General Manager (Milwaukee, WI)

Federal Marine Terminals (FMT) is accepting applications for a General Manager (Milwaukee, WI).


FMT has been handling cargoes in the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River and along the East and Gulf coasts since 1960. Originally established to complement the freight operations of Montreal-based Fednav, FMT soon began to function independently and is now recognized as an industry leader servicing bulk, specialized, and general cargo needs.

Reporting to the Vice President, Operations, the General Manager will have direct overall responsibility for all aspects of the Administration, Operation, and Commercial end of the FMT Milwaukee marine terminal facility. She/he is responsible for monitoring and ensuring the FMT’s compliance with stated goals, objectives, procedures, as well as liaise with external parties such as customers and regulatory authorities.

Key responsibilities:

  • Reviews monthly financial statements prepared by corporate offices and assists corporate office with monthly business analysis and annual budget development. Reviews same with management personnel, as necessary, in order to ensure that established fiscal goals are achieved and maintained.
  • In conjunction with the corporate office, establishes Company purchasing policies and procedures. Oversees facility purchases to ensure budgetary compliance; authorizes purchase orders requests.
  • Reviews, resolves, and responds to all issues of real or potential claims against the facility, as well as all incidents of service failure or other non-conformance to established policies and procedures.
  • Develops and implements methods for improvement of productivity at all levels in accordance with the management team.
  • Reviews, resolves, and responds to all issues of real or potential claims against the facility, as well as all incidents of service failure or other non-conformance to established policies and procedures.
  • Works with corporate office to negotiate company contractual agreements with the Port Authority, Employee Union(s), Customers, and Vendors, as directed.
  • Monitors performance and conducts ongoing evaluations of personnel in all departments.  Responsible for the hiring of new employees and for providing recommendations regarding employee advancement, promotion or disciplinary issues.
  • Establishes, maintains, and ensures safe working environment for all employees, equipment, customers, and cargo in Company’s care and custody. Reviews all Company safety requirements and compliance issues with the Corporate Manager of Safety, the Corporate Manager of Maintenance, the Corporate Manager of Operations, as well as other management personnel as appropriate.
  • In conjunction with the corporate office, performs and directs sales, marketing, and public relations efforts. Establishes Company rate-pricing parameters based upon overall operating costs, profit margins, goals, and continual market analysis. Maintains strong liaison with customer base.
  • Maintains membership in local trade organizations and attends related social, trade, and technical conferences and seminars in the promotion of the facilities interests and business endeavors.


  • College degree (Logistics, Engineering, Business) is preferred
  • 10+ years of experience in Marine Terminal Operations or related management experience
  • Experience working with collective bargaining agreements and managing highly unionized work force
  • Prior business management experience and strong business acumen
  • Strong computer skills (Word, Excel, Accounting)
  • Marine terminal operations management background with good understanding of day-to-day terminal operations
  • Ability to build strong customer relations with clients
  • Negotiation and problem-solving skills are essential

Benefits Include:

  • Annual discretionary bonus, based on performance
  • Annual discretionary salary increase based on performance
  • 401k matching up to 6%
  • Medical/dental coverage
  • Fitness subsidy program
  • Employee assistance program


Honesty, integrity, commitment to professional excellence, regard for employees and corporate responsibility defines our values.


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