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Graduate Software Engineer


As a Graduate Software Engineer, you will take ownership of critical projects from the beginning. Solving complex problems and developing ultra-low-latency exchange protocol encoders and decoders, writing and fine-tuning our automated trading strategies and pricing models, as well as creating and extending user interfaces. Your goal is to find the simplest and cleanest solution to any challenge at hand.

If you enjoy a fast feedback loop and seeing the immediate impact of your work, Optiver is the place for you. You could be working on a change to a trading system in the morning and see it running live in the afternoon. Our collaborative culture means you’ll work closely with Traders and other Engineers to identify and solve problems that make a tangible impact on the business.


  • You have an entrepreneurial attitude and an interest in the financial industry
  • You want to step outside your comfort zone and face fresh challenges every day
  • You always aim for continuous improvement in a rapidly evolving environment
  • You enjoy working collaboratively within a team
  • You have fast decision-making skills

In terms of skillset, we’re looking for:

  • An academic degree in Computer Science, Engineering or equivalent
  • The ability to write clean and simple code
  • A proficiency in coding language such as C++, C# or Java
  • A solid grasp of algorithms, memory and concurrency models, CPU-architecture, operating systems and relational databases
  • Strong engineering ability and a solid understanding of computer science
  • An analytical mindset and strong problem-solving skills

Please note:

No prior trading knowledge is needed, as you’ll take part in our six-month Tech Starters Program. With a combination of theoretical knowledge and hands-on practical experience, you’ll learn everything you need to know.


  • The chance to start your career working alongside best-in-class professionals from over 40 different countries.
  • Our performance based bonus structure is unmatched anywhere in the industry. We combine our profits across desks, teams and offices into a global profit pool fostering a truly collaborative environment to work in.

Alongside this you will get great secondary benefits such as 25 paid vacation days, fully paid first-class commuting expenses, training opportunities, discounts on health insurance, breakfast and lunch facilities, sports and leisure activities, Friday afternoon drinks and even weekly in-house chair massages. Being highly international, we are accustomed to guiding expats through their relocation, offering competitive relocation packages and providing visa sponsorship where necessary


Are you interested in furthering your career on one of the most dynamic and exciting trading floors in Europe?

Apply directly via the form here for the position of Graduate Software Engineer. Please provide us with a CV and letter of motivation in English. Applications without a letter of motivation will not be reviewed. When we think there is a potential match, you will hear from us sooner than you expect. If you have any questions feel free to contact Recruitment at  Please note, we cannot accept applications via email for data protection reasons.

If you are selected from your application to proceed to the next round for the position of Graduate Software Engineer, you will be required to take an online assessment.

Kindly note that we do not require any assistance from third-parties including agencies in the recruitment of this role.


As an intentionally flat organisation, we believe that great ideas and impact can come from everyone. We are passionate about empowering individuals and creating diverse teams that thrive. Every person at Optiver should feel included, valued and respected, because we believe our best work is done together.

Our commitment to diversity and inclusion is hardwired through every stage of our hiring process. We encourage applications from candidates from any and all backgrounds, and we welcome requests for reasonable adjustments during the process to ensure that you can best demonstrate your abilities.

More information on how Optiver Europe processes your personal data can be found in our Privacy Policy

Important note: Within a week of submitting your application you will receive an online assessment, if eligible. You will have a short timeframe to complete the assessment. By submitting your application you are confirming that you will be able to take the assessment within 10 days.