Shipyard General Manager

Great Lakes Shipyard, an affiliate of The Great Lakes Group and The Great Lakes Towing Company, is a full-service shipyard for new construction, fabrication, and repairs in a state-of-the-art facility.  The Shipyard specializes in all types of commercial and government vessels and barges, as well as both on-site and off-site topside work, steel fabrication and emergency repairs of every kind. The company has been in continuous business for 115 years. 

JOB TITLE:                        Shipyard General Manager

LOCATION:                        Cleveland, Ohio

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

RESPONSIBILITIES INCLUDE:  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.  


·       Provides management and leadership to managers, supervisors and exempt staff  

·       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

·       Translates company strategies into tactical plans. Creates and prioritizes necessary resources and steps required to accomplish goals on time

·       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

·       Prepares annual budgets, projections and 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


·       Reports to the President

·       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


·       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


·       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


We offer an excellent benefits package that includes healthcare, dental, vision, short-term and long-term insurance, 401(k) profit sharing plan, vacation time, sick time, company paid holidays and a friendly working environment.

Submit resume by email: [email protected] by fax: 216-781-7472.  For more information about our company, please visit our website:

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