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Head of Gas Trading
  • Job type: Permanent
  • Location: Aarhus, Aarhus Municipality
  • Salary: Negotiable
  • Description An energy trading house is hiring a Head of Gas Trading to build up and manage a gas trading book and team. The company, based in Denmark, currently trade primarily in power and are looking to add in
Head of Italian Power Market Trading
  • Job type: Permanent
  • Location: Prague
  • Salary: €80000 - €100000 per annum
  • Description A well-established energy trading company is hiring a senior trader to build up an Italian market power desk. The group is a successful energy company with trading activity across Europe in various
Quantitative Developer/ C++ Developer
  • Job type: Permanent
  • Location: Central Hong Kong Island
  • Salary: HKD60000 - HKD120000 per month
  • Description My client is a startup with a focus on trading system development and quantitative investment management. The team is formed by executives from tier-one trading...
Oil Products Trader - Open to Heavy /Middle / Light Distillates
  • Job type: Permanent
  • Location: Singapore
  • Salary: Negotiable
  • Description Oil Products Trader (Open to Heavy Distillates /Middle Distillates / Light Distillates / Petroleum Products / LPG / LNG), Physical and Paper Trader Location: Singapore
Senior Minor Metal Trader
  • Job type: Permanent
  • Location: London
  • Salary: Negotiable
  • Description Well established trading house is looking to bring in a senior trader for the Ferro alloys/ exotic metal trading
Oil Trading Analyst
  • Job type: Permanent
  • Location: Singapore
  • Salary: Negotiable
  • Description Oil Trading Analyst, Crude Oil, Commodities
Senior CEE Power Trader
  • Job type: Permanent
  • Location: Warsaw
  • Salary: £75000 - £150000 per annum
  • Description Senior CEE Power Trader
Senior C#.Net Developer – Fixed Income Trading
  • Job type: Permanent
  • Location: Los Angeles
  • Salary: $140000 - $160000 per annum, Benefits: uncapped bonus potential & benefits
  • Description Senior C#.Net Developer – Fixed Income Trading Asset Management Firm – Portfolio Management Los Angeles, CA Circa
Senior Gas Oiriginator
  • Job type: Permanent
  • Location: Brussels
  • Salary: €85000 - €100000 per annum
  • Description Senior Gas Originator

Salary, Job Description and Skill Requirements

Trading specialists assess financial data and define suitable standards for securities on monetary markets. As experts in their field, trading specialists are also expected to analyze financial trends with the help of statistical applications and modeling in order to understand price levels, as well as threats that will likely effect an organization. 
To grow the price of their stock portfolios, traders work as part of a larger team with relevant team members including portfolio managers, researchers and operations personnel. Effective monitoring of investment opportunities often requires a trading specialist to build a supporting team which may include research analysts, portfolio managers, and assistant traders.

Employment Outlook and Salary

The average yearly salary of a trading specialist is around $87,124, with salaries ranging between $68,500 and $105,000. As with other financial positions, the expected salary can differ widely based upon a variety of factors such as experience level, skill set and formal education, with a related degree also playing a crucial role in commanding a higher salary.
At more senior levels, both UK and US based trading managers can expect to earn higher than those in lower positions with the average yearly salary coming in at around $96,247 for the latter. 

According to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics, the demand for trading specialists is set to increase by 4% by 2022.

Job Description

Trading specialists are responsible for purchasing and selling shares, bonds, and assets for stakeholders, with the goal of capitalizing on assets and reducing financial threats. Additional responsibilities include: analyzing data, providing professional advice, supporting business processes, data management, customer reporting and portfolio management. Working with finance and customer support teams, trading specialists must have the ability to perform in a group environment, alongside strong attention to detail, excellent computer skills and a professional approach. A solid knowledge of market structures and trends is essential.

Traders usually fall into one of the following categories:

  • Flow traders - purchase and sell monetary items to a bank’s customers
  • Propriety traders - trade on behalf of the bank
  • Sales traders - collect information from customer and act as mediators between the customers and either flow or propriety traders

Job responsibilities vary among different types of traders, with flow and propriety traders typically carrying out the following tasks:

  • Gathering relevant information
  • Liaising with multiple parties, such as sales staff and agents
  • Investigating, assessing and exploring current market trends
  • Submitting daily trading reports to key stakeholders
  • Updating sales staff regarding market rates
  • Conducting trades

Sales traders focus on client interactions in order to secure new clients and develop strong relationships. Typical employers of traders include commercial houses, investment banks, exchanges, and reserves departments of key companies.

Key Skills & Qualifications

Candidates with degrees in accountancy, commerce, economics, finance, math, politics or the sciences have a strategic advantage on those with other degrees. Barriers are high, with employers typically requiring at least a 2:1 degree mark and a challenging selection procedure. Recruitment is typically handled through assessment days which might include comprehensive interviews and psychometric tests. 

Knowledge of a second language is beneficial.

Other required skills include:

  • Strong numerical competency skills
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills and the ability to work in a team
  • Physical and psychological strength
  • Independent thinking
  • Business acumen
  • Ability to work under pressure