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Maritime Operations Manager - Houston, TX

Houston, TX, US, 77015

Ash Grove Cement Company



Job ID:  394300


Ash Grove Cement, a CRH company, provides portland and masonry cements to help build the foundation and infrastructure for the world around us.  We ship millions of tons of cement from our plants and network of terminals located across North America. When you work for Ash Grove, you are connecting to something bigger. Join our team and help Ash Grove build America.


Job Summary


The Maritime Operations Manager will work alongside the Sales and Portfolio Management team to execute and optimize the shipping schedule of deliveries to customers worldwide. Ash Grove manages an increasingly large portfolio of shipping contracts, with over 50 vessels per year and expected to more than double in the next three years. The Maritime Operations Manager will be responsible for activities related to shipping operations, from vessel nominations through completion of discharge.


Essential Functions


  • Partner with Director of Maritime Operations to manage day-to-day vessel operations for US-based terminals, intra-European shipments, and shipments originating from third-party suppliers worldwide.    
  • Execute vessel nominations with all relevant counterparties, including Ship Owners, terminals, and other suppliers.   
  • Liaise with ports to define an optimal loading plan.    
  • Manage information flow with agents, ports, surveyors, brokers, shipowners, customers, and internal stakeholders on vessel schedules and operations.   
  • Work with legal team to resolve all issues related to vessel operations, prior to loading, during loading, sailing, and during discharge.   
  • Coordinate with Accounting and Treasury to plan the Accounts Receivable and Accounts Payable.    
  • Approve all shipping documents for each vessel.    
  • Approve laytime calculations and port disbursement accounts with Ship Owners and Customers.  
  • Approve all shipping-related invoicing with both Ship Owners and Customers.   
  • Assist sales team in forecasting shipping-related costs. 
  • Maintain strong working relationships with Ship Owners and customer counterparts.   
  • Manage non-standard overseas transportation requirements such as shipment of smaller samples in containers.   
  • Review all shipping-related items for new sales and shipping contracts. Ensure shipping terms are either aligned or were not factored into cost implications. 
  • Assist sales and business development teams to find solutions to operational challenges in existing and new port locations.    






  • Bachelor's Degree in logistics management, finance, administration, or related field. 


Work Experience


  • 3 or more years of experience in professional maritime transportation/operations management within the commercial shipping industry is preferred.


Required Skills and Abilities


  • Proficient in English written and verbal communication skills           
  • Strong verbal communication and listening skills            
  • Demonstrated written communication skills            
  • Demonstrates a high commitment to quality         
  • Effective interpersonal skills         
  • Highly thorough and dependable           
  • Ability to represent the company with external constituents          
  • Possesses flexibility to work in a fast-paced, dynamic environment   
  • Analytical, process and results-oriented with a strong focus on orderliness, structure, and planning.        
  • Ability to work under pressure, manage multiple projects with competing priorities, meet deadlines, and adapt to change within a growing company.        
  • An ambitious team player who is detail-oriented, curious, and encompasses company values of integrity, accountability, determination, and discipline.        
  • Strong computer skills are required, Excel proficiency is preferred.        
  • Travel, as required, to Ash Grove ports and plants during customer visits.        


Physical Demands


  • Frequent use of vision
  • Occasional driving
  • Constant use of computers, telephone, calculator
  • Domestic and International travel up to 25%



What CRH Offers You


  • Highly competitive base pay
  • Comprehensive medical, dental and disability benefits programs
  • Group retirement savings program
  • Health and wellness programs
  • A culture that values opportunity for growth, development, and internal promotion



About CRH


CRH has a long and proud heritage. We are a collection of hundreds of family businesses, regional companies and large enterprises that together form the CRH family. CRH operates in a decentralized, diversified structure that allows you to work in a small company environment while having the career opportunities of large international organization.


If you’re up for a rewarding challenge, we invite you to take the first step and apply today! Once you click apply now, you will be brought to our official employment application. Please complete your online profile and it will be sent to the hiring manager. Our system allows you to view and track your status 24 hours a day. Thank you for your interest!


Ash Grove Cement, a CRH company, is an Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Employer.


EOE/Vet/Disability--If you want to know more, please click on this link




Date Posted:  May 10, 2022

Nearest Major Market: Houston

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