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Agriculture Trading

H.W. Anderson has been actively sourcing talent throughout a challenging period for the agricultural commodities cycle. The evolving nature of the industry has led to increased price transparency and a continued consolidation of the major agriculture trading firms. Many firms have taken a more risk-averse approach to proprietary trading in the agriculture world and many of the major hedge funds have reduced their exposure to agricultural commodities. However this does not mean that there have not been opportunities in the market. In particular in light of the recent surge in commodities prices, the agriculture markets have rebounded to a degree that has led to increased demand for agriculture traders and the services of agri trading recruiters. The latest challenge in the market has been adapting to the increased flows of information and being able to incorporate data and technology into the analysis and trading process.

Agri Markets Coverage

Functional Scope

We have found success in sourcing physical and paper traders across Grains, Oilseeds and Soft commodities such as Coffee and Cocoa from a global perspective. In addition to also covering fundamental agriculture analytics, we have been able to incorporate our agri trading recruitment expertise in the quantitative analytics and data science space to identify candidates that not only understand the fundamentals of agriculture trading but can also incorporate advanced quantitative analytics into their approach.


  • Agriculture Trading and Portfolio Management: We have experience sourcing paper and physical agriculture traders across global grains, oilseeds and softs. This includes outright proprietary paper traders as well as cash traders that have strong relationships with origination and destination markets.
  • Fundamental Analysis: We work with analysts that have narrow experience in specific product markets as well as those that have experience building balance sheets across the agricultural spectrum.
  • Quantitative Analysis: Increasingly in our role as agri trading recruiters, we specialize in sourcing analysis that can combine rigorous fundamental analytics with advanced quantitative techniques to produce sophisticated trading insights and strategies. In addition to this, we also have experience working with Quants that can create their own systematic strategies in the agricultural commodities markets.

Global Strategic Relationships

Our Clients

We partner with some of the major global agriculture trading firms as well as some of the newer entrants into the agri markets. Our core focus has been in Europe and North America, but we have also successfully worked mandates in Singapore and Hong Kong. In addition to the trading firms we also partner with some of the hedge funds that have retained exposure to agri commodities over the years.


Diverse Relationships

We focus on delivering elite front office agri and softs talent internationally. We have experience delivering for a variety of clients but we are most commonly engaged by one of the following three firm types


Our privately held trading clients are strengthening their physical and financial trading and origination desks as the industry continues to face volatility and supply disruption.



Whether bottom up fundamental style investors or global macro players our hedge fund clients have leveraged us as agri trading recruiters to identify talented discretionary and systematic Agri markets investors.


Asset backed Agri Producers and industrial/corporate hedging players benefit alike from the access to talent derived from developing a close relationship with a leading agri trading recruiter like HW Anderson.


Engaging HW Anderson

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Our People

Within the hyper-competitive and tight-knit trading and investment community our growth as a firm since inception has been exponential and truly organic. Every specialist HW Anderson consultant has been trained in-house and from-scratch. This ensures our methodology is original and consistent and that our culture is unique. Thanks to this growth we are positioned as a leader in Trans-Atlantic front office search. With three established offices, in the USA, UK and EU, our talented team is uniquely positioned to deliver meaningful Agri trading recruitment value for our clients into the future.

Meet The Team