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Senior Merchant #40VB
January 16, 2013
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Our client, an industry leader in the field of animal nutrition is seeking our help to attract a Senior Merchant to join their team. Your future employer provides customized animal productivity solutions to commercial producers across the Americas, Europe, and Asia. Rather than focusing on standardized nutrition products, they create customized ingredient blends and management programs to fit each situation. Their research-proven management and nutrition technologies suit the specific needs of a diverse network of customers. The Senior Merchant (Commodities Trader) position reports directly to the Trading Team Manager. This important role is responsible for ingredient procurement, risk management and ensuring seamless logistics and supply chain management. The Senior Merchant (Commodities Trader) will be part of a team of 4 others, and will be responsible for providing direction to junior merchants. Principal Accountabilities: 35% - Coordinate and execute ingredient procurement for animal feed 35% - Assist with the development of strategic trading/merchandising/risk management objectives 30% - People management and team leadership Qualifications – we want it all, but if you have some of this…we would be pleased to speak with you! • Post secondary education in agriculture, management or related field of study will be considered an asset, but is not essential to success in the role • 8-10 years experience in a related role is the key criterion for this recruitment • Demonstrated relationship building and contract negotiation abilities • Strong background in purchasing, supply chain management and logistics with particular experience in rail and truck transportation systems is a definite asset • Practical understanding/experience in ingredient procurement and risk management • Experience in development and leadership of a high functioning team • Demonstrated ability to plan and think strategically – is chess one of your favourite games? How about Rubik’s cube? • Strong written and verbal communication • Proven agility with numbers and risk management concepts • The right combination of Computer Geek and Social Butterfly – like we said, we want it all! Salary and hours of work This is a leadership role with a salary in the range of $70K - $80K with eligibility for bonuses. A typical work week is Monday – Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5 p.m., however there may be times when your expertise is required outside of these hours. Further Information is available by contacting Lettie Croskery, Professional Division Manager at 403-382-3655. Alternately, head straight to our website to complete your profile and get connected with this fabulous career opportunity.