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The DNA we look for

At ED&F Man, high calibre candidates can progress rapidly and forge engaging and rewarding careers.

To thrive at ED&F Man, you’ve got to be agile and be able to take a global perspective. You’ll be keen to develop trust and long-term relationships with your customers, colleagues and suppliers, and work with others to meet our corporate responsibility and commercial goals.

We want entrepreneurially minded people with the ambition and determination to succeed – and a sense of humour helps. We’re employee-owned so you’ll have a direct influence on our success. If you have ideas to grow our business, we’ll give you the support and opportunity to make it happen.

What’s your field?

In a company of our size and scope, the career opportunities are boundless. We have exciting roles to suit people across many geographies and disciplines. Commercial roles don’t just include trading, but also logistics, operations and financial brokerage. Related roles include food technicians, quality controllers, sustainability specialists and research analysts. And of course we need a myriad of functional experts, from accountants, lawyers and risk managers to marketers, human resources, information technologists…..and even coffee tasters!

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Graduate programme

If you’re starting your life in the commercial world, our graduate programme will give you the strongest foundation for your future trading or broking career. Over 18 months we will help you develop an in-depth understanding of our business and end-to-end commercial processes, so you can become the most successful you can be.

We won't sugar coat it - it's challenging work with a lot to learn, but is very rewarding. By the end of your programme you’ll be trading commodities – coffee, sugar, molasses, grains or pulses – or working on a brokerage desk in our financial services team.

Watch this space! We will be advertising our 2018 roles in due course.


Where you could work

You will be based in one of our worldwide locations and will take on a hands-on role. For our 2017 programme we recruited for the following locations: Chicago, Kabupaten (Indonesia), Kampala, London, Mexico City, Mumbai, New Orleans, New York, Shanghai and Singapore.

You will also have an overseas assignment in one of the many places we do business – you could work with farmers in our origin markets or trade in a major financial hub.

Your training In your first year you will visit our origin countries and undergo assignments to:

  • analyse trends and predict markets
  • master supply chain documents and import/export regulations
  • understand regulatory frameworks and compliance processes
  • learn to assess and manage risks
  • understand our products and services

We will be looking for the following attributes:

  • Commercially minded: your CV will show that you understand business – if you’ve worked on a commercial project, tell us about it.
  • Experienced at building relationships: show us how you have done this.
  • Flexible to new opportunities: At ED&F Man we are open-minded and support new initiatives.
  • Multilingual: show us your language skills and why you want to work with us
  • Educated to master’s or degree level, or equivalent: you’ll have a rounded education that shows a flair for numbers, finance and economics, and a passion for a broader subject – perhaps you’ve studied agribusiness, supply chains or engineering?