Opinions on Commodities Trading Opertaions/Middle Office Role?

Recently managed to secure a role as an Analyst  in MO for trading at a global commodities trading house, just looking for opinions on the job, past experiences, references, what can I expect, exit opportunities, tips, prospects on making it into the trading desk, etc. I have experience in financials trading with FI, FX and Derivatives in a Bulge Bracket, but I'm sort of new to physical an paper trading in commodities markets. The firm has a desk for everything you can imagine, from softs to energy. They are both buy side and sell side, they do market making, consulting, Asset Management, Risk management, Venture Capital, etc. Thanks for your time.

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Mar 7, 2022 - 11:12am
DeltaDecay, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Depends on the place. Trafigura? No way you moving into FO. Commercial analyst in Vitol, if you do well they will slowly bring you into the fold provided you are lucky that there is a seat available at the desk. Glencore as well moves people to trading roles i think. This is from the Energy sector perspective.

Mar 7, 2022 - 12:18pm
ThatJrFinanceGuy, what's your opinion? Comment below:

My bad, not a trading house sort to speak, the firm operates as a merchant commodities firm. The Company specializes in proprietary trading and arbitrage, structured transactions, risk management, principal investing, consultancy, refinement, and transportation services. Serves clients worldwide.

Mar 7, 2022 - 1:02pm
oil_quant, what's your opinion? Comment below:

This sounds like a smallish company very few people have direct experience at, so it would be tough to say.  If you were asking about a specific supermajor or one of the larger trade shops, someone might have an informed opinion- but it sounds like you are in a highly circumstantial and unique position.

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Mar 9, 2022 - 1:20pm
monty09, what's your opinion? Comment below:

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