What do you do?
As a part of a team I arrange for raw cotton to be shipped from places such as Australia, Ivory Coast, India, Zimbabwe into countries like China, Indonesia, Vietnam. I also arrange for the correct documentation to be issued and negotiated through international banks. Without this step the company wouldn’t get paid and the buyer would not be able to clear their goods into their country. We work under a lot of pressure as the job calls for high degrees of accuracy and being able to prioritise the workload as a lot of the work we do has to be done in short periods of time.
WHAT OTHER JOBS HAVE YOU HAD?
I have had a varied working life working as an Ice Cream Man, Security Guard, at a call centre. I also worked for a competitor in the cotton industry.
WHAT OTHER JOBS OR CAREER PATH DID YOU CONSIDER?
I always wanted to be a physiotherapist or a palaeontologist growing up. I was a sporty kid, so having a career in the sports industry seemed the right way to go, I was also a closet dinosaur lover so palaeontology interested me immensely, but it’s funny how things work out. I ended up in the agriculture industry and would not have it any other way now.
What qualifications do you have?
11 GCSE’s (Inc. Double Science, History, Double English, Maths) and a NVQ level 2 In Sports and Coaching
WHAT DO YOU LIKE MOST ABOUT YOUR JOB?
I like how my job is challenging and different every day. Each day will present different problems and working to solve each problem as a part of a team is a good challenge. Also dealing with a plethora of people from so many different companies, gives you an appreciation of how wide and varied the agriculture industry is.
WHAT'S NOT SO GREAT?
I wouldn’t say I disliked any part of my job as I have been in the Cotton industry for about 8/9 years now and I wouldn’t want to be doing anything else.
WHERE DO YOU SEE YOURSELF IN 10 YEARS TIME? WHAT's YOUR LONG TERM AMBITION?
In ten years time, I would like to see myself leading a team in the Trade Execution function, be it in cotton or another commodity. Long term, I would like to progress through Cargill and travelling the world meeting new people and facing new challenges.
What one piece of advice would you give people trying to get into agriculture?
Be ready for any challenge presented to you, as in this industry no day is the same and no challenge solved the same way. At times it will be hard work, but solving problems is one of the most rewarding things about the job. Also one skill that would be advantageous in this industry would be the ability to forecast the weather correctly. If you could do that, you would go far, making a lot of money in the process.