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Compliance Officer – Compliance Program Management

Posted 9 Jul 2024
Work experience
3 to 4 years
Full-time / part-time
Job function
Degree level
Required languages
English (Fluent)
Dutch (Fluent)

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About us

Damen Shipyards Group is established in 1927 and is a 100% Dutch family owned international group of companies which operates 34 shipbuilding and repair yards, employing 10,000 people worldwide from a divisional structure with 7 divisions and a holding. Damen has delivered more than 6,000 vessels in more than 100 countries and delivers some 200 vessels annually to customers worldwide. Damen designs and builds innovative vessels and based on its unique, standardized ship-design concept Damen is able to guarantee consistent quality supported by a worldwide network of sales and services. Annual production value amounts to approximately EUR 2bln.

Damen’s focus on standardization, modular construction and maintaining vessels in stock leads to short delivery times, low ‘total cost of ownership’, high resale values and reliable performance. Furthermore, Damen vessels are based on thorough R&D and proven technology.

Damen offers a wide range of products, including tugs, workboats, naval and patrol vessels, high speed craft, cargo vessels, dredgers, vessels for the offshore industry, ferries, pontoons and superyachts.

For nearly all vessel types of Damen offers a broad range of services, including maintenance, spare parts delivery, training and the transfer of (shipbuilding) know-how. Damen also offers a variety of marine components, such as nozzles, rudders, anchors, anchor chains and steel works.

The role

We are looking for a colleague in Compliance Program Management (full-time or part-time). Are you a strong convincing professional with a proactive attitude and 3-5 years of relevant experience? Do you have strong analytical and program management skills and do you like being part of a multi-lingual international team? Then this might be the role for you!

As a Compliance Program Management professional you will support the Group Compliance Officer with the execution of Damen’s Compliance Program within Damen Group. You will foster a positive culture of compliance and ethics by working proactively with the business and other key functions to ensure that best practices and systems are in place to facilitate the growth of Damen’s business and protecting its integrity in accordance with applicable laws, rules, regulations and internal standards.

You will be involved in a wide range of initiatives related to the updating, planning and execution of the activities related to the Damen Compliance Program (i.e. supporting annual risk assessments, data management, arranging and performing awareness/training initiatives, facilitating the network of compliance officers and other contact persons across the entire organization). You will take care of the preparation of annual planning of compliance initiatives, working together with other team members and stakeholders in the organization.

Also the preparation of awareness campaigns and maintenance of internal communication will be part of your duties.


The Compliance Department consists currently of approximately 6 employees (Business Compliance Officers, Export Compliance Officer and Compliance Support) and is managed by the Group Compliance Officer. The Group Compliance Officer reports directly to the Chief Counsel of the Damen Shipyards Group.

This role reports directly to the Group Compliance Officer of the Damen Shipyards Group.

Key accountabilities

  • Manage day-to-day operations of the Compliance Program in coordination with other team members and other stakeholders;
  • Excellent communication, presentation and training skills;
  • Support and report in relation to the executing of the overall compliance strategy and annual plan;
  • Assist in the execution of (compliance) risk assessments;
  • Help to update and to maintain the Damen Compliance Program (risk based) and the work plan (for communications campaigns, workshops, etc.);
  • Help to develop and maintain digital learning modules (risk based) by providing content, examples, etcetera;​
  • Lead Compliance Program initiatives to ensure to keep up the level of awareness about compliance topics and risks, to make sure that business operations are supported in achieving their goals, and Compliance projects are completed in a timely manner;
  • Responsible for overall development and maintenance of the Compliance training and awareness program;
  • Perform training & awareness activities, including dilemma sessions, regular internal compliance news messages and related initiatives to raise awareness;
  • Maintain compliance registers, such as related to training and awareness, gifts and hospitalities, compliance monitoring & review, and compliance organizational matters;
  • Document and supporting internal reviews, assessments, and compliance audits of the Compliance Program;
  • Provide timely and accurate guidance to all departments on compliance matters, in coordination with other team members;
  • Assist with compliance reporting to Damen’s executive leadership and external stakeholders;
  • Contribute to Damen’s internal Compliance network and maintaining good working relationships with business, finance, management and other stakeholders.

Skills & experience


  • Academic degree;
  • Excellent presentation skills;
  • Fluently English speaking;
  • Global mindset;
  • Familiarity with digital administrative procedures;
  • Strong written/ verbal communication skills with the ability to communicate at a management level;
  • 3-5 years of experience in compliance, risk management, legal, finance, management support or comparable disciplines, preferably in the maritime/engineering and/or financial industry;
  • Preferably experience as teacher / trainer or comparable experience.


  • Driven and engaged;
  • Accurate and precise person who has eye for detail;
  • Methodical and structured;
  • Self-starter;
  • Professional way of working;
  • High integrity;
  • Objective, independent and professional in his/her approach;
  • Relationship builder.

What we offer

We want to make sure you are happy in your role as Compliance Officer, so we will support you to develop yourself in this position. We are a growing organization where innovation is the driving force. Entrepreneurship is in our DNA, and that's why we continue to grow and innovate and offer plenty of opportunities.

We offer you:

  • Personal guidance, freedom, varied work and a work environment where your opinion counts;
  • An excellent benefits package tailored to your experience and education level;
  • A dynamic international working environment focusing on technology and innovation;
  • An open, informal, no-nonsense culture with short communication lines;
  • An active social environment in terms of business culture, events and sports.

We’re a family company that has been building ships for almost 100 years. Our ambition is to become the most sustainable and connected maritime solutions provider there is. Working at Damen offers the best of several worlds. Active in more than 100 countries, with over 30 shipyards, we are internationally renowned for quality. We offer you an ocean of possibilities.

Marine & Offshore
Active in 101 countries
12,500 employees
70% men - 30% women
Average age is 40 years