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If you are interested in financial markets or information technology or even better a position at Optiver could be your dream job.
Optiver are a Dutch market making business with offices across the globe including Australia. What does a market maker do? They provide liquidity and depth in financial markets to ensure that investors are always able to trade in financial derivative products (options and futures). Think lots of spreadsheets, lots of computer screens (like 6 to 8 per trader), phones ringing and when the market is open(10am to 4pm) a turbo charged atmosphere.
From the Optiver Website: Here’s how market making works: a market maker provides a bid and an ask price to the market. The bid price is the price at which the market maker would buy, and the ask price is the price at which the market maker would sell. Pretty straightforward, really!
Market makers are happy to get a hit on either side of their quote, but the ideal result is a hit on our bid and ask price, resulting in a zero position. The profit left over will be the width of the spread he/she has quoted.
The Sydney office has 160 personnel including one IT professional for every trader. Employee benefits include:
- Free gym membership
- Weekly massages
- Games room(Table tennis – Yes!)
- Annual team building trip to places like Thredbo and Hamilton Island
- Plus more
If I were 23 or 24 again with an IT or Finance based major I would love to be accepting a job at Optiver.
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