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Career Opportunities

What We Look For

While no direct industry experience is required, our ideal candidates tend to be quick thinking, good with numbers and able to quickly build relationships through strong communication and an engaging approach. Given the self-starting and entrepreneurial nature of the trading role, a degree of ambition, grit and determination is required to be successful. We look forward to meeting you.

Equal Opportunity Employer

Olympic Industries is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We embrace diversity and are committed to building a team that represents a variety of backgrounds, cultures, perspectives, skills, and experiences. All aspects of employment, including the decision to hire, promote, discipline, and discharge, are based on competences, qualifications, merits, and business needs.

Commodity Trader

Who We Are

Olympic Industries ULC is a leading international forest products trading company with annual revenue exceeding $500 million. Our expertise includes importing, manufacturing, and wholesale distribution of lumber. Established in 1972, we have a strong record of success and a clear vision for our industry’s sustainable future. Our office is located in the heart of the vibrant and breathtaking Lonsdale Quay.

 

Opportunity

Olympic Industries is currently searching for a highly motivated and passionate Commodity Trader to join our growth-oriented team and contribute to the company’s success through buying and selling forest products in the Physical/Cash and Futures market – while providing market intelligence to customers and producers, managing risk and margin, and engaging in business development.

Reporting to the President, the Commodity Trader will work both in individual and team capacity to build sustainable businesses for extracting margin from arbitrage opportunities.

 

Specific Responsibilities

  • Negotiating prices and sales with producers and consumers.
  • Networking, cold-calling, and qualifying prospects.
  • Drive, develop, and support trading activities.
  • Continuously generating new trading ideas by identifying arbitrage opportunities.
  • Keeping a constant up-to-date knowledge of the markets to ensure continuous real-time price discovery.
  • Managing trading positions autonomously while balancing risk and financing.
  • Communicating and collaborating with the support team to ensure smooth transactions.
  • Mentoring and supporting the growth of new Trader Trainees.

 

Training for Trader Trainees

Successful candidates will actively participate in an 8-12 months intensified training program to develop an in-depth understanding of the lumber trading industry while:

  • Working with the logistics team to manage lumber distribution through growing the transportation network and negotiating freight.
  • Communicating and collaborating with Olympic Industries Traders to resolve challenges in the distribution of forest products.
  • Networking with Olympic Industries Traders to learn about the company’s business model.
  • Monitoring and analyzing market trends within the forest product trading industry.
  • Developing and presenting a personal business plan before transitioning to the trading floor.

 

Who We’re Looking For

Education and Experience

  • Previous experience in a meritocratic role where there is a requirement to influence other’s decisions and actions. For example: sales and account management.
  • Degree or Diploma in a related program such as Business or equivalent experience considered an asset.
  • Experience in competitive sports or other highly competitive roles is considered an asset.
  • Background in forestry or lumber is considered an asset.

 

Competencies

  • High-energy with an entrepreneurial spirit.
  • Strong work ethic and commitment to go above and beyond in a professional environment.
  • A high degree of integrity and honesty.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to effectively communicate and interact with all levels of an organization.
  • Excellent analytical and mathematical skills.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Excel.
  • Ability to complete work in a timely manner with accuracy and attention to detail.
  • Ability to act with good judgement and discretion, keeping sensitive business data secure.

 

Why Join Us?

  • Unlimited earning potential with a highly competitive compensation model.
  • Work hard, play hard company culture.
  • Employee stock ownership plan.
  • RRSP Contribution Plan.
  • On-site gym and showers.
  • On-site kitchen.
  • Extended health benefits.
  • Life insurance and Accidental Death & Dismemberment Insurance.
  • Long-term disability insurance.
  • Employee assistance and scholarship programs.
  • Easy access to the mountains and oceans.

 

Apply Now!

For more information on Olympic Industries, please visit our website at www.olympicind.com. To apply, please submit a resume in confidence to careers@olympicind.com.

 

We thank all applicants for their interest! However, only those selected for an interview will be contacted. At Olympic Industries, we embrace diversity and are committed to building a team that represents a variety of backgrounds, cultures, perspectives, skills, and experiences. As an equal opportunity employer, we encourage applications from all qualified individuals.

Controller

Who We Are

Olympic Industries ULC is a leading international forest products trading company with annual revenue exceeding $500 million. Our expertise includes importing, manufacturing, and wholesale distribution of lumber.

Established in 1972, we have a strong record of success and a clear vision for our industry’s sustainable future. Our office is located in the heart of the vibrant and breathtaking Lonsdale Quay.

 

Opportunity

Olympic Industries is currently searching for a highly motivated and passionate Controller to join our growth-oriented team and contribute to the company’s success through planning, managing, and coordinating the Company’s business operations.

Reporting to the President, and working closely with the Parent Company’s Controller and CFO, the Controller will work in a leadership capacity to enrich workplace culture, supervise Operations Personnel, and perform high-level administrative duties.

