Executive Director, Shipbuilding | BC Ferries


Reporting to the President and CEO, the Executive Director, Shipbuilding will be spearheading a dynamic, results-driven team, managing and executing all company projects pertaining to new vessel construction and sale or recycling of retired vessels. BC Ferries has fourteen innovative ships to be built over the next twelve years, for a combined investment of more than $1.5 billion dollars.

You will provide leadership supporting overall program management of all current and future vessel construction projects including planning and executing new vessel construction projects, scope and design development, schedule and cost control, procurement, construction, maintenance program development and training. Your responsibilities cover from concept through to ship delivery and handover to Fleet Operations, including disposition of retired vessels.

You will provide oversight and governance such that all shipbuilding projects are executed in accordance to BC Ferries project management framework and guidelines as well as within the constraints of the Capital Programming and Budget Committee (CPBC) requirements.

Specific Accountabilities:

Safety: Ensures the Company’s most important value, “the safety and security of its employees, customers and protection of the environment” is achieved and continuously improved through effective leadership and the development and implementation of health, safety and wellness practices and procedures (SailSafe).

Shipbuilding: You initiate feasibility studies; chair Shipbuilding program committee meetings; participate in Shipbuilding steering committee meetings; oversee project business cases, oversee TSOR and SOR development for various shipbuilding projects; oversee management scope definition, schedule, resource requirements and total program budget. You manage the selection and negotiation process with shipyards, and are responsible for management of shipyard and vessel performance.

Consultation: You will liaise with internal and external stakeholders, and keep project owners, sponsors and the CEO informed of material developments. You have experience with stakeholder and community engagement and consultation techniques.

Fleet Master plan: As part of your area of oversight, you will develop ships which comply with the fleet master plan, in conjunction with guidance from the process owners, sponsors and company executive.


  • You are experienced with ship design & construction principals and practices; have knowledge of construction contract law; and understand major procurement processes.
  • You are a proven Program Manager with experience managing multi-faceted construction contract and major project schedules and budgets.
  • You have management experience along with knowledge and experience in marine contract law.
  • You possess a strong business acumen and proven experience in engaging and presenting to senior executives and Board members.
  • You have the demonstrated ability to motivate and positively engage others, and to earn other’s trust.
  • You are a strong listener, who has the ability to translate business needs into operational applications.

Education/Academic Requirements:

  • An Engineering related degree along with professional designation is required.
  • Extensive maritime industry-related experience, within a marine shipbuilding or maintenance environment is required.
  • A minimum of ten years’ program management experience, preferably leading large, complex, capitally intensive projects is preferred.

Please apply by Friday, October 25, 2019

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