Cargill Senior Merchant UK Rape in Lincoln, United Kingdom

Senior Merchant UK Rape

Cargill provides food, agriculture, financial and industrial products and services to the world. Together with farmers, customers, governments and communities, we help people thrive by applying our insights and over 150 years of experience. We have 150,000 employees in 70 countries who are committed to feeding the world in a responsible way, reducing environmental impact and improving the communities where we live and work.


Job location: Witham St Hughs, Lincoln


As a senior member on our rape crush desk, this role will take responsibility for merchandising rapeseed and rapeseed products produced by Cargill in the UK. The successful candidate will be committed to identifying and capitalising opportunities to maximise margins and strengthen Cargill's market position. A fundamental part of the role will be forming key relationships with suppliers and partners to ensure correct market access. Working as part of a wider team, the candidate will also manage commercial risks of a physical supply chain business, including commodity price risk and commercial asset management.

This is an excellent opportunity for someone looking to take their next step in their career merchandising career. You may not have experience in all the main tasks below but we are more interested in recruiting someone with the ability to develop experience in all of these areas. Crucially we are looking for an articulate, confident, self-reliant independent worker with the ability to interact with customers and internal members of staff, to lead and inspire your colleagues through your success. The candidate will have strong negotiation and communication skills with the ability to drive positive outcomes. The position holder will work closely with colleagues across our Oilseed Rape Crushing facilities in Liverpool and Hull.

Main Tasks:

  • Merchandise seed, oil and meal on a daily basis in accordance with local teams merchandising game plan

  • Establish sales/ purchase prices for significant volume on a real time basis and negotiate sales/ purchasing contracts with customers/ suppliers

  • Develop deep relationships with current and potential suppliers of rape seed to create the correct market access to supply our UK crush plants.

  • Create high quality market reports, providing market data and market analysis for customers

  • Identify and explore ideas and opportunities to capture added value through providing customer solutions

  • Commercial management of all supply chain options, ensuring accurate supply chain costs are fully considered in all merchandising decisions Ensuring customer exposures are within agreed and current limits

  • Develop and execute UK game plan for risk management and trading strategies (premiums, FX, futures hedging, spreads, flat cash and freight)

  • Lead accurate administration of daily risk positions and P&L

  • Monthly in-depth analysis of profit and loss results of products

  • Liaise with planning and operations teams to maximise efficiency of rape crushing assets in Hull and Liverpool including monthly analysis of costs and revenues of the plant


  • Substantial proven supplier or customer facing experience

  • Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent) in a relevant subject (business or economics) would be strongly preferred

  • Proven experience in merchandising and or trading agricultural commodities – seed origination or oil experience would be an advantage.

  • Working knowledge of commodity markets, grains & oilseed supply and demand, competition, crushing, silo and port operations and logistics

  • Ability to deliver results

  • Proven commercial acumen and strong negotiation skills with knowledge of contracts

  • Excellent time management and prioritisation skills

  • Strong analytical and numerical skills

  • Strong communication skills, written and oral with fluency in English

  • Ability to lead and coach locally based merchants and graduate trainee’s

  • Team player

  • Some UK travel will be required, some foreign travel may be required

Our Offer

In return for your expertise and commitment, we will provide a fast paced stimulating international environment, which will stretch your abilities and channel your talents. We also offer competitive salary and benefits combined with outstanding career development opportunities in one of the largest and most solid private companies in the world.

Interested? Then please send us your CV and cover letter outlining your interest and suitability for this position.

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Job Trading & Merchandising

Primary Location United Kingdom-ENG-Lincoln

Schedule Full-time

Job Type Standard

Shift Day Job

Req ID: WIT00159