supportive environment for you to perform at your best. Some of our key benefits include:

  • Competitive remuneration;
  • 27 paid vacation days (plus UK public holidays);
  • Daily onsite breakfast and lunch;
  • Paid commuting expenses (home to office);
  • 50% paid gym subscription;
  • Private medical insurance;
  • Pension scheme;
  • Training, conference attendance and continuous learning opportunities;
  • International transfer opportunities.

How to apply:

Apply directly via the form below and please provide us with a CV and letter of motivation in English. Should there be a potential match, a member of our team will reach out sooner rather than later. If you have any additional questions, please feel free to reach out to

When applying for a role with Optiver UK Limited, the recruitment process is run via our Optiver global recruitment team. The personal data you will submit as part of the recruitment process may be processed in the UK, US and the Netherlands. By continuing with your application you hereby consent to your personal data being processed in these locations. More information on how Optiver processes your personal data can be found in our [Privacy Policy.]( statement-12-2019.pdf?mtime=20200124172956)

As an intentionally flat organisation, we believe that great ideas and impact can come from everyone. We are passionate about empowering individuals and creating diverse teams that thrive. Every person at Optiver should feel included, valued and respected, because we believe our best work is done together.

Our commitment to diversity and inclusion is hardwired through every stage of our hiring process. We encourage applications from candidates from any and all backgrounds, and we welcome requests for reasonable adjustments during the process to ensure that you can best demonstrate your abilities.

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