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Facilities Manager

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


The Facilities Manager is responsible to manage facility maintenance and construction projects for Vancouver Shipyards (VSY).  The position is responsible to provide timely and cost effective maintenance service for all buildings, systems, equipment, vehicles and tools at VSY.  The Facilities Manager reports to the Director, Operations and will have up to 3 direct reports with overall responsibility for approximately 10 to 15 union employees reporting on internal yard projects. The position is also responsible for the management of all in-yard renovations and construction projects.  The position recommends, assists in the procurement, and manages the distribution of small tools in the shipyard.  The Facilities Manager is responsible for schedule and budget performance of maintenance, construction projects and plant tools.The Facilities Manager reports to the Director, Operations and will have up to 3 direct reports with overall responsibility for approximately 10 to 15 union employees reporting on internal yard projects.


  • Effectively manage all maintenance activities at VSY to minimize downtime to shipyard operations while meeting budget objectives by planning, directing, and prioritizing activities.
  • Manage all external contractors performing maintenance or construction on-site by integrating work with Operation’s activities. 
  • Formulate and develop a system for monitoring/managing lifecycle of equipment at Vancouver Shipyards to ensure equipment is properly maintained or replaced in a timely and cost efficient manner.
  • Develop and implement a Computer Maintenance Management System (CMMS).
  • Supervise all aspects of the tool crib operations including scheduling of hours, training of staff, and monitoring day to day activities of direct reports.
  • Plan, direct and oversee building and equipment security in accordance with ISPS and Controlled Goods designated officials and procedures.
  • Provide oversight to all projects that change or alter the properties under lease.
  • Arrange contracts for vendor services to support maintenance, construction, and tool requirements. 
  • Monitor and control expenditures to established budget limits and prepare proposals for unbudgeted expenditures.
  • Collaborate with the Finance Department to identify and develop AFE (Authorization for Expenditure) requests for capital expenditures.
  • Implement environmental and safety policies and procedures for all maintenance and construction activities.
  • Arrange for services necessary to make the grounds suitable for operations. This includes, but is not limited to, snow removal, cleaning, paving, storage of idle equipment and portable buildings.
  • Maintain a liaison with other managers and department leaders to ensure a cohesive cooperative team approach to facilities management is achieved..

Education and Experience

  • Grade 12 plus the completion of a diploma in an appropriate technical or trade related program such as Facilities Management.
  • A minimum of 8 years relevant experience in a facilities maintenance and management including a minimum of 3 years supervisory experience in a unionized environment.

Skills, and Knowledge and Required Competencies

  • General knowledge of industrial repair and/or new construction operations where unionized skilled and unskilled trades people are employed.
  • Strong working knowledge of electrical, mechanical and civil disciplines as related to facility and equipment maintenance. 
  • Familiarity with shipyard industry work processes and practices.
  • Ability to lead, direct and supervise subordinates in support of production activities.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.   
  • Strong negotiation and organizational skills.
  • Self-motivated and able to initiate reviews and investigations into systems and procedures to ensure efficient and effective processes are in place and being adhered to.
  • Ability to manage a budget.
  • Computer proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook.

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

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