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Lumber Commodity Trader

Posted on: March 25, 2021


Responsible to the Merchandise Manager, Forest Products for purchasing commodity lumber, sheet goods and associated products for our Western Dealers.

Negotiate contracts with Suppliers and sawmills ensuring quality products and competitive pricing.

Maintain strong relationships with current Suppliers/mills and proactively develop new trading and supply sources within Western Canada.

Monitor and analyze market trends within the forest product trading industry and collaborate with the Manager to ensure ideal buying decisions and optimal trading opportunities.

Organize and conduct regional spot, block and contract buys.

Build and maintain relationships with the organization's dealers to provide support in growing their business, keeping them informed of market conditions and assisting with issues related to lumber shipments, quality, claims etc.

Maintain database with applicable Supplier information for purchase orders, commodity reports and Supplier agreements.

Participate in other projects as requested by the Merchandise Manager, Forest Products.


College/University degree in Forestry, Construction, Business, or related field.

Minimum five years’ experience within forest products in commodity trading.

Strong knowledge of softwood lumber and panel products within the retail/wholesale industry.

Excellent communication, planning and negotiating skills.

Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail with the ability to balance, prioritize and manage several projects.

Flexible and adaptable; ability to operate independently and work effectively as part of a team.

Strong business acumen and analytical skills with ability to support and make recommendations from economic and commodity reports.

Excellent computer skills, including Microsoft Word and Excel.

Ability to work varied hours as required to fulfill the responsibilities of the position.

Willingness and flexibility to travel as required.


Book a meeting below. We will discuss your plans and devise an initial plan to meet them.

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