Jr. Commodity Merchandiser/Trader

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Jr. Commodity Merchandiser/Trader

SUMMARY:  The Jr. Commodity Merchandiser will be responsible for learning the concepts of trading, merchandising and hedging to assist in the sales and merchandising of company products and inputs.  This position will also learn the transportation system to develop the skills and knowledge necessary to ensure optimal shipment of products; learn contract entry, recordkeeping and transactional flow; develop relationships with vendors that will impact company sales via telephone, computer and face-to-face contact; provide support to the sales staff through purchasing, contracting, inventory control and logistics management. ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:  Essential and other important responsibilities and duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:1. Enter, check and maintain records of trades2. Learn proprietary methodologies and trading systems that support the company’s goals/objectives3. Support the Sr. Merchandising positions with assigned duties/responsibilities4. Contact vendors on a daily basis (potential for significant daily telephone contact)5. Develop ongoing relationships with assigned vendors; foster external professional relationships6. Maintain a working knowledge of NGFA trading rules and regulations to be followed7. Learn the concepts of purchasing, contracting, inventory control and logistics management KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES Knowledge of:Trading and merchandising conceptsComputer systems; strong Excel skills Ability to:Remain focused, composed and professional while working in a fast-paced team environmentWork independently with minimal supervisionHandle multiple priorities and meet deadlines regularly and consistentlyMaintain an extreme level of confidentialityExercise good judgmentDemonstrate excellent customer service skillsCommunicate effectively with all individuals (internal staff/external vendors)Build and maintain positive working relationships with external vendors, co-workers and staff Experience and Training Guidelines:Bachelor’s degree in Business, Animal Science, Economics, Finance or related fieldHighly motivated; possess strong work ethicExcellent oral and written communication skills; strong persuasion and negotiation skillsStrong analytical and problem-solving skillsDetail-oriented, thorough and diligent; strong organizational skillsValid driver’s license and insurable driving recordPrevious trading exposure/experience a plus

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