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Why choose a career in trading with VivCourt?

Working at VivCourt, you’ll gain the opportunity to build a unique and valued skill set that will help you to succeed in your future career. The competitiveness, risk taking, and economic fluency skills that you’ll gain through your time here are truly unmatched.

You’ll also gain access to an industry-leading suite of employee benefits, generous compensation, and flexible working arrangements. Plus, with VivCourt, you’ll get the chance to be part of an exciting work culture that gives back to its people and the wider community.

Can you really have cutting-edge trading without the cut-throat pace?

Yes! VivCourt is a leading market maker and quantitative trading firm that is focused on revenue generation. However, we are also proving to the corporate world that it’s possible to be cutting-edge without being cut-throat and compromising on our values. In fact, our people-first approach is arguably our greatest strength. We invest in the development and growth of our people to enable them to thrive, and we have fantastic results to show for it.

Upon starting, how long must I wait for my social bonuses? Can I donate it to any charity?

Every employee is given $10,000 at least twice a year to donate to the not-for-profit of their choice. These donations usually take place in March, and then again in October. You can choose to donate to any organisation – as long as it is an approved and registered not-for-profit.

What does a typical career path look like at VivCourt?

No career path is typical at VivCourt. It’s what sets us apart, and will set you apart from the competition. From the very beginning, you have the full backing of our team as a graduate, and the flexibility to build your own career as you take up responsibility through junior, senior and management roles.

We support you from day one to identify and develop your skills and strengths. Whether you’re a Quant Trader, an Engineer or part of our Support staff, we help bring out the very best of you, each and every day.

What makes VivCourt different from other big trading firms?

Here at VivCourt, we care. We care about our people, and we care about our community. Profit is purely a by-product of our business, not the only goal we have. Our key metric for success is employee engagement and the difference that we can make to the social sector and community around us through our donations and ongoing involvement.

How is Software Engineering and Trading connected?

At VivCourt, our Software Engineers form the backbone of the business. We look to our engineering team to build robust, scalable architectures that put us at the cutting edge of performance in the market. To this end, our Software Engineers possess a deep understanding across all aspects of automated trading and execution, and we rely on them for critical insight at every stage of the development process.

VivCourt works to foster a culture of continuous innovation. Every aspect of our trading operation is constantly scrutinized, and every opportunity to expand the breadth and depth of our trading is an opportunity for our engineers to find value.

Do you need a financial background to become a successful trader (or engineer)?

We look for people with backgrounds in quantitative disciplines such as actuarial, physics, mathematics, engineering, computer science, the list goes on. We value people who thrive in a fast paced, technical environment, and those who have an interest in pushing the boundaries of what’s possible in developing quantitative trading strategies, models and systems.

Our focus is to find people who can leverage their background to find creative solutions to problems we are interested in solving. We teach you everything you need to know, we have an in-house training program which is facilitated by our Head of Education.

We recommend the following books if you want to learn more about the industry, but we also teach everything you need to know.

  • When Genius Failed – Roger Lowenstein
  • Thinking Fast and Slow – Daniel Kahneman
  • Option Volatility and Pricing – Sheldon Natenburg

What are the typical hours of a trader?

The hours are driven by the market you trade and the style of trading. Most exchanges are open for roughly 6 hours a day and traders would be expected to use time around these days for preparation, research and post-trade analysis. You will also work on projects with the mindset of how can I improve by desk and spot.