FALL 2024 CO-OP: Trade Co op Student – Halifax Port Authority

  • Location: Halifax, NS
  • Deadline: May 27, 2024

The Halifax Port Authority is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Our goal is to be a diverse workforce that is representative, at all job levels. The Halifax Port Authority welcomes applications from Aboriginal People, African Nova Scotians and Other Racially Visible Persons, Persons with Disabilities and Women, in occupations or positions where they are under-represented. If you are a member of one of the above groups, you are encouraged to self-identify, on your covering letter, or on your resume. If you would like to receive this job posting in French, please reach out to us directly for a translated copy.

The Port of Halifax is about making connections between people, commerce, and opportunity. We take a leadership role developing business for the Port in collaboration with our partners and we responsibly manage Port assets.

The total impact of Port of Halifax activity including Nova Scotia exporters on the Province of Nova Scotia was $4.87 billion in economic output in 2022, with the direct portion being $3 billion. This level of activity generated direct and spin-off positive impacts of $2.5 billion in GDP, $1.6 billion in labour income and more than 25,300 jobs.

Offering a natural, deep harbour and big ship infrastructure, Halifax can meet the needs of today’s shipping, cargo, and cruise operations, while building for the future with our focus on the three key pillars of community, economics, and environment. Collaborating and working with strong partners and stakeholders, sustainability is built into every facet of the Port and how we operate.

To learn more about Canada’s preferred Atlantic gateway, visit www.porthalifax.ca. We are One Port City.

At this time, the Halifax Port Authority (“HPA”) is looking for a Trade Co op Student

A co-op student is required for the Trade & Trade Analytics (Commercial function) to assist with existing cross-departmental projects, marketing and industry research.

The main responsibilities include:

  • Market Analysis: Monitor economic market trends, competitor activities, and industry developments to identify new business opportunities and stay ahead of market changes. Conduct market research and analysis (industry and government trade policy) to assess the demand for containerized cargo and identify potential areas for growth.
  • Financial Analysis: Prepare commercial reports, budgets, and top-line forecasts related to commercial activities. Monitor cargo KPIs, analyze variances, and recommend appropriate actions to achieve financial targets. Communications & Customer Engagement: Customer service with external customers with operational and commercial updates of the port. Help organize customer and stakeholder engagement events such as the Port of Halifax Supply Chain Forum and other in-market promotions.
  • Marketing and Promotion: Execute marketing strategies to promote the port’s cargo business. Collaborating with other HPA departments to create marketing materials and customer pitch decks, participate in industry conferences, and engage in networking
  • Revenue Optimization: Analyze and evaluate tariff revenue in cargo and cruise streams and identify opportunities for improvement. Develop and implement programs to manage yield.
  • Other miscellaneous duties include special projects or research assigned as required.

The successful candidate must be detail-oriented, organized, and thorough. The student would also be required to have a special interest in quantitative decision making, economics, and market research/analysis. In addition, the student must be proficient in Excel, Word, and PowerPoint.

Preference will be given to students majoring in business or commerce. Completed 2 co-op work terms can be considered as an asset.

The term of this position will be from September 3, 2024, until the December 20, 2024.

The compensation for this student position will vary depending on program and year of study.

The minimum student rate is $19 per hour. The successful student will be subject to successfully completing and maintaining a Criminal Record Check and must be able to obtain and maintain a valid Restricted Area Pass (RAP).

If you are seeking a student opportunity, please send a cover letter and résumé by e-mail in confidence to:
Human Resources
Halifax Port Authority

Applications should be received no later than Monday, May 27, 2024. However, applications will be reviewed as they are received and interviews may commence prior to the posting deadline. We thank all applicants and ensure that all inquiries will be treated confidentially; only those considered for an interview will be contacted.