Trading Analyst

| Amsterdam, NLD
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If you’re in the later stages of a STEM or Econometrics Bachelor’s Degree or starting your Master’s, becoming Optiver's Trading Analyst is an excellent opportunity to put your analytical prowess to the test. You’ll work closely with experienced Traders, Engineers and other Analysts to identify and create solutions that continuously improve Optiver's trading strategies. Along the way, we'll provide our world-class, in-house trainings; develop your coding skills; and provide you with flexible working hours. Act now - this is a fantastic stepping stone to becoming a full-time Trader at a leading global market maker. 

Important note: To qualify for this role you need to be situated and study in The Netherlands, and be eligible to work more than 16 hours per week. We do not offer sponsorship for this role.


At Optiver, our mission is to 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 play an active role in the safeguarding of healthy and efficient markets for all participants. 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 on 70+ exchanges across the globe.

Our Amsterdam office is where it all began. Since our founding in 1986, Optiver’s Amsterdam office has developed into one of the most dynamic and exciting trading floors in Europe. Our culture reflects the Dutch capital city’s progressive, innovative and inclusive nature. With its unique spirit, Amsterdam is the ideal hub for our teams to trade a wide range of products, from listed derivatives to cash equities, ETFs, bonds and foreign exchange.


As a Trading Analyst, you will work directly on one of Europe's most dynamic and exciting trading floors, where over 100 Optiver traders manage their own books. You will analyse day-to-day trading performance, work on projects that optimise our strategies and pricing, and ensure trading sheets are well structured. All of this will take place in close collaboration with our Traders, Engineers and other Analysts who constantly invite you to challenge the status quo and propose areas of improvement.

The opportunities to develop yourself in this role are endless and a steep learning curve is guaranteed. You are welcome to participate in our 'Trading for Non-Traders’ program, sign-up for Python and SQL courses after work, join the morning trading meetings and work on your personal effectiveness by participating in one of many courses our Learning & Development Department has on offer. All in all, the Trading Analyst role is a fantastic stepping stone to becoming a full-time Trader at Optiver upon your graduation. 


  • Currently situated and studying in the Netherlands, and eligible to work more than 16 hours per week
  • University student in the 3rd year of your Bachelor's, or 1st/2nd year of your Masters, preferably in Computer Science, Engineering, Mathematics, Physics, Econometrics, Quantitative Finance or equivalent
  • Experience with Matlab or Python (we are happy to train you further in SQL and Python)
  • Strong analytical, quantitative and problem-solving skills
  • Genuine interest in the financial markets
  • Great attention to detail
  • Excellent communication and teamwork skills


  • The chance to start your career working alongside best-in-class professionals from over 40 different countries.

Alongside this you will get great secondary benefits such as 25 paid vacation days, fully paid first-class commuting expenses, training opportunities, discounts on health insurance, breakfast and lunch facilities, sports and leisure activities, Friday afternoon drinks and even weekly in-house chair massages.


Are you interested in furthering your career on one of the most dynamic and exciting trading floors in Europe?

Apply directly via the form below for the position of Trading Analyst. Please provide us with a CV and letter of motivation in English. Unfortunately we cannot accept applications via email for data protection reasons. 

If your application is selected to proceed to the next round, you will be required to complete online assessments. By submitting your application you are confirming that you will be able to take the assessment within 14 days.

Kindly note that we do not require any assistance from third-parties including agencies in the recruitment of this role. If you have any questions feel free to contact our Recruitment team via [email protected].

*We accept one application per role, per year, across all office locations. If you have applied to this role across any of our offices in the last year and have been unsuccessful, you can reapply once your 8 month waiting period has concluded. Please note: If you reapply before the end of your cooling period, this will be considered your most recent unsuccessful application. For applicants based in India, our entry route is via the placement office internship hiring season (July/August).

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 accommodations during the process to ensure that you can best demonstrate your abilities. Please let us know if you would like to request any reasonable adjustments by contacting the Recruitment team via [email protected].

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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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