Primary job tasks

As a bunker trader you are dealing in bunker (ship) fuel. Your tasks include locating clients, primarily shipowners, negotiating and closing your deals

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Your motivations and qualifications

  • You have completed your upper secondary education
  • Good English and computer skills
  • An interest for sales and negotiation 
  • Want to travel and work independently

Global deals

You are also in charge of consulting clients on the different fuels and where in the world they are available. You will also be working closely with port agents regarding the supply of fuel for your clients. 

The programme

To become a bunker trader you will take on a 2-year trainee programme with a bunker trading company.

As a trainee you primarily work in the company where you will be provided with a mentor who will train you in every aspect of the business. As part of your training you will undertake a 5-week schooling programme in Esbjerg. Some companies will also require that you complete the first part of the HD program at Copenhagen Business School.

During your training, there is a good chance to be be posted abroad e.g., in Monaco, Shanghai or Singapore. You receive trainee salary during your training.

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As a graduate bunker trader you can work in Denmark but there are also great potential to build an international career. 

You can continue your studies at CBS’ Master programme in Shipping and Logistics or study to become a shipbroker.

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