Agri Macro Research Strategist


Our traders need fast information of fundamental market changes and trends. As a Macro Research Strategist for Optiver’s agricultural options team, you will be joining a burgeoning set up aiming at providing the best insight possible into the agri commodity market. You will be collaborating closely with other Analysts and Traders by providing research and scenario analysis plus suggesting how this could impact the price or volatility of a commodity. This is an exciting role where you will be building out the team’s fundamental modelling framework and analysis process in a greenfield environment. Who we are: Optiver is a tech-driven trading firm and leading global market maker. As one of the oldest market making institutions, we are a trusted partner of 50+ exchanges across the globe. Our mission is to constantly improve the market by injecting liquidity, providing accurate pricing, increasing transparency and acting as a stabilising force no matter the market conditions. With a focus on continuous improvement, we participate in the safeguarding of healthy and efficient markets for everyone who participates. As one of the world’s major financial centres, London was selected as the home of Optiver’s FX trading business, our UK-focused Institutional Trading Team and rapidly growing commodities trading arm. Optiver UK is located in a city that bridges European, Asian and American time zones, connecting our regional offices and embracing a truly global mindset. With more than 270 nationalities and 300 languages, London is one of the most diverse cities in the world, and is home to some of the best museums, a thriving international restaurant scene and bustling high streets that attract people from all over the globe. What you'll do: As a Macro Research Strategist for our agricultural options trading team you will need to understand the wider the picture and be able to relate this to volatility into fundamental and pricing decisions. This is a role where you’ll get to shape how we approach this market and build out our macroeconomic understanding. Continuously interact with our option traders, communicating what’s driving intra-day moves in commodities markets as they happen together with potential consequences for realized and implied volatility Identify emerging themes in commodities markets that could impact future volatility Produce thorough scenario analysis of known market events. In particular the analysis should contain information about how the commodity is expected to move in each scenario. Become an influential team member in how we approach analysis and utilise data What you’ll need: Demonstrable macro research experience across the Agri commodity markets; grains, oilseeds, sugar, coffee and/or cocoa An ability to know where to look to quickly understand intra-day moves in commodity markets An understanding of options and experience working directly with options traders A mindset that thinks in volatility, understands scenario/event analysis, supply and demand modelling and an ability to run regressions into fundamental decisions. Familiarity with various research/database platforms Knowledge of some of the structural flow we see in the commodities option space and how various market participants are using commodity options for their portfolio is a bonus. A good understanding of what data is available in order to support your research to the business. The ability to decipher large datasets using programming languages such as Python or C# is beneficial but not essential What you’ll get: At Optiver UK, you will be part of a well-established and high-performing global firm whilst experiencing the excitement that comes from a growing operation. As our London operations grow, the opportunity to make a global impact and take your career to a new level expands with it. We offer a supportive environment for you to perform at your best. Some of our key benefits include: Competitive remuneration 27 paid vacation days (plus UK public holidays) Daily onsite breakfast and lunch Paid commuting expenses (home to office) 50% paid gym subscription Private medical insurance Pension scheme Training, conference attendance and continuous learning opportunities International transfer opportunities How to apply: Apply directly via the form below and please provide us with a CV and letter of motivation in English. Should there be a potential match, a member of our team will reach out sooner rather than later. If you have any additional questions, please feel free to reach out to When applying for a role with Optiver UK Limited, the recruitment process is run via our Optiver global recruitment team. The personal data you will submit as part of the recruitment process may be processed in the UK, US and the Netherlands. By continuing with your application you hereby consent to your personal data being processed in these locations. More information on how Optiver processes your personal data can be found in our Privacy Policy. 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.


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