BASEL OFFICE - Manager Recruiting (Ocean)

Viking is a strong and dynamic company - with a growing fleet of more than 80 river ships, seven ocean vessels, two explorer ships and a Mississippi River ship. Our guests experience all the comfort and elegance of our award-winning fleet cruising over 100 itineraries around the world.

The Manager Recruiting is responsible for all recruitment related activities within Viking.
Please note that we can only accept applicants who are eligible to work in Switzerland or in possession of a valid work permit.



  • The main responsibility of the Manager Recruiting is to ensure a stable pipeline of accepted candidates over all vacant positions on all vessels. This includes organizing, conducting and evaluating successful assessment centers; maintain a healthy relationship with our partner agencies and representing Viking Cruises as an Employer of Choice within the cruise industry
  • The Manager Recruiting will report to the Director Recruiting
  • Travel within this position is between 60 and 70 per cent worldwide



  • Verify recruiting profiles & selection criteria with all involved departments
  • Regularly updating recruiting requirements based on operational needs and following HR policy
  • Managing and updating the application pool database
  • Supervision and control over candidate resource pool
  • Conduct personal and Skype interviews for onboard crew, senior officers, corporate- and head-office
  • Organization and execution of assessment centers (location planning, communication with recruiting
    agencies worldwide, screening, selection, interviews, statistics)
  • Efficient handling of crewing requests with best practice to meet deadlines
  • Participate in recruiting events worldwide with our partner agencies following SOP’s and company
  • Support defining measures to establish employer branding in the relevant markets in close
    coordination with global marketing
  • Research competitor conditions, visa requirements & industry trends (Benchmarking)
  • Follow defined recruiting processes in an effective & efficient manner to ensure given budgets and
    optimize if necessary
  • Ensure adequate reporting of recruiting status quo & measures at all times
  • Maintain business relationships with a trusted network of high quality recruiting agencies in all
    relevant markets



  • Administrative background in an operational position, i.e. Crew Purser or Crewing Manager
  • Vast experience on an ocean vessel in an upscale cruise line is a must
  • Full understanding of all individual positions over all departments is required
  • Excellent written and spoken communication skills in English, additional languages are a plus
  • Excellent computer knowledge (Office, SuccessFactors), administrative experience
  • Excellent organizational and communicational skills
  • Ability to work independently, service-oriented and guest focused



  • Positive personality and great people judgement
  • Open for new ideas, honest, critical, energetic and enthusiastic
  • A self-starter with a can-do mindset, with complete attention to detail
  • Flexibility and stress resistance, team player, commitment, positive personality, professional appearance



  • Fast-growing and dynamic environment, a modern workspace, flexible working hours and hybrid model
  • Restaurant and regular company activities (e.g., cooking classes, sponsorship to sport events, …)
  • Free cruise (for you and your +1) every year and friends & family special discounts



Please apply via our website, including your CV in English and a one-page cover letter to introduce yourself and your interest for the role. For more details about this position, contact Virginia Belli under +41 61 638 60 11



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