Jochem Wentrup - ED&F Man employee, Amsterdam

Jochem, Amsterdam

Molasses Trader

What does your day-to-day job involve?

I am responsible for a trading book of molasses and other products, which I source from around the world and arrange for them to be delivered to their destination, chartering the best, safest and most cost effective vessels. This movement of physical commodities gives you a real feeling that you are creating something tangible, which you don’t always get with paper trading.

Buying, selling and chartering vessels are a key focus of my job, but I need to make sure these tasks are optimised to get the best possible results. As well as a logistical service, we also provide intelligence for our customers, advising them on purchasing strategies so that they get the best service and product. This makes for a very fast-paced and dynamic working atmosphere.

To deal with the challenges that arise from moving large quantities of physical commodities, and to make sure trade deals go smoothly, I have to liaise with many different people and organisations around the world. This puts me into contact with many different cultures. The world really is your office when you work for ED&F Man!

Why work for ED&F Man?

ED&F Man allows its employees to work independently and supports entrepreneurial behaviour. Within certain boundaries, you can easily expand your business and are encouraged to seek new business opportunities. It is challenging and dynamic work, but it is also friendly and social.

How would you describe ED&F Man’s culture?

Entrepreneurial and ambitious. Everyone is highly professional and aims high, but this does not stop the company from having a very social culture, both inside and outside of the office.

What advice would you give to someone who would like to work for ED&F Man?

I would recommend the world of commodities to anyone, and ED&F Man is unique in that world. You will be working in a very pleasant and ambitious company, with a flexible structure that allows you to run with market opportunities. If you like challenges, and don’t want to sit behind a desk all day, ED&F Man will help you to develop yourself into a trading and logistics specialist. Once you have shown your value, there is no limit how fast you can grow or what you can achieve within the company.

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