PWL Job Profiles
Shipbroker in liner shipping
Shipping agents plan, organize and control the transport of goods by sea. They are in close contact with customers and advise, for example, in terms of transport options, freight costs or customs regulations. From the office they take over the ship handling in the port: from the loading registration at the terminal in the port over the control of the container loading up to the subsequent loading confirmation to the shipping company. Accounting also plays a role - shipping merchants calculate costs, create quotes, offers and billing.
In the area of clearing, shipping merchants and the local port authorities and service providers are doing their utmost to ensure that a ship can easily call at the port. In addition, it is about quickly implementing all the requirements of the ship's management and the crew while lying in the port. Visits on board are part of the job. Organizational skills and reliability are in demand in this profession. A good time management is a prerequisite: The processes are tightly timed and all the tasks have to be done by the time the ship leaves. The working environment is international. Therefore, in addition to comprehensive geographic knowledge, foreign languages are required, especially English.
Forwarding agents organise the worldwide transport of goods. For example, they ensure that the oversized and heavy transformer is transported from Munich to Bremerhaven, or from Japan via Hamburg to the automobile manufacturer in Germany. Their tasks include handling import and export orders by sea, land and air. They also handle LCL and FCL containers and project shipments. There is a lot of coordination work behind this: they advise the customer on the best means of transport and route. Subsequently, various processes must be precisely planned and coordinated.
Forwarding agents carry out commercial and administrative tasks. For example, they prepare quotations or invoices for customers. It is important to keep an overview at all times. Careful work and a high level of organizational ability are necessary characteristics in the profession. In an international working environment, English is usually spoken, so good language skills are a prerequisite. Mathematical knowledge and analytical skills are important for preparing quotations.
Assistant for Office Management
They are true organizational talents who keep track even in hectic times: office management merchants. They perform assistance tasks and coordinate, for example, appointments, prepare meetings and process the correspondence with internal and external partners. All in all, they ensure smooth processes in the office.
They also keep an eye on finances: they create invoices for our services, check and book inbound receipts, assist with payroll, or monitor payments. Also, purchasing for all types of material and services is part of the work spectrum. Good mathematics skills and careful working practices are required for these tasks.
Communication skills are an important feature for office clerks because they are in constant communication with colleagues, customers or suppliers. This requires good knowledge of German and English.
IT specialist for system integration
IT specialists for system integration are responsible for the smooth functioning of the internal IT structure - an important prerequisite for most workflows in a company. They monitor, support and maintain systems. They also take care of the administration of Microsoft server systems, clients and applications.
Their tasks also include the maintenance and administration of user accounts, access rights and directory services. They ensure, for example, that the computer of a new colleague is ready for use in good time and that all important programs are accessible. If technical problems occur with hardware or software, IT specialists are the first point of contact: they analyse and solve errors. Employees in 1st and 2nd level support require a high level of technical competence in order to find the optimum solution for every malfunction. Enthusiasm for technology and good general IT knowledge are important prerequisites for working in this area. Anyone who enjoys working with hardware and software and knows a lot about various software applications and programs is in the right place. In addition solution-oriented thinking and staying power are in demand with the removal of problems.