Ship & Yacht Engineering

Lead Engineer - Electrical & Automation

South-west Netherlands
Bachelor / Master
Ready to shape the future of maritime technology? Join our client and be part of groundbreaking workboat projects. Contribute your expertise to our client’s mission of becoming the world's most sustainable and connected shipbuilder.
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About the job

At Forexx we are looking to elevate you career to a next level and this opportunity might be yours to take. Join our client's team as a Lead Electrical & Automation Engineer. Your primary focus will be on seamlessly integrating electrical systems, including power, navigation, alarm, and monitoring systems, within our workboats.

Your goal is to achieve full integration of these complex systems to ensure optimal performance. In this role, you will play a pivotal role in the engineering process, collaborating with engineering partners, and maintaining communication with clients, suppliers, and our shipyards to ensure project success. Join us and lead the way in creating cutting-edge electrical solutions for the client’s vessels.


  • Prepare functional descriptions and technical specifications for electrical systems and equipment and/or the assessment of supplier specifications;
  • Set up preliminary one-line diagrams, load-balances, panel and cable tray arrangements;
  • Organize and monitor interfaces and system integration with other disciplines (such as Shipbuilding and Mechanical) and co-makers;
  • Be able to control the technical- and organizational scope of multiple projects, including different engineering teams, simultaneously;
  • Set up and steer an engineering team per project by leading one or multiple (junior) E&A engineers;
  • Supporting client, class and national authorities’ during the approval process.

About you

To excel in this role a Bachelor degree in Electrical Engineering or other relevant discipline is required.

Successful candidates will demonstrate the following professional experiences and achievements:

  • At least 5 years’ relevant work experience, preferably in the shipbuilding industry;
  • You master good communication skills, preferably in Dutch and English;
  • Experience in the functional development of Electrification and/or Control & Monitoring systems;
  • Excellent communication skills in English and Dutch as a pre.

    As a person, you are:
  • Result-oriented, with initiative and management skills;
  • A pragmatic, persuasive Lead Engineer with a solid personality, fitting within a dynamic organization with a hands-on culture;
  • Decisive and at the same time flexible in your approach and you work methodically;
  • Able to influence, put things into perspective and also know how to have the patience that is sometimes needed to achieve results;
  • Well able to manage expectations;
  • Willing to travel (short trips about 1 to 2 times a year).

Working at Forexx

At Forexx we want to unlock your hidden potential.  We resonate with professionals seeking to expand and enrich their careers. Our way of working symbolizes the discovery of hidden talents and the realization of untapped potential through engaging projects and personal growth.

Are we a match? Great, then we offer the following:

  • Work environment
    A challenging assignment at one of our clients; These companies are innovative, leading in the branch and support their employees to develop their professional and personal skills.  
  • A stable future
    Secondary employment in which you are guided towards your long-term employment, at the client. This offers great long term career perspectives.
  • Vacation policy
    You will receive 25 holiday days based on 40 hours; Optionally you will receive extra vacation days (ADV) depending on your project to adapt to the clients policy.
  • Work-life balance
    Our clients are open to discuss flexible working hours and hybrid working to fit your personal situation.
  • Professional training and development
    We understand your personal and professional growth in your new job is a challenge. We will empower this growth by offering specialized courses to meet specific learning objectives.  
  • Other benefits
    You will receive your Holiday allowance of 8.33% on an annual basis. Besides that we offer a well-arranged pension plan to create continuity in your retirement savings.
  • Employee support program;
    In case your new job requires relocation, document requests, scheme applications, etcetera, we will offer support to guide you.
  • The Forexx community
    You will enter an interesting network of colleagues in the field of technology and engineering, with whom you can share knowledge during frequent and enjoyable information and knowledge sessions. Also you are invited for many activities with your colleagues such as BBQs, meetings, events, family day, etc.

About the client

We support a prominent Dutch shipbuilding company with expanding their workboats division. Our client focuses on the construction of versatile workboats for various commercial and industrial purposes. These workboats are designed to support a wide range of tasks, such as transportation of personnel and cargo, dredging, towing, firefighting, and offshore operations.

These vessels are known for their robustness, efficiency, and adaptability to different working conditions, making them popular choices for industries such as offshore energy, construction, dredging, and marine logistics.

Application procedure

What will the application procedure look like?

01. First interview

Well done, you got our attention!
The first interview will be held by someone from our recruitment department.

*Are you a software engineer? We will send you our skill assignment before the second interview.

02. Second interview

The first interview went well and you are invited for a second interview.
The second interview will be with someone from our management and someone with a more technical background.

03. Offer

Wow impressive!
All the interviews went really well and Forexx will make a job offer.

04. We become colleagues!

The whole procedure went well and both parties agreed to collaborate. Hello colleague!