Cargill Commercial Management Trainee in Schiphol, Netherlands

Commercial Management Trainee

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.


Currently we are looking for a Commercial Management Trainees to join our team in a start position at Schiphol, the Netherlands, for our business unit Grains & Oilseeds.

In the Cargill Agricultural Supply Chain Europe Group we operate on an integrated global basis to source, process, and transport and distribute grain and oilseeds around the world. The main bulk products we handle are wheat, corn, oilseeds, barley and sorghum, as well as vegetable oils and meals. We have developed significant expertise in handling identity preserved and differentiated products that sustain their distinctiveness in overseas markets.

The Commercial Management Trainee is an early career employee who is following a structured training and development program, designed to build and develop specific skills, knowledge and attitudes that will enable them to transition to junior roles in the areas of trading and merchandising. This particular traineeship is timebound (24 months) and is yet dependent upon meeting performance expectations.

The Team

The team with the open position is responsible for managing trading risks, for both internal Cargill business units as well as external customers. This specifically includes analyzing markets, forecasting price and market movements, advising customers, sales and purchase, and the responsibility for the execution of the contracts.

The team operates on a group level, meaning that it maintains close contacts with other trading hubs across the global Cargill network.

The hierarchy on the desk is flat, the atmosphere in the team is open, honest and direct.

Principal Accountabilities

  • Execution of trading & merchandising strategies in cooperation with the local and European teams.

  • Ownership of one of the products manufactured in our region, including sales / trading / supply chain related activities.

  • Trade-flow analysis and writing market reports, along with recommendations and/or game plans.

  • Developing market knowledge through interaction with market participants.

  • Develop knowledge of the specific trades, as well as logistics, contract terms and operations.

  • Develop Account Management skills to assist with customer development activities.

  • Maintain and further develop collaborative relationships with BU’s and platform(s).


What we are looking for:

We are looking for curious candidates with an appetite for risk and a strong interest in global (commodity) markets. Your numerical and analytical capabilities must be top-notch. Your drive for accuracy in administration, risk reporting and market analysis must be immaculate.

On top of that you have an entrepreneurial spirit and are not afraid to challenge the status quo. You think out of the box and will share our acquired knowledge, opinions and views to the broader organization. A high level of collaboration with customers, logistics, service providers, traders and operations will be demanded.

The preferred candidate is curious, resilient, determined and is able to develop and leverage deep customer knowledge and insights. Lastly you need to be able to deal with a substantial workload under high time pressure.


  • A Master’s degree

  • Outstanding numerical and analytical capabilities

  • Excellent learning and execution capacity

  • Fluent in Dutch & English, other modern European language skills are a definite plus

  • Computer literacy

A numerical test will be part of the selection process.

Acquisition induced by this ad will not be appreciated.

Interested? Then make sure to send us your CV and cover letter in English today.

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Job Trading & Merchandising

Primary Location Netherlands-NH-Schiphol

Req ID: SCH02547