As Trader you are a member of the commercial trade team whose main goal is to generate income by executing
purchase and sales strategies and controlling the risk of our exposure. In collaboration with our technical service and logistic departments, you are responsible for maintaining and developing existing customer and supplier relationships. Furthermore, it will be your responsibility to identify and monitor market and product developments and to create business opportunities with new business partners in the assigned markets. You will be working in a highly dynamic environment within a growing organization with global presence.
If carrying big responsibilities, closing deals, international traveling, well-considered risk taking and working in an highly dynamic environment for a growing company with global presence is music to your ears, this position will fit you like a glove!
As a trader at Interfood you like to:
- Speak daily to customers and suppliers to gather market information, monitor price movement and discover dairy product trends.
- Be involved in internal discussions regarding market directions, market / product trends and positions.
- Close deals. Based on your knowledge and understanding of financial dairy markets and it’s products, the physical market place and thanks to your commercial experience and instinct.
- Develop strategic, long term partnerships with customers and suppliers. Understand their needs and collaborate with other disciplines (Technical, Logistical, Financial) to develop new business opportunities.
- Manage internal processes, like sharing market intel globally and working on intercompany deals to manage global positions.
- Take responsibility in growing the business, reaching your personally set goals and constantly aim for more.
- Travel around the world, visiting customers and suppliers and attending trade fairs.
Bachelor / master degree in a business, science or humanity-related field.
Minimum 3 years of experience in trading commodity markets.
You have the drive to win every day. You take (calculated) risks and you operate independently.
You get energy from identifying new businesses and managing/developing these relationships into (more) profitable accounts.
You are a good relationship builder and can easily connect to suppliers and customers.
You are a real team player, but you are also able to work independently, being responsible for your own targets.
Good communications and language skills (English and another foreign language are a must). On top of that you have superior social skills.
You like to travel internationally (10-30% of your time). And want to work abroad after a few years within the company.
A day in the life of a trader
You arrive at the new and modern office, where you charge the battery of your electric car, thanks to the solar panels on the roof of the office.
Grab a cup of coffee and start your preparation for the “Global Commercial Meeting”.
“Global Commercial Meeting”, here you will share your market view (price volatility, product trends, general market info), based on the conversations you have had with customers, suppliers, and colleagues. With the information you share, the team is even more able to take the right decisions in the versatile dairy market.
“Business Unit Meeting”. In this multi-disciplinary meeting, all pending topics will be discussed, dedicated to the product group you are involved with. Colleagues from other departments join like, Finance, QA, Technical Development (TD), and Logistics. Your colleague from the TD team visited a supplier last week and brought back butter samples. With the sample she made some pastry and croissants in the “Dairy Food Studio” in the basement of the office. Now, your meetings are done!
During the “Business Unit Meeting” you were told that one of your customers is urgently looking for one container of butter. Cooperation is key now! You check with QA which suppliers are already approved, and if there is a quick way to possibly approve a new supplier. Together with Logistics you look for urgent options to supply. You ask Finance to check the credit limit on the customer, so that a potential deal does not become a financial risk. In the meanwhile, you are calling (and answering calls) customers and suppliers, to see what is happening on the physical market, and look for business opportunities for the day.
A well-deserved lunch in our fully facilitated and catered restaurant, followed by a relaxing stroll through nature.
Quick stand-up with your colleagues on the urgent supply of butter to your customer.
Moment of peace, where you can do necessary administration, like raising contracts, responding to external and internal emails, approving invoices and prevent overdue invoices by reminding customers.
You have a call with one of your key-customers, which you do on a bi-weekly basis. During this call you discuss the current market, trends, and possible challenges that occurred over the course of the last weeks. Besides this, you try to get a feeling on when they will be starting to cover product for the months or quarters to come.
Final check with the team on the urgent butter supply, before you have a call with that customer.
Good news, you and the team have managed to find the right supply for your customer, and even better, we will be able to deliver it right in time, thanks to the effort of the logistics department. The customer is verry happy with the help, and they announce that they will be back in the market next week, with significant volume for the next 3 months.
Again some time to have a call with suppliers and customers, always on the lookout for new opportunities, you never know what might pop up towards the end of the day!
What a day, time for some exercise. Luckily, you signed up in time for a “Bootcamp Session” in the gym (in the basement), which will be led by Interfood’s professional personal trainer.
Time to go home, and pack your bags, because tomorrow morning you will fly to Ireland to meet a supplier, together with another commercial colleague. Don’t forget your passport!
Because Interfood’s purpose says it all: Together for better. Top quality staff will ensure top quality services. Therefore, Interfood invests in the development of her employees. There is a lot of room for personal growth. Besides that, there is a huge growth potential within the European business hub, but also on international level in one of our other global offices. You are always oriented internationally during a work week, which includes traveling. What I never would have said in my previous job, I can now say proudly: I love going to work!
What do you
expect from your new colleague?
Teamwork, ambition and professional & commercial skills. He or she should really have the drive to win every day. But also, and as important as the previous, good humor, easy going and positive mindset.
Why do you like to work for a global enterprise?
Apart from having to deal with multiple languages and cultures, which I love a lot, you get the opportunity to work abroad after a few years at Interfood. In a company with 14 offices globally, you can learn from your foreign colleagues every day. Learn about the global industry, about local habits, and more importantly, learn how to do business the best way in an ever-changing dairy industry.
It is the perfect mix between a professional atmosphere and a family environment. I feel very represented by the core values of the company, maybe because it’s still family owned and I truly believe people are the main asset. It has offices all over the globe which makes the environment very diverse and multinational. Interfood is one of the big players in the food industry and has plans to grow even bigger in the near future.
What do you
expect from your new colleague?
A people person with commercial instincts. Someone with good energy willing to be a team player and look for new opportunities every day.
Why do you like to work for a global enterprise?
A global mindset is key to succeed in today’s world. Interfood provides the horizontality and dynamics needed to trade worldwide. Personally I started working as a Jr Trader in Montevideo’s office and before I completed my first year I was already moving to the Netherlands. I have been living in the Netherlands for 2 years already developing a Traders role for the Spanish and Portuguese markets.
- Competitive compensation and benefits. Salary depends on your experience and education.
- Free delicious an healthy lunch.
- Participate in fun team activities.
- International career opportunities.
- 40 hour work week, 25 holidays.
- We value your personal development and have a strategic focus on our learning program.
- Free gym inside our office.
- Travel internationally.
Do you like to work for an international company? Do you value professionality and quality? Are you comfortable in a dynamic environment? But on the other hand looking for cooperation in a close and informal team? Then Interfood is the ideal employer for you.
The Interfood Group is a leading global dairy trading company (milk powders, butter, cheese, dairy blends etc.). The Group consists of 14 offices in all continents with more than 350 employees. Our constant strive for optimal quality, up-to-date knowledge and a profound focus on service, enables Interfood to create the difference for its robust network of both clients and suppliers.
Interfood keeps on growing and developing by its proactive market approach.
We stimulate personal development and initiatives from our employees. Interfood, originally a family-based company, proves that global professionalism can still be combined with a unique personal company culture, in which we focus on following values: Teamwork, Commitment, Continuous Improvement, Professionalism & Responsible Leadership. All contributing to our purpose: Together for better.