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Early-career opportunities

We offer world-class graduate and apprenticeship programmes for school and university leavers looking to kick-start their career in commodities and supply chain management. Our programmes give you unrivalled opportunities to learn on the job, gain real-world experience and grow your skills in an exciting global company.

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CAREER OPPORTUNITY

Trafigura’s Graduate Programme

Our two-year scheme offers successful candidates a series of job rotations, providing broad exposure to our teams and global business.

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Our Graduate Programme locations

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Calgary

Calgary is known for its energy industry, rodeos, ice hockey, the Canadian-Pacific railway and its close proximity to several national parks in the neighbouring Rocky Mountains.

 

The third most populated city in Canada, Calgary has been ranked as one of the most liveable cities in the world. Our Calgary office is fast growing and is situated in the city’s bustling business district.

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Houston

Houston is the centre of the US oil industry and a vibrant, multicultural city. It offers world-class arts, sports and award-winning cuisine.

 

Our office is located in the heart of downtown Houston and is Trafigura’s primary headquarters for commercial teams working across North and Latin America.

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Montevideo

Situated along Montevideo Bay, Uruguay’s capital city boasts large parks, tree-lined streets, beaches, vibrant nightlife and a thriving culinary scene.

 

Our purpose-built regional office for Latin America is located in Montevideo’s Zonamerica business park.

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Geneva

Nestled near the Alps on Switzerland's western border with France, Geneva is situated at the southern tip of one of the largest lakes in Europe with easy access to multiple ski resorts.

 

The city is recognised as a global hub for international diplomacy and banking and is admired for its cosmopolitan and multicultural feel. Our Geneva office is one of our largest global offices, with all our commercial teams and key functions represented. 

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Athens

Conveniently located for global travel between East and West, Athens lies at the crossroads of Europe, Asia and Africa and offers a unique blend of rich history, lively neighbourhoods and a Mediterranean lifestyle.

 

Our Athens office manages a large percentage of Trafigura’s shipping operations and shipping-related administration including claims and payments. The office also has growing Operations and Deals Desk departments.

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Johannesburg

Johannesburg is South Africa’s largest city and main economic hub. The city’s cosmopolitan atmosphere is enriched by its diverse population.

 

Our Johannesburg office is situated in Sandton’s Central Business District  which offers excellent shopping, restaurants and bars.

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Mumbai

Mumbai is India’s principal financial and business centre with historic monuments and modern buildings in a vibrant city.

 

Our Mumbai office is Trafigura’s largest with over 700 employees, located in the thriving Bandra Kurla Complex business and residential district.

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Singapore

Situated on the southern tip of the Malay Peninsula with four major communities, Singapore offers a rich tapestry of traditions making it a melting pot of global influences, with a renowned culinary scene. Despite its skyscrapers, nearly half of its land area is lush greenery.

 

Our Singapore office is situated in the bustling Raffles Place financial district and serves as Trafigura’s Asia Pacific headquarters.

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Shanghai

Located on the southern estuary of the Yangtze River, Shanghai is renowned for its Lujiazui skyline, museums, historic buildings, cuisine and vibrant international flair. It is a major global city and international trade hub.

 

Our Shanghai office is situated in the city’s Pudong financial district and serves as a regional hub. 

our people

Meet our people

Get to know some of our graduates connecting vital resources across our global offices

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Hear from two of our graduates based in Athens, Greece

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“I connect data points and communicate that global picture to my broader team.”

Peyton Pawlusiak

Former Graduate and Oil Research Analyst – Houston, US

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“I am able to understand what local and small-scale miners need and help them to grow.”

Juan Delger

Graduate, Metals and Minerals Operations - Montevideo, Uruguay

APPLICATION PROCESS

How to prepare for your application

Here is what you can expect from the selection process.

Minimum requirements

  • A minimum requirement of a 2:1 / 3.4 GPA (or equivalent) in any discipline and fluent English is essential.

Application

We want you to be sure you are applying for the right reasons. Here are some questions you can ask yourself to see if this programme is right for you:

 

  • Have you researched the industry?
  • Do you know what commodities trading is?
  • Have you read about the Trafigura graduate programme?
  • Do you know the difference between physical and paper trading?
  • Are you globally mobile, do you want to live and work in different parts of the world?
  • Do you like high pressure environments?
  • Do you like working in big teams?
  • Are you comfortable with big numbers and complex concepts?
  • Do you like solving problems?
  • Are you a fast learner?
  • Do you take ownership of your own projects?
  • Do you take responsibility for your own mistakes?
  • Do you like looking at things on a massive scale as well as understanding the finer details?
  • Do you have a strong personality but are still able to listen to others with an ability to communicate effectively?
  • If you think the programme is the right opportunity for you and Trafigura the right company, congratulations! Go ahead and apply.

 

When applying, take time to think about what you are writing, you can always come back to the application later, discuss this with friends, family, anyone who can advise you.

Questions to answer

  • What interests you about the commodity trading industry?
  • What motivates you about working for a global company?
  • What qualities do you think makes a successful trader at Trafigura?
  • Please give an example of a recent global news story that you have found particularly interesting and why?
  • Please tell us about yourself.

