Submission #103

Commodity & Commercial Ingredient Market Analyst
Full Time
Lafayette, CA (Hybrid Remote)
McKeany-Flavell Company
3650 Mt. Diablo Blvd., Suite 200
McKeany-Flavell Company is looking for a full-time analyst to join our small-but-mighty team of ingredient commodity experts. The ideal candidate understands basic commodity markets and enjoys research, data analysis and writing. We believe in work-life balance and offer generous benefits.

• Analyze agricultural and commodity market data: As a member of McKeany-Flavell Information Services team, the market analyst maintains and utilizes our extensive data library to produce weekly content and charts for IQ, our intelligence platform for clients. Expands data library as needed to support Consultants and clients. Researches and develops expertise in assigned industry trends and produces appropriate content for IQ and for our marketing-oriented free blog. Conducts fundamental and technical analysis on commodity futures markets. Assists in development of internal cost models for commodity and ingredient markets, as well as processor profitability.
• Support Consultants in preparing market updates: Our Consultants regularly brief clients on the state of the food & beverage industry and recommend ingredient buying strategies. The market analyst works closely with Consultants to prepare comprehensive market reports, price forecasts, and recommendations.
• Educate Consultants about new ingredients and food & beverage industry trends: Based on news research and trade show attendance when practical, the market analyst regularly keeps Consultants informed of industry developments and when appropriate produces market reports on such topics for clients.
• Partner in producing studies: When McKeany-Flavell is hired to produced custom studies, the market analyst works with Consultants and the Content Manager to provide data, research, and content. Studies may cover various food and beverage industry topics (supply/demand, pricing and consumer trends, processor margins, etc.).
• Work with media partners: The market analyst coordinates certain media information requests, such as crop production forecasts. Supports VP of Marketing and Consultants when analysis is required for other media requests. Corresponds with relevant government agencies to gain insight on methodologies and data trends.

General Knowledge
• Knowledge of and interest in agricultural ingredients (sugar, corn, corn sweeteners, soybeans, edible oils, cocoa and chocolate, nutmeats, protein products) and packaging markets.
• Understanding of commodities market basics, including:
• Futures market familiarity (quote boards, basic charting, contract specifications)
• Basics of supply and demand fundamentals
• External market-driving factors (basic equity market understanding, how to read/analyze market reports, basics of currency)
• Detail-oriented data management: The market analyst works extensively with our data library, including adding data to the database as required to produce up-to-date and insightful content.
• Clear, accurate writing skills: Experience with writing detailed reports and market studies is preferred.
• Ability to present professionally (with some training).
• Basic math and research skills (college-level skills acceptable).

Additional Requirements
• BS or BA in Business, Marketing, Economics, or Finance. Other degrees (such as Communications) considered if combined with relevant professional training post-college.
• 2-3 years of experience with a commodity or food processing company. Preferably in a position with procurement exposure (buyer, sales, logistics, trading commodities).
• Willingness to travel 1-2 weeks per year for presentations in a sales support capacity.
• McKeany-Flavell is located in the San Francisco Bay Area, but we are open to an experienced market analyst working remotely. An analyst early in their career may need to spend some time locally for in-depth training.

• Proficient with Microsoft Office Suite (most notably, Excel, PowerPoint, and SharePoint). Comfort working with Excel’s data query functions and with making charts.
• Database management (input, testing).
• Cost-modeling experience (cost of production, cost of goods, cost of sales) preferable.
• Basic knowledge of bulk logistics: rail, truck lanes/rates (preferable).

• McKeany-Flavell offers generous medical, dental, vision, life, AD&D, and long-term disability insurance.
• New full-time employees receive 10 days EACH of paid vacation and sick leave for a total of 4 weeks paid leave. Additional vacation leave accrued after 3 years of employment.
• McKeany-Flavell offers a 401(k) plan with employer contributions after one year of employment.
• We have an annual bonus program based on the company’s performance and each employee’s individual performance.

Range is $50,000 to $70,000 per year, commensurate with experience.

About McKeany-Flavell
From our roots as a West Coast-based sugar brokerage company in 1948, our expertise has expanded from sweeteners to include a full spectrum of commodity ingredients, including edible oils, cocoa, chocolate, nutmeats, and fruit juice concentrate. We pride ourselves on finding the ideal match between ingredient suppliers and customers and achieving fair deals for all parties.
After more than six decades in the food and beverage industry, we know the players and the game. Our market intelligence—in the form of consultation, reports, and presentations—gives our clients the edge in forecasting market direction and ingredient trends and pricing. For clients venturing into new territory or hiring new staff, our targeted market education seminars are second to none.
All our experience and effort come together into one vision and goal: Empower our clients with commercial intelligence, supply chain expertise and risk management solutions.

To apply for this position please send a resume and cover letter describing your relevant experience to Deb Phillips, Director of Operations at

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Deb Phillips
510-832-2866 Ext 107

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