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Meals Trader - Louis Dreyfus Commodities

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Job Title – Meals trader

Location – Nairobi, Kenya

Company – Louis Dreyfus Commodities

Function – Trading

Contract type – Permanent

Experience – 5-7 years

Closing date for application – September 28, 2015

Job description

The position is responsible for the Meals Volumes Target for East Africa.
This position is also responsible for achieving a margin on Meals products on the basis of market information obtained by regular and constant maintenance of business relationships in the industry.

Main Responsibilities

  • Trading in, Purchasing and Selling Meals Commodities
    Identify trends and market developments, ensure the exchange of information and the production of market and other reports
  • Convert market vision into opportunities resulting in trading transactions and trading positions
    Negotiate and enter into agreements with customers and suppliers about quality, price, quantities, delivery dates and payment terms
  • Market Strategy and Relationship Management
  • Conduct market studies for business development and help to build the Platform’s annual commercial plan (S&D)
  • Develop new trading and sales opportunities by actively building and maintaining intensive contact with new and existing clients on both the sales and sourcing sides
  • Exchange market and other relevant information with customers and suppliers
  • Conclude agreements for long-term sustainable relationships (e.g. supply agreements)
  • Keep up-to-date with developments in the market, ensuring exchange of information and producing related reports to the Platform
  • Actively participate in internal market discussions
  • Convert vision into positions and exploiting opportunities
  • Arrange for the gathering of information on export, competition, import, Local regulations, local supply and demand, climatic conditions, etc.
  • Administration and Recording
  • Monitor debtor risk and the logistical processing of contracts
  • Manage the Meals Position and PnL for Kenya and Tanzania


  • Minimum 5 years Sales/ trading experience within Kenya.
    Experience in the Feed Meal Industry in the region will be an added advantage.
  • Skills
  • Demonstrated strong negotiating skills and commercial understanding combined with the right commercial attitude and results orientation
  • Strong analytical skills and the ability to select relevant information from a flow of information (distinction between main and side issues)
  • Ability to travel (domestically and internationally)
  • Demonstrated ability to Develop and manage a large client base.
  • Understanding of the developments in the Feeds Industry in the Region
  • Proficiency with MS Word / Excel / PowerPoint
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Languages - English (Fluent)


Bachelor’s degree in Commerce, Marketing, Agricultural Economics or other business related field.