Frequently asked questions

What form does the application process take? What is a Development Center? How much will my salary be? You can find all of the answers on this page!

How can I apply?

Applying for a job can sometimes be a tense experience. That's why it's better if you know what form the application process will take. It's actually different for each vacancy.

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1. Making your application

Spotted the job of your dreams? Do you meet the recruitment requirements? If so, click on the ‘Apply now' button next to each vacancy.  

 

Once we receive your CV or application letter, we will evaluate it according to the criteria for the job. If we feel that you would be a good fit for the job and for Port of Antwerp-Bruges, we will proceed with the next stage.

2. The selection process

During this stage, we will invite you to one, or maybe two, interviews. Sometimes, these will include a supervisor or a member of the team. We will look at your motivation, your mentality, your relevant knowledge and your work experience. Depending on the job, this will take place in writing or verbally, at the office or remotely. Sometimes, you will be asked to carry out a practical task. After that, we'll let you know as quickly as possible whether you're a good match. Do you have any more questions for us? If so, be certain to ask them during your interview, as that will allow us to get to know each other better.  

 

In some cases, we will also ask you to complete a number of online tests or a Development Center. That will give you an accurate picture of who you are, what your strengths are and which points you can develop further.

3. We've got a match!

Are you the best candidate? If so, we will offer you a contract and you can start your new job!  

 

We will discuss the terms of employment and start date and invite you to sign your contract or addendum. 

4. Welcome!

Signed your contract? If so, let us officially welcome you to the Antwerp-Bruges Port Authority. On your first day, we will give you a warm reception and an opportunity to get to know your colleagues.

What is a Development Center?

For certain positions, we will ask you to attend a Development Center. This may take place within the Port Authority itself or via a recognised recruitment and selection consultancy.  

A Development Center consists of various tests that will help us uncover your development potential. There are no right or wrong answers and it's not about what you can already do. The main thing we want to do is to get to know you better and focus on furthering your personal growth.  

It will also be an educational experience for you too, so make sure you ask for the feedback from the Development Center! 

What will my salary be? And what other benefits will I receive at the Port Authority? 

If you work for the Port Authority, you will receive a competitive salary that takes into account your individual work experience. The precise amount you will earn is laid down in a salary scale for each class.  

You can also be sure to receive a holiday allowance, an end-of-year bonus, meal vouchers and additional annual benefits such as sports and culture vouchers and ecocheques. 

Curious to know more about the other non-statutory benefits? You can find more information about them here!  

How does our recruitment pool work?

For some vacancies, we put together a recruitment pool. If you are successful and are selected, but another candidate was stronger, we will include you in the recruitment pool. So if a similar vacancy becomes available within two years, we will get in touch with you. 

At what locations does the Antwerp-Bruges Port Authority operate?

The Antwerp-Bruges Port Authority operates the port of Antwerp and Zeebrugge. This means that we are one port, with two locations.  In Antwerp and Zeebrugge, our colleagues give their very best performance at various locations within the port. You will find a clear overview of those locations on the map of the port!

Can I also make a spontaneous application?

Not found what you were looking for? Don't worry. You always submit a spontaneous application! Using this form, send us your CV and a letter telling us a little bit more about yourself. We can then process your application.  

Can I also take part in an internship at the Port Authority?

Yes, of course. Our vacancy pages also contain details of potential internships at the Port Authority.  

What about submitting a spontaneous application for an internship? You can do that too! Send us your details via this form, tell us the type of internship you wish to take and we will see what's possible.

Are there also international vacancies?

Yes, the port has connections all over the world. We therefore have international colleagues, including colleagues who represent our port in areas of the world of economic importance. Via our subsidiary, Port of Antwerp-Bruges International, we work closely with other ports on various continents.  

What subsidiaries does the Port Authority have?

The Port Authority has various subsidiaries that take responsibility for performing specialist tasks. Port of Antwerp-Bruges International, together with APEC-Antwerp/Flanders Port Training Center, offer consultancy and training.  

NxtPort develops software makes sharing data in the port easier and more transparent. Railport and Pipelink are subsidiaries that promote different forms of cargo transport in order to work more sustainably. The first of those focuses on rail traffic and the second on pipelines.  

Are Port of Antwerp-Bruges and the Antwerp-Bruges Port Authority the same organisation?

The Antwerp-Bruges Port Authority operates the port of Antwerp and Zeebrugge. Though you can use Port of Antwerp-Bruges to refer to the Port Authority, it is also the brand name that applies to the port area as a whole. It therefore refers to the port, along with the more than 1,400 firms located there. Though Port of Antwerp-Bruges and the Antwerp-Bruges Port Authority can therefore mean the same organisation, the first name can be used much more broadly.  

Does the Port Authority offer training and development opportunities?

The Port of Antwerp-Bruges wants to contribute towards the port's values and objectives by: 

 

  • Giving employees the chance to obtain the necessary skills and knowledge to perform their job; 
  • Offering development opportunities for lateral and vertical progression within the organisation; 
  • Fulfilling the legal requirements for certificates and licences; 
  • Supporting new staff in the most effective possible way to enable them to hit the ground running in their job and become autonomous; 
  • Encouraging employees to be self-reliant.  

How can I remain informed about any job openings of interest to me?

Set up a job alert! As such, you will be the first to know when a vacancy appears which falls within your interests. You can read how to do that on this page.