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Shipping Trainee with NORDEN
Jeppe Berner-Magnusson started as Shipping Trainee in 2016. Following a year with the Norient Product Pool tanker operations team, he is now part of the Dry Cargo handy-size chartering team.
“The life as a Shipping Trainee has indeed exceeded my expectations! Even in a learning role, I have been given a lot of responsibility since day one – both in Operations with the direct contact to the captains of the ships and in Chartering negotiating with the customers. I get to meet people from all over the world and I daily face new logistical and commercial challenges supported by my Mentor and my team. Jeppe graduated the Shipping Trainee programme in 2018 and is now stationed with NORDEN in Santiago, Chile.”
Dampskibsselskabet NORDEN A/S is an international ship owner and operator. NORDEN was founded in 1871 and is one of the oldest listed shipping companies in the world.
147 YEARS AT SEVEN SEAS
GLOBAL SHIPPING ACTIVITIES
NORDEN operates worldwide in dry cargo and tanker vessel types. NORDEN’s tanker activities are operated commercially by the 50%-owned Norient Product Pool, which is the second largest product tanker pool in the world. NORDEN’s fleet is one of the most modern and competitive fleets in the industry. NORDEN has about 310 employees at the 9 offices around the world and 805 employees at sea.
STRONG CORPORATE CULTURE
NORDEN’s customers, business partners and employees benefit from our strong corporate culture, where Flexibility, Reliability, Empathy and Ambition are our cores values.
Through our intensive two-year programme as Shipping Trainee at NORDEN you will be thoroughly introduced to the world of international shipping. The training incorporates both practical and theoretical aspects.
As a Shipping Trainee with NORDEN you immediately become a performing member of the team. During the two-year period your knowledge of our two primary business areas will gradually develop, and you will gain commercial hands-on experience with a Chartering Team and the ability to execute voyages with an Operations or Control Team. In addition, we strive at planning at least one trip with a Port Captain in a port frequently called or on board vessels sailing between various destinations. These field trips demonstrate how the loading and discharging operations of vessels take place, and how we in practice cooperate with authorities and other partners.
As a Shipping Trainee with NORDEN you will join the theoretical training of the Commercial Shipping Programme with the Danish Shipping Academy with Trainees from other shipping companies globally. The Commercial Shipping Programme consists of three modules held in Denmark (duration 1-2 weeks) as well as e-learning courses and training in e.g. maritime economics and maritime law.
PERFORMANCE IN TEAMS
Typically, you will hold two commercial positions as Shipping Trainee with NORDEN; one in Operations and one in Chartering. You will join smaller teams with dedicated Mentors, and our open office environment fosters an open dialogue, which you will benefit from – and our colleagues abroad are easily reached virtually.
Qualified candidates for the Shipping Trainee Programme with NORDEN typically hold a quantitative bachelor’s degree, preferably with business or shipping related majors. As a minimum, you have passed mathematics at B level and you have excellent English skills. Regardless of your educational background, it is an advantage if you have extra-curricular experiences either from work experience, military service or from living abroad. Your personal qualifications and your attitude towards performance in a corporate context are just as important. You consider yourself to be forthcoming, curious and persevering, and you reflect yourself in our core values; flexibility, reliability, empathy and ambition. As a Shipping Trainee, you are employed with one of our local offices. A non-negotiable requirement is that you hold a valid work permit at the location where you apply.
SALARY AND EXPENSES DURING EDUCATION
Besides your salary, which are locally benchmarked, NORDEN covers all expenses related to the programme, including travelling for modules.
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With the Shipping Trainee Programme we want to develop world-class Charterers and Operators to ensure the future success of NORDEN.
As a Charterer, you find cargoes for the vessels and negotiate the freight rate. The market competition is fierce, and you need commercial flair as well as strong networking skills to succeed.
Good business sense and strong negotiation skills are essential to the chartering role. You are in direct contact with the customers, and you will seal the deals. You 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 analyse market reports and news which enable you to make the right decisions – also under time pressure.
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. For both job types, your everyday life is playing in an international context, often English speaking and at high pace.
When the deal is fixed, the Operator takes over and oversees the more specific terms and conditions of the vessel’s voyage. As an Operator you are organised, solution-oriented and service-minded. You are in close dialogue with captains, ports and authorities and you handle documents about the voyage.
You are very knowledgeable about contracts, vessels, bunker consumption, ports and geographical conditions to optimise the voyage and meet the customers’ requirements.
After completion of the two-year programme our graduates are typically offered a position within Chartering or Operations, either in Annapolis, Singapore, Shanghai or at our head office in Hellerup. NORDEN considers international experience an important part of our talent development, wherefore working at one of our offices in Annapolis, Singapore, Shanghai, Mumbai, Rio de Janeiro, Melbourne, Vancouver or Santiago for a short or long period might be a possibility.