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Working at Flow Traders
Our headquarters in Amsterdam and offices in New York, Singapore, Hong Kong and Cluj allow global, around the clock market coverage and accommodate more than 300 employees. Flow Traders fosters an entrepreneurial, innovative, team-oriented culture. We value quick-witted, creative minds and challenge them to make full use of their capacities. If you aim high, the sky is the limit!
Our work environment is a reflection of the things we believe in. We believe that it is more important how you perform than what you wear. So our employees dress comfortably for work – jeans, t-shirts and sneakers are common. We believe that what someone says is more important than who says it. We believe that the contributions of our team-members are crucial to the success of the company. We believe that two people know more than one, and that people can have great ideas even in areas other than their core expertise. Therefore, we welcome and encourage everyone to share their opinions. Anyone with a good idea, be it in his or her own area of expertise or another, will be encouraged to put this forward. This is part of our open and collaborative culture.
Our success is driven by a combination of smart trading strategies, state-of-the-art proprietary technology and prudent risk management. Our people are the cornerstone of our ability to deliver on these items. This is why we aim to recruit and retain the best talent available.
We are looking for motivated self-starters who enjoy working in an innovative and challenging environment where ownership, drive, and teamwork are the core competencies. The most stand out applicants at Flow Traders have great energy, a solid understanding of our business, and a passion for their craft.
Our employees include people from different backgrounds and nationalities. We have economists, engineers, computer scientists, mathematicians, lawyers and physicists among our employees. We harbor people from 36 different nationalities. This diversity ensures different viewpoints are brought into discussions, and we believe this leads to better, more innovative outcomes for the company.
Feel the adrenaline. As a trader, you work in a fast-paced, high-intensity environment. You face complex challenges throughout each day. Traders are highly driven. Determined to be the best. Being a trader is for brilliant minds, independent thinkers, energetic doers, and outstanding talents. This is an exciting career for exceptional individuals.
Perform at your peak. At Flow Traders, we manage and optimize daily positions in a broad range of financial products. We handle a variety of asset classes on multiple exchanges in real time. We collaborate in small teams that are responsible for specific securities. We formulate innovative trading strategies. We partner with our software engineers to develop trading models and tools to capitalize on opportunities.
Be the one. To succeed as a trader, you need a passionate interest in global financial markets and you need a strong numerical ability. You need to have the desire to create your own career path and a drive for more responsibility and rewards. You are a creative problem-solver who thrives under pressure. And you have a winning mentality.
Trading and technology go hand in hand and our Engineers are an essential part of Flow Traders that provide the building blocks to our trading success.
We employ an in-house developed, cutting-edge technology platform which processes vast amounts of real-time information. The platform enables us to quote bids and offers based on the latest prices of underlying or related instruments at all times.
Risk management is at the heart of our organisation and our risk functions are closely integrated into our platform. Our risk management tools are independent of those of our trading professionals. Our platform is scalable, robust and designed to promote continuous incremental, well-managed improvements over time. Combined with our team's talent and analytical skills, insights and analyses, along with our robust risk management framework, this gives us a substantial edge.
This review is based on 47 employee surveys from the New York Office, with a 90% confidence level and a margin of error of ± 4.36. It was published on Jun 28, 2017. Read more about why employees think Flow Traders is a Great Place to Work, here: Great Place to Work - Flow Traders
I have been working at Flow Traders full-time (More than 3 years)
At Flow Traders you are stimulated to speak up and bring your ideas to the table. The culture is informal, collaborative and focused on high performance. You really have the opportunity to learn a lot and advance your career.
In this fast paced environment you need to be able to make decisions quickly.
Some areas of the company can be better organized.
Advice to Management
Keep the flexible informal culture while the company grows.
I applied online. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at Flow Traders (New York, NY) in October 2017.
Overall the process was very thorough and you were kept well informed before and after each round. The technical questions and exam clearly let you know where you stand and what is expected in the role. The in person interview was candid and thought provoking. It was a pleasant and challenging interview at the same time.