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OSTC Overview

London, England
201 to 500 employees
Company - Private
Brokerage Service
£25 to £50 million (GBP) per year
Since its inception 15 years ago, OSTC has become one of the leading proprietary trading companies globally. We specialise in electronic trading of futures in all major asset classes and are viewed by markets as one of the major liquidity ... Read more

Mission: We are striving to create a platform that enables anyone, anywhere to unlock their full potential. Through a commitment to future-facing technologies and world-class learning, we’re giving individuals the tools and insights to achieve their best performance yet.

Company Updates

  • Brighton Learning Experience 2018 - 2019

    We have exciting opportunities to learn how to trade with Sam Baker, Managing Director of OSTC Brighton.

    Over ten weeks you will discover what moves the major world markets, understand when and how to execute trades and manage risk. There is also the possibility of joining our internationally recognised OSTC Graduate Trader Programme for candidates who stand out from the crowd.

    If you think you have what it takes then email your CV, along with a covering letter explaining why you would succeed as a trader. Please specify which date you are interested in applying for.

    Learning Experience Dates:
    Monday 16th July – Friday 21st September 2018 @ – RECRUITMENT CLOSED
    Monday 8th October – Friday 14th December 2018 – OPEN
    Monday 11th March – Friday 17th May 2019 – OPEN

    OSTC Ltd
    Third Floor
    36 Frederick Place
    BN1 4EA

    T: 01273 358702


    On Monday, 10 th July, OSTC together with other founding members: Goldman Sachs, ICBC Standard Bank, Morgan Stanley, Natixis, Societe Generale, the LME, LME Clear and the World Gold Council joined in the successful launch of LMEprecious.

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OSTC – Why Work For Us?

OSTC is a global proprietary trading company with currently 13 offices worldwide. Our Head Office is in the UK with state of the art trading offices in England, Wales, Poland, India, Russia and China.

At OSTC, we believe that success is not just determined by your academic foundation, but more dependent on your natural skill set, competencies and ambition to succeed.

Apply now for our July 2018 intake in Swansea

Talent is a rare commodity - once we have found it, we seek to help the individual make the most of their talent and to turn it into an opportunity.

Getting a job at OSTC does not come easily. Our criteria are stringent and our standards high, but if you become part of our team, you become part of

something special: you're trained the OSTC way, developing skills, teamwork and an attitude that will last a lifetime.

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undefinedSam Baker left his home in Exeter to attend the University of Brighton, where he gained an honours degree in Business Administration with Finance.  

Upon completion, he applied to our Graduate Training Programme to join the Bromley trading office - now our Head Office - and so in 2005

started his journey with OSTC. Sam fondly remembers his training and early trading career, commuting daily from Brighton to London to work with like-minded people who were passionate about trading. Sam showed much early promise, and his clear dedication and initial success inspired a swift progression to Senior Trader.

Sam was invited to transfer to OSTC’s new trading office in Tunbridge Wells in 2007. Despite the global financial crisis striking soon afterwards, the office was a success story. So much so that Sam and then office manager Alex Alcock were invited to start a joint venture with OSTC - and so OSTC AB Partnership Limited was born. The pair relocated the office to Brighton, where Sam, now the co-managing director, uses links forged with his university to ensure a steady supply of high calibre graduates interested in financial markets. OSTC AB has grown to become a valued local employer, providing dozens of ambitious young traders the opportunity to work in the financial markets without travelling to the capital. At its peak, OSTC AB was our most profitable office per capita, and it continues to thrive.

Sam was nominated ‘alumni of the year’ by the University of Brighton in 2013 and, when his busy schedule allows, he returns to campus as a guest lecturer in business to help inspire the next generation.

OSTC pay salaries to all of our traders throughout their careers. This demonstrates the commitment we show to our employees and the confidence we have in our own training methods.

To be a successful trading business, we need a strong, experienced and high-performing back office team too. We employ a talented group of professionals in Technology, HR, Finance and Risk and Trader Support, both at our Head Office but also in key offices around the world.

View all of our current vacancies here

OSTC has a unique trading methodology and a comprehensive understanding of what a professional career trader needs to succeed. Proudly unconventional, our training programmes will quickly give the individual the tools and knowledge that they need to meet the daily challenge of trading.

At OSTC training is a long-term commitment. An on-going process that will continue throughout the traders career, our methods are tried, tested and achieve impressive results. Our track record for converting trainees into successful traders is unrivalled anywhere in the global marketplace.

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    "Junior Trader - Brighton Office"

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    - Insightful learning experience provided before employment at OSTC Brighton office.

    - Provide an appropriate base salary regardless of performance.

    - Professional yet warm and welcoming work environment, everyone is very friendly and helpful.

    - Great location and work/life balance, despite the longer hours experienced when compared to other careers.

    - A great boss, insightful and understanding.


    - Some may find the long hours spend in front of multiple screens and seated quite tiring.

    There are no other cons in my view of working for OSTC.

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    I applied online. I interviewed at OSTC (Swansea, Wales) in August 2017.


    Overall a quick and smooth process. One face to face interview and heard back within a week. A few tests to test your maths capability but nothing too difficult. Would recommend

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OSTC Awards & Accolades

  • Investors in People Gold, Investors in People, 2018
  • European Business Awards, Ruban d'Honneur, 2016
  • Gold Award, Investors in People, 2015
  • Ruban D’Honneur Recipient, European Business Awards, 2013
  • Investor in Human Capital (‘Inwestor w Kapitał Ludzki’), Fundacja Obserwatorium Zarządzania, 2015
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