Senior Compliance Surveillance Officer

Are you looking for a team where you can make a real difference and contribute directly? Do you want to be surrounded by people who want to succeed in everything they do? Do you enjoy working with people you can laugh and work hard with? Do you think that laws and regulations should be business enablers and stimulators? Do you feel energized when challenged to enter unchartered territories? Then you could be just the one we’re looking for!

Who we are:

Optiver is a leading global electronic market-maker, focused on pricing, execution and risk management. From our offices in Amsterdam, Chicago, Shanghai and Sydney, we provide liquidity to financial markets using our own capital, at our own risk, trading a wide range of products: from listed derivatives, cash equities, ETFs and bonds to foreign exchange.

The work is intense, but our culture of excellence is inspiring and stimulating. We work together in an atmosphere that is collaborative, where we challenge each other, inspire and support each other to reach for the sky. It’s not easy to work here, but we make it easy to love working here!

What you will do:

We aim to hire smart people so they can tell us what best to do. Your job within the Compliance Department at Optiver Europe is what you will make of it, but your tasks and responsibilities will at least include:

  • Review and follow up on market abuse trade surveillance alerts;
  • Review and follow up on electronic communication surveillance alerts;
  • Continuously contribute to the execution and improvement of the Compliance monitoring and surveillance framework;
  • Analysing large sets of market and trade data to detect and evaluate unwanted trading patterns, and assess potential risks;
  • Combining technology with a good understanding of the regulatory framework to ensure our control framework is up to standard and can continuously improve;
  • Designing and building controls to prevent and detect unwanted behaviour;
  • Test and review existing tools, systems and controls;
  • Advising on and Supporting the implementation process of compliance requirements;
  • Propose and implement ways to improve compliance processes;
  • Identify strategic deficiencies as well as major improvements on quality and effectiveness of our overall surveillance framework and push these to be closed respectively implemented to mitigate the firm’s biggest risks and enabling growth;
  • Assessing the business risks for our trading operations in a thorough, sensible and compliant manner with integrity;
  • Analysing and assessing the strategic risks and opportunities arising from the relevant developments in the market as well as regulatory framework in an accurate but pragmatic manner to enable business to grow in a controlled environment;
  • Build bridges with other functions for solid communication lines to improve collaboration and bring Optiver to the next level;


Who you are:

  • Academic degree;  
  • 3+ years of relevant working experience, including market abuse trade surveillance;
  • A keen interest in financial markets, trading and technology;
  • Strong sense of integrity and the ability to balance business interests with the need to exercise independent judgment
  • A strong affinity for technology and data handling;
  • Experience with Query Languages (SQL, Python) recommended;
  • An analytical and investigative mind with a good eye for detail;
  • A pro-active, assertive and results-driven personality;
  • A strong focus, especially when dealing with reoccurring tasks;
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English (required);
  • Experience working at or with exchanges and regulators would be a big plus;
  • Team player with sense of humour and a positive attitude in life.


What you’ll get:

We understand that our best work is done together. We constantly ask ourselves how to do better, which creates a stimulating and fun environment, where you are seriously rewarded for your performance. To be concrete, we offer very competitive remuneration and great secondary benefits, such as an attractive profit-sharing structure, training opportunities, fully paid first-class commuting expenses, a premium-free pension, first class catering facilities, discounts for gyms, various (team) 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.


How to apply:

If you are interested, please apply directly below by uploading your CV and Cover letter in English. Applications without a letter of motivation will not be reviewed. If you have any questions feel free to contact Lilian van Riel at .

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