Leading Professional Waterfront Developments

Engineers SpecialistsCivil EngineeringMaritime
  • Netherlands |
  • Philippines |
  • United Kingdom |
  • Australia |
  • Indonesia
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Royal HaskoningDHV is a global leader in the integrated design and initiator of innovations on waterfront developments. The task of the Leading Professional Waterfront Development is to bring all of Royal HaskoningDHV’s knowledge and experience together and act as thought leader across the broad range of knowledge fields in this area, while also being involved as technical lead in our projects.

What you will do as a Leading Professional Waterfront Developments

Royal HaskoningDHV is a global leader in the integrated design and initiator of innovations on waterfront developments. More than sixty percent of the world’s population lives in coastal areas, which are densely populated, fertile, and have high economic activity. These areas face constant dilemmas between the need to sustain and enhance the natural environment and the wish to develop the waterfront to meet the growing demands of the economy - industry, housing, ports, shipping, and leisure. Moreover, the effects of climate change are putting additional pressure on the already vulnerable communities and assets along the coastline.

Royal HaskoningDHV is very active in waterfront development projects. This ranges from land reclamation for new urban waterfronts, marinas, and recreational developments, offshore airports, creation of energy-islands to support offshore wind park programs, coastal zone protection, and management schemes. 

Royal HaskoningDHV brings together both marine civil engineering expertise and the nature-based approach as basis for the design of waterfront developments, which typically means that soft and hard solutions are evaluated on the best fit within the environmental conditions. These waterfront developments sometimes fail to get sufficient traction with decision-makers or obtain financing for implementation as they are approached in silos. An integrated approach is required by bringing the needs and desires of the various stakeholders together. RHDHV, as a thought leader and experienced project initiator at the land-water interface, is well positioned to assist making such projects viable and sustainable.

Developing a waterfront requires extensive multi-disciplinary planning on the short-term, while using the adaptive pathway approach to consider uncertainty around climate change on the long-term. RHDHV is on the forefront of innovations like floating structures, construction of landfill retaining structures in deep water for the reclamation of energy islands, integration of ecological enhancements on coastal structures, and physical modelling of wave impacts. RHDHV uses the latest technologies around hydrodynamic software modelling, 3D-design, BIM, real-time monitoring and digital twins to support decision-makers in monitoring, and managing the (natural) state of the coastline more effectively. 

The main two responsibilities/activities of this role are:

  • to be the leading professional expert for waterfront developments globally, and act as “thought leader” to inspire and to drive innovation internally and to be active in promoting RHDHV’s services towards our (potential) clients
  • to be involved in various projects as technical specialist to ensure a high quality level and that the latest innovations are included in our project portfolio on waterfront development

Part of the role also includes:

  • to contribute from the content to leads and proposal writing resulting in additional successful and profitable growth of the business globally
  • to exchange knowledge and to build capacity within the various teams around the globe on the topic of waterfront development
  • to collaborate with other leading professional experts within Royal HaskoningDHV globally and engineering teams regionally to implement projects


Where you will work

Royal HaskoningDHV is a worldwide independent engineering, project management and consultancy firm which integrates 140 years of engineering expertise with digital technologies and software solutions. RHDHV is one of the top 3 engineering consultancy firms in the Netherlands that works in a combination of local and international projects. Our 6,000 colleagues are working from offices in more than 25 countries across the world. Through our mission, “Enhancing Society Together”, we take responsibility for having a positive impact on the world. As our new Leading Professional Waterfront Developments, you will become part of the global team that works with climate resilience and maritime projects. Royal HaskoningDHV has strong teams working on this topic from NL, UK, Vietnam, Philippines, and Australia. The preference would therefore be to be based in one of these countries.

What you bring

You bring at least 15 years experience in projects as specialist covering waterfront development, reclamation and/or dredging (with a proven track record globally). You have the exposure and the drive to work with the latest digital innovations and other technical developments in the sector.

You also have significant experience working on projects with private developers, dredging companies, and government organisations responsible for civil works. You understand how this is structurally organized, its strategic objectives, and way of working.

Other Qualifications

  • minimum MSc degree in Civil, Coastal, Marine Engineering or other related studies
  • deep domain knowledge in waterfront development
  • experience working in international or global projects
  • good presentation skills (to clients and on conferences)
  • excellent knowledge of the English language (written and verbal)

Other Soft Skills

  • integrity
  • initiative/enthusiasm/curiosity
  • flexible/creative
  • persevering/resilient
  • strong sense of responsibility
  • team player
  • pragmatic
  • interpersonal skills
  • relationship building
  • strives excellence/high quality from own output/deliverables

What we offer you

We offer a working atmosphere in which team spirit and the development of the organization and employees are paramount. We actively coach each other and reward each other on the basis of performance and personal competences. You will become part of an international organization that offers opportunities and that ensures you can make the most of your capabilities. We offer:

  • a good salary and pension accrual through our own pension fund
  • a healthy work-life balance
  • vacation days with full-time employment or part-time employment
  • plenty of training and development opportunities
  • an easily accessible workplace in any Royal HaskoningDHV office or travel allowance
  • personal budget that you can use for extra leave days and others 
  • bonuses based on operating profit

Are you our new colleague?

We would like to meet you! Click on the apply button and upload your resume and motivation letter. Although the system allows a LinkedIn profile to be uploaded, we would like to receive a CV and motivation letter so that we can better assess your application. After receiving your application, we will contact you as soon as possible for feedback. The application process then consists of 1-2 interviews and a possibly assessment. Are we all enthusiastic after this? Then you will receive an offer from us, and we will be happy to welcome you on board!

For more information or questions, you can always contact Michelle Spoor (lead recruiter Water and Maritime Netherlands) via [email protected]

Due to the privacy law, please submit your application via the apply button and not via the email.

Acquisition for this vacancy by agencies is not appreciated and offered candidates will not be taken into consideration.

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