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Ocean Export Manager in Houston at DSV

Date Posted: 7/19/2018

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Job Description

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 5th 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 


The Ocean Export Managers are responsible for the management of the people, clients, and deliverables of the Ocean Operations teams and serves as an escalation point.  In some branches, Air and Ocean may be separate positions, in other branches, these job duties may be combined.


The Ocean Export Manager position(s) can be broken down into three areas of responsibility: People Management, Client Relationship, and Operational Excellence

People Management

  • Ensures that the department is fully staffed and is working at capacity
  • Assesses performance of the staff and provides timely feedback both formally through the performance management system and informally through coaching and mentoring
  • Ensures that the team is properly trained
  • Verifies that the team meets the clients need around shipment bookings, collections, delivery, and shipment updates and that client expectations are thoroughly managed
  • Confirms that the team processes the shipments as outlined in the SOP’s and DSV Air & Sea, Inc. policies and procedures
  • Ensures that the team follows the Operational Data Quality Policy and responds to any questions from the team regarding the policy

Client Relationship

  • Develops relationships with clients and serves as an escalation point as needed
  • Manages third party service providers to ensure world class, seamless service delivery to the clients
  • Where applicable, engage with clients when there are issues with service delivery and non-payment of invoices
  • Operational Excellence
  • Verify that all invoices are accurate and timely
  • Support the sales team in calls where operational expertise is required
  • Educate self and others regarding the DSV Air & Sea, Inc.  product offerings
  • Assist Branch Managers with operational budgets
  • Analyze and report on performance of the business unit to ensure that budget performance measures are met



Supervise work assignments, training, and performance management of direct personnel and provide mentoring to other direct report, supervisory managers. 


  • Ability to make quick and clear decisions while adapting to changing circumstances
  • Ability to manage diverse teams of people while showing respect for views and contributions, building team spirit, and reconciling conflict
  • Able to grow teams and increase productivity through performance management
  • Able to define and measure performance goals and hold self and others accountable to achievement of goals
  • Able to sell and support the sales process
  • Able to identify talent and leverage skill sets of team
  • Able to work independently, but within the boundaries prescribed by DSV Air & Sea, Inc.  policies and procedures

Computer Skills

Beginning to intermediate Excel skills, basic Microsoft Word, and PowerPoint.  Knowledgeable in DSV Air & Sea, Inc. products.

Education and/or Experience

  • Must possess strong knowledge and understanding of the freight forwarding business
  • College degree preferred, but a combination of equivalent and education experience may be substituted
  • 1-2 years of operational experience
  • 2-3 years experience managing teams
  • 2 years experience with managing and compiling budgets
  • 2 years client relationship management

Language Skills

Must be able to read, write, and speak English

Must be able to read, write, and speak the local country language

Mathematical Skills

In addition to basic math, must be able to analyze numerical data and understand components and relationships, find patterns, and draw conclusions.  Able to develop and maintain budget information.

Certificates, Licenses, Registrations or Professional Designations

None Required


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee uses his/her hands to finger, handle or feel objects, tools or controls; reach with hands and arms; stoop, kneel, or crouch; talk or hear.  The employee uses computer and telephone equipment.  The employee also regularly lifts and/or moves objects up to 10 pounds.  Specific vision requirements of this job include close vision and distance vision. 


The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee rarely is exposed to fumes or airborne particles, toxic or caustic chemicals. The noise level in the work environment is usually low to moderate.

DSV is an equal employment opportunity employer.  Candidates are considered for employment without regard to race, creed, color, national origin, age, sex, religion, ancestry, veteran status, marital status, gender identify, sexual orientation, national origin, liability for military service, or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state or local law.  If you require special assistance or accommodation while seeking employment with DSV, please contact Human Resources at If you are interested in learning the status of your application, please note you will be contacted directly by the appropriate human resources contact person if you are selected for further consideration.  DSV reserves the right to defer or close a vacancy at any time. 

Nearest Major Market: Houston


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