An organized, self-motivated, team player with leadership skills and a strong interest in supply chain sustainability.


As Senior Commodity Trade Specialist, you are heading up IDH’s thought-leadership and practice on linking sustainable commodity production in Asia, Africa and Latin-America to demand in consuming countries in Europe to increase market uptake.

You drive a strategic agenda which engages partners and stakeholders towards next-stage supply chain solutions in market transformation: creating physical links between producing regions and manufacturers/retail in Europe as well as scale imported volumes of sustainably produced agri/forestry commodities.

IDH has the ambition to help achieve the following targets:
1) 100% of imported palm oil into Europe is produced sustainably by the end of 2020;

2) At least 50 to 60% of imported soy into Europe is produced responsibly by the end of 2020;

3) 100% of pulp & paper imported into Europe is produced sustainably by the end of 2020;
4) 50% of tropical timber imported into Europe is produced sustainably by the end of 2020;

To this end you support the IDH landscape and commodity program teams with strategic knowledge, business-development (pipeline) and program implementation to reach the targets.

Based out of Utrecht, you are part of the global landscape team, reporting directly into the Director Landscapes & Deforestation Commodities. The position is a full-time position.


IDH is looking for an organized, self-motivated, team player with leadership skills and a strong interest in supply chain sustainability.  You are both analytical and practical, able to work independently and learn fast. Working in a results-oriented, flexible and hands-on manner, you take control of your targets.


Key responsibilities
1. Accountability for the development of ‘physical’ supply chains between producing regions (landscapes) and manufactures/retailers in Europe with deforestation commitments;

2. Accountability to develop project/investment pipeline of traders to implement deforestation commitments with farmers and producers;

3. Accountability to reach the targeted market volumes in Europe, as stated above, in discussions with traders and other value chain partners in the context of the commodities of soy, palm oil and tropical timber/pulp & paper.



Candidates will be selected based on these key criteria:

10+ years of relevant working experience, in a senior role in a trading firm/trading position or bank/trade commodity financing position;
Deep knowledge and expertise in international commodity supply chains, corporate sustainability (environmental and social issues), and the reality of developing & emerging economies;
Strong networks in agricultural commodity trading companies as well as in manufacturing companies;
Working and thinking at M.Sc. level;
Fluency in English.

IDH offers a challenging position with opportunities for growth within an enthusiastic and passionate team.  As an IDH team member you can contribute to positive global change. The position is for 40 hours per week.  The successful applicant will initially be offered a temporary contract with competitive remuneration, but with the possibility to extend. This role is based in Utrecht, the Netherlands.

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Interested and qualified candidates are invited to send a motivation letter and resume in English before October 22, 2017 to Annemarie Woudstra, HR Officer, at, mentioning “SPM Trade” in the subject line.


Candidates should be EU nationals or have permission to work in the Netherlands.



IDH, The Sustainable Trade Initiative

Arthur van Schendelstraat 500 - P.O. Box 1241


About The Sustainable Trade Initiative

IDH, the Sustainable Trade Initiative helps to accelerate and upscale sustainability within mainstream international commodity markets and producer landscapes, driving sustainability from niche to norm. We build ambitious public private coalitions of companies, civil society organizations and governments and high-impact programs to benefit people, planet and profit. With co-funding from the Dutch, Swiss, Danish, UK and Norwegian governments and from business partners, IDH organizes scoping, development and implementation of public private partnerships in 11 and 11 landscapes worldwide. IDH is a dynamic organization of app. 60 staff members based in Utrecht, The Netherlands, and several overseas offices and hubs in Asia Latin-America and Africa. In the last years IDH has expanded its activities and now runs around 600 projects in over 50 countries, together with a wide range of private and public partners.