Jr. Risk Analyst

| Chicago

Optiver is looking for a Junior Risk Analyst to join our ambitious, results-driven Risk team who is focused on analyzing and improving our risk framework.

The ideal candidate has an affinity for financial markets and a strong quantitative & technical background. As Junior Risk Analyst, you will work closely with traders to develop and improve our risk systems, methodologies, and limits.

What you'll do:

  • Conduct data analysis to improve and enhance our risk framework
  • Perform stress tests and analyze the risk of various trading positions
  • Clearly communicate risk data and positions to key internal stakeholders
  • Proactively keep track of relevant news that might impact our trading positions and strategies
  • Report risk violations to the Head of Risk and the Trading department
  • Collaborate with software developers to develop/maintain risk tools
  • Proactively identify, capture and evaluate risk incidents
  • Analyze orders/quoting behavior of our electronic execution strategies
  • Monitor regulatory capital limits

What you’ll need:

  • Bachelor's degree in quantitative subject
  • 1-3 years’ experience in analyst role
  • Strong analytical and problem solving skills
  • Basic understanding of options pricing theory and the ability to understand trading strategies
  • Basic knowledge of programming or scripting (Python or similar) required
  • Ability to analyze large datasets using SQL or similar
  • Experience using Excel and VBA
  • Excellent numerical skills
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Strong sense of ownership
  • Ability to make informed decisions in fast paced, trading environment
  • Legal authorization to work in the U.S. is required; we will not sponsor individuals for employment authorization for this job opening

Who we are:

Optiver’s story began over 30 years ago, when we started business as a single trader on the floor of Amsterdam’s options exchange. Today, we are at the forefront of trading and technology as a leading global electronic market maker, focused on pricing, execution and risk management. With over 1,000 employees globally and 200 in our Chicago office, our mission to improve the market unites us.

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Technology we use

  • Engineering
    • C#Languages
    • C++Languages
    • JavaLanguages
    • PythonLanguages

Location

130 E. Randolph Street, Chicago, IL 60601

An Insider's view of Optiver

What projects are you most excited about?

I’ve really come to appreciate what “proprietary” in “prop trading” means for our development culture. It enables a quick feedback and iteration loop where improvements are sometimes identified, designed, & implemented in a matter of hours. It also promotes a close-knit team culture where ideas come from all levels.

Owen

Software Engineer

How do you collaborate with other teams in the company?

One of my favorite aspects of Optiver is the openness of our company culture. We’re always encouraged to learn from each other and share ideas across teams, and this spirit of collaboration really permeates every interaction you’ll have.

Xiaoyu

Quantitative Trader

What are Optiver Perks + Benefits

Culture
Eat lunch together
Daily stand up
Open office floor plan
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K) Matching
Performance Bonus
Match charitable contributions
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Generous PTO
Paid Volunteer Time
Paid Holidays
Perks & Discounts
Beer on Tap
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
Company Outings
Free Daily Meals
Game Room
Stocked Kitchen
Happy Hours

Additional Perks + Benefits

Fully paid health insurance premiums for employees • Generous 401(k) Plan • 25 days of paid vacation • Free catered breakfast and lunch daily • Weekly in-house chair massages • Complimentary in-house barista

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