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Commercial Merchandising Trainee

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Job ID 239849 Date posted 09/20/2022 Location : Mechelen, Belgium

Want to build a stronger, more sustainable future and cultivate your career? Join Cargill's global team of 155,000 employees who are committed to safe, responsible and sustainable ways to nourish the world. This position is in Cargill’s food ingredients and bio-industrial business, where we anticipate trends around taste, nutrition and safety to innovate and provide solutions to manufacturers, retailers and foodservice companies.

What is the Commercial Management Trainee Program about?

We aim to develop top diverse talent towards future expert and managerial roles for our trading and merchandising function at Cargill. The program offers access to accelerate development on the job and through other channels during a 24-month program which may include depending on your area of expertise:

  • Understanding the agricultural commodities trading industry and the markets for commodity merchandising. 
  • Understanding the local supply and demand factors that impact markets.
  • Understanding drivers of Profit and Loss and take commercial decisions to generate revenue.
  • Developing knowledge on Cargill's trading and hedging strategies, tactics and practices, including the use of futures, risk management derivatives and structured products.
  • Initiating and negotiating on terms of commodity purchase, sale contracts, such as price, quality, quantity, transportation, timing and payment.
  • Coordinating transportation and logistics to execute commodity contracts and interacting with other functions across the business. 
  • Ensuring detailed and accurate follow-up, execution, and closure of all contracts.
  • Developing collaborative relationships with external customers and suppliers in a customer facing role.
  • Learning on the job from experts, developing technical and soft skills and receiving coaching from your manager and peers.
  • Participating in structured learning (digital and instructor led) to develop your technical, professional and leadership skills with peers across Europe, Middle East and Africa, learning from each other during the different sessions of the Cargill European Graduate program.
  • Building a peer network across Cargill.

You will start with an initial period of onboarding and learn the basics of merchandising, plant processes and product specs. After that you will be introduced to supply chain and risk management operations and would be performing tasks such as planning, trade execution, settlement of contracts, measuring and reporting. The next steps would involve assisting a senior feed merchant in position reconciliation, daily contacts with customers and other tasks which would lead to gaining full responsibility of the dry feed portfolio of a number of plants and customers. 


What you will bring to Cargill (REQUIRED)

  • A completed Master degree in Business, Economics, Trade, Finance, Business Engineering, Agricultural or Food Studies.
  • Up to 2 years of work experience and / or internship in a related field 
  • Fluent English. Dutch/French/Polish or German is an advantage. 
  • Strong numerical and mental arithmetic skills.

What you will bring to Cargill (PREFERRED)

  • Proven natural leadership and interpersonal, communication and negotiation skills. 
  • Teamwork; ability to work in a multi-cultural and multi-functional teams.
  • High integrity and ethical standards.
  • Self-starter; highly motivated and able to work independently. Willingness to take responsibility and initiative. Demonstrated experience in prioritizing work and meeting deadlines. 
  • Fast learner and oriented to self-development: curiosity to learn and create new way of building and/or improving systems and processes.
  • Strong analytical skills and ability to proactively identify and resolve problems. 
  • Flexibility and managing ambiguity; able to cope with fast changes within a growing company and see opportunities in change. 
  • Risk appetite; composure, resilience, risk analysis and right sizing.
  • Willingness to travel to different Cargill locations across Europe if required.


Our Offer
We 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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