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Application deadline 10-05-2013
Event date 23-05-2013 t/m 24-05-2013



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Optiver Trading Master Class
Ever considered the option to start your career in Trading? And are you ready to experience what life is like behind the screens? On May 23 & 24, we are offering 15 students the chance to join us during a 2-day Trading Master Class.

What you'll need
A flair for numbers, a passion for financial markets and a competitive nature are a must. Ideally, you have a background in a study related to analytics such as; Finance, Econometrics, Mathematics, Physics, Engineering or similar. However, we are also open to students or graduates from other studies. You are eligible to apply if you are in the final stage of your study at a Dutch or Belgian University, graduating before May 2014.

What is your Trading profile?
Are you competitive and a fast decision maker under pressure? As a Screen Trader your role is to price and trade financial options while managing a complex portfolio of financial instruments. You are expected to take initiative in improving pricing models and show innovation with new trading strategies in order to seize any opportunity that should arise in the market.

Are you sales orientated and good at managing relations? As a Wholesale Trader you will be the keylink between our Screen Traders and external trading parties through over-the-phone block trading. You are able to combine both your strong analytical and communication skills in order to find and maintain relationships with counterparties in Europe.

Testimonial Sven Hubens

Do you have what it takes to become our next trader at Optiver? Sven Hubens (25) started in March 2011 as a trader at Optiver, his first job after graduating at the TU Eindhoven.

Why did you choose to work as a trader at Optiver?
When I was a child, I was already very interested in financial markets and started trading some stocks myself; I always had the drive to become a trader. During the last year of my study Technology Management I started to orientate myself on a career within trading. I’m a fast thinker, quick with numbers and that’s why I was immediately drawn to Optiver. During a company presentation I felt attracted to the dynamic and informal atmosphere of the company, combined with winners mentality and the possibility to grow fast within the organisation.

What are your main tasks as a trader?
I price and trade financial options, using computational models en market information to estimate the value of the product. We provide liquidity by providing quotes to the market, a buy- and a sell price. Next to that, I manage my trading positions and assess the trading risks involved. Within my team we mainly trade fixed income and currencies, for example German Bunds and the EUR/Dollar.

How did you experience your first months at Optiver?
As an Optiver ‘ trainee’ you will start with an intensive three month training period. During your first month you learn everything about the theory behind trading, but you’re expected to apply it directly into practice. In the second month the trading simulation starts and you’ll learn how trading actually works outside your study books. During this period your insight into trading will be extensively tested. After two months you’ll obtain a spot on the trading floor within one of our teams. The learning curve is steep, after three months I traded my own ‘desk’.

What distinguishes Optiver from other companies?
I see Optiver as a young, informal and international company with like-minded people, working together towards the same common goal. This, combined with the diversity in background and nationalities, is for me the perfect culture I would like to work in. Besides that, at Optiver I can actually execute my passion: trading. You will not work on presentations until 2 am, you will not be serving coffee whole day, you’re actually trading. For me it’s the perfect company to work for, with the opportunity to grow fast and getting the responsibilities to make a difference.


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The programme
During the Trading Master Class you will learn more about how we use option theories, trading strategies and risk management in practice through a variety of sessions and case studies. You will get the opportunity to sit behind the screens next to a professional Trader. In the evening of the 23rd, we'll be putting on a fully-catered programme in the heart of Amsterdam, including accommodation. On top of that we will offer you an unique insight in the Optiver culture and you'll get the chance to ask our traders all questions you may have. The Trading Master Class will end on the 24th of May after lunch.

Sign Up

Application for our Master Class opens in March via our website, and make sure you’ll provide us with a CV and cover letter in English. Please indicate the trading profile of your interest; Screen Trading or Wholesale Trading. After the application deadline you will get a notification whether you will be invited for the Trading Master Class. A single test is used to select the students for this Master Class.

For more information about the Trading Master Class please visit our website or  contact Kim Ruijer or Lianne Middeldorp on +31 (0) 20 70 87 000.

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