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Trader Development Program


Houston, TX, US, 77019

Req ID: 366242 


BASIC PURPOSE: This is an 18 – 24-month program designed to fully immerse candidates in the daily activities of a commodities trading company and identifies and trains future Musket Traders. 


Rotations cover several commercial skill building modules designed to give the experience, knowledge, and skill development across the critical functions that comprise the foundational insights required by all oil traders at Musket. Participants will have opportunity to gain valuable insight, resources, and foster meaningful relationships through getting hands on experience from those currently doing the jobs in each rotation. Employees will spend 4-6 months in each area.


Participants will test at the end of the program to assess how well they can apply what they have learned through trading simulations. Passing the test guarantees a clear career path to a full-time commercial role at Musket, including but not limited to Trader, Marketer or Business Development. Unsuccessful candidates will gain valuable experience that can open doors outside of the commercial roles listed above.



  • Commercial Operations
    • Scheduling: Rotation focuses on competencies around any of the following:
      • Managing logistical movements for Musket trading books
      • Managing daily scheduling activities (including nominations, confirmations, allocations)
  • Mid Office/Risk
    • PNL Analyst: Rotation centers on competencies targeting calculating and reporting accurate representation of Musket’s market risks and profitability.
  • Supply/Trading
    • Supply Coordinator: Rotation targets procuring the most cost efficient and reliable supply for Love’s Travel Stops and Country Stores with and centers on negotiation tactics, contracting, relationship building with suppliers and collaboration across internal teams at Circle K, Musket, Love’s and Gemini.
    • Oil Market Analyst: Rotation centers on competencies focused on tools that inform trading, marketing, and sourcing decisions by evaluating and measuring fundamentals, technical, and money flow market drivers.
  • Gemini/Fleet Marketing  
    • Analyst: Rotation is designed to develop an understanding of the full Musket / Gemini / Love’s value-chain through exposure to the system built to optimize costs and maximize sales price to retail customers.
  • Other duties and opportunities assigned as needed




  • Education:
    • High school Diploma or equivalent required
    • Bachelor’s Degree required
    • Bachelor’s Degree in Finance/Economics or MBA Preferred
  • Experience:
    • 1 - 2 year’s relevant work experience preferred
    • 1 – 2 year’s-experience in price risk management
    • 1 – 2 year’s-experience analyzing data and creating reports
    • 1 – 2 year’s-experience working with contracts
    • 1 – 2 year’s-experience managing relationships with internal and/or external customers or accounts



  • Skills:
    • Identify with Love’s Core Values (customer focus, integrity, strong work ethic, innovative thinking, perseverance)
    • Energetic
    • Positive learning attitude
    • Active listener
    • Persistent
    • Define their goals for the rotation
    • High aptitude
    • Fulfills program reading requirements (several industry-related books)
    • Knowledge of Microsoft Office with strong emphasis on Excel
    • Strong oral and verbal communication skills; ability to perform and make decisions under pressure and strict deadlines; excellent time management skills; detail oriented; ability to multitask and be a team player
  • Typical Physical Demands:
    • Requires prolonged sitting, some bending and stooping.
    • Occasional lifting up to 25 pounds.
    • Manual dexterity sufficient to operate a computer keyboard and calculator.
    • Requires normal range of hearing and vision.



Job Function(s): Corporate 


Love’s Travel Stops & Country Stores is the industry-leading travel stop network in the United States. For more than 55 years, we’ve provided customers with highway hospitality and “Clean Places, Friendly Faces.” We’re passionate about serving drivers with clean, modern facilities stocked with fuel, food and supplies. We offer meals from popular restaurant chains, trucking supplies, showers and everything needed to get back on the road quickly. The Love’s Family of Companies includes:

  • Gemini Motor Transport, one of the industry’s safest trucking fleets
  • Speedco, the light mechanical and trucking service specialists
  • Musket, a rapidly growing, Houston-based commodities supplier and trader
  • Trillium, a Houston-based alternative fuels expert


The Love's Experience

Love’s was founded in 1964 on the values of integrity, customer focus, strong work ethic, innovation and perseverance. We are looking for these in every person we hire. No matter what job you do for Love’s, your commitment to these values will not only continue our legacy of growth, it will also ensure your successful career.

Nearest Major Market: Houston

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