BASEL OFFICE - Senior Manager Nautical Recruiting

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.

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 Senior Manager Nautical Recruiting is to ensure a stable pipeline of accepted candidates over all vacant positions on all River vessels. This includes organizing, conducting, and evaluating successful assessment centers, job fairs, career events; establish and maintain a healthy relationship with our partner agencies and representing Viking Cruises as an Employer of Choice within the cruise industry
  • The Senior Manager Nautical Recruiting will report to the Director Recruiting
  • Travel within this position is between 30 and 50 per cent within Europe



  • You will verify recruiting profiles & selection criteria with Nautical and Technical department
  • You have to conduct personal and MS Teams interviews for onboard crew and Senior Officers
  • You will be in charge of the organization and execution of assessment centers (location planning, communication with recruiting agencies, screening, selection, interviews, statistics)
  • You will participate in recruiting events on board and land-based throughout Europe
  • Data gathering, input and control over candidate resource pool are among your responsibilities
  • You will research competitor conditions, visa requirements & industry trends (benchmarking) in close cooperation with HR
  • You will run specific marketing campaigns together with Recruiting Marketing Expert team
  • You will follow defined recruiting processes & policies in an effective & efficient manner to ensure given budgets and optimize if necessary
  • You will ensure reporting of recruiting status quo & measures at all times in line with company standards
  • Maintaining business relationships with a trusted network of high quality recruiting agencies, vocational schools and universities



  • Previous experience / knowledge in the nautical field is nice to have
  • Excellent written and spoken communication skills
  • Fluent in English and German (must have), additional languages such as Dutch/ French are a plus
  • Excellent software and analytical skills (MS Office, SuccessFactors), administrative experience is an asset
  • Excellent organizational and communicational skills (incl. public speaking)
  • Ability to work independently but yet a team player, service-oriented and guest & candidate focused
  • Positive personality and great people judgement
  • Professional appearance, flexible and stress resistant



  • Graduate education in HR, hospitality or shipping industry



  • Open for new ideas, honest, critical, energetic and enthusiastic
  • A committed self-starter with a can-do mindset, with complete attention to detail



  • 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 two years 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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