Head of Ocean Freight

Full Time


DHL is an international Umbrella brand and trademark for courier, package delivery and express mail service,

Deutsche Post DHL (DPDHL) is the logistics provider of the world with over 520,000 employees in more than 220 countries and territories.

DHL Global Forwarding, Freight (DGFF) is the Group’s air, ocean, and road freight specialist.

We offer standardized transport as well as highly specialized end-to-end solutions to customers in a wide range of industries globally.

Connecting People. Improving Lives.

Currently, we are looking for an ambitious and energetic Head of Ocean Freight in – DGF Abu Dhabi to provide input and lead the implementation of operations strategy to deliver a smooth supply chain and operational model for the targeted business volumes, meet products/ services standards, and exceed quality standards in line with business strategy and objectives, corporate guidelines and policies

Would you like to drive and manage the performance of OFR Product teams and the implementation of Business Development opportunities within the country?

If this sounds like something you would like to do, please read on and apply only if you meet the essential knowledge, skills & experience!.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Provide input to define operations strategy in line with business strategy and objectives, corporate guidelines, and policies
  • Lead development and implementation of large complex projects, initiatives, and partnerships for operations function with significant business impact
  • Plan, control, and lead daily logistics operations to deliver agreed customer, service, quality, and financial objectives through site/ operations managers at multiple sites
  • Prepare operating budgets and proposals for new investments, and monitor the progress of large operational investments
  • Lead implementation of well-coordinated systems to provide adequate human resources, materials, and logistics infrastructure to deliver logistics services
  • Monitor and adjust operational capacities to changes/ growth in business volumes and operational requirements to profitably deliver logistics services
  • Contribute to identifying new opportunities, retaining and expanding customer base, and support business development through preparation and review of business cases
  • Encourage prompt response and support to revenue-generating functions such as sales and customer service to maximize business and revenue opportunities
  • Develop and monitor the applications of operating processes, site infrastructure, equipment, IT systems, operating structure, etc. to deliver targeted capacities
  • Drive compliance with company/ local statutory obligations and legislation related to safety, health, security environment & quality
  • Establish, communicate and enhance awareness of policies for the safety of people, data, and goods
  • Identify opportunities and introduce best in class operations practices focusing on delivering continuous improvement and enhanced productivity

Stakeholders and Customers

  • Communicate and influence senior business leaders outside of their own job area to accept practices and approaches
  • Develop strong, trusting relationships with senior business leaders across DPDHL
  • Cooperate with and coordinate 3rd parties e.g. external service providers
  • May lead negotiations

Management Responsibility

  • Manage a department or a small unit that includes multiple teams led by Managers and/or Team Leaders


  • Warehousing, Inventory Management, Operations Management, Risk Management, Process Improvement, Customer Service, Operational Costs, Reporting, Fleet Management, Technology Trends, DPDHL Business Knowledge, Business Processes, Business Strategy, Project Management, Stakeholder Management, Influencing, Feedback, Presentation & Storytelling, Facilitation, Negotiation, People Management, Resourcing

The ideal candidate will be reporting to the Country Manager and will ideally have the following skills and attributes:

  • More than 8 years of experience in many areas of OFR management
  • Exceptional knowledge of the Ocean Freight and Forwarding Industry
  • Relevant experience in Sales, Business Development and Logistics
  • Bachelors or Master’s degree in the relevant topic

We offer:

  • Opportunities in a global company where you can contribute your ideas and skills to move towards our shared goals.
  • Possibility to lead and manage team & further career development
  • Flexible working hours with the possibility of occasionally working from home upon agreement
  • Competitive salary

If this is something you would like to do, don’t hesitate and start your application.

DHL Global Forwarding will only hire those who are legally authorized to work in Abu Dhabi. This is not a position for which visa sponsorship can be provided.

Why join DHL Global Forwarding?

We are part of Deutsche Post DHL, the world’s leading logistics provider with operations in over 220 countries. Visit our career site on the web at

Our TOP EMPLOYER prestigious certification attests to our best-in-class efforts to attract and retain talent by fostering a positive work environment and encouraging personal and professional development among employees. The development of talented women in our organization will be a focus for us and an important part of our DGF Strategy 2025.

We aspire to become the undisputed leader in our industry, when people think of forwarding; we want them to think DGF because we have:

  • The largest global network with more than ~30,000 passionate employees
  • The most efficient processes and fastest response times
  • The best solutions and best customer service

Our Vision: The Logistics Company for the World.

Our Mission: Excellence. Simply Delivered.
Our Purpose: Connecting People, improving lives.
Our Values: Respect & Results
Our Goals: Employer, Provider, and Investment of Choice, Living Responsibility