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Software Developer Intern 2021/2022

  • Work on the low latency, globally distributed trading systems at the core of our success – no prior finance knowledge required!
  • $100K + super pro-rata, plus an abundance of perks and benefits
  • Flights and accommodation provided if based outside of NSW 
  • 12-week internship over summer 

What you’ll work on

To win in the markets, we need robust, clean and performant software. Great engineering comes through in its simplicity. Our globally distributed trading systems are continually competing, and we care about solving complex problems with simple solutions. Engineers at Optiver take ownership for the full stack in tackling the problem (not by being told the requirements). You’ll also:

  • Take ownership of a project with tangible business value
  • Build high-performance software, including sophisticated trading algorithms, low latency connectivity software, modern user interfaces and everything in between
  • Utilise large volumes of data to analyse and optimise our systems for performance and effectiveness, directly improving our trading success 
  • Partner with our Trading, Risk and Research teams in a fast feedback, quick-release environment 

What you’ll learn

We’re proud of our rigorous, high-quality tech bootcamp. Don’t know anything about finance? No problem. Unfamiliar with C++? We’ve got you. Our dedicated Head of IT Education built a program to equip you with the knowledge and skills to set you up for success. 

You’ll be a fully integrated Optiverian during your time with us. You’ll build relationships across the business by working with our Trading, Risk and Research teams, and more personally at the likes of Friday night drinks and board game nights. If you’ve excelled over the summer and shown us your potential, we’ll invite you to join us as a Graduate Software Developer!

Who you are

You’re a problem solver at heart. You don’t stop until you’ve figured out a solution and then found a way to improve it even further. You’re also:

  • Keen to create high-performance, low latency designs that critically impact trading success 
  • Curious to learn and comfortable discussing/exploring complex technical ideas
  • Deeply passionate about technology, particularly software development, and have your own out-of-classroom projects or extra-curricular activities to prove it
  • Keen to work alongside the best Developers and Traders in the industry, with the humility to continually challenge yourself to improve and grow
  • Knowledgeable about object orientated design and development concepts (experience with C++, C# or Java is required for our technical assessment) 


  • A penultimate or pre-penultimate year university student
  • Studying a Computer Science, Computer/Software/Electrical/Mechatronic Engineering or similarly technical degree
  • An Australian or New Zealand Citizen, Australian Permanent Resident or able to provide evidence of full working rights for the duration of the Internship

Who we are

Optiver. It's a combination of the Dutch words for 'trading' and 'options'. And that's what we do. We're a leader in Options trading (and other financial products) on the world's financial markets.

At Optiver, we do things a bit differently to most businesses. We operate without clients. We play by our own rules and maintain an informal culture to make sure it's fun. We skip the mindless meetings and get on with it. And we celebrate high performance, individual excellence and doing better every day. We take serious things very seriously - like chasing wins and embracing the challenges of the market. We collaborate to solve open-ended problems in the most competitive market there is. We're about fast feedback and speedy solutions. Since we take the risk, we reap the rewards. And that's just how we like it. We collaborate to innovate. We share knowledge, ideas and the glory when everything goes right.

More than 1000 Optiverians around the world work to improve the market. Optiver's a powerhouse of creative problem-solving and collaboration. It's an incredible team to be a part of. We like challenges. We love success. And we're proud of our culture, designed to give you plenty of opportunity and support to do amazing things.

What we offer

Optiver is a genuinely high performing environment. We support our people with a range of benefits, all designed to make life a little better. From free lunches to corporate social responsibility initiatives, generous leave policies and gym memberships, there are plenty of ways to get more out of life as an Optiverian. There are also plenty of ways to unwind, from our famous games room, social clubs and our many internal sports teams to weekly massages, meditation training and lots of other wellness perks. And with a culture that celebrates wins, you can bet that from our monthly social events, annual trip, Christmas party and more, you'll find time to meet your fellow Optiverians and enjoy a party or two.

Optiver also believes in getting better every day. Our internal learning and development programs are designed to help you get to the next level. With in-house experts, a structured learning program and plenty of opportunities to learn as you work, you're always developing new skills. Which helps when you're solving the most interesting problems in the world.

We recruit on a rolling basis so the sooner you apply, the sooner you could secure your internship!

Optiver embraces diversity and strives to provide an inclusive professional experience. We encourage applicants from all backgrounds, and we are committed to providing a fair and respectful recruitment process. If you have any requirements for reasonable adjustments to enable you to fully demonstrate your abilities, please let us know how we can accommodate you.

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

Closing in 6 days
Closing in 6 days
  • Job type:Internships
  • Disciplines:

    Computer Science, Engineering Electrical, Engineering Mechatronics,

  • Work rights:

    Australian Citizen, Australian Permanent Resident,

  • Locations:


  • Salary


  • accepts international


  • Closing Date:16th May 2021, 1:00 pm


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