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EU Commercial Optimization Manager

Job Posting Date:  30 Mar 2024
Function:  Commercial

Budel Dorplein, NL

Nyrstar is an international producer of critical minerals and metals essential for a low carbon future. With a market leading position in zinc and lead, Nyrstar has mining, smelting and other operations located in Europe, the United States and Australia and employs approximately 4,000 people. Its Corporate Office is based in Budel-Dorplein, the Netherlands.
The company’s operations are located close to key customers and major transport hubs to facilitate reliable and efficient delivery of raw materials and distribution of finished products. Nyrstar’s operating business is wholly owned by Trafigura, one of the world’s leading independent commodity trading and supply chain logistics companies

For our Corporate Office based in Budel-Dorplein, we are recruiting an EU Commerical Optimization Manager – Acid & By-products who will report to the Global Head of Commercial.


The EU Commercial Optimization Manager – Acid & By-products will be responsible for the Acid, By-products & Leach Business Optimisation & Sales revenue for Nyrstar.

The role also manages the commercial account management for direct trucked Acid accounts and acts as a backup function for EU By-products.


Liaise with senior production stakeholders across all European sites on a regular basis to ensure the following:

  • Composition of byproducts matches the best commercial options (i.e. specification, impurities, blending, reprocessing vs sales).
  • Working the with plant and the Inventory Planner to ensure acid strength, acid segregation, acid impurities are controlled closely.

Internal Reporting:

  • Regular internal reporting - i.e. ensuring forecast files are collated and updated (globally), budgeting process EU.
  • Together with Global Commercial Head, present regular market summaries and updates to senior management (EU).


  • Work with commercial team to increase market share of acid sales from the four European sites to acid accounts in Europe.
  • Detailed market mapping and market share analysis.
  • Back up function for European By Product sales team.
  • Build & present business case justifications for capex project directly related to commercial outcomes.
  • Become an integral part of the commercial sales function and drive profitability.



  • Senior and operational site management.
  • Various internal departments throughout the Nyrstar and Trafigura group globally.



  • Bachelor's / Master's degree in Business Administration or similar.
  • Certifications in Project Management.
  • 10+ years working experience in a similar role,  in Heavy Industry preferably Mining, Chemicals or Oil & Gas.  
  • Background in commodities trading is a plus.
  • Operate both independently and as part of a global team.
  • Self-motivated to identify areas of improvement  
  • Structured and intuitive problem solver who can influence at various levels of the organization. 
  • Excellent financial acumen (understanding of impact of financials). 
  • Extensive work experience in manufacturing and operations management. 
  • Strong Communication Skills, proficient in English, additional languages are a plus. 



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