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Quantitative Trader
  • Job type: Permanent
  • Location: San Francisco, California
  • Salary: US$100000 - US$130000 per year
  • Description Quantitative Trader | Junior Trader | San Francisco A Quantitative hedge fund located in the San Francisco Bay Area is looking to expand its quantitative investment strategies team
Machine Learning Quantitative Researcher
  • Job type: Permanent
  • Location: Chicago, Illinois
  • Salary: + bonus
  • Description A leading Chicago-based proprietary trading firm is looking to add Machine Learning Quantitative Researchers to their team.
IB Associate - Leveraged Finance
  • Job type: Permanent
  • Location: New York
  • Salary: US$200000 - US$250000 per year
  • Description Title: Investment Banking - Leveraged Finance (Sr. Associate or VP) Location: New York, NY Our client is a leading financial institution and considered to be one of the Leading Bulge Bracket
Managing Director - Technology Investment Banking
  • Job type: Permanent
  • Location: New York
  • Salary: US$150000 - US$200000 per year
  • Description Title: Managing Director - Technology Investment Banking Location: New York, NY Our client is a leading financial institution and is a large Technology Focused boutique investment bank on the street
Quantitative Researcher/Strategy Dev
  • Job type: Permanent
  • Location: Chicago, Illinois
  • Salary: +Bonus
  • Description A leading proprietary trading firm located in Chicago is looking to add a Quantitative Research/ Strategy Developer with a specific focus on algorithmic trading strategies.
Investment Banking Analyst
  • Job type: Permanent
  • Location: Tampa, Florida
  • Salary: US$100000 - US$120000 per year + Bonus
  • Description Title: Investment Banking Analyst - Healthcare Location: Tampa, FL Description: An leading specialty boutique investment bank is currently seeking an experienced Investment Banking Analyst to add to
VP Risk & Control
  • Job type: Permanent
  • Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Salary: US$150000 - US$175000 per annum
  • Description My client, a top bank with a global footprint, is seeking an individual to drive the development and maintenance of policies and operational controls across all lines of business under the consumer
Healthcare Analyst
  • Job type: Permanent
  • Location: New York
  • Salary: Negotiable
  • Description A growing multibillion dollar investment management firm is looking at a senior health care equity analyst to it's team. The analyst will be covering all sub-sectors of health care
Credit Analyst
  • Job type: Permanent
  • Location: Los Angeles, California
  • Salary: Negotiable
  • Description An investment management firm in the LA area is looking to add a Senior Credit analyst to their team. The analyst will be covering the High Yield and Leverage Loan space across a variety of different

Commodity trading specialists negotiate and arrange the purchase or sale of raw materials such as coffee, electricity, natural gas, livestock, gold or other types of physical goods. Through extensive research, commodity traders obtain up-to-date information about market conditions, communicate with their clients about the sale and purchase of specific commodities and ensure settlement guarantees. Also known as commodity brokers, there are many types of commodity traders who specialize in a wide range of specific commodities.


Commodity Trading Employment Outlook and Salary  
The average earning potential for a commodity trader in the United States is $78,582 per annum with salaries ranging from $48,843 - $184,705. In the United Kingdom, commodity traders receive an average salary of £49,665 per year with wages ranging from £27,181 - £104,376. Salary varies from person to person based on commodity trading skills, industry knowledge, expertise, and experience.
Demand for commodity trading specialists is increasing, with employment for all commodities, securities, and financial services traders and sales agents expected to grow by 10% between 2014 and 2024. 

Job Description  
Commodity brokers buy and sell physical commodities on behalf of commercial or private clients, and are compensated on a commission basis. The main goal of a commodity broker is ultimately to make money for clients.
While the role varies based on the specialization in question, the responsibilities of a commodity trader are likely to include:

  • Agreeing on selling or buying prices, optimizing for profitability
  • Making offers or bids to sell or buy commodities and securities
  • Sell or buy stocks, commodity futures, bonds, or foreign currency based upon the client’s requirements
  • Develop and maintain client and supplier relationships 
  • Analyzing investment opportunities in order to inform buying, selling and investment decisions
  • Identify opportunities for sale or purchase of commodities or securities 
  • Formulate appropriate hedge strategies and trading options 
  • Monitor market conditions, including price, volume, dynamics, and competition
  • Ability to analyze a multitude of factors that may affect price movement, including weather conditions, trade policies, political developments or changes to supply and demand conditions
  • Make arrangements for transportation of purchased or sold commodities 
  • Preparation of detailed financial reports

Typical employers for Commodity Traders Include:

  • Commodity brokers
  • Investment banks
  • Financial clearing houses & exchanges.

Key Skills & Qualifications

Commodity brokers typically come from a range of different backgrounds, however, an understanding of the technical aspects of trading and complex financial topics is essential. Additionally, commodity trading requires an interest in trading business and trading markets, as well as the ability to perform well under stressful conditions. Commodity traders must possess strong numerical skills as well as  having a natural ability to negotiate. A Commodity Trader also should possess the following skills:

  • Strong mathematical, problem-solving, analytical, and logic skills
  • Ability to negotiate and communicate effectively, 
  • Work under pressure, adhere to deadlines, and be decisive.