Contract Manager

Will you join Damen Shipyards as Contract Manager?




Damen Shipyards Group is established in 1927 and is a 100% Dutch family owned international group of companies which operates 35 shipbuilding and repair yards, employing 12,000 people worldwide.

Damen has delivered more than 6,000 vessels in more than 100 countries and delivers c. 200 vessels annually to customers worldwide. Damen designs and builds innovative vessels and based on its unique, standardized ship-design concept Damen is able to guarantee consistent quality supported by a worldwide network of sales and services. Annual production value amounts to approximately EUR 2bln.

Damen’s focus on standardization, modular construction and maintaining vessels in stock leads to short delivery times, low ‘total cost of ownership’, high resale values and reliable performance. Furthermore, Damen vessels are based on thorough R&D and proven technology. The Group has determined long term focus on servitization, digitization and sustainability, with the ambition to become the world’s Greenest shipbuilder.

Damen offers a wide range of products, including tugs, workboats, naval and patrol vessels, high speed craft, cargo vessels, dredgers, vessels for the offshore industry, ferries, pontoons and superyachts.

For nearly all vessel types Damen offers a broad range of services, including maintenance, spare parts delivery, training and the transfer of (shipbuilding) know-how. Damen also offers a variety of marine components, such as nozzles, rudders, anchors, anchor chains and steel works.

As our Contract Manager you will be an integral part of the project team at both the pre-contract and execution phase of large and complex, shipbuilding projects. You will be actively involved from “cradle-to-grave” in bids and tenders at the prime and subcontract level with all relevant stakeholders.

You will be implementing prime & subcontract management procedures consistent with our company policies and guidelines. You provide operational support and contractual guidance to all project team members and you will oversee all legal administration of prime and subcontracts throughout the pre and post contract phases of the project.


  • Managing and overseeing all contractual aspects of procurement tenders processes and evaluations with the relevant stakeholders;
  • With the project team, identifying the contract baseline, including terms and conditions, specifications, drawings, estimates, proposals, schedules and other documents incorporated in the sub and prime contracts;
  • Participating in project related meetings, working closely with project functions to identify opportunities for revenue enhancement and/or schedule relief;
  • Preparing change orders to the Prime Contract and support/conduct negotiations;
  • Managing the handling of the prime and sub contract closeout requirements;
  • Coordinating the development and delivery of ongoing project commercial awareness training to address prime and sub contract management principles.


  • Education: A bachelor or Master degree in Quantity Surveying, Law, Engineering, Construction Management or Cost Engineering or a similar field;
  • At least 10 years of demonstrable and thorough experience in contract law and the drafting of administration and negotiation of change orders, pricing, notices, effective correspondence, planning and scheduling in the shipbuilding and/or offshore EPC industry;
  • Working knowledge of engineering/construction industry contracting practices, applicable governmental and commercial regulations and practices and CMS policies, procedures and work practices;
  • Demonstrable exposure to the key contracting and commercial concepts in relation to contract and commercial risk management with specific emphasis on operational project execution activities in a commercial environment;
  • Extensive practical and working knowledge of contract changes and close out;
  • Extensive experience in preparation and monitoring of contracts;
  • Ability and willingness to travel abroad to support on-site project teams in assessing and/or validating entitlement and quantification and timely resolution of claims;
  • Experience with supervising personnel and managing a workload distribution and execution of the work;
  • Excellent professional communication skills in English and preferably Dutch;
  • Exceptional organizational skills and attention to detail and accuracy and the ability to work under pressure;
  • High level of customer-orientation.

At Damen we realize that 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 is why we continuously invest in your development. Damen offers you (in case of full time employment):

  • a dynamic international working environment focusing on technology and innovation
  • a competitive salary
  • at least 40 days of annual leave
  • profit sharing & pension allowance
  • continuous focus on professional and personal development through our Damen Academy
  • an active social environment such as events and sports

Job Detail

  • Reference number NL01492
  • Location Gorinchem
  • Country The Netherlands
  • Teams Legal & Finance
  • Product Group Damen Shipyards Group
  • Company Damen Shipyards Group