Telephone interview

  • At Trafigura we like big personalities, people who are hungry, driven and motivated to succeed, but most of all we like people who are friendly and take care of each other and the people they work with.
  • We want to hear from you directly. This is your opportunity to tell us what makes you someone that will succeed at Trafigura. We want to know what interests you, what you are passionate about. It doesn’t need to be about commodities or trading, it can be anything (cooking, travelling, reading, sports, politics, anything!) we are trying to find out what makes you the person you are.
  • Most of all: be yourself, be honest!

Assessment centre

If you are lucky enough to be invited to the interviews - congratulations! There will be two rounds of interviews you will meet with a small group of Trafigura managers and traders. This is your opportunity to ask questions. Be prepared, think of questions that you are genuinely interested in; the question should also show what you know about the company/industry. Again, be yourself.

This is the final part of the selection process so if successful, we will welcome you to join the programme and start your career in this exciting and dynamic industry!

CAREER OPPORTUNITY

Trafigura’s Apprenticeship Programme

For school leavers, our apprenticeship programme provides an exciting pathway to a career in commodities and a role in the energy transition.

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Our Apprenticeship Programme locations

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Geneva

Nestled near the Alps on Switzerland's western border with France, Geneva is situated at the southern tip of one of the largest lakes in Europe with easy access to multiple ski resorts.

 

The city is recognised as a global hub for international diplomacy and banking and is admired for its cosmopolitan and multicultural feel. Our Geneva office is one of our largest global offices, with all our commercial teams and key functions represented. 

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Apply now for our Geneva Apprenticeship Programme

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Singapore

Situated on the southern tip of the Malay Peninsula with four major communities, Singapore offers a rich tapestry of traditions making it a melting pot of global influences, with a renowned culinary scene. Despite its skyscrapers, nearly half of its land area is lush greenery.

 

Our Singapore office is situated in the bustling Raffles Place financial district and serves as Trafigura’s Asia Pacific headquarters.

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Apply now for our Singapore Apprenticeship Programme

our people

Meet our people

Get to know some of our apprentices connecting vital resources across our global offices

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"The Apprenticeship and Graduate programmes allow us to have a connected picture of how our whole company works and helps us better understand the role we play in it."

Iola Joey

Former Apprentice now Graduate, Singapore

APPLICATION PROCESS

How to prepare for your application

Here is what you can expect from the selection process.

Minimum requirements

  • UK-A-level BBB or above / International Baccalaureate 34 or above
  • US-High School GPA 3.5 or above
  • France-French Baccalaureate 14 or above
  • Singapore - Diploma / A-level qualification
  • Fluency in English is a requirement. Fluency in an additional language is a huge advantage.

Application

We want you to be sure you are applying for the right reasons. Here are some questions you can ask yourself to see if this programme is right for you:

  • Have you researched the industry?
  • Do you know what commodities trading is?
  • Have you read about the Trafigura graduate programme?
  • Do you know the difference between physical and paper trading?
  • Are you globally mobile, do you want to live and work in different parts of the world?
  • Do you like high pressure environments?
  • Do you like working in big teams?
  • Are you comfortable with big numbers and complex concepts?
  • Do you like solving problems?
  • Are you a fast learner?
  • Do you take ownership of your own projects?
  • Do you take responsibility for your own mistakes?
  • Do you like looking at things on a massive scale as well as understanding the finer details?
  • Do you have a strong personality but are still able to listen to others with an ability to communicate effectively?
  • If you think the programme is the right opportunity for you and Trafigura the right company, congratulations! Go ahead and apply.

When applying, take time to think about what you are writing, you can always come back to the application later, discuss this with friends, family, anyone who can advise you.

Questions to answer

  • What interests you about the commodity trading industry?
  • What motivates you about working for a global company?
  • What qualities do you think makes a successful trader at Trafigura?
  • Please give an example of a recent global news story that you have found particularly interesting and why?
  • Please tell us about yourself.

Telephone interview

  • At Trafigura we like big personalities, people who are hungry, driven and motivated to succeed, but most of all we like people who are friendly and take care of each other and the people they work with.
  • We want to hear from you directly. This is your opportunity to tell us what makes you someone that will succeed at Trafigura. We want to know what interests you, what you are passionate about. It doesn’t need to be about commodities or trading, it can be anything (cooking, travelling, reading, sports, politics, anything!) we are trying to find out what makes you the person you are.
  • Most of all: be yourself, be honest!

Assessment centre

If you are lucky enough to be invited to the interviews - congratulations! There will be 2 rounds of interviews you will meet with a small group of Trafigura managers and traders. This is your opportunity to ask questions. Be prepared, think of questions that you are genuinely interested in; the question should also show what you know about the company/industry. Again, be yourself.

This is the final part of the selection process so if successful, we will welcome you to join the programme and start your career in this exciting and dynamic industry!

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1 Mar 2018 - Publication

Commodities Demystified: A guide to trading and the global supply chain - second edition

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