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Optiver 2020 Graduate Software Developer

Are you in your final year or a recent Graduate of a Computer Science, Software Engineering or similarly technical degree?

Opportunity details

Opportunity Types
Graduate Job
Start Date
1 Feb 2020

Application dates

Applications Open
1 Jul 2019
Applications Close
5 Aug 2019

Minimum requirements

Level of Study
Graduation Results
75 - 84% WAM (Distinction)
Accepting International Applications
Degrees Accepted
Electrical & Electronic Engineering
Mechanical Engineering
Computer Science (all other)
Programming & Software Engineering

The role

  • Solve complex problems with code
  • Work on technology at the core of our success
  • Competitive salary, performance-based profit share, plus an abundance of perks and benefits
  • Relocation assistance provided if based outside of Sydney, including flights and accommodation
  • Starting February 2020

What you'll work on

Developed entirely in-house, our trading system is the cornerstone of our success. With no external clients, we operate in fast feedback, quick release environment. You'll make an immediate impact here. We give you the autonomy and responsibility to apply your fresh ideas. Our opportunities are varied and they're all underpinned by a need for optimally engineered solutions and elegant production code. Our work includes:

  • Low-latency connectivity software where every nanosecond matters.
  • Pricing theory and the opportunity to improve our mathematical models and algorithms.
  • Detailed user interfaces that allow our Traders to manage large volumes of information.
  • System optimisation based on market event data analysis.
  • Partnering with our Traders (your clients) and other Developers to solve challenging, open-ended problems.
  • Immersing yourself in C++, C# or Python to truly understand how speed, control and data can improve our systems.

What you'll learn

We'll teach you everything you need to know about technology at Optiver. You'll partner closely with your in-house clients, providing you with detailed insight into the optimisation of technology for performance and reliability. You'll be mentored by our dedicated Head of Technology Education and experienced Technical Leads. You'll enjoy workshops and projects to help you develop the technical and non-technical skills to support your long-term success. You'll also have:

  • A senior development mentor who will show you the ins-and-outs of our development process and how our trading systems work.
  • The opportunity to rotate across a range of teams within Development before deciding the right spot for you.
  • Trading training to get you up to speed on our business and ensure that you can make an immediate impact.

Who you are

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

  • A final year student or recent graduate in Computer Science or Software/Electrical/Mechatronic Engineering with a distinction+ average.
  • Curious to learn and are comfortable reaching out to those more knowledgeable than yourself.
  • Comfortable discussing complex technical ideas.
  • Knowledgeable about object orientated design and development concepts (experience with C++, C# or Java are a must).
  • Passionate about software and may even have your own out-of-classroom projects to prove it.
  • Keen to work alongside the best Developers and Traders in the industry and humble enough to continually challenge yourself to improve and grow.

Who we are

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

Optiver's a different beast. We don't have clients. Or dress codes. We don't have a stifling organisational hierarchy. And we don't have the ego-driven culture you might be expecting from finance. That's not us. We're about the challenge. Our people are driven to solve open-ended problems in the most competitive market there is. We celebrate fast feedback and quick solutions. We collaborate to innovate. We share knowledge, ideas and the glory when everything goes right.

Optiver has been around for more than 30 years. We're an electronic market maker operating around the globe. We work to improve the market, trading options and other financial instruments. With more than 1000 people around the world working to improve the market, Optiver's a quiet powerhouse of creative problem solving and collaboration. 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.

Our perks

We want the best and we want our people focused on delivery. So, we make life easy for you by taking care of the little things. Like lunch, which our in-house chefs prepare every day. And coffee, free from our barista. And fitness, with your free gym membership and access to group training sessions. There are massages every week, meditation training and lots of wellness perks. There are also plenty of ways to unwind, from our famous games room and social clubs to our many internal sports teams. 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.


To be considered for our Graduate Software Developer role, you must be an Australian or New Zealand Citizen, Australian Permanent Resident or able to secure full working rights under the Temporary Graduate (Subclass 485) or Subclass 189 Skilled – Independent visa.

Please note: Optiver will be unable to provide assistance in obtaining either the Temporary Graduate Visa (Subclass 485) or the Subclass 189 Skilled – Independent Visa. You will be responsible for independently applying for and obtaining the relevant visa and this will be a condition of your employment. Following the commencement of employment, Optiver will reimburse the lodgement cost of either the Temporary Graduate Visa (Subclass 485) or the Subclass 189 Skilled – Independent Visa.

See yourself at Optiver? Take up the challenge and apply today!

Applications close 5th August.

If you have any questions regarding this opportunity, please contact us at careers@optiver.com.au.