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NAME Melissa Richardson JOB Raw Material Buyer COMPANY AB Agri AGE 25 SALARY* TBC *industry average

What do you do?

I am responsible for buying a range of raw materials to be processed and manufactured into animal feed. This mainly involves negotiating prices and contracts with suppliers. I have to follow the global markets and track global crop production to make sure I am always up to date.

I also manage raw material books for many of our customers, which involves building good relationships with them and advising them on what’s happening in the raw material market. In addition, I am involved in the pricing and quoting process, along with market analysis.


What do you like about your job?

Every day is different, I’m constantly learning new things, and the people in my department are extremely helpful and supportive in my development. I also really enjoy the amount of contact I have with customers. I have a passion for agriculture, and really enjoying working in the industry!

What did you study?

I did German, History, Business Studies and General Studies at A-Level and then went on to study German at university. I lived in Germany for a year of my degree, and even thought of pursuing a career out there.


So how did you get here?

When I left university I saw the AB Agri graduate scheme and it just felt right for me.  The Commercial Graduate Scheme consisted of 3 different placements over 18 months, all three really helped build up my knowledge of the industry, the markets and the products. I haven’t really looked back since then.

And where are you going next?

I love working in a commercial role, i.e. working to provide customers with the best possible services and products. I am extremely ambitious and want to continuously further develop my knowledge and expertise. The agricultural industry is a great industry to work in because if you’re enthusiastic and willing to learn, you can go far.


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