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Chartering Manager

Chartering Manager

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A key activity of the job is the chartering of ocean going vessels for the transportation of cement and cementitious products including other raw materials associated with the cement industry such as gypsum, coal and petcoke and also alternative materials. The chartering activity incorporates the negotiation and fixtures on short and long term contract of affreightment on a worldwide basis. In addition to voyage and spot charters, time chartering is also an important activity to cover the long terms needs of the trading activity

Job Dimentions:

  • 2 to 3 B€ Sales and Purchases, 35 to 40 Mt of traded volumes
  • Headcount: 120 employees, EBITDA varying between 40 and 80 M€
  • Sales managed out of Group exporting plants: ca. 1 B€ and ca. 150m€ of contribution
  • Significant sales presence in 50+ countries
  • Shipping & Chartering: approx. 20 mio. MT
  • Charter in / out approx. 1000 vessels per year
  • Pneumatic fleet under CTAG control (owned/ TC) – approx. 12 vessels / approx. 2 Million tons annually.
  • Total freight purchased – approx. USD 400 Million




  • Consider new possible suppliers such as ship owners and other suppliers of deep sea transportation

Charter in/out vessels (cement, clinker, gypsum, slag, fly ash + solid fuels i.e. petcoke & coal)

  • Negotiate freight rates and C/P for contract of affreightment / Spot fixtures and Time Charters for bulkers and conventional vessels in and out, according to budget & terms of sale/purchase and according to the needs of the trading Department
  • Establish a good network of brokers and ship owners, formalize requests from the traders and analyze our broker's offer, for all shipments as and when required
  • Manage relationships within a regional network of shipowners and ship brokers for all shipping activities
  • Participate in the budget process and provide freight rates for CIF/CFR sales and also on an adhoc basis
  • Establish and follow up on freight exposure (percentage of freight cover vs budget of sales with risk) for the regions under his responsibility. Recommend and implement chartering and bunker hedging strategy including contracts of affreightment to the Head of Shipping & Operations
  • For spot shipments, negotiate and make recommendations to the Head of Shipping & Operations
  • Strictly enforce Group Shipping Policy / Insurance Policies and provide support to internal customers in LafargeHolcim Trading and LafargeHolcim Energy Solutions
  • Manage all claims and insurance matters including C/P disputes for the trades under his responsibility
  • Report periodically as specified, on market developments and market intelligence on the Bulk Carrier market and the container market
  • To spot time charter opportunities and to convert voyage charters into to time chartered trips




Provide freight offers, quotations, estimates or market trends/forecast to trading and strategy departments for:

  1. Budget purpose
  2. Potential sales / tender
  3. Strategic Review
  4. New Projects
  5. Risk of import
  6. Estimation of competition


Get involved in new project development and any market development opportunities identified.



  • Support operations team in all claims matters / disputes / CP terms and conditions)
  • Liaise with Lawyers / P&I clubs in respect to shipping/chartering issues
  • Advise / guide/ instruct operation team when needed (contract terms, laytime, operations)
  • Deal with shipping/chartering issue (ex. claims from owners, stevedore damage, and cancellation of contract / Charter Party) in close cooperation with lawyers / Protection & Indemnity Club



  • Prepare weekly / monthly report on market developments and chartering activities including evaluations on COAs' contracted, to the Head of Shipping & Operations.


Check and control Contracts and Charter Parties

  • Work closely with the Head of Shipping & Operations to negotiate, collect any outstanding due, check and control Charter Parties.


Conduct market research in the dry bulk sector and market intelligence

  • Gather market intelligence on competition, cargoes on the market, market reports
  • Inform management, trading & strategy departments accordingly


Taking positions on freight to generate a P&L

  • Analyse TC levels in order to evaluate taking a position versus VC
  • Analyse freight market in order to evaluate taking short or long positions in freight
  • Taking positions on freight following Risk Management procedure


Process Improvement


  • BPO (Business Process Owner) of their assigned processes and in charge of its improvement


Health and Safety

  • Ensures alignment of H&S activities arising from country/business unit H&S mission
  • Ensures relevant actions are taken so that H&S requirements are met
  • Actively manages risks by ensuring that all related control activities are implemented thoroughly
  • Drives committed and effective incident management


  • University degree


  • Strong commercial and operational background.
  • 10 years’ work experience out of which 5 years in a dry/bulk cargo chartering environment.
  • The candidate will have strong all round operational experience in the handling and transportation of general cargo and dry bulk materials, with extensive experience in chartering
  • An advance qualification in shipping or chartering at degree level preferably with some sea-going experience or holding Master Mariner Class 1 COC Qualification

Knowledge & Skills

Technical competencies:

  • Good knowledge in Chartering, Vessel Operations, Shipping Markets, Charter Parties and some knowledge of ship management
  • Basic knowledge of ship constructions
  • Basic knowledge of cargo handling systems, cargo stowage & planning and vessel vetting
  • Good knowledge of ISM Code, SOLAS, IMSBC Code and other international conventions
  • Good analytical skills
  • Sea-going experience is an added asset


Behavioral competencies:

  • Quick in decision / reaction
  • Good anticipation of risks
  • Attention to details / analytical
  • Good negotiation skills
  • Good interpersonal skills
  • Ability to communicate in a sensible way with people outside the technical field.
  • Autonomous but team-oriented and keeps management updated
  • Entrepreneurial
  • Ability to work under pressure and withstand stress


Managerial competencies:

  • Team-oriented
  • Good knowledge of commercial shipping & Chartering
  • Strong technical know-how and orientation in vessel operations
  • Able to play an advisory role
  • Able to work transversely with other functions
  • Strong communication & presentation skills

Language Requirements

Proficient in written and spoken English. Additional languages will be a differential.

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