Head of Air Freight

Bradfield Consulting Limited

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Bradfield Consulting Limited - Our client is a major player in international freight forwarding business and they wish to fill this position with a suitable candidate


Overall Role Purpose

The successful candidate will manage, control and develop the Air Freight business and operational activities in accordance with existing business strategy and local business environment, with the objective of achieving optimum profitability and effective use of business assets and human resources.



  • Drives implementation of air freight strategy in the Country (translates requirements, implements, ensures realization of strategy and monitors). Takes responsibility for operational results at country level driving profitability, volume growth and service expansion in own work area
  • Sets, communicates and follows KPIs to ensure constant improvement of capacity management
  • Directs and controls activities performed to effectively manage end-to-end capacity for air freight within the region (procure capacity, plan and control network). Develops and roll out corrective action plans when targets are not met
  • Ensures efficient communication and information exchanges with regional/global AFR management
  • Monitor preferred carrier usage (and related incentive deals) in the country
  • Ensures optimization of network procurement and implementation of all consolidation opportunities
  • Sets and monitors objectives in terms of profitability maximization and volume growth (e.g. on ITM lanes)
  • Supervises identification and implementation of new products within country
  • Liaises with sales to support interaction with key customers and providing pricing and margin guidance, support on bids, RfQs and customer presentations.
  • Creates, develops and maintains good relationships with service providers, while facilitating negotiations of best rates at country level
  • Responsible for constant improvement and optimization of production means (cost management) and operational and service level quality
  • Develop a culture of quality, service excellence, flexibility and cost consciousness
  • Develop a team spirit and multitasking capabilities within the team
  • Plan, organize and direct an efficient and effective function
  • Develop IKOs/KPIs with team members and monitor individual performance
  • Conduct performance appraisal, including coaching
  • Identify training needs and opportunities to develop a highly skilled functional department



  • Advanced knowledge of Airfreight Operations
  • Knowledge of Trade Regulations
  • Knowledge of Customs Procedures
  • Cultural sensitivity
  • Communication skills - written and spoken
  • Interpersonal skills
  • Influencing skills
  • Negotiation skills
  • Planning and organising skills
  • Business Processes skills
  • Project Management
  • Presentation skills


Education and Experience

  • Minimum 5 years’ experience in related business
  • Bachelor's or Master's degree in relevant discipline

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Bradfield Consulting Limited

Job Level

Manager (Staff Supervisor/Head of Department)




Supply Chain / Procurement

Job Type


Minimum Qualification


Preferred Years of Experience

5 - 7 years