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Commodities Trading Accountant

Added on 01/01/2024
Salary £90,000 p.a. + Bonus & Exc. Benefits
Job Type Full-time
Location Greater London

Full Description


One of the world’s largest Commodity companies are recruiting for a Trading Accountant to manage the reporting for the European Trading desk.

This position requires an intimate understanding of financial instruments, mark-to-market accounting concepts and the overall business to produce valuable commentary / insight and to be able to challenge the reported results.

This role will be based in London with flexible/remote working maximum of 3 days per week.


  • Timely production of reports for sugar trading and procurement
  • Production of daily P&L for the open and closed positions
  • Liaising with Treasury and Financial Reporting function to ensure timely input into cashflow forecast
  • Timely production of month end numbers and results
  • Profit & Loss impacts are fully explained to management and wider stakeholders
  • Rolling quarterly forecast and annual budgeting


  • Timely and accurate production of the daily PL report and trading position including insightful commentary explaining the results to traders and management.
  • Month end accounting including responsibility for the submission and consolidation of the trading results into the European group reporting pack along with detailed commentary on the trading performance for senior management.
  • Preparation of Quarterly, Annual Board slides illuminating and comparing performance of the business against prior years and budgets
  • Ownership of the trading entity accounting and audits including the preparation and submission of year-end derivatives footnotes within the statutory accounts
  • Reconciliation of all balance sheet accounts at month end including highlighting large movements impacting cash flow statement
  • Analysis of the Foreign Exchange exposure and understanding the FX results
  • Review of all mark to market valuations including internal marks for non-quoted markets
  • Setting annual transfer price between trading entity and European refineries (internal sales price)
  • Liaise with the tax function to make sure actual sugar arrivals are placed in the most tax efficient way
  • Drive planning, budgeting, forecasting and production of appropriate performance measures.
  • Help the traders understand their responsibilities in maintaining a visible control over their business.
  • Ensure and monitor compliance with accounting Standards including IFRS 9.
  • Supporting the risk department by ensuring traders understand their responsibilities in maintaining a visible control over the business
  • Ensure all trades captured promptly and accurately on the trade date


  • Strong understanding of trading practices
  • Excellent understanding of position risks and hedge tools such as derivative financial instruments
  • Computer literate with good systems knowledge of SAP, ITAS and Microsoft Office
  • Ability to work under pressure to meet strict deadlines
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills
  • Strong MS Excel and PowerPoint skills
  • Have experience of world market commodity trading including FX, Futures and Options.
  • Experience in SAP and BI or equivalent data warehousing and reporting tools.