Graduate Quantitative Trader

Graduate Quantitative Trader
(more about Optiver)

Job Description

Join Optiver to accelerate your growth in one of the most fascinating and dynamic industries.

As our Graduate Quantitative Trader, you’ll start the first 4 weeks of your training program, in our global HQ in Amsterdam, where you’ll learn the foundations of everything that you’ll need to know – the theory, the markets, the strategies and the technology. After that, you’ll put your knowledge into practice and start trading in our simulated trading environment, which is a live copy of the financial market! 

Once complete, you’ll join our team of experienced traders and begin trading in the real market – with the opportunity to either work in one of our global offices or to return to Singapore and join our local team.

Ready for the opportunity of a lifetime? Apply now.

Who we are

Optiver is a tech-driven trading firm and leading global market maker. For over 35 years, Optiver has been improving financial markets around the world, making them more transparent and efficient for all participants. With more than 1,600 employees in offices around the world, we’re united in our commitment to improve the market through competitive pricing, execution and thorough risk management. By providing liquidity on multiple exchanges across the world, we actively trade on 70+ exchanges, where we’re trusted to always provide accurate buy and sell pricing – no matter the market conditions. 

Founded in 2021, Optiver's Singapore location is our ninth global office. As a fast-growing office, we have the feel of a start-up, but the backing of a large multinational trading firm. In Asia Pacific, Optiver was one of the first global market makers to establish a presence in the region, with the incorporation Optiver's APAC head office in Sydney in 1996. Since then, we have expanded our footprint by establishing offices in Taipei (2005), Hong Kong (2007) and Shanghai (2012)

What you'll do

As our Graduate Quantitative Trader, you’ll be constantly applying your problem-solving abilities to understand the dynamics of financial markets.

From your first day on the trading floor, you’ll have autonomy and responsibility to make decisions that create an immediate impact. Every day will present you with new and interesting challenges to solve. And it’s up to you and your team to drive our success through Optiver’s market leading technology-stack. You’ll be:

  • Trading, while constantly looking for creative quantitative solutions to real world events ahead of the competition.
  • Developing robust pricing models and algorithms to offer the best price on the products you trade.
  • Building tools, conducting analysis and leading projects that take your team’s trading strategies to the next level.
  • Working collectively with our best-in-class team of traders, technologists and researchers, to help Optiver remain at the forefront of the industry.

 Who you are

You’re a lateral thinker who is quick to apply your brand of maths to understand quantitative problems. You have an interest in a variety of activities that could be classed as quantitatively challenging, fast paced, high performing or analytically rigorous. You’re also a strong believer in the power of collaborative problem solving. You may already be passionate about trading, or it may have only recently piqued your interest.

While our traders all share a passion for creative quantitative problem solving, they work in three main areas with different focuses. After the training program, you can select the role that appeals to you the most, and we will work together with you in the recruitment process to ensure that the area is most suitable for you.

  • Options Market Maker

As an Options Trader, during market hours, you will be constantly making quick, yet sharp, logical trading decisions based on a multitude of factors. You love puzzles, predictions with strong logic and problem-solving abilities. And you’re always hungry to learn. You’re driven to understand the why, but you’re also comfortable making decisions under uncertainty. You have a real passion for quantitative problems and a flair for numbers. Outside of market hours, you will work on projects that will further your team’s trading strategies.

Check out Will’s ‘Day in the life’ feature to learn more.

  • Delta 1 Trader

As a D1 Trader, you will be piloting our autotraders. You have a love for statistical analysis and deriving insights from big data sets. You enjoy micro analysis and applying those insights to the bigger picture. You will collaborate with researchers and developers on live trading strategies using our cutting-edge statistical and machine learning algorithms. And you possess a determined spirit that drives you to never settle for 'good enough'.

Check out Jason’s ‘Day in the life’ feature to learn more.

  • Wholesale Trader

As a Wholesale trader, you will be making quick trading decisions as well as communicating and working closely with third parties. Building rapport comes naturally to you, and you enjoy developing strong relationships with your colleagues and entities outside of Optiver. You have amazing communication skills and can remain focused under pressure. You’re passionate about quantitative problems and have a flair for numbers. You have an inherent drive to work in a fast paced, yet sometimes uncertain, environment.

What you'll get

  • The chance to work alongside diverse, intelligent and driven peers in a rewarding environment
  • We offer competitive remuneration, including: an attractive bonus structure and additional leave entitlements
  • Corporate health insurance
  • Training, mentorship and personal development opportunities
  • Weekly in-house chair massages
  • Daily breakfast and lunch
  • Regular social events including an annual company trip
  • A work-from-home allowance and support

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.


  • A final year university student or recent graduate

Optiver encourages Singaporean nationals to apply. Applications are open until 31 October 2022.

Does this sound like the future you’re looking for? Take up the challenge and apply today!