Careers at ED&F Man

As a global agricultural commodities merchant, ED&F Man is a truly diverse business in every sense of the word. We trade a variety of commodities, including sugar, coffee, molasses and grains. Our financial brokerage offers a range of services - such as trade processing, clearing and execution - across a number of asset classes including futures & options, fixed income securities and equities. Our people are what make us great, a mix of 80 nationalities in 60 countries, with a broad set of skills and experience.


We are proud of our 230 year track record and intend to keep making history. To sustain our success, we need the best talent: young people committed to growing their careers and seasoned professionals who can hit the ground running. We value diverse perspectives and experience, which help to deliver innovation, enhance our service offering and stimulate profitable growth. If you have what it takes, you can write your own history at ED&F Man.

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What we look for

At ED&F Man, high calibre candidates can progress rapidly and forge engaging and rewarding careers.

To thrive at ED&F Man, you’ve got to be agile and be able to take a global perspective. You’ll be keen to develop trust and long-term relationships with your customers, colleagues and suppliers, and work with others to meet our corporate responsibility and commercial goals.

We want entrepreneurially minded people with the ambition and determination to succeed – and a sense of humour helps. We’re employee-owned so you’ll have a direct influence on our success. If you have ideas to grow our business, we’ll give you the support and opportunity to make it happen.

What’s your field?

In a company of our size and scope, the career opportunities are boundless. We have exciting roles to suit people across many geographies and disciplines. Commercial roles don’t just include trading, but also logistics, operations and financial brokerage.Related roles include food technicians, quality controllers, sustainability specialists and research analysts. And of course we need a myriad of functional experts, from accountants, lawyers and risk managers to marketers, human resources, information technologists…..and even coffee tasters!



Why choose us?

You’ll embrace your entrepreneurial spirit
If you have an idea that will grow our business, you will be encouraged to make it happen. Whether you want to help farmers improve their yields, take a product into a new country or help a customer solve a problem with a financial service, you’ll be in the driving seat. So if you can think globally, and generate ideas to make our business better, you’ll earn our support.

You’ll make great connections worldwide
We’re the crucial link between farmers and producers and their markets. That’s why we have people in over 60 countries who know their customers inside out. So you could find yourself working with a Ugandan coffee trader, a Philippines sugar merchant or an equities broker from London. We value smart, talented people from all backgrounds.

You’ll join a partnership culture
Working here feels different. We’re a global organisation that encourages everyone in the company to take the initiative and make an impact – you will not just be a 'cog in a large machine'. We help each other reach our potential. ED&F Man’s employees hold the majority of shares; it’s our business. We encourage our people to respect each other, listen and ask questions, and help each other succeed – your efforts will directly benefit you and your colleagues.

Our values

We recognise each other’s differences, valuing the rich diversity of our workforce and our customers.
We create partnerships built on trust and champion fair, honest and responsible business practices.
We base career progression and reward on achievements and ability, not position or status.
Client focus
We aim to exceed expectations by creating additional value and offering flexible commercial solutions.
We constantly seek ways to be more efficient and competitive, challenging the status quo.


Meet our people

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Jochem Wentrup - ED&F Man employee, Amsterdam Raissa Silva – Research Specialist - ED&F Man employee, Sao Paulo Jatin Chohan, ED&F Man employee, London Matthew Seaton, ED&F Man employee, Kampala

Graduate programme

If you’re starting your life in the commercial world, our graduate programme will give you the strongest foundation for your future trading or broking career. Over 18 months we will help you develop an in-depth understanding of our business and end-to-end commercial processes, so you can become the most successful you can be.

We won't sugar coat it - it's challenging work with a lot to learn, but is very rewarding. By the end of your programme you’ll be trading commodities – coffee, sugar, molasses, grains or pulses – or working on a brokerage desk in our financial services team.

We are no longer recruiting for 2017; we will advertise our 2018 roles in due course.

Where you could work

You will be based in one of our worldwide locations and will take on a hands-on role. For our 2017 programme we recruited for the following locations: Chicago, Kabupaten (Indonesia), Kampala, London, Mexico City, Mumbai, New Orleans, New York, Shanghai and Singapore.

You will also have an overseas assignment in one of the many places we do business – you could work with farmers in our origin markets or trade in a major financial hub.

Your training

In your first year you will visit our origin countries and undergo assignments to:

  • analyse trends and predict markets
  • master supply chain documents and import/export regulations
  • understand regulatory frameworks and compliance processes
  • learn to assess and manage risks
  • understand our products and services

 We will be looking for the following attributes:

  • Commercially minded: your CV will show that you understand business – if you’ve worked on a commercial project, tell us about it.
  • Experienced at building relationships: show us how you have done this.
  • Flexible to new opportunities. At ED&F Man we are open-minded and support new initiatives.
  • Multilingual: show us your language skills and why you want to work with us.
  • Educated to master’s or degree level, or equivalent: you’ll have a rounded education that shows a flair for numbers, finance and economics, and a passion for a broader subject – perhaps you’ve studied agribusiness, supply chains or engineering?

Vacancies and diversity

We value diverse perspectives and experiences, which enhance our ability to serve our clients and lead to innovation and better performance. 

We aim to make sure all our team members feel included and can contribute to our business – irrespective of gender, ethnicity, nationality, sexual orientation, age, disability, marital status and gender identity.

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