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OSTC Overview
London, England
201 to 500 employees
Company - Private
£25 to £50 million (GBP) per year
OSTC is a global proprietary trading company with currently 14 offices worldwide. Our Head Office is in the UK with state of the art Trading offices in England, Wales, Poland, Spain, India and China.
We are a major liquidity provider to the markets, trading an array ... 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

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    The LME and The World Gold Council outlined plans to launch London-based gold contracts on a new platform called LMEprecious. OSTC joined five major investment banks to maximise the opportunity for a successful launch of these important new contracts. OSTC CEO Mark Slade said: "We are very pleased that OSTC is involved in this new initiative...

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OSTC – Why Work For Us?

OSTC is a global proprietary trading company with currently 14 offices worldwide. Our Head Office is in the UK with state of the art trading offices in England, Wales, Poland, Spain, India and China.

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.

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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    "Great company to work for, unlimited opportunities"

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    Former Employee - Futures Trader in Swansea, Wales
    Former Employee - Futures Trader in Swansea, Wales
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    You get from this job whatever you put into it. If you work hard, do your research and have an inner desire to be the best you can - this is the company to work for.

    Profit split increases depending on length of service/performance.

    Very rewarding personally


    This isn't really a negative - it depends on the type of person you are; If you are lazy and looking to sit in a comfortable 9 to 5 job, this isn't it. You will get found out very quickly and realise the amount of effort is needed to succeed. It is not a 'get rich quick' job. A long term view (1-2 years+) is needed before you can start to think about making worthwhile profit (for yourself).

    Gave work/life balance a low rating - only due to the fact that you NEED to put in the hours (12 hour days at least) to get the most out of it

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work

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    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Swansea, Wales
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    I applied online. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at OSTC (Swansea, Wales) in February 2017.


    I came for an interview here as a trader. Was greeted by a pleasant and professional young girl but the interview with the managing director I can only describe as being unprofessional, patronising and just weird.

    He mocked me for not completing enough of the basic maths questions and then insinuated that if he knew I had a degree he wouldn’t have bothered inviting me for an interview anyway and that my trading experience was irrelevant. It was all quite frankly bizarre.

    It felt like I was being interviewed by a grocery manager for a shelf stacking job. I should definitely take any positive reviews of this place with a pinch of salt.

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OSTC Awards & Accolades

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