This sector is the category for commodities jobs and careers.
The commodities sector on eFinancialCareers offers jobs from both investment banks and commodities trading houses.
The over-arching term 'commodities' comprises a wide range of different tradable products. Broadly, these include coal and freight; metals and steel; agricultural or 'soft' commodities; gas and power; renewable energy and emissions; and crude oil and petroleum products.
Commodities houses often also produce, store or distribute the products themselves, which means they also employ a whole range of people in non-financial roles. However, here we only look at the financial jobs related to their trading activities, such as commodities broker jobs.
The focus of the commodities trading houses is to deal in the raw materials. Investment banks, meanwhile, largely create and trade commodity derivative products. Derivative products, such as over-the-counter (OTC) derivatives or commodity futures, are an important way for farming cooperatives and other producers to protect against a poor year or negative price fluctuations and for investment banking clients to hedge against their exposures.
Despite these disparities, jobs in commodities generally fall into the following categories:
Trading: Commodities traders will have a particular area of expertise, usually falling into one of the product types above. Their role is to manage a trading portfolio on behalf of either their company or client, through the buying and selling of either raw commodities or commodity derivatives. They will also perform regular market analysis and research to inform their trading decisions and be expected to take both a long-term and short-term view of the market. Traders working with the physical products also have to consider issues such as shipping, storage and stock levels as well as how pricing exposure is managed using derivative products.
Sales: It's largely investment banks who recruit sales staff. A sales job in commodities is largely about developing relationships with clients. These can be commodities producers, who want to use derivative products to manage their price exposure, or simply consumers. Commodities sales staff need good analytical skills to keep up with the latest movements in the commodities markets and their implications in order to explain the rationale for trading decisions and strategies to clients. Commodities salespeople will develop pitches, write reports and compile presentations for clients.
Structuring: This role involves a high degree of statistical analysis and is a highly quantitative job. For a junior role, most banks will only recruit people with a Masters degree in a highly mathematical subject, usually physics or quantitative analytics. As the name suggests a structuring job involves creating commodities structured products to offer clients, as well as performing statistical analysis to track their performance. Examples of these products include commodity-linked notes or baskets of commodities. Depending on the organisation, structuring roles can also comprise creating bespoke solutions to a client's (usually a corporate) commodities hedging needs.
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|Finance Manager - Energy Commodities Trading Firm||Michael Page International - US Competitive salary, benefits and an oppo...||USA-NY-New York City||22 May 13|
The new Oil & Gas Finance Manager will head the New York finance function and establish an optimal structure. ...
|Senior Operations Manager - Energy Commodities Trading Firm||Michael Page International - US Competitive salary, benefits and an oppo...||USA-NY-New York City||22 May 13|
The Senior Oil & Gas Operations Manager is responsible primarily for all the logistic requirements starting fr...
|Senior Front Office Commodites Quant needed for Top Tier Investment Bank-NYC||Selby Jennings $150000 - $250000 per annum||USA-NY-New York City||22 May 13|
|Sr Quality Analyst- Front office Trading Systems experience||Synechron Inc. Competitive||USA-NC-Charlotte||21 May 13|
Synechron is looking for QA Analyst –Trading Application System experience. This role is based at Charlotte,NC...
|Front Office .NET Developer||Michael Page International - US Competitive||USA-NY-New York City||20 May 13|
Premier financial institution is seeking an experienced .NET Developer. Developer will work with IT Team in N...
|Head of oil and gas coverage||Not Disclosed competitive||USA-NY-New York City||20 May 13|
Our client is an international bank and as part of their growth plans would like to hire a head of oil and gas...
|Hedge Fund seeks Dir level Quant Analyst - FO Desk||Not Disclosed $160000 - $200000 per annum||USA-IL-Chicago||20 May 13|
Prior commodities experience is a must. PhD preferred. Chicago based candidates will be given priority.
|Director - Energy Project Finance Originations - North America||Michael Page International - US Competitive||USA-NY-New York City||15 May 13|
Global investment bank looking to bring on senior originations lead in energy-related project finance deals.
|M&A Associate||Stone Management $100K to $130K||USA-NY-New York City||13 May 13|
International Bank seeks a seasoned associate to work on M&A transactions
|Energy Private Equity Analyst / Sr. Associate||Michael Page International - US Competitive Base plus Bonus||USA-CT-Stamford||13 May 13|
Our client is a Top tier Private Equity Firm seeking an Energy Analyst (2-3 yrs) and/or a Sr. Associate (3-5 y...
|Sales - Senior Director - Energy||CME Group Not Specified||USA-TX-Houston||10 May 13|
Description As part of the CME Group Client Development and Sales (CD&S) Team, the Senior Director – Commerc...
|Sales - Senior Director - Commercials/Corporates||CME Group Not Specified||USA-NY-New York City||10 May 13|
Description As part of the CME Group Client Development and Sales (CD&S) Team, the Senior Director – Commer...
|Market Risk Management Associate - NY||CME Group Not Specified||USA-NY-New York City||10 May 13|
Description The Market Risk Management Associate is responsible for daily assessments of the various risk exp...
|Senior Director Energy Trading Systems||CME Group Not Specified||USA-NY-New York City||10 May 13|
Senior Director, Product Management - Energy Trading Systems Role - The Senior Director, CME Direct Product...
|Compliance Department Operations Manager||Parkway Consulting Depends on experience||USA-IL-Chicago||09 May 13|
Well established Chicago bank-owned international futures, equities, and options clearing Brokerage firm is l...
|Compliance Surveillance Officer||Parkway Consulting Depends on experience||USA-IL-Chicago||09 May 13|
The surveillance office is responsible for investigating and following up on any incidents derived from the SM...
|Bilingual AP||HAYS Competitive||Canada-BC-Vancouver||06 May 13|
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|Accounts Receivable Bilingual||HAYS Competitive||Canada-BC-Vancouver||06 May 13|
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|Reconciliations and Controls Analyst||Macquarie Competitive||USA-TX-Houston||05 May 13|
Macquarie's Corporate Operations Group is seeking a Reconciliations and Controls Analyst to join our Houston t...
|Analyst - Fiscal Service||Wood Mackenzie - US competitive||USA-TX-Houston||02 May 13|
Wood Mackenzie's Fiscal Service is a web-based research offering that allows our clients to understand and com...
|Commodity and Agricultural Market Specialist Job||Bloomberg Negotiable||USA-NJ-Jersey City||26 Apr 13|
Commodity and Agricultural Market Specialist
|CFO-Commodities||Michael Page International - US Depends on Experience||USA-NY-New York City||26 Apr 13|
Tri-state commodities investment management firm is seeking a financial executive to serve as the Chief Financ...
|Paralegal (302347-747)||Castleton Commodities International (CCI) Competitive||USA-TX-Houston||23 Apr 13|
|Counsel||Castleton Commodities International (CCI) Competitive||USA-TX-Houston||22 Apr 13|
Castleton Commodities International (CCI) is hiring an attorney in the Houston, TX office to focus on all lega...
|COMMODITY / COMMODITY DERIVATIVE SALES and MARKETING||Not Disclosed base plus bonus||USA-NY-New York City||16 Apr 13|
Top rated Bank seeks an experienced Commodity / Commodity Derivative Marketer .
|Corporate Development Analyst - Energy Sector||Not Disclosed Competitive||USA-NY-New York City||24 Mar 13|
NY-area based prestigious Energy firm is looking for an investment banking or private equity analyst with 1.5-...
|Commodities Finance Associate||Not Disclosed Competitive||USA-NY-New York City||14 Mar 13|
A large international bank is looking for banking professionals with 3+ years experience to join its Commoditi...