Title:               VP of Engineering
Position:        Full-time Salaried/Exempt
Reports to:    SRVP of Engineering
Division:         River
Location:        Paducah, KY
Principal Responsibilities:
  • Responsible for the day to day maintenance and repair of 55+ river vessels, resulting in safe and reliable equipment, that meets both internal expectations and customer demands.
  • Manage all major repairs, dry-dockings, and all associated costs.
  • Responsible for all shore side engineering support to fleet (mechanical, electrical, HVAC, general repairs, and technical support).
  • Proactively identify specific machinery and equipment for replacement at max useful life to eliminate unnecessary breakdowns, failures.
  • Manage maintenance and repair (OPEX and CAPEX) budgets and projections associated with the river vessel fleet.
  • Travel as needed to vessels and shipyards in performance of duties, and to learn and understand the overall technical aspect of each vessel (to include out-of-town travel).
  • Research cutting edge, innovative products that add value to the fleet (separator systems, propulsion systems, hybrid electric, etc.).
  • Work closely with VP of Vessel Operations and VP Corporate Compliance and Regulatory Affairs on various Subchapter M requirements and USCG regulations.
  • Communicate and coordinate all repair and maintenance plans with other departments.
  • Develop technical specifications for vessel maintenance, repair, and improvements.
  • Incorporate weekly/monthly strategic planning sessions with Gulf-Inland and Offshore divisions that create platform level business opportunities.
  • Coach and develop vessel Chief Engineers to improve their skills and support their professional growth and development.
  • 90+ indirect reports primarily consisting of vessel Chief Engineers and ~ 9 direct reports, mostly consisting of Port Engineers.
  • Cost containment, scheduling, and inventory control.
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering or Business related field preferred.
  • Minimum of 6 years of related work and supervisory experience required. 
  • Good working knowledge of marine mechanical and electrical systems.
  • Proficient computer skills (i.e., Microsoft Office). 
  • Self-starter and team player who supports a safety-first environment.
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills, both oral and written.
  • Change leadership and team building skills.
  • Process management and the ability to implement sustainable, end-to-end processes.
  • Strong analysis and metrics competencies.
  • Maintain compliance with all applicable laws and regulations.