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Commodity Merchandising Trainee

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Commodity Merchandising Trainee

Cargill provides food, agriculture, financial and industrial products and services to the world. Together with farmers, customers, governments and communities, we help people thrive by applying our insights and over 150 years of experience. We have 155,000 employees in 70 countries who are committed to feeding the world in a responsible way, reducing environmental impact and improving the communities where we live and work.


The position provides an extensive 24 months training mainly in Merchandising, but also Risk Management, Trading Operations and Market Analysis, to produce excellent commodity merchandising professionals in diverse agricultural commodities: grains, oilseeds, feed and processing by-products. On successful completion of training the trainee will embark on an exciting commercial career in the Merchandising Job Family with one of the CASC EMEA product lines in the dedicated country. As part of the European Graduate Program, you could expect some or all of the following experiences within the first two years with Cargill:

+ Initial assignment to a job;

+ On-going formal soft skill development and technical training;

+ Networking with International colleagues;

Principal Accountabilities:

As a Commodity Merchandising Trainee you will be able to learn the Agricultural commodities trading industry and gain knowledge for the local market - value, partners, flows, common behaviors, related legislation, fiscal policy around it. The trainee will develop skills on Cargill's trading and hedging strategies, tactics and practices, including the use of futures, risk management derivatives and structured products. Another knowledge that would be acquired is how to initiate, negotiate and agree on terms of commodity purchase, sale contracts, such as price, quality, quantity, transportation, timing and payment. Inseparable part of the role is to ensure thorough and accurate follow-up, execution, and closure of all contracts. The accountabilities are divided as follows:

+ _10%:_ Commercial introduction/introduction to company, mission, goals, business plan, start internal training via online learning platform and manager

+ _10%_ : Getting the Basics: understanding the basics of merchandising, product, specs, reporting.

+ _25%_ : Introduction to supply chain: take over smaller tasks in supply chain, such as planning, trade execution, settlement of contracts

+ _5%:_ Introduction to finance

+ _5%_ : Introduction to operations

+ _20%_ : Next steps in commercial: measure and forecast, position reconciliation, domestic trading activities, take over hedging for product line, creation of supply and demand analysis, close cooperation with supply chain in contract execution, daily contact with customers/suppliers, review of local competitors

+ _25%_ : Final steps in commercial: be responsible for own sub-trading account by buying and selling cash products while forecasting fluctuations in prices and market conditions (weather, transportation, etc.), develop further supplier/customer relationships, seek out and develop opportunities in risk management/position taking; be able to handle larger accounts.


+ Master’s degree in in Agronomy, Economics, Business, and other relevant educational background.

+ Up to 2 years of prior internship/work experience

+ Fluency in Spanish and excellent English language skills

+ Computer literate

+ Effective communication: compelling and authentic communicator, broad perspective, relationship builder

+ Strong analytical skills: quantitative mind, challenging, inquisitive

+ Business insight: commercial mindset, macro-economic, political trends, long-term planning

+ Making decisions and execution: confident, integrity, courageous, hold self and others accountable

+ Integrity, Courage, Conviction

+ Committed to win: self-starter, daring, determination

+ Strong interpersonal skills, team player

+ Handling ambiguity: adaptable, see opportunity in change, conceptual strength

+ Risk appetite: composed, resilient, risk analysis, right sizing

Next Steps

All candidates who apply will be sent a link to complete an online pre-employment assessment to help determine if you will be a fit for the position. Please note there is nothing to prepare for this questionnaire and it should take you around 30 minutes to complete. Shortlisted candidates will be then invited to a phone interview.

Our Offer

In return for your expertise and commitment, we will provide a fast paced stimulating international environment, which will stretch your abilities and channel your talents. We also offer competitive salary and benefits combined with outstanding career development opportunities in one of the largest and most solid private companies in the world. Interested? Then make sure to send us your CV and cover letter in English today.

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Trading & Merchandising

Primary Location

Spain-CT-Sant Cugat

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At Cargill, everyone matters and everyone counts. Cargill is committed to creating and sustaining an inclusive and diverse work environment where all employees are treated with dignity and respect. As such and in alignment with our Guiding Principles, Cargill’s long-standing equal employment opportunity policy prohibits discrimination and harassment against any employee or applicant based on race, ethnicity, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, disability, pregnancy, genetic information, marital status, family status, citizenship status, veteran status, military status, union affiliation, or any other status protected by law. 

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