 

Specific Responsibilities

  • Conduct financial planning and analysis (FP&A) to manage and evaluate the financial operations functions of the Company.
  • Complete all daily, monthly, quarterly, and annual accounting activities.
  • Produce and manage financial reports necessary for the Parent Company to consolidate business results accurately.
  • Manage the calculation of Trader commission and administer payroll/support benefits administration for all employees.
  • Oversee credit activities, FX, derivative trading business, and other hedging tools.
  • Manage risks through reviewing contracts and expenses.
  • Monitor sales tax compliance in operating states and provinces.
  • Implement cost savings measure based on the analysis of controlled costs.
  • Administer and review inventory processes, programs, and controls to identify problems and suggest resolutions.
  • Assist in administering the Company’s financial programs and other sales-related transactions.
  • Coordinate with the Parent Company on any internal and external financial and operational audits.
  • Communicate with the Parent Company on identified issues and risks.
  • Hire, train, support, retain, and lead Operations Personnel, including IT.

Who We’re Looking For

Education and Experience

  • Four-year College or University degree in a related program such as Accounting, Finance, and Business.
  • A CPA designation is considered an asset.
  • Minimum of 5-7 years of related experience, including 3 years of public accounting and auditing experience.
  • Previous experience within a Private Trading/Wholesale/Brokering Firm or a distribution environment within the Building Products Sector considered an asset.
  • Leadership experience with proven ability to optimize the team’s development and performance.

 

Competencies

  • Ability to lead, manage, and coach a Team.
  • Excellent analytical, financial, and accounting skills.
  • Ability to cope with changes, make decisions, and act comfortably with risks and uncertainties.
  • Can-do attitude with the willingness to take on all levels of responsibilities and duties as required.
  • Strong critical thinking skills, including the ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to effectively communicate and work collaboratively with all levels of an organization, including Employees, Management, and External Stakeholders.
  • Strong work ethic and commitment to go above and beyond in a professional environment.
  • Ability to act with good judgement and discretion, keeping sensitive business data secure.
  • High-energy with an entrepreneurial spirit.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Excel.

 

Why Join Us?

  • Work hard, play hard company culture.
  • Employee stock ownership plan.
  • RRSP Contribution Plan.
  • On-site gym and showers.
  • On-site kitchen.
  • Extended health benefits.
  • Life insurance and Accidental Death & Dismemberment Insurance.
  • Long-term disability insurance.
  • Employee assistance and scholarship programs.
  • Easy access to the mountains and oceans.

 

Apply Now!

For more information on Olympic Industries, please visit our website at www.olympicind.com. To apply, please submit a resume in confidence to careers@olympicind.com.

We thank all applicants for their interest! However, only those selected for an interview will be contacted. At Olympic Industries, we embrace diversity and are committed to building a team that represents a variety of backgrounds, cultures, perspectives, skills, and experiences. As an equal opportunity employer, we encourage applications from all qualified individuals.

Network Administrator

Who We Are

Olympic Industries ULC is a leading international forest products trading company with annual revenue exceeding $500 million. Our expertise includes importing, manufacturing, and wholesale distribution of lumber.

Established in 1972, we have a strong record of success and a clear vision for our industry’s sustainable future. Our office is located in the heart of the vibrant and breathtaking Lonsdale Quay.

 

Opportunity

Olympic Industries is currently searching for a highly motivated and passionate Network Administrator to join our growth-oriented team and contribute to the company’s success through building and managing our IT functions.

Reporting to the Controller and working closely with the Parent Company’s Network Administrator, the Network Administrator is responsible for providing all levels of technical support and overseeing the company’s IT infrastructures.

 

Specific Responsibilities

  • Provide technical (Help Desk) support to Management, Traders, and Operations staff.
  • Provide onsite and remote troubleshooting solutions for all computer and operating system issues.
  • Manage the IT onboarding and offboarding workflows.
  • Assist and train staff on the use of computer networks, workstations, and other IT systems.
  • Provide server maintenance and support in a VM Environment.
  • Provide PBX phone system maintenance and support.
  • Communicate with staff and the Parent Company on identified technical issues and risks.
  • Oversee the management and implementation of the company’s IT infrastructures.
  • Administer, upkeep, configure, and upgrade/expand all servers, workstations, networking equipment, PBX phones, and general technology in a 50 user Microsoft environment.
  • Ensure proper security and compliance processes are in place and perform reoccurring tests to ensure data security.
  • Perform gap analysis and recommend cost-effective technical system improvements.
  • Identify and analyze trends in issue reporting and develop preventative solutions.

Who We’re Looking For

Education and Experience

  • Degree or diploma in a related program such as Information Systems (IS) or Computer Systems Technology (CST).
  • Minimum 2 years of Help Desk experience.
  • Experience with Microsoft Server, Active Directory, and Exchange.
  • Experience with firewalls, preferably Watchguard.
  • Experience working in a VM environment, specifically VMWare/VEEAM.
  • Experience with offsite backups and cloud repositories.
  • Experience working in a PBX environment.
  • Experience leading and managing large IT projects and rolling out IT infrastructures is considered an asset.

