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Grain Originator / Merchandiser

Pearl City Elevator Inc. - Lena, Illinois

Trades commodities, develops relationships, develops trading and hedging strategies, assists with grain origination programs, and provides knowledge and information for customers.  

The Details


  • Trade commodities while developing relationships with local farming/commercial community through direct communication.

  • Collaboratively develop trading/hedging strategies that enhance profits.

  • Assist with grain origination program including FOB and farm direct to help meet/exceed growth goals in bushels brought to market.

  • Facilitate and capture efficiencies with operations and other business units.

  • Learn and develop a base knowledge of our customers’ businesses including the functionality of their farming operations.

  • Provide customers with knowledge of the markets.

  • Help manage logistics of truck fleet.



  • 5+ years’ experience in Commodity Merchandising/Origination/Trading

  • Strong knowledge of futures markets, hedging, and arbitrage

  • Strong verbal and written communication skills

  • Excellent customer service and relationship building skills

  • Excellent mathematical skills (e.g., supply and demand relationships, analysis of price relationships)

  • Strong attention to detail, ability to prioritize workload, and perform multiple tasks simultaneously

  • Proficiency with spreadsheet and word processing software, (e.g., Excel and MS Word)

  • Must be a motivated self-starter

  • Must be a team-player

  • Must prioritize safety at all times


Interested candidates should submit their application for consideration by confidentially contacting Laura Blomme at or 515.444.7342.  

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