Mission: We believe people work best when they are free to pursue their ideas. Our work environment is one of hands-on training, collaboration, and open discussion. We are not burdened with bureaucracy, politics or artificial restrictions.
The market is ever-evolving ...
Valkyrie Trading, LLC (Valkyrie) was formed in Chicago in 2011 with the intent of embracing trading opportunities and technology in the modern financial marketplace. Positioned in the heart of the derivatives trading capital of the world, Valkyrie aims to provide liquidity to various disjoint, competitive financial markets.
Unlike hedge funds, mutual funds or banks, Valkyrie has no investors or clients and trades only its own capital. Such a structure allows our employees the freedom to focus on trading and the growth of our business. Operating for ourselves, we dynamically price, model, and manage risk across a spectrum of securities, futures, and options.
Our lean size and fierce growth appetite commits us to building cutting-edge technology from the ground up. We move nimbly and decisively to target the opportunities present in our market niche. Although our trading is primarily quantitative and electronic, we maintain indispensable links to the over-the-counter and traditional floor markets alike.
Welcome to Valkyrie
The world’s financial markets are complex systems governed by dynamic and ever-changing participants, interests, sentiment, and regulations that vary significantly across the globe. However, we believe that they will only become more fair, more transparent, and more efficient. And we align ourselves with that philosophy, rather than pursue fleeting opportunities that do not create sustainability.
We seek to provide liquidity to the marketplace by understanding, mitigating, and hedging risk in the most efficient way possible. Thus in the pursuit of profit, we also drive down transactional costs for all investors and risk-hedgers.
We believe people work best when they are free to pursue their ideas. Our work environment is one of hands-on training, collaboration, and open discussion. We are not burdened with bureaucracy, politics or artificial restrictions.
The market is ever-evolving and we believe the only way to keep pace is to constantly learn, adapt, and improve. We believe there will be no perfect way to model the complexities of the financial world, and so understanding the limitations of our systems is as important as developing them.
Whether you are experienced or a recent graduate, Valkyrie provides more opportunity for advancement than is possible at most trading firms. As a young and thriving company, our work environment is collaborative and free from bureaucracy. Our employees are diverse, vibrant, driven, and invested in our growth.
Valkyrie believes that success starts with hiring exceptional people. We seek brilliant, creative, and self-motivated individuals who thrive under pressure over candidates with a particular skill set. To that end, our interview process is thorough and challenging. A typical experience consists of a phone screen, tests of quantitative aptitude, and the opportunity to meet with employees at our office in Chicago.
Individuals who join our team enjoy:
I worked at Valkyrie Trading full-time (More than a year)
Smart and talented people, proactive and supportive management, meritocratic, good work culture, selective recruitment that enables it to grow steadily relative to other smaller Chicago prop firms that indiscriminately hire/fire traders, young traders are given the support and tools needed to learn, grow and succeed
No real downside to working here other than the fact that its relatively younger and not as established as some of their deep-pocketed competitors
I applied through an employee referral. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at Valkyrie Trading (Chicago, IL) in November 2016.
First round was a phone interview with a team member, asked about some games related to optimal strategy and some discussion of the black-scholes model. Very pleasant and clearly incredibly smart interviewer, learned a lot from speaking with him. Then flew me into Chicago for a final round. Consisted of mental math, sequencing, and logic/iq tests, followed by discussions with the traders and CEO. We then went out to dinner and I heard the next day. Great team camaraderie, very flat, everyone looks to teach you something (whether a full time employee or just in the office for an interview) and incredibly knowledgeable group. seems like an amazing development opportunity; i opted to pursue a career in a different field but had I gone into trading, would have been my top choice.
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