Head of Ocean Freight
- Full time
- @Work In South Africa posted 2 months ago
- Posted : 11 January 2024 -Accepting applications
Career Level Supervisor / Manager
Experience 10 Years +
What we do Transport & Logistics
Qualifications Bachelors Degree
Our client is a leading global logistics company with a strong presence in the freight forwarding industry. With a commitment to excellence and a track record of delivering exceptional services, our client has established itself as a trusted partner for businesses across various sectors. With a focus on innovation and customer satisfaction, our client provides end-to-end logistics solutions to meet the evolving needs of its clients.
Our client is looking for a dynamic and experienced Head of Ocean Freight to join their team in Johannesburg, South Africa. As the Head of Ocean Freight, you will play a crucial role in overseeing and managing all aspects of ocean freight operations. You will be responsible for leading a team, developing strategies, and ensuring the smooth and efficient movement of goods via sea routes.
If you have extensive experience in Ocean Freight Forwarding and possess strong leadership skills, we invite you to apply for this exciting opportunity. In addition to a competitive salary, our client offers attractive remuneration packages and excellent career growth prospects.
Duties and Responsibilities:
- Develop and implement strategies to optimize ocean freight operations, ensuring cost-effectiveness and timely delivery of goods.
- Oversee and manage a team of professionals, providing guidance, support, and mentorship to drive high performance.
- Build and maintain strong relationships with key stakeholders, including shipping lines, carriers, and customs authorities.
- Monitor industry trends, regulations, and market conditions to identify opportunities and risks, and proactively adapt strategies accordingly.
- Collaborate with internal teams, such as sales and customer service, to ensure seamless coordination and exceptional customer satisfaction.
- Ensure compliance with international trade regulations and customs requirements, minimizing risks and ensuring smooth clearance of goods.
- Conduct regular performance evaluations, identify areas for improvement, and implement necessary training and development initiatives.
- Drive continuous process improvement initiatives to enhance operational efficiency and effectiveness.
- Prepare and analyze ocean freight reports, providing insights and recommendations to senior management.
- Stay updated with the latest advancements in the ocean freight industry, including digitalization and automation, and explore opportunities to leverage technology for improved operations.
Qualifications and Experience:
- South African national with a minimum of 10 years of experience in Ocean Freight Forwarding.
- Proven track record of successfully managing and leading ocean freight operations.
- Strong knowledge of international shipping practices, regulations, and documentation requirements.
- Excellent leadership and people management skills, with the ability to motivate and inspire a team.
- Exceptional communication and negotiation skills, with the ability to build and maintain relationships with stakeholders at all levels.
- Sound analytical and problem-solving abilities, with a strategic mindset.
- Proficiency in relevant software and systems used in ocean freight operations.
- Bachelor’s degree in Logistics, Supply Chain Management, or a related field (preferred).
- Professional certifications in freight forwarding or logistics (desired).
- Willingness to travel as required.
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