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Shipping Assistant (Entry Level) (0172)

The Role


This is an entry level role working in the shipping team of the special crops business unit. The successful candidate will be responsible for assisting with all exports and imports pertaining to our Special Crops business.  


Duties will include: 

  • Negotiating freight rates
  • Working closely with suppliers and shipping lines to arrange haulage and vessel scheduling.
  • Completing customs entries on-line
  • Processing all documentation relating to shipments, including bank letters, invoices and shipping certificates.
  • Maintaining Excel schedules


Skills & Qualifications


  • Applicant should be comfortable in speaking on the telephone and be confident speaking to people both in the UK and abroad.
  • Able to work to strict time deadlines whilst maintaining complete accuracy of information.
  • Diligent, balanced temperament and hard working.
  • Computer literate, Excel skills are essential.

Who We Are

Established in 1783, ED&F Man is an employee-owned agricultural commodities merchant with 7,000 people in 60 countries and annual revenue in excess of $10bn.  We trade sugar, coffee, molasses, animal feed, grains and pulses. We help our counterparties manage price risk through hedging and provide access to commodity and capital markets through our brokerage business.

ED&F Man’s pulses business, trading as Maviga, is a leading player in the international origination, processing and trading of dry edible pulses, seeds and other specialty crops. We work closely with farmers at point of production and use manual, mechanical and electronic sorting methods to precision clean and size material before it is packed and shipped to buyers. We put great emphasis on product quality, performance integrity and service commitment.

We own or operate processing facilities in over 35 origins and ship to over 60 destination markets around the world. With a strong presence in the major ‘special crops’ production areas of North America, Europe and Africa, we are able to provide buyers with reliable and timely information, enabling them to make sound purchase decisions.

Essential Behaviours

Here at ED&F Man we are guided by our five company values: Respect, Integrity, Meritocracy, Client Focus and Entrepreneurship.

Our values are underpinned by a set of essential behaviours, which form part of our performance management approach.  Delivering on our objectives is very much about ‘what’ we do, but these essential behaviours also provide a guide and measure for ‘how’ we do things.

As part of the annual performance review, all employees are measured either against a set of five Leadership Essentials if you are a people manager or four Performance Essentials if you are an individual contributor.


1. Drives Innovation
2. Leads People
3. Delivers Results
4. Collaborates
5. Manages Resources


1. Drives Innovation
2. Leads People
3. Delivers Results
4. Collaborates

Equal Opportunities Statement

ED&F Man is committed to promoting equal opportunities in employment.  All qualified applicants will receive equal treatment without regard to race, colour, sex, gender, age, religion or belief, ethnic or national origin, marital or civil partner status, physical or mental disability, military or veteran status, sexual orientation, gender reassignment (identity, gender expression), genetic information or any characteristic protected by local law.  

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