The Great Lakes Group


Shipyard General Manager


General Description

Proven leader responsible for all production, manufacturing, yard support and administrative functions needed for safe and efficient shipyard operations.


Develops budgets; establishes plant and departmental goals; ensures compliance with all Safety, Quality, Company and Regulatory directives; directs activities in areas of safety and personnel, production, scheduling, material handling, and quality; manages managers, foremen and office personnel.

Routine Duties

  • Provides management and leadership to managers, supervisors and/or exempt staff. Reviews performance of subordinates, monitors performance review process of remainder of plant employees
  • Integrates functions in a multi-discipline work environment
  • Develops departmental plans, including business, production and/or organizational priorities
  • Makes decisions guided by resource availability and functional objectives
  • Directs and coordinates shipyard operations within company policies and procedures
  • Maintains a clean and safe plant
  • Fosters a well-trained and motivated staff
  • Approves all requisitions and invoices for operating materials


Planning & Leadership

  • Manages subordinate managers; holds subordinates accountable for budgets, schedules, performance standards
  • Determines organizational structures with top management approval
  • Translates company strategies into tactical plans. Creates and prioritizes necessary resources and steps required to accomplish goals on time
  • Establishes all shift production schedules
  • Establishes and maintains plant production goals
  • Coordinates with all functional areas of the shipyard to ensure production schedules are met
  • Confers with Business Unit Department Heads to ensure coordination of purchasing, production and shipping
  • Schedules and conducts plant meetings
  • Prepares annual budgets, projections, quarterly reports, including capital budgets
  • Advises departments regarding manning and expense goals and ensures efforts are made to meet budget projections
  • Determines plant improvements and repairs along with annual costs and schedules
  • Utilizes Continuous Improvement Strategies



  • Establishes and integrates organization operational objectives and assignments
  • Designs, manages and executes policies to deliver business strategy
  • Responsible for product quality control for the plant
  • Oversees development of manufacturing processes and equipment for new products
  • Ensures accurate, complete records are maintained in all departments


Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

  • In depth knowledge of all business functions associated with shipyard management
  • Ability to apply Continuous Improvement strategies across all functions, which includes the ability to introduce needed change, create excitement for change and lead change initiatives. Must be adaptable and open to new ideas
  • Ability to refine communication skills based on their audience, use active listening skills and non-verbal rapport building skills and effectively communicate their message to both small and large groups.
  • Ability to make quick decisions, take calculated risks and make tough calls. Must be able to gain input from many different people and use a participative decision-making approach when appropriate
  • Ability to establish clear and consistent expectations and follow up on critical tasks without micro-managing and hold people accountable in a tough, but fair manner
  • Ability to motivate and connect with people with a sense of enthusiasm, passion and commitment for their work and encourage them to do their best
  • Ability to take full responsibility for their business objectives and turn problems into challenges
  • Ability to analyze situations, react quickly and work collaboratively. Able to anticipate future events based on past experiences and work to get ahead of impending issues
  • Considerable knowledge in all areas of manufacturing and material handling
  • Considerable knowledge of labor, safety and product related state and federal regulations and practices
  • Considerable knowledge of Company policies, procedures and practices or the ability to acquire it quickly
  • Excellent writing and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to establish and meet goals
  • Ability to successfully handle several priorities simultaneously
  • Ability to lead and function on a team, and maintain effective working relationships with all levels of employees
  • Ability to manage a team consistent with strategic goals and select members that fit requirements necessary for the team to be successful
  • Applies good judgment and maintains composure in high pressure situations and maintain objectivity and focus
  • Ability to view setbacks as manageable and treat people respectfully when engaged in high-stakes situations


Experience & Training

  • Minimum 15 years of experience as a shipyard manager
  • Experience with Profit and Loss Responsibility
  • Experience in ship building, particularly tugs and barges
  • Completion of four years of college level course work equivalent to a B.S. in production management or engineering and extensive experience managing multiple areas within a manufacturing facility combined with considerable supervisory experience; or any equivalent combination of experience and training which results in the required knowledge, skills and abilities


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Attn: Human Resources
The Great Lakes Towing Company
4500 Division Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44102




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The Great Lakes Group is an Affirmative Action, Equal Employment Opportunity Employer; M/F/V/D.