Program and Portfolio Manager – Strategic Program – Damen – Gorinchem


About us

Family owned business Damen Shipyards Group has been in operation for over ninety years and offers maritime solutions worldwide, through design, shipbuilding, ship repair and related services. Damen operates 36 shipyards in 18 countries. We offer direct employment to more than 12,000 colleagues, bringing together a total production value of 2,5 billion euros and delivering 143 ships in 2023.

The digital goal of Damen is ambitious: In Damen’s four strategic pillars tech and Digital are key drivers:

  • Excel in Customer Experience: At Damen we believe in improving total customer experience. This increase will result in client loyalty and trust which again will fulfil our business goals in terms of new and existing business.
  • Sustainability: “Our ambition is to be the most sustainable maritime solutions provider. We will build our ship cradle-to-cradle and operate them emission-free.” We will deliver solutions that leave a positive impact on the environment and society, ensuring our sustainable growth and increasing new revenue streams.
  • Digitalization is key for our ambitions to deliver maritime reliability and increasingly autonomous capabilities. Digitalization is an important theme in our products, our business model and our business operations
  • Operational Excellence is about Continuous improvement, constant quality and focus on efficiency over the complete value chain. It is our goal to grow further towards a process driven organization, maximize client value and minimize waste. 
  • The role

    We are seeking an experienced and results-oriented Program and Portfolio Manager to lead an ambitious initiative aimed at modernizing our IT application platforms. This program encompasses the renewal of our legacy platforms to new platforms such as SAP, Workday, Dassault, and Stibo. As an organization, we have one clear ambition and focus: achieving integrated, efficient, and future-proof end-to-end processes enabled by IT applications.

    As a Program and Portfolio Manager for the Strategic Program , you will be responsible for steering and coordinating the entire modernization of our application platforms. Working closely with various stakeholders within the organization, your goal is to achieve the intended results on time and within budget.

    Reporting to the Chief Digital Officer you have to ensure transparent communication on program progress, challenges, and results. You work in close collaboration with the Chief Digital Officer to align the IT modernization strategy with the broader digital goals of the organization.

    As a successor of an interim Program & Portfolio Manager it is important to ensure a seamlessly integrate into the existing program and take over ongoing initiatives. Evaluate the current status, identify any gaps, and implement appropriate measures to ensure program continuity.

    Key accountabilities

    Program and Portfolio Management: 

  • Develop and manage a detailed program and portfolio roadmap. 
  • Identify strategic goals and define key performance indicators (KPIs) for the program 
  • Stakeholder Management: 

  • Build and maintain strong relationships with stakeholders at various organizational levels. 
  • Effectively communicate progress, risks, and outcomes to the leadership team and other involved parties. 
  • Budget and Resource Management: 

  • Responsible for program budget management. 
  • Optimize resource allocation and ensure maximum efficiency. 
  • Risk Management: 

  • Identify, assess, and manage risks that may impact the program’s success. 
  • Implement strategies to reduce or eliminate risks. 
  • Technological Modernization

  • Oversee the architecture and demarcations of IT application platforms such as SAP, Workday, Dassault, and Stibo. 
  • Collaborate with technical teams to ensure modernization aligns with business objectives. 
  • Reporting and Evaluation: 

  • Prepare regular progress reports and evaluations for the leadership team. 
  • Continuously monitor performance and adjust the strategy as needed. 
  • Complex Integration and Architecture Challenges: 

  • Lead strategic decision-making on complex integration and architecture challenges within the IT application platform modernization program. 
  • Collaborate with Enterprise and system architects to ensure architecture meets established standards and future organizational needs. 
  • Demarcation and Change Management: 

  • Define clear demarcation points within the program to clarify responsibilities of different teams and stakeholders. 
  • Ensure effective change management strategies to minimize resistance and ensure a smooth transition to the modernized IT platforms. 
  • Collaboration with Different Disciplines: 

  • Facilitate close collaboration and alignment among various disciplines, including business stakeholders, IT teams, architects and change managers.
  • Organize regular meetings and workshops to foster synergy and proactively address issues
  • Skills & experience

  • More than 15 years of relevant work experience
  • Minimum of a bachelor’s degree in a relevant field (e.g., Digital Technology, Business Administration).
  • Experience and leading complex digital implementation projects within a technology-driven organization.
  • Knowledge of the manufacturing industry.
  • Excellent communication skills and the ability to engage various stakeholders.
  • What we offer

  • Effective team leadership to manage diverse groups and individuals.
  • Strong oral and written communication 
  • The ability to understand business objectives and translate them into IT implementation strategies. 
  • Analytical thinking to identify, analyze, and solve problems.
  • The ability to set measurable goals and ensure the team achieves them.
  • Focus on achieving project objectives and delivering value to the organization.
  • Strong organizational sensitivity and leadership skills.
  • The ability to remain calm under pressure and in stressful situations.
  • Team player with the ability to bridge gaps between different disciplines.
  • Other

    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 matching salary;
  • At least 40 days of annual leave;
  • Profit sharing & pension allowance;
  • A continuous focus on professional and personal development through our Damen Academy;
  • An active social environment such as events and sports. 
  • When you have any questions, reach out to our Recruiter Ankie van Hees.


    Job Detail

  • Reference number NL02434
  • Date posted 12/03/2024
  • Closing date 26/07/2024
  • Location Gorinchem
  • Country The Netherlands
  • Expertise IT & IM
  • Product Group Damen Shipyards Group
  • Company Damen Shipyards Group
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