SPX Floor Trader Trainee

| Chicago, IL, USA
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At Optiver, we strive for excellence in all things we do. We are looking for a SPX Floor Analyst that shares this mind-set along with a passion for tackling the toughest of challenges. If you are someone who has the aptitude to multi-task while staying focused, the ability to be a continuous resource and problem solver in a fast-paced environment, and an interest in the financial markets, apply to our SPX Floor Analyst position today.

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 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.

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 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:

  • Communicate real-time trade information from CBOE’s SPX pit to Optiver’s in-house trading floor
  • Report on Optiver Floor Trader’s decisions and execution
  • Analyze and assign importance to floor information queue to enhance Optiver’s trading decisions
  • Act as facilitator and intermediary between in-house Trading team and exchange-based Floor Traders
  • Coordinate information flow amongst Optiver’s Floor Traders
  • Maintain and update S&P Trading team’s visualization and graphics enhancements
  • Build skills and trading acumen as a Floor Trader trainee
  • Track trading strategies and report on profit and loss (PnL) results

Who you are:

  • Hold a bachelor’s degree (required)
  • Possess a high aptitude with mathematics
  • Have a working knowledge of financial instruments, trading exchanges and markets
  • Excellent communicator and team player
  • Able to make lightning-quick decisions
  • Programming experience in Python or VBA is preferred
  • Legal authorization to work in the United States is required; we will not sponsor individuals for employment authorization for this job opening

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.  

Alongside this, you will get great other benefits such as 25 paid vacation days and market holidays, fully paid commuting expenses and 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.

At Optiver, we are committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment of mutual respect. Optiver recruits, employs, trains, compensates and promotes regardless of race, religion, color, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, physical or mental disability, or other legally protected characteristics. 

More Information on Optiver
Optiver operates in the Fintech industry. The company is located in Austin, TX and Chicago, IL. Optiver was founded in 1986. It has 1600 total employees. It offers perks and benefits such as Open door policy, Open office floor plan, Hiring practices that promote diversity, Flexible Spending Account (FSA), Disability insurance and Dental insurance. To see all 42 open jobs at Optiver, click here.
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