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Shift Supervisor - Port Operations (Stevedore)

Date: 27-Apr-2021

Location: Southampton, GB

Company: ABP

We’re the UK's largest ports operator with a network of 21 ports around Britain. We handle around one quarter of the UK's seaborne trade and contribute £7.5 billion to our economy every year.

It’s a story we’re proud of but it doesn’t end there. We’re transforming our business and embracing the future.

We offer a vast range of roles spanning the UK, all rooted in a culture that welcomes diversity, fosters talent, encourages internal movement and progression, and places safety as our number one priority.




The Role:  Shift Supervisor – Port Operations



To lead and motivate the stevedore teams to deliver the planned operations of the day.

To ensure a safe, efficient and service focused cargo handling operation is provided to our customers, in line with their needs, requirements and expectations. 



  • Responsible for vessel and non-vessel operations as defined by the management team, ensuring compliance with all aspects of legislation and Health & Safety, to include;
    1. Producing prompt and accurate reports
    2. Participating in investigations of accidents / incidents, communicating any learnings that have been identified. Generate recommendations and implement action plans where necessary. 
  • Successfully driving a culture which puts Health & Safety first.
  • Accountable for leading two Stevedore Operational teams to successfully deliver in improved safety, quality, service and efficiency on a day to day basis. Line management responsibility will include;
  1. Providing continuous coaching and mentoring to your team members, to include conducting regular team meetings.
  2. Ensuring Continual Professional Development is maintained, and training provided as necessary for the team.
  3. Handling staff recruitment and conducting appraisals.
  4. Carrying out disciplinary procedures where necessary.
  5. Ensuring working methods are used to maximise efficiency.
  6. Ensuring compliance and adherence to policies and procedures. 
  • Proactively collaborate with the management team to drive the best operational performance for the Stevedoring department to include; Safety, Cost, Customer, People, Quality and Delivery. Creating innovative solutions to improve on efficiency and operational effectiveness around the key KPI’s. 
  • Responsible for driving a customer centric excellence ethos within your teams, to include;
  1. Ensuring customer and manufacturer standards are always maintained and all employees under your control conform to the requirements.
  2. Being sensitive and sympathetic to our customers’ requirements and understand what their expectations are of us and how we should deliver.
  • Responsible for the management and review Risk Assessments and Safe Systems of Work. Monitoring their introduction, communication and ongoing compliance. Carrying out weekly/daily port and security inspections as and when required.


About you:

You will be a real team player, eager to get stuck in to this exciting and fast-paced industry and work hard. The key to success in this role is strong leadership and teamwork, it is essential that you can use your initiative and be proactive.    


Skills, Experience & Qualifications


  • Demonstrable leadership capability.
  • Knowledge and experience of working in a port operational environment
  • Excellent communication skills.
  • Able to demonstrate a proactive, self-motivated attitude
  • Demonstrates an understanding and commitment to the key service delivery principles.
  • Demonstration of capability to multi-task and to make business decision.
  • Have an understanding a quality system
  • Full, driving licence
  • Flexible due to challenging operational demands


  • Experience of leading continuous improvement.
  • Competent in all aspects of ro-ro operations and ability to assist with and supervise non ro-ro operations.
  • Competent in use of various types of Mechanical Handling Equipment (MHE).
  • At least 2 years’ port industry experience.
  • Have an understanding of the quality system in respect of standards required


Additional Information:

When joining ABP you will find an environment that is both welcoming and challenging. We reward our employees well and offer a generous remuneration package, employer pension, private health insurance and a range of other benefits.
Please note that ABP undertake random screening for substance abuse and operate a zero-tolerance policy. A medical will be required before starting this position also.

We are an equal opportunities employer and we welcome applications from all suitably qualified persons regardless of their background, which helps us to provide a diverse and inclusive working environment.