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Structured Trade Finance Analyst – Chinese Speaker

Product: Structured Trade Finance
Location: London
Salary: Competitive



Reporting to: Vice President, Structured Trade Finance

Department: Global Finance

About the role

Our Client, is an established Commodity Trading Company, focused on the merchanting of non-ferrous, ferrous and precious metals, as well as related concentrates and raw materials. Distinguished as leading market specialists in the trading of all forms of refined metals and raw materials around the globe. With a well-earned reputation as a dedicated and trusted partner to top-tier miners and processors, industrial consumers, and major financial institutions.

With a worldwide customer and supplier base which benefits from the bespoke service model across the entire commodity value chain, including: sourcing, marketing, logistics and storage, hedging and risk management, and structured finance solutions.

Headquartered in London, England, operating globally through its key trading hubs in China, USA, and Switzerland, as well as an extensive network of local representative offices.

Our client enters into long term commodity off-take agreements with counterparts and provides them with structured trade finance solutions such as prepayments, pre-export finance, working capital facilities, and strategic partnership investments.

The Structured Trade Finance (STF) team is responsible for the assessment, negotiation, execution, risk mitigation, and funding of STF transactions. The team also contributes to expanding relationships with financial institutions including establishing dedicated banking lines and supporting the renewal of corporate syndicated credit facilities.

The goal of the STF function is to secure long-term volumes for the physical trading desks and to deepen relationships with strategic suppliers.


Job Description

We are seeking a Chinese speaking Analyst to join our STF team based in London.

The Analyst position enables strong candidates to become immersed in the strategic direction of a leading commodities trading house. The successful candidate will have prior experience in capital markets, M&A, or corporate lending in order to perform two main roles:

(1) financial and credit analysis on STF commercial counterparties, and

(2) existing STF deal portfolio management.

A successful candidate must demonstrate an ability to analyze and explain complex financial data, along with a high level of intellectual curiosity.

This is a fast-paced and entrepreneurial environment, so excellent communications skills are essential, as is a high willingness to work hard and results oriented mindset.


Key Responsibilities

  • Performing fundamental financial analysis commercial counterparties for STF deals, including historical financial statements, cash flow projections, deal structure analysis, and identification of key risks and mitigants.
  • Due diligence investigations for prospective transactions, including financial statements, loan documentation, legal / tax review, and Q&A with external parties.
  • Preparing STF deal memoranda to present opportunities to senior management for approval.
  • Preparing presentations (marketing pitchbooks, term sheets, and deal performance reviews) for internal and external audiences.
  • Maintaining financial models and other spreadsheets to monitor the performance of existing deals, including contractual performance, covenant compliance, and counterparty financial statements.
  • Maintaining departmental reports, including new deal pipeline, funding, and other strategic initiatives.
  • Develop working relationships and interact with key internal groups including Trading Desks, Treasury, Technical Team, Legal, and Credit personnel based around the world in Switzerland, the UK, the US, Africa, and Asia.


Qualifications and Experience

  • Graduate degree in business, finance, accounting or related field.
  • Chinese speaker preferred.
  • 2-3 years of relevant work experience in capital markets, credit analysis, M&A, and/or transaction advisory (at a leading audit firm).
  • Experience in the commodity trading and/or natural resources sectors is a plus.
  • Expertise in Excel, Word, and PowerPoint.


Personal Characteristics

  • Strong analytical, quantitative, and organizational skills.
  • High attention to detail and ability to synthesize information.
  • Excellent English oral and written communication skills.
  • Highly motivated and results-oriented – we are looking for a self-starter with an entrepreneurial spirit.
  • Able to work under pressure, meet strict deadlines and multi-task in a fast-paced environment.
  • Team player with professional attitude and ability work with people at all levels.


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