Panamax Freight Manager

Location Dubai
Discipline: Commodities
Job type: Permanent
Contact name: Freddie Ricks

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Job ref: 2391
Published: 22 days ago

We are representing a leading global dry bulk commodities trading house, specializing in the trading of various bulk commodities including grains, ores, and minerals. With a diverse portfolio and a strong presence in international markets, we are committed to providing efficient and reliable shipping solutions to our clients worldwide. As part of our expansion, we are seeking a highly skilled and experienced Panamax Freight Manager to join our dynamic team.

Position Overview: As the Panamax Freight Manager, you will play a crucial role in managing the freight operations for our fleet of Panamax vessels and time-chartered ships. You will be responsible for optimizing vessel utilization, negotiating freight rates, and ensuring efficient voyage planning to meet the company's shipping requirements. This role offers a unique opportunity to work with a global trading house and make a significant impact on our shipping operations.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Manage the freight operations for Panamax vessels and time-chartered ships, ensuring timely and cost-effective delivery of commodities.
  • Negotiate freight rates and terms with charterers, brokers, and shipowners to optimize vessel earnings.
  • Monitor market trends and analyze freight market conditions to make informed decisions regarding vessel deployment and chartering strategies.
  • Coordinate with internal stakeholders including trading, operations, and finance teams to ensure smooth execution of shipping contracts.
  • Develop and maintain relationships with key stakeholders in the shipping industry including shipowners, brokers, and port agents.
  • Provide timely and accurate reports on vessel performance, freight rates, and market trends to senior management.


  • Bachelor's degree in Maritime Studies, Business Administration, or related field.
  • Minimum of 5 years of experience in freight management or chartering within the dry bulk shipping industry.
  • Proven track record of negotiating freight contracts and optimizing vessel earnings.
  • Strong understanding of Panamax vessel operations, market dynamics, and chartering principles.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills with the ability to build and maintain relationships with stakeholders.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite and relevant shipping software.
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively in a fast-paced and dynamic environment.