Fleet Manager - AMEA

Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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My name Is Pankaj Kankan, Regional Chief Commercial Officer for Svitzer AMEA and I am looking for a Fleet Manager to join the Svitzer leadership team here in Dubai, the United Arab Emirates. This is a newly introduced role and will report directly to myself leading the Operations function.

If you are looking for an engaging leadership position with the opportunity to truly make a difference with our fleet operations, please apply.

As your leader, I promise to do my very best to support you succeeding every day in this role which is unique as the commercial and operations teams work hand in hand providing great collaboration. I can promise a challenging environment, full empowerment and 100% support when needed.

We offer

Svitzer is a non-integrated brand within the Maersk Group, and a global Towage leader.

The Svitzer AMEA Region covers a diverse and dynamic area of the globe including current Svitzer businesses in Russia, Bangladesh, Oman, UAE, India, Bahrain, Qatar, Egypt, Morocco, Angola, Mozambique, Liberia and soon the Philippines.

Reporting to the Region Chief Commercial Officer and based at the Svitzer AMEA Regional Office in Dubai, UAE where a lean and flat structure as well as the mindset of autonomy creates a performance driven culture with significant independence to impact the position and ultimately the performance of the company.

Responsible for the performance and execution of four departments covering Marine Operations, Technical and Procurement along with the People Performance Management of the roles directly reporting to the Fleet Manager to ensure functional excellence and support for the front line businesses as well as the specialist skills required to develop business case solutions for new projects.

Owner of a significant part of the overall P&L for the region, including optimizing and synergizing across operations ensuring increased ownership advantages by use of world class planning, leadership skills and innovative thinking.

Key responsibilities

 Accountability for the full operational management of the full Svitzer AMEA Fleet
 Deliver Fleet Operations in a service orientated manner to the region’s frontline businesses and its reliability.
 As a close collaborator and leader, support the Regional Chief Commercial Officer and Cluster MDs in the management of Svitzer AMEA Contract Managers of country level operations whilst delivering clear and strategic initiatives to staying ahead of customer needs.
 Effective internal stakeholder management with HQ in Copenhagen and with other regional operational leaders to proactively support the global operations strategy and priorities for Svitzer.
 Overall responsibility for the success of regional Procurement, Technical and Fleet Operations organizations.
 Accountability for the delivery of safe, cost effective, competitive, and timely marine services to clients through use of indirect leadership skills and world class planning and execution.
 Be the promoter of best practice standards for towage operations, including development of operations manuals. Develop and maintain superior operational knowledge within the department, including fleet management, operational manuals and technical and safety knowledge.
 Ensure that all relevant flag- and registry requirements are being met by the Svitzer AMEA fleet. Ensuring that fleet investments and operational capabilities are scaled to match the Regional strategy.
 Lead change management projects, both operational and strategic, with a special focus on implementation of new business. Challenge the existing organization in way of doing things to identify and execute on improvement opportunities.
 Effectively collaborate with the commercial team on tender preparation and execution and management of key client stakeholders on a regional and local level in support of the Svitzer commercial strategy.
 Lead the implementation of innovative digitization and data driven approaches to technical and marine operations in AMEA.
 Engaging with senior client and external stakeholders including O&G Majors senior/executive management and national authorities to advance the commercial strategy of Svitzer.
 Maintain up to date and be the leadership reference point for industry market intelligence and analysis, competition capabilities and capacity, new business ventures and towage industry innovations. Drive continuous improvements, standardization and best practices across business units.

We are looking for

 Preference Master’s degree/ MBA in a business discipline
 Master’s Certificate of Competency and Higher Diploma in Maritime Science.
 Minimum 12 years extensive experience in asset heavy operational management in Maritime Industry.
 Experience with Planned Maintenance Systems (PMS), Safety Management Systems (SMS) and Maritime Law and Business Practices.
 Proven experience and ability to influence at board level & with internal senior stakeholders
 High level of financial management knowledge and analytical capacity. Structured and data driven, and well versed at driving this into the business
 Excellent verbal and written English communication skills and the capability to deal with a diverse international group of people at a broad range of levels
 Strong understanding of change management and the ability to work effectively in a matrix structure

Additional info

Ref. SV-306477
For more than 175 years, Svitzer has been providing customised marine services to clients worldwide. Our diverse and purpose built fleet of 400+ vessels operates in more than 40 countries, providing tailored solutions in harbour, terminal and offshore towage as well as in salvage operations. The cornerstone of our business is an unconditional respect for each other and the world we live in. To achieve this, Svitzer sets the highest standards of training and knowledge in our industry, and encourages a culture of safety, innovation, and entrepreneurship amongst its employees. We stand ready to provide safety and support at sea. Being a part of the Maersk Group with over 89,000 employees and offices in 130 countries, we have the scope to help you achieve even your most ambitious career goals.