Commodity Trader

  • CanWel Building Materials Ltd
  • Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada
  • Jul 26, 2022

Job Description

Commodity Trader

Kelowna, BC

Permanent Full-Time

Reference Number: CAN-BC-KEL-125-140721


CanWel's sales force is comprised of Inside Sales Representatives, Commodity Trader, and Account Managers.

As the Commodity Trader is one of three key customer facing positions, the Commodity Trader plays a key role in creating the first impressions for excellent customer service and laying the ground work for a successful order by ensuring order accuracy, verifying order details with the customer, efficiently entering the orders in the system, and relaying vital information to "behind the scenes" team members. The Commodity Trader also has the ability to increase sales revenue, order by order, by utilizing CanWel's 4A Customer Conversation model.

The Commodity Trader engages in ongoing dialogue with customers to assess current and projected needs, and responds to daily fluctuations in price and market conditions. Value is brought to the customer and to the Company when an understanding of market direction and forces are aligned to be advantageous for both.

The Wood Commodity Trader is an expert in selling and buying lumber, OSB, and panels. Also, seeks the opportunity to sell other selected product categories such as Rebar, Rim Boards, etc, and, if there are customer needs, is comfortable selling other building material product lines.

Our customers range in size from small independent lumber yards, to regional building material dealers, and national home improvement chains, and industrial and OEM customers.


Depending on the branch, the Commodity Trader will report to the General Manager or Commodity Manager, and is under the guidance of the National Lumber Procurement Manager and National OSB & Panel Manager.

  • Responsible for selling and buying lumber, plywood, and OSB in relation to the daily market, while gaining an understanding of replacement costs and timelines.
  • Utilize CanWel's 4A Customer Conversation model to determine customer requirements and secure the maximum invoice value for the order.
  • Entering orders efficiently and accurately into the order system
  • Answers inquiries by clarifying desired information; researching, locating, and providing information.
  • Sell additional products by recognizing opportunities to up-sell or sell complementary products for lumber, OSB, or panels.
  • Relay vital information to operations team members.
  • Under the direction of the General Manager or Branch Manager, may include selling other building material product lines
  • Develop and share an opinion on market conditions based on input from customers, suppliers, and through conversations with other traders, the National OSB and Panel Manager, and the National Lumber Procurement Manager.
  • Develop and manage customer relationships primarily through telephone and email correspondence.
  • Strong focus on outbound calls to customers with the ability to offer immediate quotes or provide quotes in a timely manner. Follow up quotes using the CRM.



  • Excellent customer service skills on the phone and in person with ability to communicate effectively and professionally, with contact at all levels
  • Demonstrated ability to assess customer needs
  • Strong ability to anticipate, understand, and successfully navigate multiple, fluctuating market conditions
  • Capable of remembering specifics of current inventory, including anticipated deliveries
  • Sales experience is required
  • Commodity sales experience is an asset

  • Knowledge of commodity lumber products in a wholesale, distribution or retail environment is preferred.

  • Very comfortable with Excel and Outlook, and has the ability to quickly learn other programs and applications
  • Aptitude for numerical calculations
  • Excellent English communication skills that display professionalism, good business acumen, and strong business ethics
  • Must be a highly motivated, engaged, and self-starting individual

  • High school diploma is a minimum requirement
  • Post-secondary education is preferred
  • A degree in Marketing, Accounting or Business is an asset


  • Base salary
  • Corporate and regional annual incentive plan
  • Group pension plan
  • Health benefits

Extra Stuff
  • Fitness reimbursement
  • Commuting expense reimbursement: 100% transit
  • Education reimbursement
  • Scholarships for children
  • Discounts on product purchases

Work Location: 205 Campion Street, Kelowna, BC V1X 7S9

Hours of Work: Monday to Friday


This is not necessarily an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, skills, efforts, requirements or working conditions associated with the job. While this is intended to be an accurate reflection of the current job, the Company reserves the right to revise the job or to require that other or different tasks be performed as assigned; and should not be construed as a position change or constructive dismissal.

CanWel welcomes and encourages applications from people with disabilities. Accommodations are available on request for candidates taking part in all aspects of the selection process.

Applicants must be legally entitled to work in Canada without sponsorship.

We thank you for your interest; however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.