 

Competencies

  • Proven ability to complete multiple tasks simultaneously and promptly with exceptional accuracy and attention to detail.
  • Desire and capacity to acquire new knowledge, develop new skills, and adapt to new technologies.
  • Outstanding verbal, written, and visual communication skills.
  • A high degree of initiative, work ethic, integrity, and honesty.
  • Ability to listen to and understand instructions.
  • Ability to work independently or with others to complete tasks.
  • Ability to use strong judgement in analyzing, troubleshooting, and evaluating problems.
  • Ability to act with good judgement and discretion: keeping sensitive business data secure.
  • Skilled at providing prompt, friendly, and attentive support to Traders and Operations staff.

 

Why Join Us?

  • Work hard, play hard company culture.
  • Employee stock ownership plan.
  • RRSP Contribution Plan.
  • On-site gym and showers.
  • On-site kitchen.
  • Extended health benefits.
  • Life insurance and Accidental Death & Dismemberment Insurance.
  • Long-term disability insurance.
  • Employee assistance and scholarship programs.
  • Easy access to the mountains and oceans.

 

Apply Now!

For more information on Olympic Industries, please visit our website at www.olympicind.com. To apply, please submit a resume in confidence to careers@olympicind.com.

We thank all applicants for their interest! However, only those selected for an interview will be contacted. At Olympic Industries, we embrace diversity and are committed to building a team that represents a variety of backgrounds, cultures, perspectives, skills, and experiences. As an equal opportunity employer, we encourage applications from all qualified individuals.

 

Our Recruitment Process

At Olympic Industries, we strive to build a team with the best cultural fit and make our company the best place employees have ever worked. As one of our top priorities is to develop top talents and create jobs that best fit them (versus moulding them into positions), our recruitment process takes time to complete. We would like to thank you in advance for your patience and engagement as we go through the process together. Our recruitment process differs between roles - here are some steps we take to get to know you:
  1. Phone Interview

    After reviewing your job application, our Recruiter will invite you to a phone interview if we think there could be a mutual fit. This is the first step we take to get to know more about your qualification and to find out if your career ambitions align with the position.
  2. First Interview

    A first face-to-face interview with the Recruitment team will help us get to know your professional background and career goals better. This is also the time for us to give you an overview of how the company operates and answer any questions you may have about the job.
  3. Assessments

    We take training and development very seriously, and we want to know how we can help our employees excel. Should you become a member of our team, the Personality Assessment will help us create a customized development plan for you. Meanwhile, the Abilities Assessment will help us predict your ability to learn new skills, understand concepts, and solve problems at work.
  4. Interview with the Traders

    No one knows the Trader’s job more in-depth than our in-house Traders. During the interview, our Traders will share what the dynamic profession entails and learn about your potential to succeed as a Trader Trainee.
  5. Interview with the President

    As you pass the first few interview phases, we will schedule a time for you to meet our President. As the strategic leader of Olympic Industries, our President will use this opportunity to get to know you more and discuss how we can help each other succeed.
  6. Realistic Job Preview

    At Olympic Industries, we take pride in our business transparencies. As we move towards the end of the interview process, we may invite you to spend a day in our office so we can show you the nitty-gritty of how the company operates. As you spend time with our employees, you will be able to learn everything you need to know about the Trader-Trainee job, including its benefits and challenges you may face should you become a member of our team.

Working at Olympic

  1. Company Culture

    With an average tenure of approximately 10 years, Olympic places a strong emphasis on developing a culture of growth, support and mutual success. In such a fast-paced and demanding industry, it is important that we operate as a team and a family. We work hard together, and we play hard together.
  2. Entrepreneurial

    Each of our traders have the opportunity to build and manage their own business, with full autonomy to source, analyze and pursue deals and clients. With no two traders sharing the same approach, each gets to choose how they run their desk—who you sell to, how you sell, what you sell and how much you earn.
  3. Earning Potential

    Once the training program has been completed, business plan developed and the book of business has become sustainable, our traders move from salary to commission-based compensation. Through hard work and commitment, the income potential on our trading floor is limited only to the proficiency and ambition of our traders.
  4. Employee–Owned

    Olympic is part of the Forest City Trading Group, which is comprised of 12 companies read across North America. Employee owned since 2004, each of our employees has the opportunity to invest and earn stock into the parent company each year. They then enjoy returns through both share appreciation and annual dividends.
  5. Training Program

    At Olympic, we have made a radical commitment to search out the most promising emerging talent and nurture their development through a comprehensive and supportive mentoring process. Each successful candidate embarks their career with a salaried, 12-month program of both internal training and external professional development. Before they ever see the trading floor, we ensure that each member of our team has a complete understanding of each of our divisions and business channels
  6. Benefits and Perks

    We strive to create a working environment that is both focused and healthy. We offer a comprehensive benefits package, an RRSP program, wellness initiatives, employee assistance and scholarships to each of our team members. Our location, adjacent to Burrard Inlet on Vancouver’s North Shore provides easy access to the mountains and oceans, as well as world class shops, restaurants and parks within walking distance. Throughout the year, we host a myriad of high quality team building events, getaways and activities
We work hard together and we play hard together ↘

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