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Merchandiser/Originator

Job Summary:
The Merchandiser is responsible for commodity origination, marketing and execution within an assigned product line and/or for an assigned group of customers. The key objective of this position is to procure commodities, gain market information in the market place, develop arbitrage and risk management skills, and to reach and exceed profitability goals. This is achieved through customer contact, providing excellent customer service, and growing the customer base with focus on increasing profits and margins.
Essential Job Functions:
Assist in the growth of producer and commercial customers as well as building relationships and maintaining current customers
Directly participate in day-to-day analysis of originating & trading of the commodity market
Develop and implement a plan for merchandising to local customers & surrounding areas
Execute hedging orders and position management
Purchase and sell assigned commodities from/to targeted customers by providing them with excellent marketing analysis and recommendations about their business transactions
Oversee logistics functions of all shipments of the business unit including the management of freight
Demonstrate regular attendance and timeliness in reporting to work, meetings and completing assignments
Other Job Functions:
Develop and maintain customer oriented marketing plans fostered by extensive customer contacts
Participate in the development of merchandising tactics in the business unit
Effectively research and resolve accounting & logistical issues as they arise
Assist with the development of marketing goals for the assigned location
Gathers regional market information and communicates internally across the network
Conduct and promote strong moral and ethical operation and principles consistent with company policy
Reports to Location Manager or Sr Merchandiser
Qualifications/Education/Experience/Skills:
Bachelors of Science and/or Master in Business Administration in Marketing, Economics, and/or Agriculture or related field
1-3 years Agribusiness related experience preferred
Demonstrated an independent entrepreneurial success
Strong mathematical and analytical skills
Ability to perform in a high-stress and fast paced environment
Demonstrated understanding of commodity markets, hedging and commodity flows
Customer service skills and positive, persuasive, and credible attitude
Self-motivated with excellent communication skills
Must have understanding and ability to maintain confidential information
Ability to work and interact well with a variety of people
Ability to work in a fast-paced environment
Special Demands:
Office environment majority of the work day
Some travel may required



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