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 DeskOperationsTrade FinanceMid - Downstream SupplyWarehousing 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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A day in the life of a Graduate (Rotation 2)

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Country: Beijing- China
Education: Middlebury College, Vermont – BA Economics
History: Started graduate programme in Singapore
Interests: Middlebury College, Vermont – BA Economics



A day in the life of a Graduate (Rotation 2)

06:30

Get up nice and early to ride my scooter to the gym for a quick workout. Love China, I can’t imagine life without my scooter now.



A day in the life of a Graduate (Rotation 2)

08:30

Arrive at the office and begin reading through my emails; I update the status of shipments that I’m responsible for. It’s important to monitor them and prepare for the next steps. The head of coal imports sits right next to me, and often checks with me to see how the deal is progressing.



A day in the life of a Graduate (Rotation 2)

09:00

After updating the spreadsheet and figuring out what needs to be done for the day, I get on the phone with each of the counterparties (CPs) and follow up on the relevant items.



A day in the life of a Graduate (Rotation 2)

10:15

We just signed a deal with a new CP, so now it’s time to draft a contract and begin negotiation over terms. Every term in the contract needs to be discussed/argued over with the CP because it will eventually affect how the cargo is executed. These discussions have also been key to helping my Chinese improve rapidly.



A day in the life of a Graduate (Rotation 2)

11:00

We’re putting together another deal and my trader wants me to draft up an offer, so I take down the key points and liaise with different internal departments to draft an offer with terms that will protect our interests.



A day in the life of a Graduate (Rotation 2)

12:00

Since coming to Beijing, I’ve been going with my traders to business lunches at least once a week. It’s very important to meet with CPs regularly to maintain a good working/friendly relationship, and also to exchange insights on the market, and discuss new opportunities. I’m the designated scribe, and by watching and taking notes, I’ve learned not only how traders speak with CPs, what the key market indicators are, but also about Traf and what we can do for CPs.



A day in the life of a Graduate (Rotation 2)

14:00

Back to the office. Our head of domestic trading has asked me to come up with a format for a daily report. It’s a pretty big project, and I’m still in the data-gathering phase, next will be filtering and graphing . Rest of the afternoon – I continue to follow up on outstanding items for our shipments, and work on the daily report.



A day in the life of a Graduate (Rotation 2)

19:00

Heading off to pub quiz! Everything has been sorted out for the day, our CPs are off work, so I can head out too. Of course, my BB is always on, and I’ll sort out anything that comes up after work.



  • A day in the life of a Graduate (Rotation 2)

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    Country: Beijing- China
    Education: Middlebury College, Vermont – BA Economics
    History: Started graduate programme in Singapore
    Interests: Middlebury College, Vermont – BA Economics



  • A day in the life of a Graduate (Rotation 2)

    06:30

    Get up nice and early to ride my scooter to the gym for a quick workout. Love China, I can’t imagine life without my scooter now.



  • A day in the life of a Graduate (Rotation 2)

    08:30

    Arrive at the office and begin reading through my emails; I update the status of shipments that I’m responsible for. It’s important to monitor them and prepare for the next steps. The head of coal imports sits right next to me, and often checks with me to see how the deal is progressing.



  • A day in the life of a Graduate (Rotation 2)

    09:00

    After updating the spreadsheet and figuring out what needs to be done for the day, I get on the phone with each of the counterparties (CPs) and follow up on the relevant items.



  • A day in the life of a Graduate (Rotation 2)

    10:15

    We just signed a deal with a new CP, so now it’s time to draft a contract and begin negotiation over terms. Every term in the contract needs to be discussed/argued over with the CP because it will eventually affect how the cargo is executed. These discussions have also been key to helping my Chinese improve rapidly.



  • A day in the life of a Graduate (Rotation 2)

    11:00

    We’re putting together another deal and my trader wants me to draft up an offer, so I take down the key points and liaise with different internal departments to draft an offer with terms that will protect our interests.



  • A day in the life of a Graduate (Rotation 2)

    12:00

    Since coming to Beijing, I’ve been going with my traders to business lunches at least once a week. It’s very important to meet with CPs regularly to maintain a good working/friendly relationship, and also to exchange insights on the market, and discuss new opportunities. I’m the designated scribe, and by watching and taking notes, I’ve learned not only how traders speak with CPs, what the key market indicators are, but also about Traf and what we can do for CPs.



  • A day in the life of a Graduate (Rotation 2)

    14:00

    Back to the office. Our head of domestic trading has asked me to come up with a format for a daily report. It’s a pretty big project, and I’m still in the data-gathering phase, next will be filtering and graphing . Rest of the afternoon – I continue to follow up on outstanding items for our shipments, and work on the daily report.



  • A day in the life of a Graduate (Rotation 2)

    19:00

    Heading off to pub quiz! Everything has been sorted out for the day, our CPs are off work, so I can head out too. Of course, my BB is always on, and I’ll sort out anything that comes up after work.



A day in the life of a Graduate (Rotation 1)

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Country: China - Shanghai
Education: Shandong University – BSc Finance
History: Started in Shanghai on the graduate programme
Interests: Tennis, Travelling



A day in the life of a Graduate (Rotation 1)

08:00

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.



A day in the life of a Graduate (Rotation 1)

10:00

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.



A day in the life of a Graduate (Rotation 1)

11:00

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.



A day in the life of a Graduate (Rotation 1)

12:00

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.



A day in the life of a Graduate (Rotation 1)

13:30

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.



A day in the life of a Graduate (Rotation 1)

14:30

Prepare and send invoices to issuing bank.



A day in the life of a Graduate (Rotation 1)

15:00

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.



A day in the life of a Graduate (Rotation 1)

17:00

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.



A day in the life of a Graduate (Rotation 1)

19:00

Meet financing bank and/or Trafigura colleagues.



  • A day in the life of a Graduate (Rotation 1)

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    Country: China - Shanghai
    Education: Shandong University – BSc Finance
    History: Started in Shanghai on the graduate programme
    Interests: Tennis, Travelling



  • A day in the life of a Graduate (Rotation 1)

    08:00

    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.



  • A day in the life of a Graduate (Rotation 1)

    10:00

    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.



  • A day in the life of a Graduate (Rotation 1)

    11:00

    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.



  • A day in the life of a Graduate (Rotation 1)

    12:00

    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.



  • A day in the life of a Graduate (Rotation 1)

    13:30

    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.



  • A day in the life of a Graduate (Rotation 1)

    14:30

    Prepare and send invoices to issuing bank.



  • A day in the life of a Graduate (Rotation 1)

    15:00

    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.



  • A day in the life of a Graduate (Rotation 1)

    17:00

    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.



  • A day in the life of a Graduate (Rotation 1)

    19:00

    Meet financing bank and/or Trafigura colleagues.