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Senior Business Relationship Manager Water (32-40 hours/week)

Do you want to play a role in solving global water issues and creating economic opportunities? Are you familiar with the water sector, accustomed to doing business globally and eager to work for the Dutch water sector? The Netherlands Water Partnership (NWP) is looking for a technically curious Senior Business Relationship Manager Water, with a go-getter attitude, who knows how to bring organisations together, develop business prospects and build networks in the quadruple helix for global water challenges. Join NWP, bring people together and build new business relations.

Our organisation

The Netherlands Water Partnership (NWP) is the network organisation of the Dutch water sector. The Netherlands has a rock-solid reputation when it comes to water. We believe this expertise can make a difference worldwide. For this reason, we facilitate the Dutch water sector in export, international cooperation and promotion. NWP has about 200 members, profit and non-profit, from water technology to water infrastructure, NGO and government. With these members, we create water impact worldwide. NWP’s ambition is to double the international impact of the Dutch water sector through its contribution to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Your role

As the Business Relationship Manager, you arrange new business matches connecting the Dutch water sector with opportunities worldwide. You know all about our members, their businesses and their international ambitions. Making strategic decisions, you distribute this market intelligence - disseminated by our project managers - in the right direction towards successful projects.

You ensure that the member account management is well established and executed within the operational team and that the unlocked intelligence is stored in a CRM tool that provides up-to-date information. You work closely with our management team and the MarCom colleagues to communicate success stories of members and the Dutch water sector in general. You manage a small Business Relationship team.

Besides working from home or at our office - next to the central railway station in The Hague - you participate in network events and visit our members regularly.

Job summary


  • Together with the team, you unlock new opportunities for our members and NWP.
  • You energize knowledge sharing among colleagues. 
  • You promote our members’ good practices.


  • You connect our network with market intelligence in a way that benefits our members.
  • You develop strategic public-private alliances.
  • You have regular meetings with the decision-makers of our members.
  • Provide regular and accurate forecasting of pipeline movements within the CRM tool.
  • You review our member services and design a strategy to optimise the membership benefits. 


  • Develop and operationalise an account management strategy with our teams.
  • Define long-term strategic goals and identify business opportunities.
  • Contribute to policymaking by sharing ideas and expertise with contacts within the Dutch government and embassies.

What we offer

  • You will be working with like-minded colleagues in an international, challenging and innovative environment.
  • This position allows you to fulfil a key role in the world of water.
  • It is a key position in which you can contribute to the SDG’s and the Netherlands International Water Ambition (NIWA).
  • A broad perspective on the Dutch and global water sector to expand your already respectable network.
  • NWP offers you a good salary, based on skills and experience, and good employment conditions and perks.
  • Working hours are flexible and working from home is well facilitated.
  • We encourage employees to come up with new ideas as we are constantly looking for ways to improve the way we work and tweaking our services to match changing demands.

What we ask

  • A higher water-related education or International Business (Bachelor or Master).
  • You are a hunter who loves the thrill of new business and the recognition from contributing to growth and impact.
  • You have a broad knowledge of the Dutch water sector and its dynamics.
  • You have a well-developed high-level network.
  • You have at least ten years of experience in working on projects in a public or private environment and account management. International experience is an advantage.
  • Experience with the use of a CRM tool.
  • Good command of the Dutch and English language is required; knowledge of another language is an advantage.
  • You are comfortable with business, scientific, NGO and G2G communication.
  • You are network-oriented, goal-oriented, commercial, business-minded, proactive, structured (organising and coordinating skills), accurate, customer-focused.


  • Bastiaan Lammers, Manager Operations, 070 304 7303, b.lammers@nwp.nl or
  • Hans van den Adel, HR & Facility Manager, 070 304 3730, h.vandenadel@nwp.nl for more information on profile and procedure. 

Please use the apply-button and send your motivation and CV in one document before 11 October. Note: Only applications received through the online application process on the NWP platform will be considered. We aim to plan the interviews from 13 to 16 October.