Foss Maritime Project Manager in Seattle, Washington


Responsible for the management of various vessel and equipment construction, modification, and repair projects, as assigned by the Director, Engineering. The incumbent is also accountable for the effective achievement of performance, cost, and schedule goals established for assigned projects, working with various segments of the company, shipyards, vendors, and customers. This involves analyzing problems (Including fairly complex technical problems), making decisions, and communicating, and a relatively high degree of skill in each of these areas is required for success.



  • Defines project objectives, including performance, cost and schedule objectives.
  • Obtains concurrence of management, customer, vendors, etc., on objectives.


  • Determines how work is to be broken down into manageable units.
  • Carries out (or supervises) required tradeoff studies.
  • Performs technical evaluations of alternative problem solutions.

Staffing (and sub-contracting)

  • Selects qualified people to do the work.
  • Evaluates technical and management proposals for work accomplishment.
  • Helps negotiate agreements with vendors, customers, etc., for work.


  • Brings about purposeful action by shipyards, vendors, customers, etc., (mostly people who have to be persuaded rather than ordered) towards desired objectives.
  • Communicates (written, verbal, telephone) with others involved.
  • Identifies and solves problems as they come up.


  • Measures results against the plan (cost, schedule, and performance) and communicates results to others.
  • Recognizes people according to their performance.
  • Re-plans work as needed in order to make corrections.

Supervisory and Leadership of Direct Staff

  • Effectively communicates regional goals and objectives.
  • Provides direction and leadership to achieve company Core Values, Mission and Safety Vision.
  • Processes employee evaluations in a timely manner.
  • Directs, motivates and develops employees for maximum performance.
  • Performs special duties and other projects as assigned.
  • Adheres to all company policies.
  • Accomplishes all tasks as appropriately assigned or requested.


  • The English language adequate for effective spoken, written, and phone communication.
  • Naval architecture, marine engineering, mechanical engineering, system safety and reliability, shipyard safety requirements.
  • Ship and barge operation, construction, maintenance and repair.
  • Coast Guard regulations and ABS Rules applicable to steel vessel construction and repair.
  • Excellent communication and human relation skills necessary in dealing with Foss employees, shipyard, vendors, and customers.
  • Ability to prepare comprehensive coherent written technical reports.
  • Ability to plan and organize work in an often-changing environment.
  • Ability to remain calm and maintain a sense of humor during times of stress.
  • Ability to use a personal computer for word-processing, spreadsheets, MS Project, and CAD.
  • Ability to give attention to detail, to make decisions, and to solve problems (sometimes involving complex technical or management issues).


This position generally requires a Bachelors degree in Engineering and five years of relevant experience in the marine industry including some project management experience. A degree in naval architecture, marine engineering, or mechanical engineering is highly desirable.

Foss Maritime Company is an Equal Opportunity - Affirmative Action Employer and a VEVRAA Federal Contractor. We are committed to a diverse workforce and taking affirmative action to employ and advance in employment qualified women, minorities, individuals with disabilities and protected veterans. Foss is a drug-free employer and a participant of the E-Verify Employment Verification Program.

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