Product Director Shipbuilding


Job Product Director Shipbuilding
Location Kinderdijk
Discipline Management
Education WO academic higher education
Position Permanent position
In Short

Do you want to be a key player in ensuring Royal IHC’s future commercial success? Do you want to improve and safeguard design and specification, cost estimation, proposal, R&D and product management processes and departments? Apply then for the new Product Director Shipbuilding of the shipbuilding division of Royal IHC immediately!

  1. Open
  2. Interviews scheduled (applications are still possible)
  3. Second round of interviews (check with the recruitment team if applications are still possible)
  4. Final interviews (applications are not possible anymore)
  5. Vacancy filled (applications are not possible anymore)
  1. Vacancy available
  2. Interviews scheduled
  3. Second round of interviews
  4. Final interviews
  5. Vacancy filled
Your job

As Product Director Shipbuilding of IHC Holland, the shipbuilding division of Royal IHC, you will be responsible for all activities within our Product Groups organisation: 

  • Special Dredging Vessels
  • Standard Cutter Dredgers
  • Custom Cutter Dredgers
  • Standard Hopper Dredgers
  • Custom Hopper Dredgers
  • Pipelay, Cablelay and Diving Vessels
  • Special Offshore Vessels
Besides the Product Director Shipbuilding, you will be responsible for the disciplines Design/Specification; Cost Estimation; and Product Development. Together with the Royal IHC Sales department and other stakeholders, the product groups produce innovative, attractive and competitively priced commercial proposals for our customers. As such, you will be a key player in ensuring Royal IHC’s future commercial success. In this role, you will be a member of the management team and report to the Executive Director of IHC Holland. Furthermore, you will improve and safeguard processes with regard to design and specification; cost estimation; proposal management; R&D and product management.

As Product Director Shipbuilding, you will make sure that all the necessary disciplines cooperate effectively to get the best results. As an innovative, commercially-oriented and technology-savvy person, you will be capable of finding the right balance between entrepreneurship and adherence to structured work processes. The product groups comprise more than 70 highly qualified employees, who are mainly designers, product developers and cost engineers. The Product Managers who report to you will also participate in the execution of projects in order to maintain an important connection between the proposal stage and implementation. 

We expect as Product Director Shipbuilding that you have experience with and knowledge of commercial and technical processes, related to large capital goods, preferably ships. As Product Director, you will understand the importance of building a team and maintaining it, as well as driving its members’ professional development. You may not know everything yourself, but you will know which questions to ask. You will be transparent and decisive, and able to communicate clearly to make sure decisions are executed. Ultimately, you will be a people person.

Your profile

To be eligible for the position of Product Director Shipbuilding of IHC Holland, you must have:

  • academic level of education with a solid technical background (maritime, mechanical or offshore engineering preferred)
  • at least 15 years of relevant work experience gained in a relevant sector or sectors
  • knowledge of and experience with executing large projects and tendering, selling, building and designing large capital goods preferably ships as supplier or client
  • extensive international experience gained in multiple countries and situations
  • proactive, pragmatic approach and skills to strengthen, develop and manage a team
  • excellent communication skills, fluent in English (verbal and written). Speaking Dutch is a benefit.  
Please note, an online assessment and screening can be part of the recruitment process. Only candidates with valid EU work visa will be considered as viable candidates.

Our offer

Royal IHC offers you as Product Director Shipbuilding of IHC Holland​ ​​​​​​a challenging job within a successful and dynamic company with a reputation for being a worldwide leader in technological innovation. In addition, we offer you a competitive salary, professional development opportunities, travel allowance, profit share, pension allowance, training courses and at least 40 days of leave per year.

Our organisation

As Product Director Shipbuilding, you will work at IHC Holland, based in Kinderdijk. This organisation is constantly developing its design and construction activities for the specialised maritime sector. IHC Holland has a focus on innovative vessels, advanced equipment and life-cycle support for the dredging industry.

IHC Holland is part of Royal IHC (IHC), the global market leader in the construction of specialized ships for wet mining and dredging activities, and an important player in the field of complex custom-built offshore ships. However, we do not stop there. For every ship, we also develop advanced equipment that is integrated seamlessly. In addition, we offer life-cycle support to our customers, which is available worldwide and for the lifetime of our products. If you look at our customer base, you will find prominent dredging companies, oil and gas conglomerates, offshore contractors and national governments. With offices worldwide, IHC has an international orientation. Today we have 3,000 colleagues working in various locations across The Netherlands and overseas. For more information about IHC please check:


Are you interested in the position of Product Director Shipbuilding of IHC Holland and do you recognise yourself in the job description? Please respond directly through our website: or by using the apply button.

For more information about Royal IHC, the vacancy and the application process, please visit or call the Staffing department on +31 (0)88-015 4444. Along with your CV, please be sure to write a personal letter stating your motivations for applying for this position. We welcome diversity within our company. Please note, an assessment will be part of the recruitment procedure. In addition, we are not interested in the temporary fulfilment of this position.

Royal IHC does not approve of commercial, contractor and/or agency acquisition or commercial use of this advertisement. Proposing candidates without invitation is not appreciated and will not be considered by IHC.


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