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Business Development Specialist

Full time
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Port of Newcastle
Transport, shipping & logistics
101-250 employees
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About Port of Newcastle:

Port of Newcastle is more than a port. It exists to build Australia’s prosperity with responsible, integrated and innovative supply chain solutions.

With trade worth approximately $71 billion to the national economy each year, Port of Newcastle enables Australian businesses to successfully compete in international markets.

The port currently handles 4,697 ship movements and 166 million tonnes of cargo annually. With a deepwater shipping channel operating at 50% of its capacity, significant port land available and enviable access to national rail and road infrastructure, Port of Newcastle is positioned to further underpin the future prosperity of the Hunter, NSW and Australia.

As custodians of the region’s critical asset, Port of Newcastle is diversifying its trade as it strives to create a safe, sustainable and environmentally and socially responsible future.

Behind every ship movement, every tonne of cargo, are the people that keep the port operating. Our people are the engine room of our port. Port of Newcastle’s values influence how we develop our strategy, how we measure performance, how we treat our colleagues and how we approach our work at PON.

The Opportunity:

The Business Development Specialist will facilitate Port of Newcastle’s sales customer engagement, account, and growth opportunities. This role requires minimal supervision in these areas and will provide input at a strategic level, in the development of market intelligence and value proposition generation. The Business Development Specialist will have a wide exposure across PON’s diversified trade business including containers, bulk, break-bulk, project cargo and property.

This is a diverse and collaborative role that is critical to building and enhancing trade relationships that enable Port of Newcastle to meet its diversification objectives. It requires a high level of proactiveness, communication and influencing skills.

What you will bring:

Tertiary qualifications or equivalent experience in a relevant field are essential.

Your strong communication and stakeholder management skills will be well utilised when developing customer proposals, and a demonstrated ability to work independently, multi-task, set priorities and meet deadlines is a must.

You also thrive in an environment that works under pressure to meet deadlines and handle conflicting priorities with a high degree of attention to detail.

What We Offer:

Port of Newcastle provides many benefits for our valued employees, a few of which are:

  • Competitive salary, reviewed annually
  • An agile work environment
  • 26 week paid Parental Leave for primary carers
  • Optional workplace giving program – supporting employees in giving back to the Newcastle community
  • Work180 endorsement – PON is recognised as a top 101 employer for women in 2024
  • Opportunity to be involved in the development of PON’s Reconciliation Action Plan (Innovate stage)

How to Apply:

Introduce yourself by submitting your cover letter and resume, outlining your relevant experience, qualifications and why you would like to join our team. If you have any questions about the role, please contact P&C Coordinator, Louise Lundell at

The Port of Newcastle is an equal opportunity employer. We value diversity and are committed to maintaining an inclusive environment for all employees.