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BAE Systems

Director, Strategic Operations - Ship Management



Full Time

On Site


San Diego, California, United States

Job Description BAE Systems is seeking to hire a Director, Strategic Operations - Ship Management to support our San Diego Ship Repair business in US Navy Aircraft Carriers (CVN) program. The role will lead the Ship Management team, who coordinates and directs the work of trades and subcontractors to perform work for the entire availability. The Director has responsibility to efficiently meet project safety, quality, schedule, and cost goals, while leading multiple area managers. Work with multiple departments and processes to support production efforts across entire repair team to support work execution, problem solving, planning, and process improvement. Will lead and facilitate teams through issues proactively across multiple departments. Provide training support across team/peers, and interact with internal/external customers across the enterprise. Directly responsible for the efficient execution of work items and the conditions of the areas in which they are assigned.

The Ship Management team works directly with production, and all other support trades to eliminate obstacles in the way of project success. Serve as the primary point of contact for the entire operations team for their assigned ship. Serve as the direct point of contact for all activity on the ship, and have responsibility to direct production labor and support resources in order to successfully navigate the entire avail. Manage direct reports and have links to production leadership to provide direction around adherence to safety, quality, cost, and schedule. Performance will be evaluated based on the success of the overall availability. Performance will be measured against predetermined safety, quality, schedule, and cost standards.

This position requires expertise and experience on US Navy Aircraft Carriers (CVN), with a detailed knowledge base on the maintenance and modernization of these platforms. Any experience in this area is greatly valued, and will be highly considered. This position requires a solid background knowledge of ship repair process, a team-first mentality, and a positive attitude.


  • Lead Strategic Operations and Ship Management to support San Diego Ship Repair US Navy Aircraft Carriers (CVN) program
  • Coordinate with Ship Management team daily; lead, coach, and hold team accountable in supporting efficient production efforts for timely execution of projects
  • Lead efforts to develop area management plans (work strategy, sequencing, temp services arrangements, etc.) with the facilities, planning, and production teams and support departments
  • Maintain and develop new processes and procedures to promote safe and efficient work execution
  • Monitor cost and schedule performance across all trades working within assigned area through Earned Value Management System (EVMS - at the Work Item and Activity Level); evaluate performance weekly and develop mitigation plans with trades to resolve issues
  • Support efficient execution of production by removing barriers; identify corrective action for issues that develop daily throughout assigned area of responsibility
  • Exercise judgement in evaluating and proactively anticipating schedule and budget deviations
  • Coordinates the production and testing cycles to support availability; oversee TIP/OQE completion to support project quality requirements
  • Review quality key performance indicators to evaluate and identify opportunities for improvement across all trades working on project (Craft and Non-Craft)
  • Works with the logistics, procurement, and materials team to communicate project demands for materials in alignment with the schedule
  • Coordinates pier side logistics with material delivery, material protection, crane, and rigging teams to support schedule
  • Manage sub-contractor work execution on deck plates; work with sub-contract management team for contractual issues to resolve issues/delays
  • De-conflict trade/subcontractor issues, in alignment with overall schedule goals
  • Coordinate communication and feedback with customer (IDRs, CFRs, etc.) to resolve technical issues where additional guidance is required (PM operates at SWRMC level; SM operates at Ship’s Force level)
  • Effectively manage conflict in a collaborative working environment; support meetings and tasking as assigned
  • Maintain safe working conditions and housekeeping of all areas of the ship
  • Understand and adhere to NAVSEA Standard Items (Repair) and commercial standards as required
2023 CA Salary Range: $143,000 - $243,100
Please note: This range is based on our market pay structures. However, individual salaries are determined by a variety of factors including, but not limited to: business considerations, local market conditions, and internal equity, as well as candidate qualifications, such as skills, education, and experience.

Employee Benefits: At BAE Systems, we support our employees in all aspects of their life, including their health and financial well-being. Regular employees scheduled to work 20+ hours per week are offered: health, dental, and vision insurance; health savings accounts; a 401(k) savings plan; disability coverage; and life and accident insurance. We also have an employee assistance program, a legal plan, and other perks including discounts on things like home, auto, and pet insurance. Our leave programs include paid time off, paid holidays, as well as other types of leave, including paid parental, military, bereavement, and any applicable federal and state sick leave. Employees may participate in the company recognition program to receive monetary or non-monetary recognition awards. Other incentives may be available based on position level and/or job specifics.
Required Education, Experience, & Skills
  • Bachelor's Degree and 12 years of work experience or equivalent experience
  • Experience in Program Management
  • Experience in People Management
  • Experience in US Navy Aircraft Carrier (CVN) Strategic Operations, Program Management, Maintenance, Modernization, Repair, or similar
  • Knowledge of Ship Repair processes and sequences
  • Experience in managing cross-functional teams to deliver on commitments
  • Organization - ability to organize and prioritize own work schedule on short-term, and/or long-term basis, both for self and others
  • Reasoning & Decision Making - ability to prioritize work projects and requirements; ability to develop concepts, plans, and work schedules and communicate them to others, and/or to subordinate employees
  • Comprehension - ability to understand problems and to collaborate to explore identification of solutions
  • Communication - regular requirements to use written and oral communication skills; interact with managers, staff, co-workers, and others encountered in the course of work; ability to compose materials such as detailed reports and work related documents and communicate substantively about them either verbally or in writing; communicate interactively & make presentations effectively
  • Mathematics - ability to compute, analyze, and interpret numerical and/or statistical data for reporting purposes
  • Strong planning and project management skills, with ability to effectively lead ship repair projects
  • Team-oriented approach to problem solving
  • Positive attitude

Physical Requirements:
  • Must be physically able to access and tour all spaces on board vessels within the US Navy’s North Island facility located in San Diego, CA, and at other customer offsite facilities
Preferred Education, Experience, & Skills
  • Graduate Degree a plus
  • PMP Certification a plus
  • Expertise in US Navy Government or Commercial New Construction Shipbuilding or Ship Repair a plus
  • Expertise in Aircraft Carrier (CVN) Maintenance a plus
About BAE Systems Platforms & Services BAE Systems, Inc. is the U.S. subsidiary of BAE Systems plc, an international defense, aerospace and security company which delivers a full range of products and services for air, land and naval forces, as well as advanced electronics, security, information technology solutions and customer support services. Improving the future and protecting lives is an ambitious mission, but it’s what we do at BAE Systems. Working here means using your passion and ingenuity where it counts – defending national security with breakthrough technology, superior products, and intelligence solutions. As you develop the latest technology and defend national security, you will continually hone your skills on a team—making a big impact on a global scale. At BAE Systems, you’ll find a rewarding career that truly makes a difference.

The Platforms & Services (P&S) sector under BAE Systems, Inc does the big stuff: the armored combat vehicles, naval guns, missile launchers, and naval ship repair…just to name a few. Our employees take pride in the work they do and why they do it. They are on the front lines every day, building our products to protect the lives of those who serve. We may be biased, but we think P&S does some of the coolest work around, and we think you will too.

Our Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion:
At BAE Systems, we work hard every day to nurture an inclusive culture where employees are valued and feel like they belong. We are conscious of the need for all employees to see themselves reflected at every level of the company and know that in order to unlock the full potential of our workforce, everyone must feel confident being their best, most sincere self and be equipped to thrive. We provide impactful professional development experiences to our employees and invest in social impact partnerships to uplift communities and drive purposeful change. Here you will find significant opportunities to do meaningful work in an environment intentionally designed to be one where you will learn, grow and belong.