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Cargo Operation Manager, Color Line Cargo, Kiel (m/f/d)

Color Line is Norway’s largest and one of Europe’s leading cruise and freight shipping companies with 2200 employees in 4 countries. Annual turnover is around Euro 500 million. Annually 3,8 million passengers travel with the company’s ships to and from Norway, in addition the company transports 900,000 cars and 180,000 semi-trailers. Color line operates 7 ships, on 4 international ferry lines between 7 ports in Norway, Sweden, Denmark and Germany. Sustainability and a cleaner environment are strategic focus areas that will shape the company’s future development. Color Lines vision is to become Europe’s best shipping company within cruise and freight. 

Color Line Cargo’s freight service from Kiel - Oslo v.v. is an important gateway to and from Norway for both cargo owners as well as transport companies.

We are seeking Cargo Operation Manger, based in Kiel.

The ideal candidate has experience from handling activities and services before, during and after a vessel call in port. Leading the expedition team creating good customer service to smooth handling of booking, documentation, and allocation. The candidate should have a commercial mindset, hands on operation logistics background. With ability to create efficiency and results.

Key responsibilities

  • Lead the expedition team to deliver quality service

  • Administrate shift work schedule

  • Interact with authorities, vessels, and other stakeholders to ensure smooth and efficient port calls

  • Interact with terminal stevedore management for planning and executing of loading and discharge

  • Optimize each sailing by foresight and efficient planning

  • Communication and cooperation with the Revenue Department for maximizing results

  • Customer liaison at expedition counter, over phone and per e-mail

  • Expediting customs documents for import and export cargo units 


  • Higher relevant education within sales/logistics/ship operation

  • 5+ years hands on experience from vessel operation and/or expedition

  • Experience and understanding of processes for vessels port calls

  • Short sea cargo experience

  • Analytical, able to optimize

  • Experience from people management

  • Excellent communication skills in German and English. Addition of one of the Scandinavian languages will be a plus

  • Good documented results

As a person, you are:

  • Self-starter, focused on results

  • Structured and analytical

  • A good communicator

  • Good with people

  • Curios, not afraid of asking questions

  • Ability to think new

  • Ability to stay calm and focused in stressful situations

  • Confident with digital tools

Color Line can offer: 

  • A good work environment with engaged and dedicated colleagues

  • Competitive salary and benefits

  • An engaging job in an open and informal work environment

  • Opportunity to grow as a leader

  • Challenging work targets with good personal and professional development opportunities 

  • Good Company benefits

We expect the candidate to identify him/her-self with the company’s values “We Care”, “We Build Trust” and “We forge ahead”.

The position reports administratively to Senior Commercial Manager, Kiel and functionally to Head of Customs and Expedition, Denmark. Close cooperation with functional leaders for Revenue, Booking and Customs services, as well as Expedition and Operation in Oslo will also be required. 

This position is part of 7 day a week operation and requires weekend work in line with the shift work schedule.


Please send your application including your salary expectations to (max 4 MB)

Apply by 16.7.21