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Our name is inspired by Leonardo da Vinci, a scientist and artist and one of the most brilliant minds in human history. It is a satisfying coincidence that if you take the first phonetic syllable of each of our founders’ names, David, Vidit and Jiteshu, you get ‘Da Vinci’.

Our employees are our most important assets, and we invest heavily in their growth and happiness. Da Vinci creates a workplace that offers challenges and opportunities that are highly rewarding to motivated individuals. The environment is dynamic, and no two days are the same.

We foster an open environment where employees are encouraged to speak honestly about their challenges and bring new ideas to the table. We are non-hierarchical, which means everyone is instrumental to working towards our company goals.

It’s best to hear Da Vinci team members describe their experiences in their own words: discover life at Da Vinci.

We chose Amsterdam as the location for our headquarters because it’s an inspiring place to work with a strong historical connection to trading. The world’s first stock market was established in 1602 in Amsterdam, which is why many trading companies call Amsterdam their home. No other city can compete with Amsterdam’s exciting atmosphere for trading and market engagement.

Our focus is not solely on speed, as that would make us dependent on one strategy and vulnerable as a consequence. Rather, our attention is aimed at creating new strategies across a variety of systems.

Da Vinci, as a proprietary trading firm, trades solely with its own money creating natural risk awareness and does not have clients.

Da Vinci trades a variety of financial products, focusing on options as well as stocks and futures for hedging purposes. We trade on all important exchanges in Brazil and the USA, with plans to expand to Asia.

We currently have 70 employees and are expanding every year. We are future-focused, aiming to open new offices across the globe whilst growing our numbers sustainably. Our team benefits from having a mutual respect for each other both professionally and personally. We all know each other and work together closely across desks, departments and functions.

We currently have the luxury of being relatively small and agile. While we are growing, our plans will allow us to remain flexible and connected.

What makes our firm unique is its challenging yet supportive work environment, which prioritises cooperation and respectful collaboration. We nurture innovation and provide access to in-house training and external educational programs.

We offer our expat employees a relocation package and support their settling in the Netherlands. There are lots of company-sponsored activities that will give you a chance to get to know your colleagues outside work and explore the city, including Friday drinks, game evenings, seasonal parties, and company trips.

Unfortunately, we do not currently offer such opportunities. However, for students located in The Netherlands we offer a part time trading assistant role. Check out our career page and follow us on social media to keep up with the latest Da Vinci news.

If you apply for a trader position, you will be required to complete a mental arithmetic and approximation challenge. If you apply for a quant researcher position, you will be required to complete a mental arithmetic and approximation challenge as well as one that assesses your programming skills. If you apply for a software engineer position, you will be required to complete a coding challenge.

Our application process includes three steps: CV submission, testing, and interviews. Learn more about Da Vinci’s application process.

We handle applications centrally through our website. Please submit all applications through the Careers page. Applications sent via email, LinkedIn or other channels will not be processed.

We encourage applicants to apply for one position at a time. If you are open to being considered for other positions, please list these in your motivation letter, and we will take that into account.

The main difference is that traders establish trading strategies and actively take positions in the market; it is key to be able to intuitively understand the opportunities in the market and make decisions fast. Quants are complex problem solvers who analyse trades to find inefficiencies and work on building and improving trading algorithms to make sure our strategies are always ahead of the game. 

We invest extensive time and effort in our employees’ training and development. All new starters complete an onboarding program so that they feel comfortable and confident when they begin their roles.

All employees are encouraged to develop their independent work and collaboration skills and are coached by more senior members of staff. Your progression is dependent on your performance and abilities, and many employees see their careers advance quickly. We recognise talent and reward employees based on performance, not seniority.