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Technical Subcontract Manager


Marine Engineering, Shipbuilding

Full Time



Do you enjoy taking part through the entire development process from tendering up to installation on board and final product acceptance and handover to the customer? start as an Technical Subcontract Manager! Read more about this vacancy.

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Our client is a Dutch shipbuilder of navy vessels, with customers all over the world. For their office in Vlissingen, we are looking for a Technical Subcontract Manager.

The role
As Technical Subcontract Manager you will specify, coordinate, and manage the project of all the technical activities for sub-contracted systems. This can cover above water and underwater sensor systems, weapon, command and control, communication, and navigation systems. The role involves active engagement with the customer, our partners, our engineering team, and the subcontractor. It includes activities related to the definition, procurement, engineering, interfacing, installation, verification, and acceptance of the relevant systems for large design and build projects. 

The department whom you are for has an integral task within Engineering and aims to capture specialist knowledge of naval sensor, weapon and command systems and manage subcontracted suppliers. To achieve this goal, the Technical Subcontract Manager is involved throughout the entire development process, from creating technical specifications during tendering through to the final acceptance of the (subcontracted) system. 

Key accountabilities

  • Support the combat system engineering group on sustained performance by delivering quality engineering products within budget and on a timely basis.
  • Coordinate and facilitate the sub-contractor contribution to the project(s) during preparation and execution phases.
  • Take ownership of the assigned subcontracts for the entire project to drive and attain targeted results within the set project constraints for schedule, quality, and cost.
  • Ensure full compliance with all applicable requirements and specifications, as imposed by our customer and the company.
  • Organise or participate in project reviews and participate during contractual milestones, tests, and trials, such as FAT’s, HAT’s, and SAT’s, acting as the internal accepting party.
  • Secure the planning, execution and synchronisation of project activities related to all deliverables and obligations of the sub-contractor, thereby ensuring the proper integration of the related system.
  • Assist the warranty authority on all warranty queries and issues that are identified in relation to the sub-contractor.
  • Advise the proposal department on systems identified for new opportunities and support their specification in project proposals to the potential customer.
  • Support project and proposal evaluations and subcontractor evaluations on all aspects, including cost-benefit analyses.
  • Assist the Combat System Integrator in defining, establishing, and testing of functional and physical interfaces.
  • Ensure all company HSSEQ, department policies and procedures are in appropriately used and adhered to, in support of professional workmanship and the company code of conduct.


  • Bachelor or master’s degree in a relevant field and preferably with an Electrical, Aerospace, Maritime or Systems Engineering specialisation.
  • Experience with naval combat systems or with other highly complex integrated technical systems.
  • Experience with international technical subcontract management in complex project environments.
  • Project and contract management skills and experience with legal language and technical terminology.
  • Knowledge of technical concepts and common engineering practices obtained in engineering role(s).
  • Ability to oversee the bigger picture, while keeping a sharp eye on the critical details.
  • Excellent command of the English language and Dutch and/or German language knowledge are a big plus.
  • Solid communication skills and ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with sub-contractors.
  • Able to travel abroad from time to time, when and as required to support project activities and objectives.
  • Due to the military nature of the projects, applicants from outside the EU will not be considered
  • A background check will be part of the selection procedure

Ons aanbod

  • Salary depending on experience
  • Annual leave: 27 days plus 13 days ADV
  • Travel costs: € 10 per month for the first 10 km, then € 0.19 per km
  • Pension benefit: employer 50% and employee 50%

Are you interested in the position of Technical Subcontract Manager, but would you like to know more about the possibilities first? Then please contact Bart Schmits: 0612440840

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