BASEL OFFICE - Recruiter (Ocean)



The Recruiter (Ocean) is responsible for all recruitment related activities within Viking Ocean.

The main responsibility of the Recruiter is to ensure a stable pipeline of accepted candidates over all vacant positions on all Ocean vessels. This includes organizing, conducting and evaluating successful assessment centers; maintain a healthy relationship with our partner agencies and representing Viking Ocean Cruises as an Employer of Choice within the cruise industry.

Travel within this position is between 60 and 70 per cent worldwide.

The Recruiter will report to the Senior Manager Recruiting and will be located in Basel, Switzerland. Thus, please note that we can only consider applicants with a valid Swiss work permit or who are eligible to work in Switzerland.




• 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 positions

• 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 standards

• 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. Fluent in English, additional languages are a plus.

• Excellent computer knowledge (MS Office, MXP), 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




• Onsite employee restaurant (incl. complimentary soft drinks, juices and coffee)

• Flexible working hours

• A dynamic and fast-growing environment where you can drive your future

• A highly talented, passionate and international team

• A free cruise for you and your +1 every two years

• Regular company events, e.g. sports games, barbecue, cooking classes


If you are interested in this role, please apply via our website including a cover letter and your CV.

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