DCSA’s Digital Business Consultant helps to shape the future of the global container shipping industry with a passion for digital and IT. It is a role with a tremendous impact on an engaged and passionate startup.
The container shipping industry faces challenges such as digitization, complex regulations, cybersecurity, and sustainability. These challenges transcend individual companies and require structural cooperation. That is why the Digital Container Shipping Association (DCSA) is laying the foundation for industry-wide information exchange.
DCSA is a neutral non-profit organization, founded by the largest players in the sector: MSC, Maersk, CMA CGM, Hapag-Lloyd, ONE, Evergreen, Yang Ming, HMM, and ZIM. DCSA’s initiatives are aimed at making the transport industry more transparent, reliable, user-friendly, safe and environmentally sound. DCSA designs open-source standards and frameworks that streamline the process of sending and receiving data. In doing so, DCSA facilitates structural digital innovation across disciplines and national borders. For example, DCSA recently published a track-and-trace standard that will be implemented by shipping lines, ports, terminals and all other parties in the logistics chain.
Currently, DCSA’s team consists of around ten people. The culture in the office is very entrepreneurial and inclusive. This makes the company feel like a real startup, yet one with the potential to radically change an incredibly lucrative multibillion-dollar industry.
The vacancy: Digital Business Consultant
DCSA’s Digital Business Consultant works on major international programs, especially focused on data exchange and standardization. The Digital Business Consultant is part of a team of Consultants led by one of the two Program Directors. The Digital Business Consultant is given all the space and responsibility allowing them to work independently on projects and achieve significant strategic impact.
“We are still a small organization. That gives the Digital Business Consultant every opportunity to showcase their hands-on mentality by getting involved as much as possible and in doing so, really contribute to DCSA’s development. If you get a kick out of seeing your ideas rolled out on a global scale, then you’re in the right place.” – Niels Nuyens, Program Director
DCSA has defined a number of important programs, such as data and interface standards, cybersecurity, blockchain and optimization of communication between the 6000 vessels of DCSA’s partners and the 400 to 500 major ports in the world.
The latter is crucial for the streamlining of the logistics behind the loading and unloading processes, while at the same time improving sustainability. Thanks to optimized communication and planning, ships can, for example, adjust their speed in order to arrive at the port at exactly the right time. With container ships reducing their fuel consumption by more than half even at a speed reduction of less than half, there is a lot to be gained from a climatic point of view.
The Digital Business Consultant has an active role within at least one or more programs. The Digital Business Consultant analyses existing information, develops concepts, prepares meetings, supervises workshops and draws up documents enabling coordination with the shipping partners.
Stakeholder management is an important part of the role. The Digital Business Consultant works closely together with experts from its shipping partners. To this end, the Digital Business Consultant organizes one-on-one calls, live meetings, and joint workshops. While the Digital Business Consultant works from Amsterdam (with working from home part-time being an option) most of the time, connecting with experts from all over the world still provides the role with a very international character.