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We’re on a mission to revolutionize the lumber industry. And we’re hiring!

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Working at Olympic

At Olympic Industries, we recognize that our success as a lumber trading company in Vancouver is intricately tied to the growth of our team members. Join our team where our vibrant culture, dedication to customer service, and training blend effortlessly to support your professional journey.

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We strive to excel in the wood supply industry through unparalleled customer service, innovative technology, effective risk management, and advanced market insight. Our vision is to cultivate a culture of innovation, collaboration, and sustainability, establishing industry standards and a workplace that embraces diversity and encourages professional development. We invite you to join us in shaping a future where our innovations and endeavors make a lasting impact.

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Current Opportunities

Accounting Intern/Co-op

The Opportunity

Olympic Industries is excited to offer a highly motivated and detail-orientated student the opportunity to join our growth-oriented team for a 4-month contract beginning in September 2024 as an Accounting Intern!

Working closely with the Operations Department, the Accounting Intern will gain valuable hands-on experience in various aspects of accounting including accounts payable, accounts receivable, invoicing, and month-end closing procedures. This internship will also provide an opportunity to develop your administrative skills while working in a supportive and collaborative office environment.

Specific Responsibilities

As an Accounting Intern your responsibilities may include, but are not limited to, the following responsibilities:

Support the Credit Team in managing and tracking the company’s incoming payments:

  • Resolve payment discrepancies, address customer inquiries, and process credit and debit memos.
  • Assist in reconciling customer accountings, maintaining accurate records, and preparing accounts receivable reports.

Support the Invoicing Team in managing the creation, processing, and distribution of invoices:

  • Resolve invoicing inquiries, issue debits and credits, and update sales orders as needed.
  • Enter Purchase Orders (POs) into SalesAssist and complete required customs paperwork as needed.

Who We’re Looking For 

  • Working towards a Diploma or Degree in a related program such as Accounting.
  • Previous experience in a fast-paced work environment.
  • Proficient in Microsoft applications, particularly Microsoft Excel.
  • Experience with AS400 and Great Plains considered an asset.
  • Proven ability to complete work in a timely manner with exceptional accuracy and attention to detail.
  • Outstanding verbal, written, and visual communication skills.
  • A high degree of initiative, work ethic, integrity, and honesty.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to effectively communicate and interact with all levels of an organization.

What We Offer

 

Small Company with Big Perks

  • Olympic is a mid-sized company with an open door/open concept layout where anybody you may need is easily accessible. This layout not only helps to support individuals in their career growth and development but also encourages individuals to interact and be curious about how different departments support each other in their roles.

Great Central Location

  • Located in the Lonsdale Quay, Olympic is transit accessible from any location in the lower mainland. There are many great shops, restaurants, and parks within a walking distance and the mountains are just a 10-minute drive away.

Additional Details

  • Salary range: $38,000-$45,000 per annum.
  • This position is 100% in office, located in Lower Lonsdale, North Vancouver.

 

Who We Are

Olympic Industries ULC is a leading international forest products trading company with our annual revenue exceeding $500 million. Our expertise includes the trading, importing/exporting, and manufacturing of forest products from the comfort of our office located in the heart of the vibrant and beautiful Lonsdale Quay in North Vancouver, BC.

Established in 1972, we have a strong record of success and a clear vision for our industry’s sustainable future. With over 30 active Commodity Traders, we are proud to have a corporate culture that rewards hard work, entrepreneurship, and team collaboration.

 

Apply Now!

To apply, please submit a resume through our job board here: https://olympicindustriesulc.easyapply.co/.

 

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.

Trader Trainee

Who We Are

Olympic Industries ULC is a leading international forest products trading company with our annual revenue exceeding $500 million. Our expertise includes the trading, importing/exporting, and manufacturing of forest products from the comfort of our office located in the heart of the vibrant and breathtaking Lonsdale Quay in North Vancouver, BC.

Established in 1972, we have a strong record of success and a clear vision for our industry’s sustainable future. With over 30 active Commodity Traders in house and over 20 Operations Employees, we are proud to have a corporate culture that rewards hard work, entrepreneurship, and team collaboration.

 

Opportunity

Olympic Industries is currently searching for a highly passionate and customer-focused Trader Trainee to join our growth-oriented team and contribute to the company’s success through buying and selling forest products.

Reporting to the President, the Trader Trainee will work both in individual and team capacity to build sustainable businesses by developing long-term mutually beneficial trading partnerships.

 

Training Program for Trader Trainees

Successful candidates will be hired on Trader Trainees and will actively participate in an 8-12 month training program to develop an in-depth understanding of the lumber trading industry by:

  • Working with the logistics team to manage lumber distribution by growing Olympics’ transportation network and negotiating overland freight costs with various stakeholders.
  • Communicating and collaborating with Olympic Industries’ Commodity Traders to resolve challenges in the distribution of forest products.
  • Building and fostering professional relationships with Olympic Industries’ Commodity 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.

 

Specific Responsibilities of a Commodity Trader

  • Building and maintaining professional relationships with external stakeholders, including cold-calling, and qualifying prospects.
  • Leading, developing, and supporting trading activities.
  • Negotiating prices and sales with producers and consumers.
  • Continuously generating new trading ideas by identifying arbitrage opportunities.
  • Keeping a constant up-to-date knowledge of the markets.
  • Managing trading positions while balancing risk and financing.
  • Communicating and collaborating with the operations team to ensure smooth transactions.

Who We’re Looking For

Education and Experience

  • Degree or Diploma in a related program such as Business or equivalent experience considered an asset.
  • Fluent in Spanish and/or French considered an asset.
  • Previous experience in a meritocratic role where there is a requirement to influence other’s decisions and actions considered an asset. For example: sales, account management and business development.
  • 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.
  • Extended health benefits.
  • Life insurance and Accidental Death & Dismemberment Insurance.
  • Long-term disability insurance.
  • Employee assistance and scholarship programs.
  • On-site gym and showers.
  • On-site kitchen with a Nespresso coffee bar.
  • Easy access to the mountains and oceans!

 

Apply Now!

To apply, please submit a resume to our job board at https://olympicindustriesulc.easyapply.co/.

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 Commodity Trader 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. Sales Assessment

    While experience in sales is not necessary to be a successful Trader, there are specific soft skills that do make a successful Trader! This assessment will help to show us where both your hard skills and soft skills lie, and where we can fill in the gaps through training and development.
  3. Interview with Sr. People & Culture Specialist

    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.
  4. Interview with Head of People & Culture

    The second face-to-face interview is with our Head of People & Culture. During the interview, you will be asked a variety of questions about your relevant experience, and you will also have the opportunity to learn more about the organization from a different point of view.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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
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