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Agricultural Commodity Merchant

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Job Title: Agricultural Commodity Merchant
Location: Portland, OR, West United States, USA
Company: Columbia Grain International, LLC
Industry Sector: Agribusiness
Industry Type: Commodities and Trading
Career Type: Merchandiser/Trader/Broker
Job Type: Full Time
Minimum Years Experience Required: 2
Salary: $80,000 - $100,000
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Job Title:                    Agricultural Commodity Merchant

Department:              Merchandising, Portland, OR

Reports To:                Senior Vice-President

FLSA Status:              Exempt




Responsible for buying and selling various commodities, utilizing shuttle freight, DET s, COT s, single rail cars and trucks.  Responsible for planning, procurement, storage and processing programs for the company s interior handling/processing operations and coordinating shipments to suit.  The ideal candidate will be able to receive and digest input from multiple sources, then form and execute a plan in a fast-paced, dynamic global market environment.



A leader in Pacific Northwest grain and pulse markets, focused on customer satisfaction. Columbia Grain International, LLC was formed in 1978 to create a superior source of western grain and pulses for domestic and export markets. Our goal has been to develop an advanced grain and pulse trading organization, not only in terms of storage and shipping, but also in quality and reliability of our information and products. With customer satisfaction as our goal, we are one of the leaders in marketing U.S. agricultural products.


DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES  include the following. Other duties may be assigned.

  • Trades commodities for the company as a profit/loss center.
  • Monitors export and domestic markets and arbitrage opportunities. 
  • Collaborate on shipments with elevator managers, other merchants and customers.
  • Contributes in planning processing programs based on purchases and sales.  
  • Contributes in projecting freight needs to ensure timely product delivery.
  • Communicates with other company departments, vendors and customers.



 This job may supervise one or more Merchant Trainees.



To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily in a fast-paced, dynamic market environment.  Attention to detail and ability to multi-task are essential.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.



Bachelor's degree (B. A.) from four-year college or university and two or more years experience trading pulses in domestic and/or international markets. 



Ability to read, analyze, and interpret general business periodicals, professional journals, technical procedures, or governmental regulations.  Ability to write reports, business correspondence, and procedure manuals.  Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of managers, customers and other employees.



Ability to calculate figures and amounts such as discounts, storage, interest, commissions, freight spreads, ratios and conversions quickly and accurately. 



Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists. Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form.



The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


The work environment is in an office that is climate-controlled.  The noise level is usually quiet, however, at times it can be higher.  The team-based environment is fast-paced and dynamic.



  • Competitive wages depending on experience
  • Medical/dental insurance
  • 401(k)
  • cafeteria plan
  • Life/ADD/LTD Insurance
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Job Post Date: 06/12/19
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