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Head of Engineering

Royal IHC

Royal IHC

Software Engineering
Kinderdijk, Netherlands
Posted on Saturday, June 1, 2024

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Head of Engineering

Royal IHC is aiming to appoint a new leader for the Functional Discipline Engineering. This department is one of the enabling organizations for Royal IHC to achieve its strategy making the maritime industry more efficient and sustainable”.

The core of IHC is organized via Business Units to enable the sales and production of IHC’s products in the most effective and efficient way. A matrix organization supports these units with so called Functional and Corporate Disciplines and Capacity Centers. These disciplines will – each with their own expertise – support the units in realizing their business plans and the overall Royal IHC strategy.

The Engineering department is a centrally managed organization, supporting product-specific competences within the BUs. It contributes to the realization of the objectives of the Business Units. The engineering department sets, drives and monitors global quality standards, methodologies, tooling etc., standardizes where possible (creating synergies) and customizes where needed. The department is responsible for uniform means and methods across BU’s, good competence levels, development and internal mobility of the workforce and sufficient capacity to serve all BU’s. The functional discipline will focus on coverage and will second its team [workforce/capacity] to the BU for the duration of the project and/or the annual budget.

The Engineering Department is responsible for the core of Royal IHC’s competitive advantage. As Head of Engineering, you will lead the Engineering team and all its relevant engineering competences. You will set the direction to instill an effective engineering approach from the first initiative through to commissioning and Life Cycle Engineering. You will include cutting edge new ways of working such as concurrent engineering, Design Engineering, Robotization; AI and VR technologies into the Royal IHC’s product offerings to smoothen and speed up the engineering & design processes across Royal IHC. You will have a strong focus on external trends to be able to challenge the product management and technology developments to speed up time to market and value creation for Royal IHC’s customers. Where it is value creating, you will explore external engineering opportunities to enhance your departments capabilities and competitiveness.


Key words: Maritime and Offshore Engineering Disciplines such as Naval, structural, systems, etc; System integration; Concurrent Engineering; Conceptual Design; Design Engineering; Tendering; Negotiation tactics; Continuous improvement; Expertise development; Means & Methods; Cutting edge technology within the Functional Discipline; Quality and efficiency (lowest OPEX); Partner for innovative solutions; Project Management;

You will:

  • Lead and further develop a performance driven and customer-oriented Engineering Discipline with a strong safety culture and CSR ambition.
  • Support the business strategy of the various BU’s and ensure sufficient capacity to serve the business.
  • Maintain and implement a 3-5 year strategic plan in collaboration with the Management Team, with innovative engineering strategies and international focus.
  • Ensure continuous improvement from recent and past engineering projects to ensure value creation and continuous learning while striving for a competitive advantage.
  • Develop the engineering competence within Royal IHC and ensure internal mobility across the organization.
  • Demonstrate an adaptive leadership style, meaning that you are able to lead the organization together with the BU’s through ups and downs in the market.
  • Operationalize our core values: commitment, partnership and innovation (in topics mentioned hereafter).
  • Build, maintain and extend long lasting relationships within the wider outside network of the Engineering Department.
  • Cooperate within the organization in either their role as Capacity Supplier or Centre of Expertise, defining the standards (means and methods). Develop, set, drive and monitor global quality standards, methodologies, tooling etc.
  • Grow and guard your organization as YOU-CARE – meaning: build an inclusive and diverse workplace and workforce; act ‘’Tell what to do– not how to do’’; create feedback loop; clear in communicating ‘what do I expect from you’; re- and up-skill the capabilities; hire new employees with the right capabilities.

You have:

  • Over 15 years of management experience preferably in the maritime industry or equivalent.
  • Leadership from a perspective of safety and well-being first and foremost and you have proven track record of growth mindset and steering teams to improve safety and quality standards.
  • A completed master degree.
  • In-depth insights in the customer needs, the business needs and your functional capabilities.
  • Proven success in setting up an effective department with strong competence development and vibrant succession planning.
  • Self-awareness: you instinctively know how to coach people through change, you are approachable and hands-on.
  • Excellent communication, commercial, analytical and problem-solving skills. You think in solutions, not in bottlenecks.

You are:

  • A natural leader, who knows how to lead a team by demonstrating excellent people skills, resulting in a high performing, customer oriented and engaged workforce.
  • Able to find a balance between being a customer oriented and innovative Functional Discipline operating in a lean and efficient way.
  • Committed to the purpose of Royal IHC.

Please note that only candidates with valid EU work visa will be considered as viable candidates.

* These requirements give a direction to the profile we are looking. At Royal IHC, we warmly welcome anyone to join us, regardless of their background, disabilities or challenges. For example: research shows that male candidates apply if there is a 60% match and women only when there is a 100% match. Do you not meet all the requirements but do you think that this is the position for you? Then we would like to invite you to apply.

Royal IHC offers you:

  • A gross yearly salary between €120.000. and €160.000 (including 8% holiday allowance (based on a fulltime working week).

  • Good work/life balance with 40 vacation days for full-time employment with the option to buy or sell (additional) leave.

  • The possibility to work from home with associated expense allowance and/or to perform the work on the basis of flexible working hours (depending on the position).

  • An average salary pension scheme in which matters are properly arranged in the event of accidental death, incapacity for work or unemployment.

  • Good disability insurance.

  • Participation (on a voluntary basis) in the Social Fund, on the basis of which care and related costs are reimbursed that are not covered by your health insurance.

  • Discount on VGZ's additional healthcare insurance.

  • Unlimited sporting in our own fitness room (in exchange for the sustainable employability day).

  • € 0,21 per kilometer commuting allowance.

  • A profit-sharing scheme.

In 2042 (when we exist 400 years) Royal IHC will be a fully sustainable company with a net-zero portfolio.