Global trader / commercial graduate scheme - Oil Division

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We are searching for exceptional graduates with a genuine interest in commodities trading. We look for disciplined people who can demonstrate entrepreneurial spirit, who thrive on logistical challenges and can provide practical solutions to complex problems.

We are offering graduate vacancies in London, New York and Singapore as part of our Global Trader/ Commercial Graduate Scheme. 

Based within our dynamic trading environment our training programme is structured to bring out the very best in you and give you the opportunity to move into front line trader or other key commercial roles. 

From the very outset you’ll undertake roles integral to the business in Operations, Risk and Analysis. This approach equips our trainees with the highest levels of professionalism, personal ownership and commercial aptitude - the key ingredients for a successful career with Glencore. 

There may be opportunities for international rotation to other offices as part of our scheme to further enhance the development of skills and experience.

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Working at Glencore: commercial opportunities

Our presence at each stage of the commodity chain provides us with excellent market insight and access to opportunities. We are able to capture value at each stage of the commodity chain, including extraction, processing, freight, logistics, technology, storage, marketing, risk management and financing. These critical areas of our business provide a wealth of commercial opportunities and career streams for our employees within the oil business. 

Our trainees work in the following areas

Trading operations

Our operators work alongside our front line traders from the inception of each trade and are responsible for the complete management of logistical and financial elements of each contract. This involves checking contracts, ensuring relevant financial documentation is in place, issuing instructions to our suppliers, voyage/discharge instructions and scheduling liftings and deliveries.

Risk management

Our risk managers work closely with our front line traders and operators. Risk management involves maintaining physical and derivative activities in our reporting systems, assessing the accuracy and validity of mark-to-market, reporting positions and profit and loss, providing analysis where necessary and monitoring pricing exposure, ensuring that hedging is executed in line with our trading teams’ requirements.

Oil analysis

Our trading analysts work directly with our traders to utilise relevant global fundamental market supply and demand factors to evaluate and report a commodities near term, medium term and future value across the barrel. 
Confidence, self-discipline, keeping ahead of detailed market changes, and strategic global thinking are important attributes to a good analyst. In this role, it is necessary to consistently meet with traders, ship trackers and IT to develop analytical tools and deliver more value to the business. A good analyst is detailed in work and quick to the point in communication.

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Numerical aptitude is important, as is the ability to succeed and thrive in a highly pressured and fast paced environment. We look for people with language skills and cultural awareness too, because diversity is integral to our business. 

Glencore requires individuals who have strong commercial acumen along with a committed ambition for a challenging and exciting career in the oil and gas markets. Successful graduates will be proactive in order to flourish in a highly successful environment that values adaptability. You have to work well in teams but also have to have the ability to think and act independently.

You are required to submit a CV and covering letter. Your application must demonstrate, through the use of evidence and examples, the following as a minimum: 

  • a strong academic background and a fluency in English 
  • a passion and determination to succeed in a commercial/competitive environment 
  • ability to explore opportunities and utilise strategic thinking to generate additional value 
  • proficiency in solving and communicating complex problems 
  • ability to build relationships, work in and influence a team 
  • entrepreneurial flair, commercial innovation and initiative 
  • details on what you expect from Glencore to develop your career and meet your aims. 


Exceptional commercial aptitude or achievement in a competitive environment will be viewed positively.

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    Applications open 01 August 2019