Machinery Department Manager

Company Info

Name: Gibbs & Cox

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Job Details

Location: Arlington, Virginia, USA

Job Type: Full Time

Min Education: BA/BS/Undergraduate Marine Engineering or related engineering discipline

Min Experience: 15 years experience in Naval and marine engineering

Required Travel: NA

Date Posted: 07/28/2014


Gibbs & Cox, Inc. is one of the nation’s leading independent naval architecture, marine engineering and design firms. We are seeking a well qualified individual for a position as the company’s Machinery Department Manager, based out of our Arlington, VA office.


The Machinery Department Manager will report to the Group Vice President, Engineering and will be responsible to understand the engineering and management needs of an engineering department with a concentration in marine propulsion systems, shipboard fluid piping systems and shipboard HVAC systems.  The Machinery Department Manager must maintain a properly staffed organization that can competently service the organization’s marine and mechanical engineering design and research needs in a project environment that covers the full range from conceptual design through detail design and construction, test and trials, and to post-delivery support. This person must have demonstrated success in leading a team of engineering professionals with the ability to see the big picture and envision how engineering disciplines collaborate and integrate in a multi-project environment to create accurate end products on time and within budget.

The Machinery Department Manager must have experience in establishing an engineering process development methodology, mentoring and training engineering staff, and establishing and monitoring high quality product development goals. This person must also have experience in the implementation and enhancement of the engineering environment using leading edge computer-aided engineering analysis, and management tools and technologies.

The Machinery Department Manager will provide overall technical leadership in management, processes, procedures, methods, training, presentations, assessments, identifying tools, acquisitions, and, most importantly, quality assurance necessary to achieve the technical standards and strategic business plans of the Machinery Department.

Personal Attributes:

  • The successful candidate for Machinery Department Manager must be an individual that possesses the following attributes:
  • Able to attract, staff, motivate and lead a disciplined and focused engineering team.
  • Proven track record interacting with customers regarding both technical and strategic business issues.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Solid organizational and time management abilities.
  • Problem solver who is fast on his/her feet.
  • Personal style needed to work in an energetic and growing company.
  • Willing to put in the hours and roll-up the sleeves.
  • Enthusiastic and high energy-start-up zeal.
  • Earn the respect and trust of engineering and executive team.
  • Proven collaborator with superiors, peers and staff.
  • Able to personally solve technical problems.
  • Flexible, resourceful, figure-it-out-and-get-it-done mentality.

Minimum requirements:

The Machinery Department Manager must have a minimum of 15 years experience in Naval and marine engineering, with at least 4 years of this experience in a management role.

Experience at a US Navy-oriented marine engineering and naval architecture service’s company is desired. This individual should have a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in marine engineering or related engineering discipline.  A professional engineering certification is desired.

Company Statement:

Gibbs & Cox, Inc. is the employer of choice for naval architecture, marine engineering, management support, and engineering consulting.  Gibbs & Cox staff has the opportunity to participate in challenging and rewarding work, and to receive excellent compensation and benefits in return.  Our working environment includes the most advanced tools and technologies, and the opportunity for excellent personal and professional development.  Gibbs & Cox offers competitive salaries and an excellent benefits package, including paid time off (PTO), paid holidays, generous employee healthcare insurance premiums, flex spending options, matching 401(k) retirement savings plan, tuition reimbursement, paid professional training and development, and much more.

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