Name: Marco Stayen

Country of Origin: The Netherlands

Country of Residence: The Netherlands

Job Title: Head of Engineering DMI at the Dutch Royal Navy

1. Why did you choose this particular role?

Sadly, I lost my job as a Senior Instructor at Carnival’s Csmart training center in Almere due to Covid-19. Consequently, my search for a suitable and stable career led me to the Ministry of Defense in the Netherlands.

This particular role really captured my attention as it is a great combination of technical competencies and management skills.

It’s all very new as I just started the role at the beginning of September.

2. What is the Head of Engineering responsible for?

I’m responsible for the long-term operational deployment of a section of the navy fleet – ultimately, the support vessels for the navy.

3. What specific qualifications and/or experience are required for this position?

I have a Bachelor’s Degree and extensive experience in marine engineering, complemented with post graduate qualifications in the field of management and leadership.

4. What is a typical working day for you?

My daily tasks include monitoring and supporting the separate divisions in my department, including but not limited to – electro-technical engineering, shipbuilding, mechanical engineering, weapon systems and project engineering. I also oversee the manning and equipment requests within these departments.

A lot of my workday involves going through requests, reading procedures and liaising with my teams regarding the ongoing projects and any challenges within the fleet.

At the moment I spend a lot of time training and reading for and about my new function – getting a better understanding of the military defense organisation.

5. What do you consider to be drivers of success for this position?

You definitely need great people skills, combined with a technical background and analytical abilities. You have to be able to think strategically, plan future projects and keep an eye on the big picture.

6. If you weren’t in your current role, what other job would you have done and why?

I’d still be working at Carnival’s maritime academy, as I love to develop and deliver training programmes and coach and mentor shipboard professionals, particularly in regards to company procedures and new and emerging technologies.

7.What do you enjoy most about your job?

The mixture of technical duties with the management of people.

8. What do you enjoy least?

Meetings – if they are too long and pointless!

9. Which of your co-workers would you like to give a ‘shout out’ to and why?

Can’t tell you yet 😉

10. Tell us something about yourself that not many people know! 😊

I did like to fool around with different accents when training people in the simulator in my previous role! Some of my trainees will remember me as “Raj” the Indian cook, “Forrest” the American pool engineer, “Vlodimir” the Russian ventilation officer, and “Jan” the Dutch Captain. It’s really important to keep people engaged and make training fun!