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Investment Banking M&A Director, Specialized in Media/Broadcast
  • Job type: Permanent
  • Location: Charlotte, North Carolina
  • Salary: Negotiable
  • Description Title: Investment Banking M&A Director - TMT Location: Charlotte, NC Our client is a Top Middle Market Investment Bank, currently looking to add an investment banking Director to their M&A
Risk Manager
  • Job type: Permanent
  • Location: Hamburg
  • Salary: Negotiable
  • Description Einer der führenden und renommiersten Unternehmen im Ecommerce - Retail Geschäft suchen aktuell nach dem richtigen Riskmanager für Ihr Team in Hamburg, Deutschland.
Research Scientist
  • Job type: Permanent
  • Location: New York
  • Salary: US$13000 - US$350000 per year
  • Description My client is a boutique, fully systematic hedge fund located 1 hour outside of New York City. They rely on fully quantitative models developed by the research team to find an edge in the markets.
Manager/Deputy Manager
  • Job type: Permanent
  • Location: Hong Kong
  • Salary: Competitive
  • Description A top asset management company in Hong Kong, is looking for a Deputy Manager to join their Balance Sheet and Liquidity Management team.
M&A Manager/Senior Manager
  • Job type: Permanent
  • Location: Hong Kong
  • Salary: Negotiable
  • Description A Hong Kong based financial advisory group is looking for a Manager or Senior Manager to join their M&A team. The company provides corporate finance advisory services in IPOs
Quantitative Trader
  • Job type: Permanent
  • Location: San Francisco, California
  • Salary: US$100000 - US$150000 per year
  • Description Quantitative Trader | Senior Trader | San Francisco A Quantitative hedge fund located in the San Francisco Bay Area is looking to expand its quantitative investment strategies team
Quantitative Analyst, Front Office Quant
  • Job type: Permanent
  • Location: New York
  • Salary: Negotiable
  • Description After a successful year, one of the world's largest investment banks is expanding across all global offices, specifically New York, as they outperformed their 2018 benchmarks
Investment Banking Analyst - Metals & Mining/Energy
  • Job type: Permanent
  • Location: Washington, District of Columbia
  • Salary: US$80000 - US$100000 per year
  • Description My client, an elite boutique investment bank, is actively seeking an Analyst level investment banking professional to join their Metals & Mining/Energy team of banking professionals in their
Quantitative Researcher/Systematic Trader
  • Job type: Permanent
  • Location: New York
  • Salary: Negotiable
  • Description After a successful few years, a New York hedge fund with a few hundred million dollars in AUM is looking for a Quant Researcher/Systematic Trader to work closely with the President/CIO to develop

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.