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Director, Manufacturing

Company: Vancouver Shipyards
Company - Location: Vancouver Shipyards - North Vancouver, BC
Department: Ashore


Why choose Seaspan

Seaspan’s Vancouver Shipyards has been selected under the National Shipbuilding Procurement Strategy (NSPS) to be Canada’s long-term partner for the building of Non-Combat vessels. This multi-billion dollar program will create stable work over the next decade and beyond, and see the construction of up to 17 ships to start (three Offshore Fisheries Science Vessels, one Offshore Oceanographic Science Vessel, one Polar Icebreaker, two Joint Support Ships, five Medium Endurance Multi-Tasked Vessels and five Offshore Patrol Vessels).

Seaspan is investing $200 million into its shipyard facilities to support this. Construction began in October 2012 and will result in the completion of four new fabrication buildings, a 300-ton shipbuilding gantry crane and load-out pier by late 2014.

Your future Career Opportunity

As the Director, Manufacturing you will be responsible for production management of the Fabrication, Subassembly, Block Assembly, and Pre-Outfitting stages of construction. The position is responsible for safety, quality, cost and schedule performance for each stage of construction. The Director, Manufacturing, with subordinate stage of construction managers, will have direct line management of production and test activities at each respective stage of construction. You will also be responsible for monitoring and reporting stage of construction status and performance to senior management.

This role is complex due to the technical nature of the FFRP program, number of parties and resources involved, and requirement to meet established schedules and budgets. The role requires capability to lead and motivate a vast number of internal and external resources in support of program goals and objectives. The Director, Manufacturing role is responsible to interface with all functional departments within Vancouver Shipyards. The role also requires interaction with external customers, regulatory bodies, and statutory agencies during the inspection process.

The role requires an extensive understanding of the shipbuilding process and supporting functions.You will bring an extensive number of years operations/production experience working in the shipbuilding industry. 5 years direct line management experience in a large complex manufacturing environment. A bachelor’s degree or equivalent in an engineering discipline. Experience in lean six-sigma implementation is desired.

To be successful in this role

  • A bachelor’s degree in Engineering or Business.  Degree in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering desirable.
  • Master’s degree in business with an emphasis in production and operations, project management or program management is desirable.
  • 10 years operations/production experience in a large manufacturing environment, preferably in the shipbuilding industry.
  • 5 years direct line management experience in a large complex manufacturing environment.
  • Experience in lean six-sigma implementation is desired.
  • Demonstrated ability to lead a large organization in the execution and construction of a complex manufacturing product.
  • Demonstrated leadership skills including change management, development of people and communication.
  • Detailed knowledge of shipbuilding construction methods and procedures.
  • Extensive knowledge of overall shipbuilding operations with a detailed understanding of the relationship between procurement, design, planning, production and test operations.
  • Strong technical capability to read and interpret complex specifications and detailed engineering drawings. Proficiency working with detailed safety, quality, cost and schedule reports.

On offer to you

The opportunity to make your mark is at Seaspan – both in career advancement and in building a legacy of ships for the Canadian Navy and Coast Guard. Seaspan is a progressive employer with a collaborative culture that supports health, safety and diversity.

Seaspan offers an attractive remuneration package with pension contributions, medical and dental benefits and a fitness membership for all permanent employees. For overseas candidates, we offer a generous relocation package to ensure a smooth transition for you and your family to Vancouver.. Seaspan will also support and fund, work permit or permanent residency applications.


Seaspan is committed to Employment Equity, supports diversity in the worklplace, and encourages applications from all qualified individuals including, women, members of visible minorities, aboriginal persons, and persons with disabilities.

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