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OSTC Overview

London, England
201 to 500 employees
Company - Private
Brokerage Service
$25 to $50 million (USD) per year
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.
We are a major liquidity provider to the markets, trading products ... Read more

Mission: OSTC will be the global leader within its chosen markets.
Our ambition is simple, though quite a challenge.
To be recognised as the global leader in what we do and to bring out the best in everyone who works for us and in every trading opportunity. The two ... Read more

Company Updates


    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.

  • OSTC announces acquisition of Kondor Trading Ltd

    Global financial services company, OSTC, is pleased to announce it has recently completed the acquisition.

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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.

Our people stories....


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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.

OSTC Reviews

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19 Ratings
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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at OSTC full-time


    -Stable and Friendly Environment
    -Helpful HR Department


    - Low Base Salary
    -No Senior Traders to act as role models
    -Not enough training and focus on the trading theory

    Advice to Management

    - Concentrate more on training

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OSTC Photos

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OSTC photo of: OSTC Brighton Summer Party
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OSTC Interviews



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Getting an Interview





    Junior Trader Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Swansea, Wales
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview


    I applied online. I interviewed at OSTC (Swansea, Wales) in February 2018.


    Maths test , Presentation , one on one interview , risk games and then quick simulator trading
    Environment was friendly and professional. If you fail the maths test you don't continue the process , so make sure you revise.
    They use the software stellar. Make sure you know what a prop trading company is. Ladder trading as you will see this in the simulators at the end.

    All the candidates and HR team were nice and also made the day more relaxed.

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OSTC Awards & Accolades

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