Oils and Fats Market Analyst


Zurich, ZH, CH, 8005

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At Barry Callebaut, we are on a journey to transform the cocoa and chocolate industry. As the world’s leading manufacturer of high-quality chocolate and cocoa products, our actions truly shape the future of our industry. We are a business-to-business company, serving the entire food sector, from the cocoa bean to the finest chocolate product. We are a company with a purpose, we believe in doing well by doing good and reinvesting in the communities we operate. We have a long-standing commitment to sustainability and our goal is to shape a sustainable cocoa and chocolate future. We are headquartered in Zurich, and have more than 12,000 passionate Employees working in more than 40 countries worldwide. We are very proud of who we are and what we do. And of course, we are always looking for talented people to help us have a positive impact on our industry and beyond!

About the role


Part of the Commodities Analysis Community within Barry Callebaut sourcing department, the Oils & Fats Analyst is responsible to provide timely and actionable procurement and trading insights about global supply and demand for the Sourcing teams around the world (15+ people; >200-500 Mio TO) to assist in making sound decisions with regards to buying these ingredients. This role collaborates extensively with market specialists, traders, suppliers and customers; and involves analyses of how supply and consumption patterns, macroeconomic volatility, trade environments (quotas, tariffs and or incentives), and the availability of substitutes affect supply, demand, trade flows and consequently commodity prices.  The goal consists in anticipating the market for the commodities under your responsibility and offering the best strategy relating to our portfolio exposure. Daily communication within the team is a must, but customer advice and presentations are also key to the role.


Key responsibilities include


  • Analyze fundamental drivers and market trends impacting commodities prices
  • Understand farmer and industry behavior, costs of production, supply chain logistics, stock levels, and consumption trends
  • Study macro-economic, political, foreign exchange, and speculative developments
  • Track meteorological patterns and impact on crop/markets
  • Analyze futures markets and understand spreads, basis behavior, arbitrages Identify threats and opportunities prior to market reaction
  • Develop mid/long term price forecasts
  • Determine critical vs. beneficial data/sources of information within an allocated budget
  • Build your own Supply & Demand balance, finding best indicators to evaluate stocks situation
  • Automating data gathering and utilizing visualization tools, with the aim of in-house full-stack data analysis. (Excel, SQL, Python, Tableau)
  • Maintain a network of key sources of information within the supply chain (farmers, transformers, advisers, brokers, officials, etc…)
  • Participate in industry conferences as well as workshops
  • Communicate results and incentivize rapport with the Sourcing teams on a daily/weekly basis (with the Americas, Europe, and Asia)
  • Develop and disseminate formal weekly/monthly market presentations directly to top management, internal stakeholders and customers
    Create and communicate market presentations as needed
  • Participate in scheduled/unscheduled conference calls with customers/sales to discuss commodity markets and assist sales personnel


About you


  • Bachelor’s degree preferably in Agronomy-Agriculture or Business, Economics, Finance, Statistics, actuarial science.
  • 1 – 3 years’ experience in market analysis/purchasing preferably with a trading/food processing company
  • Good understanding the Oils & fats supply chain knowledge globally is a plus
  • Sourcing/trading experience is a plus
  • Strong analytical skills preferably in commodity markets. 
  • Ability to utilize, or understand the use of, the latest data science, data management, and visualization tools.
  • Excellent communication skills (verbal and written). 
  • 1+ years data management/statistical tools are a plus (SQL/R, Stata etc)
  • 1+ years’ experience developing live dashboards with visualization tools (Tableau / SAC)
  • Excellent knowledge of Windows & Google tools is a must have (e.g. excel, power point)
  • Familiarity with Python and willingness to develop further this skill
  • Excellent organizational, analytical and problem-solving skills with an eye for details
  • Accuracy and rigor in computing and analyzing data from multiple sources
  • Strong leadership and ownership, enjoys working within an entrepreneurial environment
  • Naturally curious and willing to explore new ideas
  • Strong appetite for learning in the complex environment
  • Team player, ability to work in a multinational and multicultural environment    
  • Stress resistant and capacity to re-evaluate your decision
  • Excellent presentation skills
  • “Can-do attitude”
  • High level of independence and autonomy
  • Proactive solution seeker
  • Looking for continuous improvement
  • Fluent in English. Portuguese is considered a plus
  • Availability to travel 10%


At Barry Callebaut, we are committed to Diversity & Inclusion. United by our strong values, we thrive on the diversity of who we are, where we come from, what we’ve experienced and how we think. We are committed to nurturing an inclusive environment where people can truly be themselves, grow to their full potential and feel they belong. #oneBC - Diverse People, Sustainable Growth.

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