Shipping Trainee in NORDEN Shipping (Singapore) Pte., Ltd, Singapore
In Singapore, we expect to take in one to two Shipping Trainees each year in August. We have finished the recruitment process for 2013 - but will be looking for Shipping Trainees again at the beginning of 2014 with job start in August 2014.
The shipping trainee programme in Singapore is an intensive two-year programme consisting of both a practical and theoretical part.
After graduation our Shipping Trainees are usually offered a position within chartering or operation at one of our NORDEN's offices abroad for some years before returning to the office in Singapore.
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Shipping Trainee 2013 in Singapore brochure:
NORDEN Shipping (Singapore) Pte. Ltd., Singapore is a wholly owned subsidiary of Danish ship owner Dampskibsselskabet NORDEN A/S, Denmark. NORDEN was founded in 1871 and operates worldwide transporting cargoes at sea. NORDEN’s fleet is among the most modern and competitive in the industry.
Through our intensive two-year programme as Shipping Trainee at NORDEN Shipping (Singapore) Pte. Ltd. you will receive a thorough introduction to international shipping. The training consists of both a practical and a theoretical part. Your days will be busy and interesting, and as an added bonus your work life will become international - thus sharing your day-to-day work with both local and Danish colleagues at the office. You will be supervised by a mentor in your department and there will always be a colleague close by to answer your questions.
You will participate in a number of internal and external courses covering various shipping related subjects. Some courses will be held at our head office in Denmark in modules of 1 to 2 weeks where you will attend with your fellow Shipping Trainees from NORDEN offices world-wide.
The practical part - hands-on shipping
You will be an active player on our team in Singapore from day one. During the two-year period your knowledge of our 2 primary functions will gradually be developed. You will be placed either in our dry cargo or our tanker team, and will gain hands-on experience within the commercial part through a 12-month stay in our Chartering Department and within the executive part through a 12-month stay in our Operations Department. In addition, you will have 1 or 2 short stays (a few weeks) with 1 of our Port Captains in frequently used ports or on board vessels sailing on various destinations. This will give you an idea of how loading and discharging operations of vessels take place and how we co-operate with authorities and other partners in practice.
To qualify for the Shipping Trainee Programme you are to have - as a minimum - a bachelor degree with excellent results, preferably in business or shipping related majors and be fluent in English. Your personal qualifications and mindset are almost as important as your results: You have a strong personality, and you are open, inquisitive and have the courage to challenge yourself in new and perhaps different surroundings in a company with Danish roots and with an international career in mind, You are a dedicated teamplayer who share our core values: flexibility, reliability, empathy and ambition.
The purpose of the Shipping Trainee Programme is to become either Charterer or Operator at NORDEN Shipping (Singapore) Pte. Ltd., Singapore.
Charterer – also known as Chartering Manager – you find cargoes for the vessels and negotiate the freight rate. The market competition is fierce, and you must be alert and on your toes at all times. It is important that you have good business sense and a keen nose for negotiating. You are in direct contact with the customers, and you are the one who has to land the deal.
You must constantly strive to keep abreast of how supply and demand of raw materials such as iron ore, coal, sugar and gasoline change – and how this influences the freight market. You must analyse market reports and news enabling you to make the right decisions – also when under time pressure.
When the deal is landed, the Operator takes over and is in charge of the more specific terms and conditions.
As Operator – also known as Operations Manager – you must be organised, detail-oriented and service-minded. You are in close dialogue with captains, ports and authorities and also handle documents in connection with the vessel’s voyage.
You are very knowledgeable about contracts, vessels, bunker consumption, ports and geographical conditions in order to optimise the voyage and meet the customer’s requirements.
Competencies and profile
The Charterer and Operator work closely together, but their primary competencies and profiles are quite different.
The Charterer must have a keen nose for business and act as the sales person, whereas the Operator must have a good sense of perspective and strong organisational skills.
During the Shipping Trainee Programme, you will gain basic knowledge within both areas – and after completion of the programme you will, along with NORDEN, find the right position for you.
After having completed the two-year programme our graduated Shipping Trainees are typically offered a position within chartering or operations at one of NORDEN’s offices abroad for 2 to 3 years before returning to the office in Singapore. Besides Singapore, NORDEN has offices in China, India, Denmark, USA and Brazil.
Shipping Trainee 2013 in Singapore brochure:
We have finished the recruitment process for 2013 - but will be looking for Shipping Trainees again at the beginning of 2014 with job start in August 2014.
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