Manager, Ocean Freight

DSV – Global transport and logistics
In 1976, ten independent hauliers joined forces and founded DSV in Denmark. Since then, DSV has evolved to become the world’s 3rd largest supplier of global solutions within transport and logistics. Today, we add value to our customers’ entire supply chain by transporting, storing, packaging, re-packaging, processing and clearing all types of goods. We work every day from our many offices in more than 80 countries to ensure a steady supply of goods to production lines, outlets, stores and consumers all over the world. Our reach is global yet our presence is local and close to our customers.  Read more at

Location: [[Port Elizabeth]]
Job Posting Title: [[Manager, Ocean Freight]] 
Time Type: [[Full Time (On-Site)]]

Computer Literacy

  • Advacned level with CargoWise 1 experience.

Job-Related Requirements

  • Minimum of  5  years’ experience in a Forwarding & Clearing environment.
  • Previous manergerial experience.


  • Good communication skills both written and verbal.
  • Excellent people management skills.
  • Experience in managing a P&L for a company or department.

Main Purpose of the Role

The role will focus on the delivery of operational excellence, streamlined process improvement and improved technology solutions for Port Elizabeth customers, as well as the responsibility for new business; customer retention and growth for the SEA department (imports and exports).

Duties & Responsibility

  • Delivering the Import and Export operations and financial performance, working with Director Ocean to prepare budget and business plans.
  • Drive continuous improvements to day-to-day operations, and identify opportunities to provide best in class supply chain management solutions to Port Elizabeths customers.
  • Ensure the appropriate department structure and staffing to support the performance delivery.
  • Be a great people leader: build strong relationships and team, hiring of staff, commit to the growth of individuals on team and lead by example.
  • Conduct regular appraisal meetings setting objectives in line with the Company’s goals and to provide succession management.
  • Review and appraise all suppliers, and ensure all suppliers pro-actively managed with agreed KPIs and SLAs.
  • Act as an escalation points for critical issues and customer service complaints.
  • Maintain professional and technical knowledge by attending workshops; reviewing professional publications; establishing personal networks; benchmarking state-of-the-art practices within DSV.
  • Identification and implementation of new activities / business sectors / routings / trading partnerships to support the growth in profitable operations.
  • Development and promotion of technology driven solutions, with a focus on automation of all manual activity (status reports) within the Ocean team.
  • Growth of revenue and margins of existing activities on an annual basis.
  • Input into all RFQ’s and Tender for Seafreight.
  • Managing of pricing/projects within the Seafreight environment.
  • To engage and work closely with other department managers and branches for optimal business processes and work flow which in turn drives financial results, client engagement and satisfaction and productivity.

Other Duties

  • To develop the Seafreight product by engaging nationally with the Ocean Product Director/trade land and other branches.
  • To ensure effective financial controls are reported on on a monthly basis.
  • Accounts payable (AP) and unbooked daily invoice oversight.
  • Oversight of all WIPS and Negative Accruals.
  • Monthly budget reviews and forecasting.
  • Monitoring of shipments into customs (FIS) by the monitoring of the shipment and customs dashboard.
  • Management of ZAComments for (FIS) and (FES).
  • Monitoring of Daily GP – forecasting of monthly GP and EBIT against budget.
  • Webcost oversight.
  • Customer visits and entertainment.
  • Monitoring of leave planning for FIS and FES teams.
  • To build the DSV and Port Elizabeth branch culture.

Disclaimer: Due to the high volume of applications received, only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. Should an external candidate not hear from us within four (4) weeks following their application, they should consider their application unsuccessful. Strictly fair and non-discriminatory selection procedures will be followed. We use Affirmative Action (AA) measures in an endeavor to redress the disadvantages in employment experienced by designated groups. Where possible, preference will be given to candidates from the designated groups as defined in the Employment Equity Act and in line with DSV’s Employment Equity plans. DSV reserves the right to defer or close a vacancy at any time. 

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