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Canola Origination Merchant

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Job ID 124282 Date posted 06/09/2021 Location : Winnipeg, Canada

Want to build a stronger, more sustainable future and cultivate your career? Join Cargill's global team of 160,000 employees who are committed to safe, responsible and sustainable ways to nourish the world. This position is in Cargill’s agricultural supply chain business, where we seamlessly connect farming customers with food, feed and industry.

Job Purpose and Impact

The Canola Origination Merchant will contribute to maintaining a steady supply of canola seed to both Cargill crush plants in western Canada as well as for the export supply chain. Liaising with country staff and sales team to ensure we understand the market and have the appropriate bid for both free on-board farm and through house origination. You also have accountability for tracking values/prices for the sake of analysis and to better understand the price/volume relationship of seed in country locations.

Key Accountabilities

  • Support and execute the canola origination strategy and basis bid structure for canola seed into Saskatchewan country elevators and Clavet, SK crush plant that optimizes the margin structure for the business. Develop origination plan for crush plant and elevators.
  • Collaborate with transportation and logistics, quality assurance, customer managers and credit manager to ensure efficient execution.
  • Plan purchases and transportation to maximize profitable use of stock and storage facilities.
  • Enter routine data and run specialty reports from our contract management databases and systems.
  • Research and analyze various freight opportunities in the marketplace to maximize margin.
  • Work directly with customers, suppliers and business counterparts to meet their needs in solving routine problems, and addressing complaints and concerns.
  • Independently solve moderately complex issues with minimal supervision, while escalating more complex issues to appropriate staff.
  • Other duties as assigned



  • Bachelor’s degree in a related field (Agriculture, business/econ) or equivalent experience
  • Minimum of two years of related Merchandising work experience
  • Demonstrated skills/understanding of western Canadian agricultural supply chains.
  • Understanding of futures and basis
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office and Excel
  • Must be legally entitled to work for Cargill in Canada


  • Basic understanding of cash grain accounting (P&L)
  • Ability to work with a production team to manage the supply chain needs of customers
  • Preferred 3-5 years of merchandising experience
  • Demonstrated skills managing multiple tasks and stake holders in a supply chain

This position is posted internally as well as externally

Cargill is an equal opportunity employer and committed to providing accommodation to our job applicants with disabilities.

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