Commodities Trading in Switzerland

Hi Monkeys,

I'm looking to few firms to send application in Switzerland, thus wanted to know from you monkeys which firms should I look at, other than the common Mercuria Glencore Vitol etc.

Interested in physical or paper commodities trading. (focus on gas but also crude does work)

I'm actually doing the CASS'MSc in Energy Trade and Finance

Cheers

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Comments (6)

Jan 6, 2019

Any reason you're limiting to Switzerland? For gas there's a lot of opps across continental Europe. Danske was looking for gas traders recently in Denmark, London has the majors with gas businesses, you also have gazprom m&t, equinor, total (french), engie (paris and london), RWE S&T (Swindon and London). I've had interviews and offers from a few of the abovementionned and they're not too competitive w the exception of the majors

Jan 6, 2019

You are right mate and I'm considering these options. But tbh Brexit causes uncertainty and I have to hedge this situation by finding alternative places. Switzerland offers a beautiful commodities scenario and good compensations, compared to other EU cities

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Jan 6, 2019

Yeah it's also super expensive to live there, which I assume you know already

Trading's post is good: any of those desks would give you good exposure

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Jan 6, 2019

I interviewed at Trafigura in Geneva. Admittedly, it was for their metals and minerals division, so unsure whether you have an interest there, however would also give them a try. There's also Castleton, Gunvor, Gerald (again, mainly metals), Bunge (ags), Louis Dreyfus...

I actually ended up living in Geneva for c. 10mos while I traded for a subsidiary of Glencore. Overall, I'm pretty offered on the place. Like you, I went from living in London, and was surprised by the culture shock I experienced. While there's the upside of skiing every weekend during the winter months, it is hugely expensive. Geneva, also, is tiny. Within a month or so I felt as though I'd done all there was to do and eaten at all the worthwhile restaurants.

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Jan 6, 2019

Well this is another good point. I didn't consider it before, but I think that for me couldn't be that bad tbh. I'm from a small city in Italy and sometimes London is way too oppressive
Living expenses need to be considered though

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Jan 12, 2019