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Our Graduate Trading Program


Our graduate trading program

The Optiver trading floor is beautiful chaos. It's a festival of noise and excitement. Our traders share market insights and collaborate on their next move. The most exciting days are the ones that defy prediction. Even though that's what we aim to do.

Graduate Screen Trader

As a Graduate Screen Trader at Optiver, you get to work at the forefront of the market. You'll solve dynamic problems every day. You'll monitor and assess markets, looking for opportunities to improve pricing, execution and risk management. Change is constant - there’s no time to stand still. You'll be continually refining your strategy. Stay on your toes and ahead of the competition. Every day provides a new challenge and new knowledge. You'll work with teams across the business to improving the market.

Graduate wholesale trader

Wholesale Traders engage with our external trading partners such as brokers and banks. Your communication skills are vital. As is your ability to stay focused and deal with pressure. You'll be responsible for maintaining critical international relationships, managing large portfolios, making fast decisions and handling high volume trades. Sometimes all at once! You have a real passion for quantitative problems and a flair for numbers. Most of all, you have an inherent drive to work in a rapidly-changing, sometimes uncertain environment.

What do we look for

You don’t need to understand the financial markets. We'll teach you that. You are a conceptual thinker who loves solving problems and coming up with new ideas. You've got a flair for numbers and the ability to think on your feet. You're decisive. You are results-driven. You operate well in a fast-paced world. You are curious and always want to know the ‘why’. You'll also need:

  • A Distinction average in Maths, Statistics, Physics, Engineering (all), Computer Science, Actuarial Studies, Applied/Quantitative Finance or Econometrics.
  • To be a final-year/Honours/Masters/PhD student or a recent graduate (Up to 4 years)
  • To be an Australian/New Zealand Citizen or Australian Permanent Resident

Skills in programming or statistical analysis are excellent to have, but we can teach you this.

Trading application process

Our Trading Graduate applications close April 8th but encourage you to apply early. We have start dates both at the beginning and middle of each year.


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