Profession commodity trader

Commodity traders use negotiation techniques to sell and buy physical goods and raw materials such as gold, cattle, oil, cotton and wheat on the trading floor. They receive and implement purchasing and selling instructions and negotiate the terms of sale and delivery of commodities. Commodity traders do research about market conditions of specific commodities, their price trends and demand in order to inform their employers, they make bid offers and calculate the cost of transactions.

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Personality Type

  • Enterprising / Conventional

Knowledge

  • Financial markets

    The financial infrastructure which permits trading securities offered by companies and individuals govern by regulatory financial frameworks.

  • Financial jurisdiction

    Financial rules and procedures applicable to a certain location, whose regulatory bodies decide on its jurisdiction

  • International trade

    The economic practise and study field that address the exchange of goods and services across geographic borders. The general theories and schools of thought around the implications of international trade in terms of exports, imports, competitivity, GDP, and role of multinational companies.

  • Commercial law

    The legal regulations that govern a specific commercial activity.

  • Economics

    Economic principles and practices, financial and commodity markets, banking and the analysis of financial data.

Skills

  • Perform financial risk management in international trade

    Evaluate and manage the possibility of financial loss and non-payment following international transactions, in the context of foreign exchange market; apply instruments like letters of credit.

  • Negotiate with stakeholders

    Negotiate compromises with stakeholders and strive to reach the most beneficial agreements for the company. May involve building relationships with suppliers and customers, as well as ensuring products are profitable.

  • Analyse economic trends

    Analyse developments in national or international trade, business relations, banking, and developments in public finance and how these factors interact with one another in a given economic context.

  • Analyse market financial trends

    Monitor and forecast the tendencies of a financial market to move in a particular direction over time.

  • Analyse financial risk

    Identify and analyse risks that could impact an organisation or individual financially, such as credit and market risks, and propose solutions to cover against those risks.

  • Handle financial transactions

    Administer currencies, financial exchange activities, deposits as well as company and voucher payments. Prepare and manage guest accounts and take payments by cash, credit card and debit card.

  • Negotiate sale of commodities

    Discuss client's requirements for buying and selling commodities and negotiate their sale and purchase in order to obtain the most beneficial agreement.

Optional knowledge and skills

maintain records of financial transactions negotiate sales contracts trace financial transactions statistics international commercial transactions rules negotiate buying conditions financial forecasting forecast economic trends financial products operate financial instruments banking activities negotiate price actuarial science

Common job titles

  • Junior energy trader
  • Commodities trading front office development analyst
  • Trader trainee
  • Commodity price risk manager & trader
  • Entry level commodities trader
  • Operations associate
  • Senior trader
  • Analyst/coordinator, trade system configuration
  • Wealth management - private bank foreign exchange trader, associate
  • Proprietary trader