Grain Merchandiser Trainee

Grain Merchandiser Trainee

United States

Author: HR/Monday, November 12, 2012/Categories: All Jobs, Grain, Student/Recent College Graduate

CGB Grain Merchandiser Trainees are a part of the CGB Grain Team, and they are expected to be decision makers from day one at their locations. Thrust into the action, they will analyze industry information, both domestic and global, to make profitable decisions for their customers and their respective locations. Merchandisers will spend much of their time on the phone, creating and building relationships with both elevators and producers, and getting out of the office to meet with their customers in person is encouraged.

Grain Merchandiser Trainees will be trained and mentored by CGB Grain Team members who are experienced, knowledgeable, and successful employees committed to the success of new hires. Trainees will experience a flexible training program which will often be adjusted based on the needs and desires of the specific person.

As trainees develop, they are presented with many options for their career path. There is not a structured, one way for all, career path. Since CGB is a decentralized company, the trainees who are willing to move between CGB locations can develop into many different roles within the organization:

  • Senior Grain Originator
  • Group Manager
  • Barge Freight Trader
  • Vice President
  • Facility Manager
  • CIF Trader
  • Regional Manager
  • Many more!

Essential tasks include:

  • Purchase grain
  • Learn all aspects of the grain business
  • Establish and maintain customer relationships
  • Determine customer requirements and communicate market changes and CGB products and services in a timely manner


  • 4 year Business or Agriculture degree
  • Negotiating skills
  • Problem solving skills
  • Conflict management skills
  • Interpersonal skills

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Nathan Reding
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Regional Operations Manager
"Joining CGB 8 years ago has proven to be one of the most rewarding decisions of my life. Driven professionals are motivated by the feeling they have made a significant impact on their company at some point in their career. At CGB, because of opportunities and decentralized culture, I get that feeling every single day."
Ali Piper
Grain Merchandiser
"I started with CGB right out of college, and they have delivered on the promises they made when I was hired continually allowing me to grow within the industry.  The company is large enough to provide huge opportunities to those who are willing to work hard, while being intimate enough to allow individuals to flourish."
Jason Selking
Manager of Business Development
"I came to CGB seeking the opportunity to continually grow within an organization where I can visualize my contributions to its overall success. CGB continues to fulfill my desires by entrusting me with opportunities to trade, manage, and become an integral contributor to many significant business development projects."
Tim Hammer
Facility Manager
"CGB is a successful company that holds unique values to its customers and employees. Since joining the team in 2010, I've had the opportunity to grow within the company by being challenged and having the freedom explore new business ideas. My favorite aspect of the company is its distinctive culture and the people within it."