Job descriptions

Job descriptions at the shipyard 

Building the world’s most luxurious cruise ships requires solid expertise at every level of the organisation. Traditional shipyard job descriptions can be roughly classified into design, project management, procurement, logistics, and production positions.

The shipyard has a wide variety of job descriptions. In addition to the above-mentioned professionals, the shipyard has a lot of assistant, support and specialist positions related to organisation, safety, working comfort, information technology, data security and communications.


Good design is half the work

A designer is responsible for diverse tasks related to cruise ship design, including investigating new options and providing the procurement department with technical specifications.

A designer’s assignment can involve electrical, HVAC, mechanical, interior, hull or outfitting design.

The job description for a system responsible includes designing technical devices and taking overall responsibility for a system.

Technical team leaders are responsible for the entity in their own design area.

Educational background:

– A technical education (university of applied sciences / university)

Project management

Managing processes, keeping costs under control

Project management positions can be associated with ship projects or the shipyard’s operational development and investment projects.

Project engineers have overall responsibility for project management. The work includes leading the project group and monitoring costs, schedules and quality.

In addition to the above-mentioned tasks, the job description for a ship project manager includes serving as the customer’s contact person.

An assistant project manager works under the project manager.

Educational background:

– A technical education (university of applied sciences / university)


Technical knowledge and contracts

The shipyard purchases a wide variety of products and services, and procurement entities can be very different in nature. The procurement department is responsible for purchasing technical entities, components as well as turnkey deliveries and subcontracting. The main task of the procurement department is to cooperate with other shipyard functions and pay attention to overall costs.

Procurement places nearly 30,000 orders each year, rangin gin value from small orders at regular intervals to extremely valuable individual orders.

Some 600-800 companies work in the shipyard area during a single ship project – some for a few days and others for two years. Two-thirds of these companies are Finnish.

The procurement department ensures properly-timed deliveries and the availability of materials according to production needs. The department has commercial and legal responsibility for procurement contracts.

The procurement organisation consists of about 30 employees, 22 of whom are buyers. Each buyer is responsible for procurements in their own product area throughout the process and cooperates closely with the system responsible from the design department.

 Educational background:

– A technical or commercial education (university of applied sciences / university)


In the right place at the right time

Logistics is responsible for precision tasks related to receiving and storing material, and delivering it to work locations. The logistics department also handles internal logistics for outfitting and hull production.

Supervisory work in logistics involves leading and developing warehouse functions and the flow of internal logistics.

Logistics engineers and specialists develop the logistics processes.

Logistics also has a number of employee tasks: employees can work in warehouses or drive block cars and other transport equipment.

Educational background:

– For manager or specialist roles, a university of applied sciences / university degree

– For employee positions, secondary education / vocational qualification / logistics transport operator training


Shipbuilding requires a lot of competence

Production employs experts from many fields ranging from tradespeople (such as welders, sheet-metal workers, mechanics or electricians) to demanding supervisory positions at different levels.

The shipyard has several production departments in hull production and outfitting. The division of blocks is based on different shipbuilding processes. Each production department works under a department manager.

Department engineers assist the department manager in various development assignments. Department engineers may also have responsibility for leading a production entity, and in that case they have a supervisor working under them.

Production supervisor tasks can be administrative, operative or related to cooperation and monitoring of network companies and/or turnkey suppliers.

An outfitting area manager is responsible for leading a specific outfitting production area. They supervise, guide and monitor operations with regard to progress, scheduling and production quality. They also represent the shipyard when dealing with a turnkey supplier.

Educational background:

– For supervisory positions, technical supervisor / technician / university of applied sciences

– For employee positions, secondary education / vocational qualification / Shipbuilding School courses

Assistant, support and specialist positions

Wide-ranging competence is a competitive edge at Turku Shipyard. The shipbuilding industry offers interesting and diverse tasks for experts in many fields.

A large number of professionals from different fields ensure that the shipyard runs smoothly and safely. Their educational background differs depending on the position.

For example, the shipyard employs professionals in the areas of human resources, information technology/data security, maintenance, financial and ERP systems. Secretarial and assistant positions are wide-ranging and vary according to the department.

Educational background:

– Depending on the position