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Graduate Quantitative Trader – 2023 - Last chance to apply

As our Graduate Quantitative trader, you will start our renowned three-month Trader training program by spending your first 4 weeks in our Amsterdam office. Following this, you will return to Sydney and cover the foundations of everything that you will need to know – the theory, the markets, the strategies and the technology. Once you’ve got the basics covered, you’ll put your knowledge into practice and start trading in our simulated trading environment, which is a live copy of the financial market!

Ready to test your limits? Join Optiver and accelerate your growth in a truly fascinating, high-performance environment.


Optiver is a tech-driven trading firm and leading global market maker. For over 35 years, Optiver has been improving financial markets around the world, making them more transparent and efficient for all participants. With a focus on cutting-edge engineering, data science and research, we actively trade on 50+ exchanges, where we’re trusted to always provide accurate buy and sell pricing – no matter the market conditions. 

Optiver’s Sydney office is one of the primary players within Asian markets, trading a range of products. As an active participant on the Hong Kong, Korea, Singapore, Taiwan, and Japan exchanges, we act as Optiver’s APAC head office.


As our Graduate Quantitative Trader, you’ll be constantly applying your brand of maths and problem solving to understand the dynamics of financial markets.

From your first day on the trading floor, you’ll have autonomy and responsibility to make decisions that create an immediate impact. Every day will present you with new and interesting challenges to solve. And it’s up to you and your team to drive our success through Optiver’s market leading technology-stack. You’ll be:

  • Trading, while constantly looking for creative quantitative solutions to real world events ahead of the competition
  • Developing your own robust models and algorithms to offer the best price on the products you trade
  • Building tools, conducting analysis and leading projects that take your team’s trading strategies to the next level
  • Working collectively with leading Traders, Technologists and Researchers in the industry, to stay at the top of our game


You’re a lateral thinker who is quick to apply your brand of maths to understand quantitative problems. You have an interest in a variety of activities that could be classed as quantitatively challenging, fast paced, high performing or analytically rigorous. You’re also a strong believer in the power of collaborative problem solving. You may already be passionate about trading, or it may have only recently piqued your interest.

While our Traders all share a passion for creative quantitative problem solving, they work in three main areas with different focuses. After the training program, you can select the role that appeals to you the most, and we will work together with you in the recruitment process to ensure that the area is most suitable for you.  

  • Options Market Maker

As an Options Trader, during market hours, you will be constantly making quick, yet sharp, trading decisions based on a multitude of factors. You love puzzles, predictions and problem solving. And you’re always hungry to learn. You’re driven to understand the why, but you’re also comfortable making decisions under uncertainty. You have a real passion for quantitative problems and a flair for numbers. Outside of market hours, you will work on projects that will further set you up for success during trading hours.

Check out Will’s ‘Day in the life’ feature to learn more.

  • Delta 1 Trader

As a D1 Trader, you will be piloting our autotraders. You have a love for statistical analysis and deriving insights from big data sets. You enjoy micro analysis and applying those insights to the bigger picture. You will collaborate with researchers and developers on live trading strategies using our cutting-edge statistical and machine learning algorithms. And you possess a determined spirit that drives you to never settle for 'good enough'.  

Check out Jason’s ‘Day in the life’ feature to learn more.

  • Wholesale Trader

As a Wholesale trader, you will be making quick trading decisions as well as communicating and working closely with third parties. Building rapport comes naturally to you, and you enjoy developing strong relationships with your colleagues and entities outside of Optiver. You have amazing communication skills and can remain focused under pressure. You’re passionate about quantitative problems and have a flair for numbers. You have an inherent drive to work in a fast paced, yet sometimes uncertain, environment.


  • AUD $250,000 first year salary package
  • The chance to work alongside diverse and intelligent peers in a rewarding environment
  • Training, mentorship and personal development opportunities
  • Gym membership plus weekly in-house chair massages
  • Daily breakfast, lunch and an in-house barista
  • Regular social events including an annual company trip
  • Guided relocation and a competitive relocation package where necessary

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 adjustments during the process to ensure that you can best demonstrate your abilities.


  • A final year university student or recent graduate
  • An Australian or New Zealand Citizen, Australian Permanent Resident or able to provide evidence of full working rights

Does this sound like the future you’re looking for? Take up the challenge and apply today!

If you have any questions regarding this opportunity, please contact us at [email protected].

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  • Job type:Graduate Jobs
  • Disciplines:

    Actuary, Banking and Finance, Business and

  • Work rights:

    Australian Permanent Resident, Australian Student

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  • Closing Date:31st May 2022, 12:59 pm


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