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Corporate Development Manager

Posted 14 Jul 2024
Work experience
4 to 7 years
Full-time / part-time
Job function
Degree level
Required languages
English (Fluent)
Dutch (Fluent)

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About us

Damen Maritime Ventures is a division within Damen and part of Damen’s overall efforts to drive the transformation of the shipbuilding industry and shape the future of maritime solutions. Our effective, efficient and pragmatic strategic portfolio management enables our division to maximize shareholder impact, by adding value through collaboration and pro-active engagement with and between our maritime ventures. We connect our ventures and ideas with operational expertise and world-class infrastructure. We scale the most promising ideas to deliver meaningful impact to Damen.

By setting up an ecosystem we strive to further sustain profitable growth through carefully governed meaningful (ad)ventures. By acting rapidly and agile on existing and new opportunities we can differentiate ourselves from competition and become leading in our selected distinct product, service and local shipbuilding markets.

The role

Are you ready for a challenging and innovative job to make the difference from strategic innovation perspective? We are searching for a Corporate Venturing Manager!As Corporate Venturing Manager you actively support the Corporate Venturing Unit (CVU) in scouting, investing and growing highly innovative startups and scale-ups. You will be part of a small specialized team, reporting directly to the Head of Corporate Venturing. With the team, you are responsible for evaluation, selection and execution of startup investment opportunities. You will do this in close cooperation with top management, Damen Divisions and multi-disciplinary projects teams. The CVU actively manages multiple startups and focusses on integrating startup innovations within the Damen group.Within this role, you need to have great stakeholder management skills and you need to be able to operate on all hierarchical levels. You are responsible for creating valuable and creative links between business opportunities and technological advancements

Key accountabilities

To support and manage the process that leads to strategic innovation integrating, start-up investments and startup growth, we expect you to be able to:

  • Analyze and monitor strategic decisions making and technical developments;Focus on and be responsible for filling the deal flow funnel;
  • Do analysis of startup in terms of innovativeness, performance and market traction;- Perform extensive due diligence and internal business alignment assessments;- Assist in / perform negotiations that lead to a successful investment;- Coordinate all activities on legal, accounting and financial matters;- Develop an investment proposal including development path;- Actively support/ manage startup innovation projects;- Manage/ support the growth path of the startup.

In addition to the above described main tasks, the Corporate Venturing Manager is actively involved in:

  • Researching market and technology trends together with the Investments and Technology analysts;
  • Supporting and managing internal information and tracking systems;
  • Support in internal and external communications and event management;
  • Coordinate together with the team and EB / Division management new opportunities and start-ups that help Damen to create new value chains;
  • Assist in monthly progress reports and Investment Committee approval memo’s;
  • Assist with deal process from A to Z, maintain & update transaction templates and further professionalize the Corporate Development function.

Skills & experience

  • Bachelor/Master degree in Business Economics or other relevant education linked to the field of Innovation Management and Entrepreneurship;
  • 4 to 7 years or more relevant working experience;
  • Affinity with the maritime industry or technical related industry in general;
  • Experience with and/or network in startup ecosystems and investment sector;
  • Legal knowledge and contract management skills;
  • Strong intrinsic interest in technology and related (market) developments;
  • Project and/or investment management skills a pre;
  • Team player: flexible and able to work in a small team within a dynamic work environment;
  • Good verbal and written communication skills in Dutch and English.

What we offer

Here at Damen we realize 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’s why we continually invest in your development. Damen offers you (in case of full-time employment):

  • A dynamic international working environment focusing on technology and innovation;
  • Working with innovations and the newest developments every day;
  • Lots of freedom to pursue the opportunities you deem most viable;
  • We pay a competitive salary based on your previous knowledge and relevant experience;
  • You will have enough time to relax or travel because we have 40 days of annual leave;
  • Next to that you will share in the company profit and we have good pension allowance arrangements;
  • We value growth thus continuous focus on professional and personal development through our Damen Academy (including Leadership & Management development programs and Good Habitz online trainings);
  • Our family company supports an active social environment an therefore hosts many events and sports activities.

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