Logistics Specialist (Shipping)

Job location:
Antwerp, Belgium
Created moment:
March 28, 2023
Job reference:
REQ - 06875

The Company

The world’s leading supplier of mineral-based specialty solutions for industry with 14,000 employees, operations in more than 40 countries, and €4.3 billion in revenue in 2022.
Imerys delivers high-value-added, functional solutions to a great number of sectors, from processing industries to consumer goods. The Group draws on its understanding of applications, technological knowledge and expertise in material science to deliver solutions by beneficiating its mineral resources, synthetic minerals and formulations. Imerys’ solutions contribute essential properties to customers’ products and their performance, including heat resistance, hardness, conductivity, opacity, durability, purity, lightness, filtration, absorption and water repellency. Imerys is determined to develop responsibly, in particular by fostering the emergence of environmentally-friendly products and processes.
If you want to grow your skills and develop your career, find out more at www.imerys.com

The Position

Logistics Specialist (Shipping)

Job Summary


The Antwerp port is considered as a key location for Imerys EMEA and serves as a logistic platform designed to handle large volumes of different kind of minerals arriving from overseas origins and destined for European customers or production sites. The established facility handles massive tons of minerals in dry or liquid form and uses transport solutions of all possible logistics modalities. The team is responsible for the operational coordination of all activities within Imerys PM EMEA and other divisions logistics activities.


Operational management

  • Operational management and coordination of assigned logistics categories / logistics modes and related activities for the Imerys EMEA minerals.  Possible logistics categories include Short Sea Freight, Barging, Stevedoring, Storage, Inspection, Road Haulage, Rail Transportation, etc.

  • Be the single person responsible for coordination and execution of Sea Freight related handling activities like discharge and loading rotations, board-board transshipping, optimizing handling activities, administrative processes, documentation etc.

  • Assist the Purchasing Function in negotiations with carriers or other suppliers

  • Closely liaise and communicate with internal stakeholders and departments (Purchasing, Customer Service, Logistics,S&OP, Sales,...) to fully understand requirements and constraints

  • Operational and administrative stock management

  • Financial and performance administration, documentation management, insurance and damage claims 

  • Set-up, maintain and improve system database to manage effectively carrier relationships, performance, contractual and volume commitments, rates and service levels

  • Animate in regular reviews with transport suppliers

  • In conjunction with the Shipping Purchasing Manager manage and negotiate spot market vessels for different lanes

  • Assist the Purchasing Function in Purchasing activities on other areas (road, rail, wagon rental )

Continuous improvement management

  • Evaluate success and failures to improve business efficiency and secure continuous contribution to the quality and financial performance of the company

  • Proposes to the Logistics Manager the improvement priorities of his sector: definition and implementation of action plans in accordance with the manager

  • Sets up and implement the continuous improvement tools

  • Participation in ad hoc projects & analysis according to business needs

  • Contribute to the Imerys GHG Emission Reduction programs by being the interface between the suppliers and the Imerys objectives for reduction.


  • Is accountable for the OTIF (On Time In Full) and customer satisfaction

  • Is accountable for the claims KPIs

  • Responsible for maintaining a safe personal environment and acting safely at all times.

  • Fully supports the location health, safety and environmental (HSE) programs by participating in their implementation, maintenance, enforcement and compliance with company’s programs


  • Job Title: Logistics Specialist

  • Direct reports: None

  • Location: Antwerp, Belgium

  • Contract: Permanent

  • Starting Date: March or April 2023


Key competencies

  • Able to express in Dutch/English. German/French is a strong plus

  • Knowledge of Short Sea Freight, Barging, Stevedoring, Storage, Inspection, Road Haulage, Rail Transportation, custom clearance laws, etc.

  • Tools: knowledge of SAP and Google suite is a plus

  • Able to manage/control the techniques of inventory and handling management

  • Strong customer orientation and business sense

  • Strong interpersonal skills to collaborate with customer services, warehouse workforce and Imerys suppliers. Proactive and efficient communicant with our internal / external stakeholders

  • Highly quality and financial performance oriented with a drive to deliver outstanding performance

  • Flexibility to adapt to changing environments 

  • Rigorous compliance with procedures and processes 

  • Strong organizational skills, ability to manage priorities

  • Analysis and problem solving and result oriented

  • Team player and positive personality

  • Ambitious, self confident and target oriented

  • Reactivity and stress management during peaks of activity

Educational & Relevant experience: 

  • Bachelor or Master in international Business, Logistics or Supply Chain Management

  • Minimum 5 years of experience in a similar function

Position Type

Full time



Only technical issues will be monitored through the below inbox:

recruiting.support@ imerys.com


To ensure fairness and legal compliance in our recruitment processes, only applications received through the online application process will be considered. 

IMERYS is an Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Employer and it is our policy to not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, disability, veteran status, or any other status protected by federal, state or local laws.