Norden Shipping USA Trainee

International Business
Norden Shipping USA
Annapolis, MD
United States

Through our intensive two-year programme as Shipping Trainee at NORDEN Shipping (USA) LLC you will be thoroughly introduced to the world of international shipping. The training incorporates both practical and theoretical aspects. Your days will be busy and interesting, and you will be working with both local and international colleagues at the office.

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.
As a Shipping Trainee with NORDEN you will join the theoretical training of the Commercial Shipping Programme with the Danish Shipping Academy with Shipping Trainees from NORDEN and other shipping companies globally. The Commercial Shipping Programme consists of 3 modules held in Denmark (duration 1-2 weeks) as well as e-learning courses and training in e.g. maritime economics and maritime law.
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.
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.
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.

We are looking for a highly motivated individual who is ready to learn and be a part of a high performing team.
45-55,000 per year