Our two year graduate development programme is designed to provide you with a structured series of rotations across our core trading business in areas such as trade finance, operations, deals desk and analysis, with the potential to rotate into our mid and downstream supply and warehousing and logistics business’, ensuring that you have a comprehensive understanding of all areas of the business, opening up a future of unlimited opportunities within the Trafigura group.
You will be given the opportunity to start the 2 year programme in Geneva, Switzerland, where you will spend your first 2 rotations (16 months). For your final rotation, you will be permanently relocated to the Shanghai office.
The programme encourages an entrepreneurial attitude where participants are highly visible and are expected to create opportunities for themselves through exponential performance and networking.
You will be asked on application to indicate a (non committal) interest for a particular area: deals desk, operations, trade finance, mid - downstream supply, warehousing and logistics and analysis but will complete rotations across 3 areas before entering a chosen area, ensuring that on completion of the programme you enter your role with the full understanding of how each function operates and enhances the other in order to maximise profit potential for the group.
*We will ask you why at interview.
It is worth noting that this is not a trading programme: Those looking to enter a commercial (‘front line trading’) role should expect to spend several years within a department after completing the programme ‘mastering’ the product specific techniques and skills that will ensure their long term career, be it management or commercial, is enhanced to guarantee their full career potential.
A minimum requirement of a 2:1 / 3.4 GPA (or equivalent) in any discipline and fluent English is essential.
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Essentially, Operations is the movement of goods from point A to point B and all the corresponding logistics and invoicing relevant to the movement. At Trafigura, the scope of Operations expands to executing all aspects of the trade to the best commercial advantage while ensuring full compliance with regulations and legislation.
Discover the offices
Meet some of the team
Meet one of our graduates in Geneva
Meet one of our graduates in Geneva18 January 2018
Meet one of our graduate trainees in Montevideo
Meet one of our graduate trainees in Montevideo28 June 2017
Meet one of our former graduates, refined metals operations manager
Meet one of our former graduates, refined metals operations manager11 October 2016
A day in the life of a graduate
Rotation 1 - graduate
Country: Shanghai - China
Education: Shandong University – BSc Finance
History: Started in Shanghai on the graduate programme
Interests: Tennis, Travelling
Walking through the trading floor in the morning one can feel the buzz as everyone is preparing for the trading day ahead. First thing on my agenda is to check if there are any new trades with prompt loading/deliveries that require urgent attention.
Liaise closely with traders and our operations team to get a clear understanding of our future and current trades. This includes aspects such as sale intentions and any shipment details that could affect how we finance the deal and what security we use.
Once I have a clear understanding of upcoming trades I will contact our financing bank to place deals. Clearly communicate trade details and negotiating rates.
Lunch with one of our financing banks. Discuss current trades and hear what the banks can offer us. As we work very closely with our banks on a daily basis, it is important to build and maintain good relationships.
Prepare and send security documents such as Standby/Documentary Letter of Credits and Parent Company Guarantees to our counterparties. This may sometimes require negotiation with the counterparty regarding the wording of the security documents to make sure that Trafigura has financial security (i.e we will get paid) and that trade will take place smoothly.
Prepare and send invoices to issuing bank.
Focus on cargo financing and external reporting for the two storage terminals I am responsible for. This includes marking product in tanks to current product prices and communicating the discharge and loading operations to our financing banks.
Once the tempo has slowed down I have time to focus on housekeeping which includes updating internal system, review and comment on new trade contracts and prepare for the next trading day.
Meet financing bank and/or Trafigura colleagues.