Ocean Trade Lane Associate

Flexport, Singapore

Fixing the user experience in global trade.

Join us to solve real world problems while shaping the future of global trade.


The opportunity:

Our Ocean Trade Lane Team is essential to winning new business, supporting all current business, and building out the future of Flexport’s ocean services. As an Ocean Freight Procurement Associate, you’ll be an integral part of helping achieve Flexport’s growth goals.

We’re looking for a team member, responsible for different trades that we are focusing on. Candidates will need to have a passion for ocean freight and ability to work with parties across different parts of the organization.


You will:

Be a market expert:

  • Stay up-to-date on all market pricing, service update, current utilisation conditions and cost competitiveness
  • Assist with both short-term and long-term trade development & allocation planning
  • Create tools for analyzing market conditions and effectively sharing to the team members informed on latest developments
  • Create and analyze reports to efficiently support daily operational tasks
  • Manage ocean carrier contracts, both floating and fixed rates, and maintenance in a timely manner
  • Demonstrate ability to optimize on cost to serve with strong commercial sense
  • Support specific operational issues that contract filing related or/and allocation related
  • Manage spot quotations and proactively follow up the opportunities
  • Being part of the trade team assisting your manager to maintain and develop excellent relationship with our partners (shipping lines)

Focus on strategy and development:

  • Create tools for internal use to build efficiency and share knowledge, both within the team and company
  • Collaborate with operations, sales, marketing and compliance as needed for new projects
  • Be flexible, engaged, and ready to jump into something new


You should have:

  • BA/BS degree with a strong track record of success
  • 1-3 years of experience at a startup, top consulting firm, an NVOCC pricing or procurement team or in a supply-chain role, hands on experience of Transpacific trade is a plus
  • Fresh graduate will also be considered
  • Excellent communication, interpersonal, organizational skills and strong commercial sense
  • High proficiency in written and spoken English, with a plus on Mandarin
  • An obsession with client happiness. You succeed when they succeed
  • Next-level attention to detail
  • Strong analytical skills and ability to structure, interpret and action data
  • Strong in problem solving and ability to apply judgement for day-to-day decisions
  • Ability to handle change and perform under pressure and tight timelines
  • Ability to travel locally, nationally and internationally
  • Courage to challenge the status quo when logic and reason require it. See something broken? Fix it!
  • The intellectual horsepower to become an expert on international trade in a matter of weeks
  • A mastery of email communication. You keep the inbox at zero
  • Singapore Citizen or Permanent Resident

About Flexport

Flexport is a licensed freight forwarder that uses people and software to manage the complexity of international trade. Shipping something from Shenzhen to Cincinnati or Rotterdam to LA requires complex coordination. Currently that’s done by telephones, spreadsheets, and fax machines. Flexport provides a web-based app that offers real-time visibility of your shipments. And we’re not just a software platform: Our experienced logistics and customs experts are here to help at every step of the way. We offer services in air freight, ocean freight, trucking, warehouse & fulfillment, customs brokerage, and cargo insurance. Learn more about our services and request a live demo. Flexport is a freight forwarder for the Internet age. “What we do at Flexport” explains what we mean.

Want to learn more about Flexport? Visit Flexport's website.