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LME Trade Operations
  • Job type: Permanent
  • Location: London
  • Salary: Competitive
  • Description Trade Operations A well-established metals trading company with a global presence is currently looking to add an LME Operations person to their team in London
Chemical Sales
  • Job type: Permanent
  • Location: London
  • Salary: Competitive
  • Description An International Trade house is looking for a Chemical Sales person to help add to their expanding team. The person must have a good understanding of chemical products, Trading platforms and Processes
OTC Trade Support Analyst
  • Job type: Permanent
  • Location: London
  • Salary: Competitive
  • Description OTC Trade Support Analyst - London A world leading commodity brokerage is seeking to hire a Trade Support Analyst to their established team in London. Reporting directly to the Head of Operations
Associate XVA Trader - Investment Bank - London
  • Job type: Permanent
  • Location: London
  • Salary: £50000 - £90000 per annum
  • Description Associate XVA Trader - Investment Bank - London Salary Bracket £50,000 - £90,000 An Investment Bank in London is currently looking for a junior XVA Trader / Structurer with strong technical skills
Business Analyst - HEDGE FUND
  • Job type: Permanent
  • Location: Los Angeles Metro Area, California
  • Salary: US$150000 - US$200000 per year
  • Description Responsibilities  Learn the firm's current suite of systems related to risk and marketing  Work closely with Risk and Marketing teams to understand complex business workflows  Enhance the
Full Stack Developer
  • Job type: Permanent
  • Location: Virginia
  • Salary: Negotiable
  • Description Full Stack Developer Leading Financial Firm Richmond, Virginia Competitive Compensation ranging from 75,000 - 130,000 base + discretionary bonus Key Skills: Java, JavaScript, SSRS, JQuery, CSS
Head EMEA Distribution - ETFs - London
  • Job type: Permanent
  • Location: London
  • Salary: £150000 - £200000 per annum
  • Description Head EMEA Distribution Sales - London Salary Bracket £150,000 - £200,000 A global ETF Issuer is currently looking for a Head of Distribution for their London office
Execution Quant
  • Job type: Permanent
  • Location: New York
  • Salary: US$150000 - US$400000 per year
  • Description Staying knowledgeable about the markets, and prioritizing the desk's research requests will also be important.
Quantitative risk model developer
  • Job type: Permanent
  • Location: Singapore
  • Salary: Attractive Benefits
  • Description Job Description - Quantitative risk model developer Responsibilities Overall sight of counterparty credit, market and liquidity quantitative risk model developmentEvaluate existing risk models

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.