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3 Tips for students interested in Commodities from the President of Ojai

Company  Ojai Commodity Consultants

Years worked in current role  5

Years of experience in the industry  30+

In 300 characters or less, describe your job 

I assist food manufacturers, that have flour, sugar, oil, cocoa, coffee and dairy input costs in the P&L of their company. I do so by advising them how to use the futures markets to be strategic in their purchasing decisions. I also renegotiate the processing fees on these input costs of their commodity ingredients.

Ultimately, it is about making better decisions based on data, rather than on ‘gut’, as well as avoiding the peaks in the market.  Enhancing the bottom line is the key metrics in all roles in a company.

I get to do my job for companies where I can make a difference, be appreciated, and do what I have spent and enjoyed 30+ years doing, which is commodity markets.

Name the top 3 characteristics you need to be good at your job 

  1. Analytical
  2. Determined
  3. Getting along with people

Why did you decide to pursue a career in the food industry  

I figured it was recession proof , as people will always eat

Top 3 advice tips for students and new grads coming into the industry  

  1. Listen/Learn
  2. Ask questions
  3. Manage your career like it is an asset

Tell us why your FoodJobRocks?  

I get to do what I am passionate about, and I get to make a difference for companies/people.

Favourite Quote  

Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.” – Thomas A. Edison

“The tip of the Iceberg. There will be more”. – Carl Johnson


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