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  • Yacht Building
  • Naval Architecture
  • Marine Systems Propulsion

Principal Naval Architect Super Yachts

Job summary | Principal Naval Architect Super Yachts

  • Principal Naval Architect
  • Custom-built luxury Mega Yachts
  • +7 yrs experience as Senior / Lead Naval Architect in Yacht and/or Shipbuilding
  • Technical Authority, functional coach and go-to-person on Naval Architecture topics
  • Driving innovative design engineering processes, methods and tooling
  • World class Mega Yacht design studio with excellent development opportunities
  • Excellent command of English and preferably Dutch
  • € 65K to € 85K gross per year plus benefits | 40 holidays per year
  • EU-citizenship is required

Job description | Principal Naval Architect Super Yachts

As Principal Naval; Architect you are the Technical Authority of the Naval Architecture discipline within this concept and basic design engineering office for top-end Mega Yachts. Without having the day-to-day people management responsibilities for the team members, you are the coach and go-to-person on technical topics and engineering issues for the app. 7 senior colleagues, (Senior) Naval Architects within the department of in total about 20 Naval Architects and Marine Engineers.

Our client is an international bureau specialized in design, engineering, research & development of luxury custom-built Superyachts. The exceptional quality of their products comes from the way of working together and sharing the knowledge on a daily basis. This Design Engineering office is part of a larger Mega Yacht Building organizations with several yards in the Netherlands and involved in the projects from concept up to sea-trials and delivery.

In this new role, you will be, on the one hand, directly, hands-on involved in projects, adding additional, high-level knowledge, but you also keep an birds-eye overview over the full Naval Architectural scope of all projects, providing support and checking the engineering deliverables, escalating engineering issues and communicating about solutions with your direct manager of the Naval Architecture & Structural Engineering Department, Project Management and other discipline Technical Authorities.

As the functional leader of the Naval Architecture discipline you analyze Best Practices and implement these and other engineering process enhancements into the standard engineering methodology and approach of the department. From your strong vision on developments and innovations within Naval Architecture, you provide the team with new insights and develop these into improvements of design engineering tools and systems. Besides this you define the R&D agenda for the Naval Architecture discipline. Your tasks & responsibilities include:

  • Maintain and develop the quality of the engineering process and technological knowledge within the Naval Architecture Discipline
  • Guide, coach and support (Senior) Naval Architects and their project teams in projects
  • Act as the Technical Authority on Naval Architecture to all involved internally and externally
  • Develop and implement innovative engineering solutions, methods and tooling
  • Act as functional lead and coach on Naval Architectural topics

Job requirements | Principal Naval Architect Super Yachts

  • Bsc. or MSc. in Naval Architecture or in other relevant Engineering discipline
  • +7 years of experience as Senior NavaL Architect in Yacht and/or Shipbuilding, so minimum of 15 years’ total working experience
  • Innovative mind-set with excellent organizational and quality awareness
  • Proven coaching and communicative capabilities
  • Strong vision on Naval Architecture with the capacity to drive developments and share knowledge effectively
  • Broad technical insight and up-to-date knowledge of design engineering tooling and work methodologies
  • Excellent English and (preferably) Dutch communication skills in writing and speaking
  • EU-citizenship is required



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Eric Schiphorst

Principal Naval Architect Super Yachts