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Commercial Management Trainee - Cocoa & Chocolate

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Job ID 177164 Date posted 01/06/2022 Location : Schiphol, Netherlands

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Working at Cargill is an opportunity to thrive – a place to develop your career to the fullest while engaging in meaningful work that makes a positive impact around the globe. Our purpose is to nourish the world in a safe, responsible and sustainable way. Every day, we connect farmers with markets, customers with ingredients, and people and animals with food. We combine our experience with new technologies and insights to serve as a trusted partner for food, agriculture, financial and industrial customers in more than 125 countries. We offer a diverse, inclusive and inspiring working environment where you will grow personally and professionally.

Location: Schiphol, Netherlands

What is the Commercial Management Trainee Program about?

We aim to develop top talent towards future expert and managerial roles for our trading and merchandising function at Cargill. We aim for diverse teams in our trading & merchandising groups and therefore stimulate the application of talents from very different backgrounds. 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 cocoa industry and the supply and demand factors that impact market behaviors.
•    Understanding the entire cocoa value chain & supply chain: from the farm until the confectioner producing the chocolate that you eat
•    Understanding drivers of Profit and Loss and the ability to take commercial decisions.
•    Developing knowledge on Cargill's trading and hedging strategies, tactics and practices.
•    Learning on the job, 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.
This role is the part of our Cocoa Beans Sourcing team within our Trading & Merchandising department. During the 2 years of traineeship you will have a chance to rotate between the commercial departments (Sourcing, Supply Chain, Trading & Risk Management, Cocoa Product Line Management, Sales, etc.) within Cargill Cocoa & Chocolate EMEA based in our Schiphol office. You will work in the immediate team of 4 Cocoa Merchants and a Cocoa Sourcing Manager. 

What you will bring to Cargill (REQUIRED)
•    A completed Master degree with major in Financial Engineering / Engineering, Mathematics or Finance, Economics, Trade, Agricultural or Business Engineering.
•    Entry level work experience (up to 2 years) and / or internship in relevant areas. 
•    Fluency in English. French or Spanish would be considered as advantage.

What you will bring to Cargill (PREFERRED)
•    Entrepreneurial and commercial mindset.
•    Numerical and analytical capabilities; ability to proactively identify and resolve problems.
•    Proven natural leadership and interpersonal, communication and negotiation skills. 
•    Teamwork; ability to work in a multi-cultural and multi-functional teams.
•    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.
•    Flexibility, resilience and managing ambiguity; able to cope with fast changes within a growing company and see opportunities in change. 
•    Risk appetite.
•    High integrity and ethical standards.

Next steps
The successful candidates will be invited to complete an initial video interview (please, expect to receive an e-mail with the subject “You are invited to interview with Cargill”). 

Our Offer
We will provide a fast-paced stimulating international environment, which will challenge and stretch you. We also offer competitive salary and benefits combined with outstanding career development opportunities in one of the largest private companies in the world!
What’s different within Cargill is our inclusion and global gender parity aspiration. You can find a few of the stories of diverse talent that make up the trading, merchandising and global trading analytics teams at Cargill.  Access their stories here:
Interested? Then make sure to send us your CV and cover letter in English today.
Learn more on our Cargill Cocoa & Chocolate initiatives including the recent “House of Chocolate” complex here or follow us on LinkedIn:

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