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Trading System Administator at Optiver (Amsterdam, Netherlands)

Excited by the idea of managing over 5000 components across more than 20 locations world-wide? Does the smooth operation of such a network of distributed systems as a result of your work bring you a sense of fulfillment? Are you an experienced System Administrator looking to work closely with end-users and improve processes through automation? Then apply now!

Technology at Optiver

In order to be successful in our trading domain, we constantly need the most advanced technology, trading software and connections to the market. In short, we need the best technologists to develop, optimise and support our systems and tools. With 12 datacenters and thousands of servers we run ten thousands of trading components executing hundred thousands of trades every day. These systems produce a lot of data that needs to be wrangled to turn it into valuable information for different areas of the business.

What you'll do

You are the custodian of our production environment. You care for the effective application of our hardware and software and adapt the environment as required to achieve our business objectives. Activities include setting up, tweaking, optimizing and monitoring the different hardware and software components, and developing the tools to make these activities more consistent and less labour intensive. You keep an eye on our ongoing activities, answering questions and troubleshooting issues as they arise. You work together with traders, researchers, software engineers and other systems engineers on daily basis. Together you constantly question the status quo; see whether what we are doing makes sense. And if not, you find ways to improve our processes and make it happen.

What you'll need

  • a Bachelor, Master or PhD degree level in IT related study;

  • System Administration experience dealing with Unix/Linux and Windows;

  • well-developed analytical skills;

  • experience interacting with relational databases (e.g. MSSQL, postgres);

  • facilitating and enabling attitude, with a hands-on mentality;

  • to be a team player with excellent communication skills;

  • scripting skills (i.e. Python, Bash, PowerShell);

  • experience in data analysis is a plus.

What you’ll get

Optiver is above all a state of mind. We are looking for you when you believe in daily improvement, when you like to be seriously rewarded for your performance and when you easily adapt to change and enjoy some humour and fun. To be concrete, we offer excellent remuneration and great secondary benefits, such as an attractive profit sharing structure, training opportunities, fully paid first-class commuting expenses, a premium-free pension, breakfast and lunch facilities, 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.


The first step after applying for this job is an online (HackerRank) test assessing your problem solving and programming (in Python) skills. No prior trading knowledge needed.

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