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Alexander Poole

Experienced Trading Professional


10 years of experience, trading niche commodities (dried fruits, nuts, seeds) internationally.

Accomplished buyer & seller, seeking a new role that takes advantage of my excellent communication skills.

Work experience

Oct 2005Present

Senior Trader

£75million turnover company, specialising in the trade, importation & distribution of dried fruits, nuts and seeds.  One of UK's fastest growing companies of 2013, and 26th fastest growing company in terms of international sales.

•Sourcing & approving international suppliers.  

•Experienced developer of strong product supply chains, for safe supply 'from field to fork'

•Negotiating sales contracts to clients.  Diverse client base within UK and internationally.  Including other trading companies, independent retailers, national bakeries and bluechip manufacturing companies.

•Balancing £5-£15million stock control against company cash flow requirements

•Skilled manager of 'positions' both long and 'short.'  Maintaining landed stock and stock 'afloat,' (or filling short positions 'just in time') to fulfil manufacturing schedules and forecasts to clients. 

•Assured &  self-motivated individual worker.  

Constructive team player and motivator.

PP Systems



I.T. company specialising in pre-press solutions for newspapers & commercial printers. 

Specialised IT Systems installation and maintenance.  

Design and implementation of websites for small businesses.  Macromedia MX suite; Frontpage; Adobe Photoshop; form scripting and database driven web pages. 

Office Based Sales

Regular use of Microsoft Office suite, including Word, Excel and Access. 


University of Edinburgh

Oct 2001Oct 2005

M.A (Hons) Philosophy & Economics

  • Honours courses including Analysis of Economic Data, Economics of Developing Countries, and Natural Resources & Environmental Economics.
  • Dissertation on Ethics in Development Economics.

Particular philosophical interest in ethics and distributive justice. 



As an intermediary, providing information clearly and concisely.

Pro actively relaying issues and requests among all parties.

Create, maintain and build productive working relationships with all stakeholders

Excellent negotiation skills.  Tight margins on commodities demand value be 'squeezed out.'

International Trading

Confident 'position taker,' trading and negotiating large stock positions/contracts

Strong track record in recognising purchasing/sales opportunities to maximise profitability in tight margin environment.

Trading with currency exchange rate fluctuations to further maximise gains.

Target Driven

Company defined sales targets, focussing on delivering improved margin targets, as well as turnover 

Balancing lower margins with faster 'capital turnover'

Consistently achieved purchase contracts 'below' future market prices.

Self imposed targets set for self development 


Balancing day-to-day workload, with longer term ventures

Organising office workload against international business trips and audits

Logically working within demanding time constraints to deliver to manufacturers according to their 'just in time delivery' setups.

Supply chain management of 80+ suppliers

Department management, category planning, category and KPI analysis of 40+ product groups

Monitor and analyse commodity markets to anticipate buying opportunities and make appropriate buying decisions


Confident, well presented, logical negotiator

Increased product and category sales and margins through exceptional negotiating, sourcing and retail promotional offers.

Strong client & supplier relationships

Identified new UK and global supply chain options, achieving lower costs, improved supplier service, product quality and increased NPD options.


Track and report on market trends and key influences impacting on the supply chain.

Providing accessible & informative reports, via trade journals, mail shots, video reports and personal Powerpoint presentations

Confident public speaker at trade shows, developing new relations and growing the company presence within the industry

Achievements & Interests

Keen sailor.  Qualified 'day skipper.'  When I have the chance, I enjoy sailing around the Western Isles.  My family moors a boat in Oban.   

Qualified Paraglider.  Recently passed my 'Core Pilot' exams.  I am hoping to climb some Munros in the coming years and glide down (if the weather allows) to save the knees the walk back down!



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