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Trader, Co-Products - Decatur, IL



Decatur, IL, USA
Posted on Friday, May 31, 2024

Trader, Co-Products – Decatur, IL


IL - Illinois

Commodity Trading

Job Description

Trader, Co-Products – Decatur, IL
ADM Carbohydrate Solutions
This is a Full Time Exempt Position
Relocation assistance is available with this position.

Main Functions:

Reporting to the Commercial Manager, this position is part of the trade team for Carb Co-Products. The position will be accountable for the trade of our Gluten Feed product for our unit and manifest rail program. This person will work in a team environment within the carb co-products group while also interacting with other divisions on a daily basis. They will be responsible for developing an overall sales strategy for Gluten Feed with our product manager, transload operations, global execution team. This will focus on high value long-term strategic partnership accounts, development of new markets, ensuring streamlined logistics, managing credit, and working closely with other divisions to maximize revenue for carb co-products. The position will also require working in a hectic environment while multi-tasking along with the ability and desire to learn and grow their responsibilities within the group.


  • Strategically seeks out new business that would profitably enhance company assets
  • Builds & maintains relationships with a wide range of customers, including premium and volume accounts
  • Understands customer requirements in order to collaborate and add value to both companies
  • Maintains a clear customer account list and provides detailed background information in files
  • Handles all accounting related issues in a timely manner to ensure good customer service
  • Ensures the most cost efficient transportation and logistics
  • Develops a good working knowledge of freight spreads and competitor activities
  • Develops a clear understanding of local, national, & world markets & trends
  • Aggressively makes outbound phone calls to deliver and receive timely market information
  • Price discovery and bid/offer maintenance to enhance risk management and pricing
  • Understanding of margin calculations & their effect on commodity pricing
  • Understands the value of ADM owned transportation (i.e. barges, trucks and railcars) & how to enhance value
  • Understands and has strict adherence to corporate compliance policies & safety systems & programs
  • Ensures that individual goals are aligned with company goals
  • Constantly works on individual personal development within the company
  • Develops good understanding of local plant operations
  • Works to attain positive, cooperative relationships with internal colleagues across divisions & responsibilities
  • Effectively use communication channels for proper coordination within the office & other locations
  • Portrays a positive image of the company and self when interacting with customers & colleagues
  • Prepares and submits daily & ad hoc reports
  • Helps in the development & training of new employees
  • Is willing to work outside normal business hours including weekends
  • University degree in agriculture or business (i.e. economics, finance, accounting).
  • Experience in the marketing of commodities and related food, feed and/or fuel products in North America is a plus.
  • Demonstrated capacity to excel within high risk, fast-paced work environment.
  • Strong sales skills and an aggressive personality are assets in this position.
  • Proven ability of assess risk and exercise sound judgment in making decisions.
  • Demonstrated negotiation and interpersonal skills. Demonstrated knowledge and understanding of the domestic trade.
  • Proven ability to manage effectively within a team based work environment.
  • Ability to develop and maintain effective working relationships with end-users, suppliers, and internal customers.
  • Computer competent, with demonstrated ability in the use of spreadsheet, database, word processing software, and applications within a windows based environment. Individual must be committed to corporate ethics policies and safety programs

Excited about this role but don’t meet every requirement listed? Studies show that often applicants will self-select out if they don’t check every box. We encourage you to apply anyway. You may be just the right candidate for this role or another one of our openings.

ADM requires the successful completion of a background check.


Benefits and Perks

Enriching the quality of life for the world begins by taking care of our colleagues. In addition to competitive pay, we support your diverse needs with a comprehensive total rewards package to enhance your well-being, including:

  • Physical wellness – medical/Rx, dental, vision and on-site wellness center access or gym reimbursement (as applicable).
  • Financial wellness – flexible spending accounts, health savings account, 401(k) with matching contributions and cash balance plan, discounted employee stock purchasing program, life insurance, disability, workers’ compensation, legal assistance, identity theft protection.
  • Mental and social wellness – Employee Assistance Program (EAP), Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) and Colleague Giving Programs (ADM Cares).
Additional benefits include:
  • Paid time off including paid holidays.
  • Adoption assistance and paid maternity and parental leave.
  • Tuition assistance.
  • Company-sponsored training and development resources, such as LinkedIn Learning, language training and mentoring programs.
*Benefits may vary for bargained locations, confirm benefit eligibility with your recruiter.


Diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging are cornerstones of ADM’s efforts to continue innovating, driving growth, and delivering outstanding performance. We are committed to attracting and retaining a diverse workforce and create welcoming, truly inclusive work environments — environments that enable every ADM colleague to feel comfortable on the job, make meaningful contributions to our success, and grow their career. We respect and value the unique backgrounds and experiences that each person can bring to ADM because we know that diversity of perspectives makes us better, together.

We are committed to ensuring all qualified applicants receive consideration for employment regardless of race, color, ethnicity, disability, religion, national origin, gender, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, sexual orientation, age, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

We welcome everyone to apply, especially those individuals who are underrepresented in our industry, as we strive to ensure our workforce represents the world that we help to feed: people of color, women, gender non-conforming, LGBTQIA+, veterans and persons with disabilities. For more information regarding our efforts to advance Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Belonging, please visit our website here: Diversity, Equity and Inclusion | ADM.

About ADM

At ADM, we unlock the power of nature to provide access to nutrition worldwide. With industry-advancing innovations, a complete portfolio of ingredients and solutions to meet any taste, and a commitment to sustainability, we give customers an edge in solving the nutritional challenges of today and tomorrow. We’re a global leader in human and animal nutrition and the world’s premier agricultural origination and processing company. Our breadth, depth, insights, facilities and logistical expertise give us unparalleled capabilities to meet needs for food, beverages, health and wellness, and more. From the seed of the idea to the outcome of the solution, we enrich the quality of life the world over. Learn more at www.adm.com.

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