Tender Manager Offshore & Conversion, Damen Shiprepair & Conversion The Netherlands – 28 years
“’Proud’, is the word I would use to describe my particular feelings about Damen. In my opinion, Damen is one big happy family. Although it has more than 9,000 employees, the company successfully manages to keep its sense of warmth. People are genuinely interested in one another, and wherever in the world you are employed, you always receive a warm welcome. The first time I experienced this myself was in 2012 in Qatar. I studied Mechanical Engineering at TU Delft and went for an internship at NDSQ (Nakilat Damen Shipyards Qatar). It took some time getting used to this new place, and because of the variety of cultures a lot of people weren’t used to having a woman at a shipyard. I didn’t know what to expect, but Damen exceeded all of my expectations.”
“Damen also represents entrepreneurship. I encountered this during my internship, where I wasn’t involved in a project but had to find my own way into the workforce. After observing the workings of the shipyard and participating in conversations I found certain bottlenecks, for which I composed a plan of action. My supervisor was enthusiastic about my input, and in no time he gathered a team from Gorinchem to realize the reorganization of the warehouse. Almost immediately, it struck me: Damen does not care about your work experience or your position; it cares about your ideas and the way you handle matters. I enjoyed this freedom and the flat organisational structure. Everyone’s door is always open, regardless of his or her official function, and this contributed to the fact that I was able to learn and assist with the development of the shipyard in Qatar.”
“After my internship, I went on to another company to write my final thesis. I wanted to avoid tunnel vision. However, sooner rather than later, I found myself wanting to work for Damen again. Aside from the work, I want to develop my potential and this is why I chose a two-year Damen traineeship. I was the third person to ever start this programme. Through the joint efforts of Damen and the trainees, we gave input that has developed the traineeship further. An immense advantage of this programme is the short amount of time you need to get to know Damen, and the chance to gain skills in different workplaces.”
My traineeship is now over and I’m currently working as Tender Manager Offshore & Conversion at Damen Shiprepair & Conversion. Over the last couple of years, I have assembled a thorough and very positive perspective of the company, as well as the employees who work at Damen. And let’s not forget about the ships! My favourite is the SeaXplorer: it’s groundbreaking, fast, adventurous and straightforward.”
In my opinion, Damen is one big happy family. Although it has more than 9,000 employees, the company successfully manages to keep its sense of warmth.