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Investment Analyst (jr.) Maritime Startups

Damen Shipyards

Damen Shipyards

Gorinchem, Netherlands
Posted on Tuesday, June 25, 2024

We offer you an Ocean of Possibilities. Join our family.

About us

Family owned business Damen Shipyards Group has been in operation for over 90 years and offers maritime solutions worldwide, through design, shipbuilding, ship repair and related services. Damen operates 36 shipyards in 18 countries. We offer direct employment to around 12,000 colleagues, bringing together a total production value of 1.8 billion euros and delivering more than 143 annually.
Damen Maritime Ventures is a division within Damen and part of Damen’s overall efforts to drive the transformation of the shipbuilding industry and shape the future of maritime solutions. Our effective, efficient and pragmatic strategic portfolio management enables our division to maximize shareholder impact, by adding value through collaboration and pro-active engagement with and between our maritime ventures. We connect our ventures and ideas with operational expertise and world-class infrastructure. We scale the most promising ideas to deliver meaningful impact to Damen.

The role

Are you ready for a challenging and innovative new job to make the difference from strategic innovation perspective? We are searching for an Investment Analyst

As an Investment Analyst you actively support the Corporate Venturing Unit in scouting, screening, evaluating of highly innovative startups and scale-ups. Therewith you will be part of a small specialized team, responsible for evaluation, selection and execution of startup investment opportunities. You will do this in close cooperation with top management, Damen Divisions and multi-disciplinary projects teams. The Corporate Venturing Unit is part of the Damen Maritime Ventures division which manages a portfolio of mature ventures. The CVU actively manages multiple startups and focusses on integrating startup innovations within the Damen group.

Within the department you will be reporting to the Head of Corporate Venturing. You are responsible for market intelligence and business research. Conduct (financial) due diligence and analyze business propositions, and company as well as team dynamics. You support in setting up investments recommendations and build investment theses together with the team.

The role requires you to have with a variety of stakeholders ranging from startup ecosystems, investor, corporates, to Universities and knowledge institutes internationally. The Investment Analyst is expected to have proper stakeholder management skills while you will be communicating on various levels within the internal as well as external organization.

Key accountabilities

Analyze and support the process that leads to strategic innovation integration, startup investments and startup growth:

  • Active researching market and technology trends;

  • Focus on scouting startups and filling the deal flow funnel;

  • Analysis of startup in terms of innovativeness, performance and market traction;

    • Perform extensive due diligence;

    • Assist in negotiations that lead to a successful investment;

    • Take lead in financial analysis and assist in legal matters;

    • Setup investment proposals;

    • Monitor/ support the growth path of the startup.

  • In addition to the above described main tasks, the Investment Analyst is actively involved in:

    • Supporting internal information and tracking systems;

    • Support in internal and external communications and event management;

    • Assist in monthly progress reports and Investment Committee approval memo’s.

Skills & Experience

  • Bachelor/Master degree in Business Economics or other relevant education linked to the field of Investment Management and Entrepreneurship.

  • 1-5 years relevant working experience

  • Affinity with the maritime industry or technical related industry in general

  • Experience with and/or network in startup ecosystems and investment sector

  • Strong analytical skills and attention to detail

  • Interest in (maritime) technology and related (market) developments

  • Team player: flexible and able to work in a small team within a dynamic work environment;

  • Good verbal and written communication skills in Dutch and English;

What we offer

Here at Damen we realize supporting and managing many talented individuals is of great essence. We understand that the key to success is to find the right person for the right job. That’s why we continually invest in your development. Damen offers you (in case of full-time employment):

  • A dynamic international working environment focusing on technology and innovation;

  • Working with innovations and the newest developments every day;

  • Lots of freedom to pursue the opportunities you deem most viable;

  • We pay a competitive salary based on your previous knowledge and relevant experience;

  • You will have enough time to relax or travel because we have 40 days of annual leave;

  • Next to that you will share in the company profit and we have good pension allowance arrangements;

  • We value growth thus continuous focus on professional and personal development through our Damen Academy (including Leadership & Management development programs and Good Habitz online trainings);

  • Our family company supports an active social environment an therefore hosts many events and sports activities.


Leon Joziasse