Saturday , July 20 2019

Vacancy for a General Manager, Operations in a Shipping and Logistics Company

Adexen Recruitment Agency is mandated by its client, a Shipping and Logistics company to recruit a suitably qualified candidate to fill the position below:



Position: General Manager, Operations
Port Harcourt, Rivers
Charter Management:

  • Manages all the vessels charter contracts (from an operations standpoint) from on-hire to the point of off-hire.
  • Ensures the strategic plan is developed and implemented for a safe, efficient marine services operation that serves the needs of internal and external clients.
  • Reviews and progresses the standardized new-build strategy and provides marine input to contract concept selection.
  • Continuously assessing operating environment and clients business contexts to identify.
  • opportunities for new business, including innovative partnership possibilities.

Vessel Management:

  • Acts as escalation point-of-contact and interface on all vessel operations matters.
  • Plans budgets and schedules for fleet maintenance and ensures strict compliance.
  • Controls the assigned budget and actively seek operational leverage to improve cost efficiency via creating a continuous improvement operational culture.
  • Supervises the preparation of vessels for all statutory surveys (Class and Flag) including dry docks as at when due.
  • Ensures strict adherence to Company’s SMS manual to safeguard shipboard quality safety and environmental standards in strict compliance to ISM and other relevant codes and procedures.
  • Ensures strict compliance to PMS and other policies enunciated to maximize vessel operationability.
  • Provides weekly / monthly reports as requested by management or clients.
  • Prepares monthly executive summary reports on vessel operations for Executive management.
  • Carries out monthly operational budget review, prepare variance analysis including expenditure trend and other relevant reports for management.
  • Develops and maintains internal controls and policies for an effective operations system.

Operations: Vessel Standardization and Budget Management:

  • Oversees all operational activities to ensure high quality and optimised service delivery at a highly competitive rate.
  • Optimises fleet capacity utilisation and standardization.
  • Enforces a 100% uptime preventive vessel maintenance policy regime.
  • Makes sure that all Calibration results are documented in accordance with the QA/Project specific requirements.
  • Familiarizes self with, follows and implements the latest revisions of quality manual QA/QC procedures including the HSE programmes
  • Monitors and immediately rectifies non-compliance to vessel operating procedures.
  • Ensures timely port turnaround, defect close outs and shipyard repair activities
  • Creates an environment of continuous improvement and performance for budgets, safety, staff and customers
  • Investigates new opportunities for deriving value from marine services competencies.
  • Ensures adherence to all safety requirements and regulations.
  • Oversees the implementation and execution of all safety programs including drills strict compliance to Crisis management Plan and Vessel Security Plan.
  • Responsible for all revisions of quality manual QA/QC procedures including the HSE programmes and securing management’s approval.

Operations Team Management and Development:

  • Supervises and ensures the efficient management of corporate assets, systems and infrastructures.
  • Be a role model for all marine and base teams, demonstrate leadership behavior, set standards and inspire others to achieve the department’s objectives.
  • Listen effectively, assess the situation, determine relevant issues, identify solutions and gain consensus
  • Establishes a structured plan for knowledge sharing and capability development in fields of expertise
  • Champions the company core values to demonstrate and instill same in all employees.
  • Drive continuous improvement initiatives ensuring all activities are carried out in compliance with agreed quality standards and regulations.
  • Develops positive relationship within team and with other department heads.
  • Provides and ensures execution of appropriate integration of new hires aboard vessels and within Marine Operations department.
  • Directly responsible for identifying the training and development needs of Operations team and ensuring provision thereof according to established and approved training programs through HR.
  • Provides on-going performance feedback and coaching to all marine Operations Department team members

Regulatory and Stakeholder Management:

  • Develop effective relationships with a range of stakeholders including clients and regulatory agencies
  • Exceed customer expectations through operational excellence and to actively promote the company brand
  • Provides efficient, pleasant and prompt service to clients.
  • Provides daily, weekly and monthly reports as requested by the management or the client.
  • Develops policies and systems, designed to achieve the mission of the Company and comply with all marine regulatory, safety and classification society requirements


  • Maintains supply and equipment purchasing systems, which ensure maximum quality, least cost and high reliability.
  • Monitors/oversees scheduling of marine and vessel operations work periods to achieve maximum efficiency.
  • Manages uniform inventory and distribution.
  • Have direct oversight of all vessel maintenance records and equipment warranties.
  • Deals with non-conformities covering ship and shore based operations.

Desired Skills and Experience

  • Bachelor’s/Master’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering
  • 10 years cognate working experience with at least 3 years in senior management position
  • Manufacturing experience in fast Moving consumer Goods sector will be an advantage
  • Provide advice/opinion and exercise discretion concerning confidential and sensitive information/matters
  • Ability to interpret and/or evaluate information and/or create analytical approaches to decision making or problem  solving.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage multiple priorities and tasks
  • Ability to influence client thinking
  • Ability to persuade and influence people across levels
  • Ability to understand and execute complex instructions (verbal and written).
  • Valid First Aid and CPR training
  • An international exposure (working experience or schooling) is mandatory
  • Internationally recognized shipping qualification
  • Good knowledge of vessel systems and their proper maintenance will be an added advantage
  • Ability to manage a multiple vessel organization
  • Demonstrated ability to successfully manage large teams



Method of Application

Interested and qualified candidates should:
Click here to apply

We thank all applicants, however, only those selected will be contacted

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