VICE PRESIDENT, SUPPLY CHAIN MANAGEMENT
Located at 3099 Barrington Street in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada and 35 Micmac Boulevard, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada, B3A 4Y8, Irving Shipbuilding has a proud history as Canada's shipbuilder. A proud member of the J.D. Irving, Limited group of companies, we have been building quality vessels and fabricated modules for more than 50 years, and our Halifax Shipyard has been at the forefront of Canadian shipbuilding for 130 years.
Since 2012, we have invested more than $400 million in facilities, people, processes, and technology, making Halifax Shipyard one of the most modern and capable shipyards in North America. Over the next 30 years our shipbuilders will construct 20+ modern patrol ships and surface combatants for the Royal Canadian Navy as part of Canada's National Shipbuilding Strategy, the largest defence procurement in Canadian history. This year, we delivered the lead Arctic and Offshore Patrol Ship, the largest Navy ship built in Canada in 50 years and we're just getting started. The second ship will be delivered in 2021.
We're growing our team with career-defining opportunities that will revitalize Canada's shipbuilding industry and provide Canada's sailors with the ships they need to protect Canada's interests at home and abroad. Our workforce of over 2,000 will grow to more than 2,800 at peak construction of the Canadian Surface Combatants. We have built more than 80% of Canada's current combatant fleet and continue to perform maintenance and modernization work on the ships, including the Halifax-class frigates.
The Vice President, Supply Chain Management role is a permanent, full-time position based in the Halifax Regional Municipality, Nova Scotia. The language of work is English.
The Vice President of Supply Chain Management is a critical strategic leadership role within Irving Shipbuilding and with our external supply partners. The successful candidate will maintain close relationships, coordination, and collaboration with the other senior shipyard leaders and functional areas at ISI (i.e. engineering, production, program management and estimating) to meet all program requirements and to ensure production schedules are met.
Reporting to the President, this role will have functional responsibility for all procurement, logistics and contract management associated with Shipbuilding and Ship Repair supporting the production operations for all current and future contracts. The successful candidate will maintain harmonious relationships with all key customers, suppliers, labour unions and partner organizations and thereby further enhance the company’s well-established reputation for overall quality and customer service.
The successful applicant will adeptly analyze industry trends and evolving supply chain technology to proactively identify supply base issues to minimize risk, protect continuity of supply and innovate and exploit emerging opportunities with a focus to drive cost out of the Supply Chain operations.
In the near-term, ISI has ongoing operations at various stages for the following highly visible Royal Canadian Navy contracts. As such, this individual, in partnership with the President, will provide leadership in ensuring that ISI successfully executes company supply chain strategy, policy and procedures that supports the organization’s vision to be the trusted center of excellence for design, build and repair of the federal fleet, including each of these critical contracts:
- Construction of Arctic and Offshore Patrol Ships (AOPS) for the Royal Canadian Navy and Coast Guard
- A $3B contract, as part of the National Shipbuilding Strategy (NSS). A fleet of eight ships (six for the Navy and two for the Coast Guard).
- SCM focus on cost reduction efforts and optimization
- Design and Construction of the Canadian Surface Combatant for the Royal Canadian Navy
- A $30B contract, as part of the National Shipbuilding Strategy (NSS). A fleet of fifteen ships will be built, commencing in late 2023 or early 2024.
- SC focus on establishment of new supply chain partners and strategies that maximize value proposition to Canada while maintaining commonality with Type 26 platform partners in the UK and Australia.
- Maintenance and Repair Contract for Halifax-class frigates
- Maintenance on these ships has been ongoing since 2011 and will continue to end of life. Eventually, the Halifax-class frigates, which were introduced into service in the 1990s, will be replaced by Canadian Surface Combatants.
Success in this role will be measured by the successful candidate’s ability to demonstrate strong leadership, business acumen and financial skills to optimally position ISI to deliver on supply chain needs on time and within budget. This will be accomplished by leading a team that evaluates supplier core competencies, competitive pricing position and policies to ensure the best quality, pricing and delivery of products and services.
Success in this role requires leading the negotiation of contracts with major suppliers to ensure all program requirements are met, key metrics and balanced scorecard results are achieved, and risks are minimized. This will include the development and execution of a negotiation strategy that delivers against business objectives and achieves sustainable relationships with suppliers at the lowest possible cost.
This will involve being a strategic problem-solver, using sound judgement, and anticipating, communicating, and navigating challenges frequently associated with managing complex contracts with combat systems.
Successful Candidate will possess the following Qualifications:
- Educational credentials:
- Relevant undergraduate degree or college diploma/certificate (e.g. business, engineering, material management); and
- Master’s degree in Business Administration or professional purchasing designation
- 10+ years major contracts procurement experience in a major shipbuilding, defense, or manufacturing environment. Experience in modern shipbuilding would be an advantage.
- 10+ years senior leadership experience in supply chain. Experience gained in the shipbuilding, submarine or ship repair industries as an executive is desired.
- Proven ability to lead and manage a diverse team of supply chain professionals.
- Proven ability to work with Government customers, to include complex contracts.
- Demonstrated ability to effectively leverage IT systems to improve procurement efficiency and outcomes
All successful applicants must meet requirements for Canadian Controlled Goods Program (CGP), Canadian Government Security clearance, and U.S. International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR).This position also requires NATO security clearance.
What We Offer:
Irving Shipbuilding is proud to offer a competitive salary and benefits package, including but not limited to medical, dental, and vision.
For additional information please contact: Jim Rennie: email@example.com
To Apply for this Career Opportunity:
Please complete the online application form. An up-to-date resume of past experience and education is required.
All applications will be reviewed by one of our recruiters. If the recruiter sees a potential opportunity (current or future) that matches your skills and experience, you will be contacted to discuss your qualifications for a position with Irving Shipbuilding.
We thank all candidates for their interest, however, only those selected for interviews will be contacted.
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