Damen Naval

Technical Subcontract Manager Combat

May 01, 2024

Get on board with Damen Naval, along with more than 1,200 professionals based in The Netherlands, Romania, and Germany. We are the naval division of the family-owned Damen Shipyards Group which employs 12,000 professionals globally. Damen Naval designs and builds advanced naval vessels for customers all over the world. With a passion for technological innovation and sustainable solutions, we continue to push the boundaries in naval shipbuilding. You can be part of our team! Are you ready for duty?

As the Technical Subcontract Manager Combat at Damen Naval, you will specify, coordinate and manage all the technical activities for sub-contracted combat systems, covering above water and underwater sensor systems, weapon, command and control and communication systems. This includes activities related to the project definition, procurement, engineering, interfacing, installation, verification, and acceptance of the relevant combat systems for large design and build projects. This to achieve a successful integration of the various combat systems into an effective naval combat suite for the developed ships and optionally the related land-based facilities that Damen Naval delivers to its customers.

As the Technical Subcontract Manager Combat at Damen Naval, your key responsibilities will include:

  • Manage, coordinate and facilitate multiple subcontractors & suppliers during preparation and execution of a project with focus on short and medium term.
  • Ensure full compliance of the Combat Systems products and services with all applicable requirements and specifications within agreed schedules, required quality and cost limits.
  • Take ownership of integration activities in complex medium value projects and manages the corresponding subcontractors.
  • Organize and/or participate in project reviews.
  • Secure the execution and synchronization of project activities related to all deliverables and obligations of the subcontractor(s).
  • Participate, as accepting party, during contractual milestones, tests and trials, such as FAT, HAT and SAT.
  • Assist the warranty authority on all warranty issues that have been identified.
  • Support in proposal evaluations, technical evaluations and cost/price analyses.
  • Assist, and may become, the Combat System Integrator (CSI) in defining, establishing and validating (the testing of) all relevant functional and physical interfaces.

To excel as the Technical Subcontract Manager Combat, you should possess the following qualifications and qualities:

  • 5+ years of technical subcontract management experience dealing with international sub-contractors. Preferably acquired in the naval or shipbuilding sector.
  • Relevant knowledge and experience with highly complex (combat) systems, preferably in the shipbuilding or naval sector.
  • Solid communication skills and ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with internal and external stakeholders.
  • Good contract management skills and affinity with legal language and technical terminology.
  • Bachelor's or Master's degree in a Technical direction. 
  • Good project management experience and ideally with project management qualification.
  • Excellent command of the English language, Dutch and/or German language knowledge or willingness to learn.
  • Excellent references antecedents as a pre-employment security screening is standard part of the recruitment procedure.
  • Permanent EU citizenship and passport are both required and candidates with NL/EU (work) visa or with both an EU and non-EU nationality and/or passport are not eligible in accordance with the requirements imposed by the military nature of our projects.

At Damen Naval, we highly value our employees, and we will support your professional and personal development. We also provide our employees with:

  • A competitive salary and 8% holiday pay.
  • 27 holidays and 13 ADV days.
  • Travel allowance of 23 cents per kilometre.
  • PME-pension arrangement with an employer contribution of 60%.
  • Profit sharing based on company results.
  • Working from home policy and other benefits including a bicycle plan and company fitness.

Are you interested in the position of Technical Subcontract Manager Combat, kindly submit your application along with your CV and motivation letter, along with an indication of:

  • Your (preferred) monthly gross salary based on fulltime work.
  • Availability (fulltime / part-time / number of hours).
  • Notice period / possible starting date.

For more information about the vacancy or Damen Naval, please visit the Damen Naval website, the Damen Naval Career website or contact the Corporate Recruitment department via [email protected].




Please note that due to the military nature of our projects, only candidates who have permanent EU nationality can be considered for vacancies at Damen Naval. Unfortunately, we are not allowed to process candidates who (also) have a non-EU passport or nationality. A pre-employment and security screening and investigation form part of the recruitment process.

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