DP World shake-up aims to clarify roles

Stevedore wants more accountability and consistent work practices along functional areas of speciality

DP World shake-up aims to clarify roles
Max Kruse says the new structure will be flatter


Stevedore DP World Australia is close to finalising its Australian management restructure.

The Australian arm of the Dubai-headquartered port terminals operator is still hunting two commercial general managers.

Once recruited they will be based at Port Botany Terminal, looking after Queensland and New South Wales, and West Swanson Terminal, looking after Victoria, Tasmania, Western Australia and South Australia.

Meanwhile, chief commercial officer Max Kruse says the new structure will be flatter with the cessation of the operations manager role.

The terminal general manager role will also change with the introduction of operations general managers at each site, reporting to chief operations officer Mark Hulme.

"This will ensure Operations has a greater focus and the ability to create a clear path to excellence in performance," Kruse says.

"General Managers Operations [GMO] will work alongside General Managers Commercial, who will be responsible for business growth activities, key account management and overall customer representation within our company.

"Our General Managers Commercial will be based at our Port Botany and West Swanson terminals, and will report to me.

"We are also restructuring lines of reporting between the terminals and specialist functions. This will help create more consistent work practices along functional areas of speciality across DP World Australia."

DP World Australia expects the change will "better position to create a clear path for trade by driving improved visibility up and down the supply chain and creating clearer accountability on terminal performance. 

"The new structure will also result in deeper engagement with our customers resulting in significantly closer and more positive relationships."

The GMO roles will be taken by Bruce Guy in Sydney after a long stint with Patrick, Glenn Wayne returning to Brisbane after working in Fremantle and Ray Lee in Fremantle, while Andrew Jena remains at West Swanson Terminal.

The announcement comes a month after Greg Winstanley was unveiled in the newly created role of national landside manager.

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