BASEL OFFICE - Manager Nautical - Planning

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.



For the complement of our Nautical Operations department, we are looking for a Nautical Manager – Planning.

This role is based in our Operational Head Office 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



The team of Nautical Managers is responsible for supporting the operations of the nautical department, including tasks connected to office support and data analytics, supporting the daily operation, compliance, recruitment, and training. The exact tasks and projects are distributed to the team members and may change regularly.


As Nautical Manager - Planning, your responsibilities include:


  • Overall responsibility for scheduling the Nautical crew operation:
    • ensuring that the manning and planning of the nautical crew are compliant with legal obligations in terms of licenses and certificates
    • managing crew work periods and keeping these updated in the scheduling software
    • actively managing work and holiday balances of nautical employees and taking them into account when scheduling assignments
    • operating the scheduling tool: Viking Planner Portal
    • maintain communication with the Captains and Officers and Crew, care for their wellbeing
    • frequent ship visits and maintaining of mutually beneficial relationships
    • handling diverse requests and crew questions in the best interest of Viking Cruises
    • exchange information and work together with Corporate Captains and Senior Manager – Nautical Operations
  • interface between other departments in the Basel office and Infrastructure Operations River


Currently, we are looking for a candidate who could focus on the Rhine / Main / Danube operation. Besides also projects, the Nautical Manager - RMD is expected to help with other implementations and daily operations as per needs.



  • Proactive and precise communicator, including online Communications
  • Microsoft 365 (SharePoint)
  • Excellent and complex Excel knowledge
  • Excellent planning and organizational abilities
  • Critical and strategic thinking
  • Out-of-the-box and creative thinking
  • Fluency in English and German (both written and spoken)
  • Flexibility and willingness for co-operation and teamwork
  • Strong business acumen, exceptional work ethic, and customer orientation
  • Reliable and stress-resistant
  • Excellent People Management skills
  • Must be able to travel internationally, up to 40% of the time


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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