Bremen, Germany

Established in 1783, ED&F Man is an employee-owned agricultural commodities merchant with 5,500 people in 50 countries and annual revenue in excess of $8bn. We trade sugar, coffee, molasses, animal feed and pulses. Corporate responsibility is ingrained in our culture.

ED&F Man’s coffee business, Volcafe, is one of the world’s largest traders of Arabica and Robusta coffees and provides beans for 80 billion cups of coffee each year. Our expertise spans green coffee procurement and preparation, quality control, risk management and logistics. We work in countries that collectively account for over 90% of world production. From single origin micro-lots to mainstream commercial grades and customised blends, we have what it takes to get the right product to our roaster and retail customers – on time, every time. We are also big on sustainability and traceability: our unique farmer outreach programme, known as The Volcafe Way, works direct with coffee growers to train them in best agronomy practice and sound business management.

Gollücke & Rothfos is part of the Volcafe Group and a reliable supplier of raw coffee for roasters of all sizes. We benefit from our own network of origins, which represents us in more than 15 growing countries with our own companies and gives us valuable, unfiltered insight. We live our vision “We bring the whole world of coffee closer to our customers” in our everyday life.

We have an exciting opportunity for a Junior Trader to join our trading desk based in Bremen, Germany. This position offers a broad spectrum of opportunity, scope and commercial activity.

Responsibilities to include, but are not limited to:

  • Getting familiar with market terminology and actively following the terminal markets (coffee exchange), developing an understanding of price movements and prices in general
  • Controlling trading positions
  • Researching supply and demand figures
  • Getting into the specifics of individual coffee origins and translating those dynamics into commercial decisions
  • Managing customer accounts and selling coffee to specialty customers, upon progress
  • Facilitating price fixing
  • Supporting our specialty coffee trading desk with administrative tasks
  • Daily green coffee quality tasting and cupping to learn and evaluate coffee qualities, and ultimately helping to develop new products
  • Managing purchasing, sales and third parties’ contracts in a timely and accurate manner

Skills and Expertise

  • Relevant undergraduate University degree (Finance, Economics or accounting) or equivalent experience
  • Experience within the coffee industry or related fields preferred
  • Pro-activeness and strong drive to learn about all aspects of global green coffee trade not only limited to the trading department
  • Must have the ability to adapt to the dynamic trading environment and takes a proactive approach to managing tasks and competing priorities
  • Must be diligent and have a strong attention to detail
  • Computer literacy is desirable and especially with the use of Excel and PowerPoint
  • Must have good numeracy skills
  • Good communication skills
  • The willingness and ability to build relationships
  • Fully proficient in English. Any other languages are of additional benefit
  • Committed team player who is willing to be flexible and assist with a whole range of tasks to support colleagues


And as an ever-friendly reminder: Researchers have found that men apply to roles when they meet an average of 60% of the criteria. Women and other underrepresented groups tend to apply only when they check every box. If you are interested, but don’t feel like you meet every single point on the job description, please still apply!

Essential Behaviours

Here at ED&F Man we are guided by our five company values: Respect, Integrity, Meritocracy, Client Focus and Entrepreneurship. Our values are underpinned by a set of essential behaviours, which form part of our performance management approach. Delivering on our objectives is very much about ‘what’ we do, but these essential behaviours also provide a guide and measure for ‘how’ we do things. Our performance essentials are Take Initiative, Self‐Management, Deliver Results and Collaboration.

Equal Opportunities Statement

ED&F Man is committed to promoting equal opportunities in employment. All qualified applicants will receive equal treatment without regard to race, colour, sex, gender, age, religion or belief, ethnic or national origin, marital or civil partner status, physical or mental disability, military or veteran status, sexual orientation, gender reassignment (identity, gender expression), genetic information or any characteristic protected by local law.

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