Senior Programme Manager Safety

Royal Schiphol Group brings the world within reach. We connect the Netherlands with the rest of the world, thus creating value for the economy and society. Achieving this involves over 2,000 employees working 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Our ambition is to develop Schiphol into Europe’s Preferred Airport, both for passengers and for airlines.


Taking aviation safety to the next level

In 2017, Schiphol airport, air traffic control, airlines, ground handlers and refuelling services started a unique initiative to take the next step in their co-operation on safety. In an integral safety management system (ISMS) they jointly manage the common risks in the aviation operations at Schiphol. This is without precedent in aviation. Examples of these risks are runway incursions, incidents / accidents at aprons, last minute runway changes, etc. This initiative is being implemented by the Integral Safety Office (ISO) which is accommodated by the Safety, Security and Environment department. In order to realize risk based reduction of interface risks, we defined the brand new role of Senior Programme Manager Safety.


Senior Programme Manager Safety
Fulltime | Schiphol


What will you do as an Senior Programme Manager Safety?

You are part of a team of 5 permanent colleagues at Schiphol Group and work closely with different companies in the Dutch aviation sector. You enable fact-based cross-sectoral decision making on safety risks at Schiphol. The results are recorded in the Roadmap Safety Improvement Schiphol which you maintain. You make sure that effective ways of working are developed and applied together with the safety organizations of the companies at Schiphol. As the ISMS is a new initiative you take an entrepreneurial approach to get things done while maintaining a high quality standard for the joint results. You report to the Programme Director Integral Safety Organization and work closely with the managers and safety experts in sector projects.


Your activities include the following:

  • Steer joint incident investigations and joint risk analysis for change projects;
  • Develop, maintain and apply methodologies for joint safety management;
  • Develop and maintain the Roadmap Safety Improvement Schiphol;
  • Support decision-making and administration in cross-sectoral taskforces;
  • Work with the various companies at Schiphol airport;
  • Ensure monitoring effectiveness of risk mitigations;


Your main results: 

  • Well-founded decisions by the top-management of the aviation sector about safety risks;
  • An up-to-date, realistic and inspiring Roadmap Safety Improvement Schiphol;
  • Contribute to risk reduction action by effective support of senior management in the sector;
  • Being a convincing, inspiring sparring partner both internally and externally.


Your added value

You are familiar with safety management methodologies and know how to get things done in a multi-organisation setting. You have knowledge of operational processes, a structured way of working and are able to quickly grasp complex challenges. Furthermore, you are personable and a convincing communicator at all levels. Establishing good working relations is of utmost importance to you. You have 8 to 10 years working experience in risk management including the development/improvement of methodologies. You worked in an operationally driven organization or were hired by such companies as a consultant. A WO degree in engineering, business administration or equivalent education is required. Fluency in, both verbal and written, English and Dutch is a must have.

What do we offer?

  • You can expect a competitive salary (Schiphol CAO scale 14) and great secondary benefits;
  • We give you opportunities for development on a professional and personal level. For example, there is a personal long-term employability budget (for e.g. training, coaching, fitness and leave) and a Bring Your Own Device budget;
  • A full time role with flexible working hours allow you to determine your own optimal work-life balance;
  • In an inspiring work environment you'll work on innovative projects with colleagues who are genuinely proud of their contribution to Europe's Preferred Airport.



If you are interested and passionate about making Schiphol even safer than today, please apply online, using the apply button before September 8. We unfortunately cannot consider applications that are not submitted through the online apply button.  


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If you have questions about this vacancy, please contact our Recruiter, Serdal Güçlü, via

Please note that this vacancy is published longer then our usual publication term this due to the summer holidays. You will be informed of the status of your application within two weeks after the application closing date.


Acquisition due to this vacancy is not appreciated.

Keywords: Safety, Aviation, Management, Safety Management