Proposal Manager Electric


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Job Proposal Manager Electric
Location Kinderdijk
Discipline Engineering
Education HBO higher vocational education, WO academic higher education
Position Permanent position
In Short

Is working with a systematic and methodic approach your second nature? Do you consider minimising "unknowns" as your primaary task? Apply and come help us!

  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

A systematic methodic approach is required for the role of maritime Proposal Manager (Electric). Your tasks will include the methodical gathering and analysis of the data of constructed vessels for use in cost estimation tools and new electrical concept designs. The key role of the Proposal Manager (Electric) will be to provide guidance on the most efficient electrical system design (based on a stakeholder’s requirements) to minimise any ‘unknowns’ in a new build vessel. In doing so, you will help to limit a project’s risks in the earliest stages. 

Tasks and responsibilities
As Proposal Manager (Electric) of the IHC Holland BV business unit in The Netherlands, you will be responsible for the electrical design and cost estimations of the following product groups: power generation, power conversion, electrical power distribution and vessel automation. You will be part of the design team for concept standardisation of new vessels and cooperate with other Royal IHC business units to enable us to reach our goals. In addition, you will create optimised electrical designs based upon customers’ requirements, and be responsible for the continuous improvement and development of our estimation methods. Your main responsibilities will include the following:

  • gathering stakeholder requirements
  • carrying out electrical concept design studies and associated cost estimates
  • making trade-off studies between concepts 
  • the recovery and analysis of project field data to enhance the cost estimation tools and new electrical concept designs
  • concept designs for new standard vessels 
  • co-writing the electrical systems in the vessel’s specification
  • operating as part of a tender team of multidisciplinary cost engineers and proposal managers
For IHC an electrical product group breakdown is made to ensure a focus on continuous optimisation programmes. The main groups are: power generation, power conversion, electrical power distribution, vessel automation, mission equipment automation, and predictive and dynamic simulation. By incorporating the knowledge of other competence areas within shipbuilding, Royal IHC transcends the role of system integrator into system designer. As a system designer it has the opportunity to define the electrical concept, together with the customer. IHC acknowledges the importance of the tender stage in which the customers’ design requirements are translated into electrical concept designs. The performance and capabilities of each concept depend on the configuration. The electrical system configuration is a compromise between the stakeholders’ requirements in order to find an optimum balance for the overall vessel design. The degree to which the requirements can be fulfilled depends on the allocated capital costs and the agreed return on investment period. There are four main criteria areas: reliability, environment, employability and process efficiency. Within these areas, the stakeholder requirements can be defined. Depending on the selected customer needs, preferences and operational cycle, different energy solutions can be implemented to meet these expectations. Some design requirements are complementary, others are contradictive. For example, reduced fuel consumption is contradictive to an increased vessel speed, when both are selected with the same level of importance. The compromise here would be a customised design for reduced fuel consumption with the possibility of increased vessel speed for a shortened period. All these decisions, requirements and upcoming technologies are part of the world of the Proposal Manager and together these pieces form part of the entire complex 3D puzzle, which we call a vessel.

Your profile

You are motivated to continuously improve your electrical knowledge, and embrace the knowledge from other disciplines while maintaining a focus on stakeholder requirements. You support your colleagues and know how to motivate them and strive for new insights. In addition, you should have the following:

  • a higher vocational education (HBO) and/or an academic higher education (WO) in a technical or business discipline
  • analytical and creative skills (or you are willing to gain these by studying)
  • the ability to develop a strategy and share your vision with the customer and tender team
  • commercial and technical interests
  • a desire to motivate your colleagues to work with the latest business approach
  • good working knowledge of English and preferably Dutch
  • knowledge of cost estimation or the willingness to gain this competence
  • a creative, persuasive nature
  • passionate about continuously improving your knowledge level and insights
  • a willingness to travel between Sliedrecht, Krimpen and Kinderdijk on a regular basis, and to visit customers or attend meetings abroad.

Our offer

You will become involved from the start of the most early design stage, working towards the prefered design and then actually helping deliver the ‘wow’ factor to our customers. Being a Proposal Manager (Electrical) is a rewarding challenge in an interesting business unit within a team of specialists. There will always be new, exciting challenges and the autonomy to make changes. It is a permanent position, with international contacts, career opportunities and a training programme to help you gain the required skills. In addition, we offer 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 a Proposal Manager Electric, you will work at IHC Systems. This organisation develops and supplies standard and custom-built solutions for the efficient operation of dredgers and related vessels. These are deployed in the marine dredging industry and for the mining of alluvial and deep-sea resources. The electrical, electronic and IT systems involve anything from robust sensors to stand-alone and/or integrated systems for service, presentation, automation, hydrography and DP/DT, supported by training simulators. Global life-cycle support – either remote or on location – guarantees durability and reliability. The company, which has paved the way in its sectors for over 40 years, is based in Sliedrecht and employs over 100 people.

IHC Systems 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:


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For more information about Royal IHC, the vacancy and the application process, please visit or call the Recruitment department on +31 (0)88-015 4444.

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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