United Arab Shipping Company (UASC) is a global shipping company, based in the Middle East. Founded in 1976, UASC is present in more than 75 countries around the world, covering over 200 ports and destinations worldwide. UASC offers containerized and conventional cargo transportation, temperature-controlled cargo and value-added services to a diversified global client base, covering the Middle East, Europe, Mediterranean, Indian Sub-continent, Far East, Australia, West Africa and The Americas.
To fuel our expanding operations globally, we aim to employ and retain top talent from around the world, to join our existing multicultural team of 3,200 employees, covering 60 nationalities.
At UASC, our employees are our biggest asset.
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UASC employs best in class psychometric assessment tools used worldwide by certified assessors as part of its selection process. These psychometric assessment tools assess your cognitive ability (Verbal, numerical and abstract) as well as your personal attributes. Psychometric assessments used in combination with other tools assist in developing a more structured, competency-based and objective selection process while also encouraging EEO (Equal Employment opportunity).
We are looking for motivated and dynamic candidates, who inspire others and want to grow in an environment that encourages innovation. UASC offers professional stability as well as many career development and progression opportunities to make your employment with us an exciting and rewarding experience.Growth
With offices in more than 75 countries around the world, the range of growth opportunities at UASC is varied.Diversity and Inclusion
The people who work for us reflect the diversity of the customers we serve and the markets in which we operate.
When and how did the journey in UASC start?
I came to know about UASC's training program (named the National Development Program later) through a newspaper ad seeking qualified candidates to join UASC's growing team in 1980.
I was accepted in December 1980, and my career started with an interesting Post Graduate Diploma in Shipping Management in Cardiff, UK in January 1981, I graduated first in class nine months later, and moved to UASC's Liverpool offices where I spent six months, and then went back to Kuwait headquarter and spent another nine months. In each of these training and development opportunities I learned more about the company and its different departments and services, and I was supported by a team of experienced professionals.
In 1983, UASC sent me to the World Maritime University in Malmoe Sweden for an MSc in Maritime Administration. I graduated first in class in 1985, and joined the American services (North & South America) in New York as an assistant marketing manager, and was promoted to marketing manager in 1987, and then to line manager in 1989.
The program was the cornerstone of my 30+ years' career in the shipping industry.
What were the first days in shipping like?
My first days in shipping were full of curiosity about and eagerness to learn a totally new and interesting field. I didn't know anything about shipping when I joined the training program at UASC.
I stared from scratch, but the more I learned about shipping the more interesting and intriguing it became to me. I truly enjoyed the full encompassing nature of shipping, although it requires a unique set of skills and specialized knowledge in areas such as international law, insurance, human resources, IT, Finance, accounting, operations, international trade amongst others.
How did you build your way up to your current role?
After building extensive experience in the maritime and shipping industries at UASC, I joined the Kuwait port authority to assist in the rebuilding efforts of Kuwaiti ports after the war. In 1996, I became the supply chain director for EQUATE Petrochemicals where I developed the firm's supply chain system and managed a $100 million logistics procurement budget. In 2004, I headed a new port development and management venture as the Chairman and CEO. I grew the company from a one local port portfolio to a multi-billion dollar projects firm.
In 2009, I returned to UASC as a vice president Middle East trade management unit. What I learned and developed at UASC's formed a solid experience foundation, and continues to support me every day.
What advice so you have for the younger generation to grow within industries like shipping?
The shipping industry in the Middle East in general and in the Arabian Gulf region in particular has a huge potential, and there is an obvious shortage of qualified, well trained and experienced national talents. As a result, the demand for such resources in the shipping, supply chain and logistics industries is increasing rapidly. Excellent career opportunities are also available in the ports, petrochemical projects, downstream chemical projects and global trading, and NDP is well positioned to serve as the cornerstone for a successful career in these sectors.
Can you briefly introduce yourself?
I obtained my bachelor's degree in International Business from Middlesex University, Dubai. I am an NDP member since March 2013.
How did your journey at UASC start?
Before graduation, I started job-hunting specifically for management trainee programs, in order to have the benefits of utilizing my fresh knowledge and skills and to work in multiple fields within an international organization. Through word of mouth, I came to know about UASC's NDP and I applied for it and luckily was offered a place. I am now in the middle of the program and benefiting from the global shipping expertise available at UASC.
Why were you interested in the shipping industry and UASC in specific?
I have always had an interest in logistics, so shipping suited my career aspirations. After joining the shipping industry, I quickly realized how integral it is to everyday life, as it is responsible for about 90% of trade all over the word and is the backbone of the global economy. If the shipping industry was not as effective as it is, we would be deprived of so many products that move around the world on a daily basis.
UASC's leading position globally and its ambitious expansion plans attracted me and other NDP members.
What were the first days in shipping like?
As with any new job, everything in the beginning was not easy, but at the same time it was not overtly difficult. Being a fresh graduate, and it being my very first real job, I was trying to make a good impression, and get the maximum out of every project, and with the support of my colleagues and the management at UASC, I was able to achieve this seamlessly.
I also focused heavily on improving myself in each department I went to, and of course moving out of the comfort zone of university life. This experience is full of excitement and rewards.
How do you feel the NDP program can add to your future?
By working in different departments with people from different backgrounds, as well as travelling to international assignments, gives you the encouragement and power to adapt faster and overcome obstacles. This is particularly true in terms of communicating with people and having the responsibility of how to move out of your comfort zone. As a future manager within an international company, being culturally sensitive and having an overview of the workings of the organization is hugely beneficial.
The National Development Program (NDP) is an exclusive and comprehensive training program, which aims to attract and develop young, talented and ambitious nationals from UASC shareholding states. Since its commencement, the program has helped its participants to obtain the set of technical and managerial skills required to pursue successful careers in shipping. Also, has trained people to become leaders in this rapidly expanding sector, which is considered to be one of the key pillars of the global economy.
Each trainee will have the opportunity to work for 24 months in different UASC departments and offices around the world. After successful completion of the program, participants will be given the chance to become permanent employees of UASC.
Vice President, Middle East Trade Management Unit
United Arab Shipping Company
Current NDP participant - Sales Strategy and Planning
United Arab Shipping Company