BASEL OFFICE - HR Manager France

Viking is a strong and dynamic company - with a growing fleet of more than 80 river ships and seven ocean vessels cruising over 100 itineraries around the world. In 2022, our guests will experience all the comfort and elegance of our award-winning fleet with two expedition ships built specifically to explore the world's most remote destinations. We will also expand our operations to the U.S. with the addition of a new Mississippi River ship.



The Human Resources Manager is ultimately responsible for all HR related activities in a clear defined set of vessels (operation). Moreover, the HRM is the core HR partner to the Senior Officers onboard all ships within the Operation Area, and acts as an adviser in HR related matters and in support of Vikings Employee Performance Review processes.

This role is based in our Operational Headquarters in Basel, Switzerland. Please note that we can only accept applicants who are eligible to work in Switzerland or in possession of a valid work permit.



  • Employee restaurant (including free soft drinks and juices)
  • Regular company events, such as sport games, BBQ and cooking classes
  • Flexible working hours
  • Gifts on your birthday
  • Various discounts (e.g. for sports memberships and cultural events)
  • A modern working environment with height-adjustable desks
  • A dynamic and fast-growing environment where you can drive your future
  • A free cruise for you and your +1 every two years



  • Manage HR Administration and wellbeing of crew in an effective & compliant manner

maintain employee records (incl. interns and apprentices)

  • Prepare contract documents for employees, employment declaration (DPAE), collect and follow

up the insurances matriculation documents (CPAM, prévoyance et complémentaire santé)

  • Support with visa applications
  • Organize medical visits and follow up their validities length
  • Prepare training files and send request refund to our training tax collector (OPCO Mobilité)
  • Support senior manager HR in agreements writing, employee committee (CSE) and

representatives (Délégués du personnel) meetings organization, adaptation of HR documents

according to French legislation and  production of social reports

  • Gather all HR-needs of responsible area and initiate necessary actions in agreement
  • with senior manager HR and corporate operation manager
  • Ensure and control that needed number & quality of crew for assigned operation is provided in time by recruiting
  • Maintain close business relations with the responsible core team
  • Maintain business contacts with recruiting & payroll department
  • Analyze terminations / turnover data and initiate appropriate actions in coordination with COM
  • Act as employee relations agent for assigned area to ensure compliance
  • Control staff satisfaction and initiate action to improve in coordination with operations
  • Support responsible operations manager with deployment of management positions
  • Coordinate staff planning process at beginning of season together with Core Team
  • Coordinate employee performance review activities in area
  • Supports the onboard Sen. Officer with the HR Administration and vacation planning
  • Support the recruiting team with recruiting events
  • Support the trainings department in the organization of the season start training
  • Conduct Ships visits to foster the Core Team with the onboard management and crew

performance review

  • Support with Visa / Work permit process



  • Graduated education or professional experience in HR in hotel / tourism industry in France
  • Excellent French and English skills (written and verbal), other languages are an advantage
  • International experience / experience on a ship is an asset
  • Excellent computer knowledge (MS Office), administrative experience
  • Excellent organizational and communication skills
  • Ability to work independently, service-oriented and guest focused
  • Positive personality, organized, flexible, team player, creative, stress resistant and resilient


If you are interested in this role, please apply via our website, including a cover letter (one page, introducing yourself and outlining why you are interested in the role) as well as your CV in English and relevant references.

For more details about this position, please contact Virginia Belli under +41 61 638 60 35.

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