Cargill Commodity Merchant Associate 2018 in Canada

Commodity Merchant Associate 2018

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.


Commodity Merchant Associate Position:

As a Commodity Merchant you will be a part of a fast-paced environment, tackling real-world challenges while trading agricultural commodities such as grain, oilseeds/oilseed products, feed and processing by-products. We look for people who are comfortable taking and managing risk, challenging the status quo and who are motivated and driven to succeed. As a Commodity Merchant, you will:

  • Develop and maintain customer relationships with country elevators, producers, feed mills, and processors

  • Analyze supply and demand, survey market conditions, and other economic forces in order to maintain and grow Cargill's position in the market place

  • Initiate, negotiate and agree on terms of commodity purchase/sale contracts, such as price, quality, quantity, transportation, timing and payment

  • Coordinate transportation and logistics to execute commodity contracts

  • Ensure thorough and accurate follow-up, execution, and closure of all contracts

  • Provide timely and effective communication and interaction with other Cargill teams such as sales, transportation and logistics, quality assurance, plant personnel, engineers and accountants

  • Make occasional plant and crop survey trips to visit with suppliers and internal and external customers

  • Complete and collaborate on other projects and assignments as needed

Key Capabilities for Success:

  • Strong analytical, quantitative, and problem solving skills

  • Sound judgment and decision making skills, even when outcome is uncertain

  • Comfortable taking and managing risks and challenging the status quo

  • Strong oral and written communication skills; strong persuasion and negotiation skills

  • Effective interpersonal skills; working in a team environment; coaching and developing others

  • Essential leadership qualities of integrity, conviction and courage

  • Motivation and drive to succeed

  • Adaptable, flexible and able to work in a fast paced, price-volatile, changing environment

  • Willingness to relocate and accept challenging responsibilities

Associate Program Benefits:

  • Cargill offers relocation benefits to associates who qualify (based on mileage).

  • Associates are eligible for a supplementary health, dental, disability and life benefits package.

  • Tuition reimbursement benefits are offered to associates who wish to continue their education in their career field.

  • Associates are offered competitive retirement plans and registration assistance.

  • As employees, associates receive access to Cargill volunteer and community outreach opportunities and paid time off to participate in volunteer activities.

  • The Commodity Merchant Associate role offers quick integration into the business through clear work expectations and responsibilities

  • Participate in team building activities in a team-oriented, fast-paced, hands-on environment.

Job Locations:

  • Winnipeg, MB

  • Opportunities may be located in either a plant or office setting

Application Process:

Candidates who meet the required qualifications below will be asked to complete an assessment after successfully submitting the online application. The application and assessment will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Phone interviews will be scheduled for selected candidates. Selected finalists will be invited to an in-person interview.



  • Currently pursuing a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree from an accredited program, graduating between December 2017 and August 2018

  • Overall 3.0 GPA or higher

  • Successfully completed, currently enrolled, or planning to complete before graduating either a micro or macro introductory college-level economics course

  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively with individuals from diverse backgrounds and cultures

  • All candidates must be geographically flexible and willing to relocate for an associate opportunity anywhere in Canada

  • Must be legally entitled to work for Cargill in Canada

  • Must be able to complete essential functions of this job as outlined in the job description with or without reasonable accommodations


  • Currently pursuing a degree from an accredited program with a major or emphasis in Business, Economics or Agricultural Economics graduating between December 2017 and August 2018

Job Trading & Merchandising

Primary Location Canada-Manitoba-Winnipeg

Other Locations Canada

Req ID: CAN00544