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Senior Application Engineer at Optiver (Amsterdam, Netherlands)

Excited by the idea of having to manage over 5000 components across more than 20 locations world-wide? Can you make split second decisions that directly influence our P&L and do you keep your cool when everything around you seems to fall apart? Are you the type of engineer who improves their work by automating tasks? Then you will fit right in!

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 will look after our trading software and systems using your distinct skill set and insights, and adapt the environment as required to achieve our business goals. Activities include setting up, tweaking, optimizing and monitoring the different software and hardware components manually, as well as developing tools to make these activities less labour intensive and more consistent.

You constantly keep an eye on our trading activities, answering questions and troubleshooting issues as they arise. You will be working with highly skilled, smart and engaged colleagues within a team of traders, researchers, software engineers and other system engineers. Together you constantly question the status quo; see whether it makes sense and is the most optimal, and find ways to improve and then make it happen.

What you'll need

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

  • hands-on experience with managing Unix/Linux as well as Windows systems;

  • strong Python coding skills;

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

  • facilitating and enabling attitude;

  • well-developed analytical skills and stress resistance;

  • to be a team player with solid communication skills.

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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