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Market Reporter, Agriculture

S&P Global London Full-time

The Role : S&P Global Platts is seeking two Agriculture Market Reporters (Associate Editors) to join the London team for maternity cover . In this role the Agriculture Market Reporters take responsibility for day-to-day reporting on agricultural markets.

The Impact: The Agriculture Market Reporter (Associate Editor) in this position is responsible for every aspect of market reporting, including the collection and publication of primary market information, running an assessment process, assessing the value of a variety of agricultural markets, reporting market-related news, writing commentary and analysis, contributing to methodology development, and engaging with market sources.

The Career Opportunity: Excellent career growth potential within the team, with opportunities to represent Platts at industry events, face-to-face meetings, presenting at conferences, webinars, podcasts, or other interviews and to further develop Platts as a significant presence in the Agriculture commodity space. The successful candidate will contribute to a fast-paced team based in London that works across the grains, oilseeds, biofuels, rice, and sugar space as well as with the global agriculture team in the Americas and Asia. Assist in identifying, developing, and executing assessment opportunities to drive growth in the EMEA agriculture markets

The Business: At S&P Global Platts, the premier source of commodities intelligence, the content you generate and the relationships you build are essential to the energy, agricultural, metals and petrochemicals markets.


Assess markets:
The market reporter in this position assesses the value of agricultural markets, accurately and fully in line with our rigorous and well-known methodology. The market reporter will survey market participants throughout the day; publish price updates through the day, especially all information that might be used in assessing value; demonstrate a thorough understanding of Platts’ methodology; be rigorous when using mathematics and excel spreadsheets; demonstrate ability to do a full set of assessments without the aid of a spreadsheet; and ensure our methodology for market is up to date.

Write high-quality market commentaries:

The market reporter is responsible for writing commentaries associated with his or her assessments. The commentaries are intended to help our readers better understand what is happening in the market, and to better understand how we have arrived at our assessments. The reporter should closely monitor relevant inter-product and inter-region spreads; and ensure commentaries meet our editorial standards for writing and reporting.

Report news about the markets:

The market reporter is responsible for reporting news and analysis relating to his or her market. The new should help our readers understand issues in the marketplace, whether they are traders, analysts, government regulators, working in the supply chain, or in another walk of life. Relevant stories include news about supply and demand developments, government data, new developments in regulations, trader movement news, general analysis of price trends, and other relevant topics.

The market reporter should provide a good blend of standard news reporting—the news that needs to be done—with creative “enterprise” reporting that generates original reporting for S&P Global Platts; file a reasonable quantity of stories relevant to their markets; work closely with the editing desk, the Managing Editor, and others to identify and write good news stories about issues the markets; demonstrate a strong sense of what news our readers want to see, and be a vocal contributor to regular news meetings with the team.

Engage with the industry:

The market reporter is responsible for engaging with market sources around the region, including those who are not regularly in the Platts Market on Close assessment process. Excellent engagement helps ensure we are close to market developments, methodology development is strong, story writing is creative, and that channels of communication are established and open with market sources.

The market reporter should find and nurture new market sources; maintain a good relationship with existing sources; ensure source lists are up to date and stored on the network in line with our Editorial Standard for source maintenance; send summaries of meetings to manager and immediate colleagues; try to talk to each source regularly, and meet with different sources for lunch about once a week; handle complaints in line with Editorial Standard for complaints management

Other Required Accountabilities:
Meet deadlines: Deadlines vary between markets.

An example of one of the agricultural markets would involve being in the office by 9.30am London time; publishing assessments by 6.30pm; and publishing commentaries by 7.00pm latest.

Meet Platts’ editorial standards: Ensure all methodology initiatives are managed appropriately using Platts systems

Meet Platts’ editorial standards: Follow house reporting style

Meet Platts’ editorial standards: Correct less than 0.25% of assessments published

Meet Platts’ editorial standards: Handle enquiries and complaints effectively

Your Skills:

  • BA degree or higher
  • Two-five years’ reporting/writing/analytical/editorial or agriculture experience.
  • Strong numeracy skills including ability to understand the basic principles of algebra and statistics as well as ability to apply basic math functions in Excel.
  • Excellent communication skills with the ability to interact with a wide range of role types and personalities, internally and externally
  • Self-starter mindset with effective problem-solving skills
  • Ability to perform well with tight deadlines.
  • Excellent English writing skills

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience or knowledge of agriculture sector
  • Awareness of global commodity markets
  • Fluency in major European languages is desired, but not essential (such as French, German, Spanish and Russian)

About S&P Global Platts

At S&P Global Platts, we provide the insights; you make better informed trading and business decisions with conviction. We’re the leading independent provider of information and benchmark prices for the commodities and energy markets. Customers in over 150 countries look to our expertise in news, pricing and analytics to deliver greater transparency and efficiency to markets. S&P Global Platts coverage includes oil and gas, power, petrochemicals, metals, agriculture and shipping.

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