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Newport News, Virginia, United States

Date:  Mar 13, 2023

Job Description

This position will serve as the Ship Design Manager for the Columbia program. This position will be challenged with leading and representing engineering in waterfront construction support by attending daily test and construction meetings. The successful candidate will act independently to perform technical planning and system leadership in multiple engineering disciplines. Responsibilities include the following Technical and Management aspects:

Technical aspects:
•    Leads and representing engineering in waterfront construction support by attending daily test and construction meetings. 
•    Acts independently to perform technical planning and system leadership in multiple engineering disciplines. 
•    Ensures customer functional and technical requirements are reflected in design solutions that acknowledge technical, schedule, and cost constraints.
•    Aids in development of recovery plans 
•    Leadership and coordination at all levels of construction including: risk management, vendor interface, qualification, fabrication, installation, test, operation and troubleshooting.


Management aspects:
•    Serves as organization spokesperson on the operational aspects of ongoing projects and serves as liaison between management and customers, which include but are not limited to planning, construction, test government, Navy and vendors.
•    Serves as the focal point for all engineering activities on a program and the key point of contact for internal customers (e.g., VP Programs, program managers).
•    Oversees program execution and planning activities, with inputs from project and functional managers, and ensures their timely completion of tasks. 
•    Reports out on engineering program performance to a variety of internal stakeholders (e.g., VP E&D, VP Programs, and Director Programs).
•    Monitors spending and progressing.
•    Monitors metrics for product cost and product quality. 
•    Runs internal agenda meetings to maintain status of work to ensure schedule adherence (drawings, CR/CN, VWI, Construction Hold Ups, etc.).


Researches, develops, designs, and/or tests components, equipment, systems, and networks in one or more engineering disciplines. May design equipment, facilities, components, products, and systems for commercial, industrial, and domestic purposes. Applies engineering principles to components and systems, including assembly, analysis, and documentation of results; construction of developmental assemblies, sub-assemblies and components; and quality testing. Supports and participates in the design, test, modification, fabrication and assembly of prototype. Applies research to the planning, design, development, and testing of systems, instruments, controls, engines, and/or machines.

Basic Qualifications

14 Years with Bachelors in Science; 12 Years with Masters; 9 Years with PhD.- Newport News Shipbuilding requires a Bachelors Degree in engineering from an ABET accredited program.

Preferred Qualifications

Engineering and Design experience including but not limited to familiarity with Columbia Planning and Construction.

  • Req ID: 30599 
  • Department: E10 SUB ENGRG 
  • Entity: NN SHIPBUILDING (0265) 
  • Travel Required: Yes, 10%-25% of the time 
  • Shift: 1st 
  • Relocation: Relocation assistance will be available 
  • Education: Bachelor's Degree 
  • Virtual/Telework Opportunity: No - Not eligible for telework 
  • US Citizenship Required for this Position: Yes 
  • Clearance Type: Yes- Final Clearance Required to Start  

Who We Are - About HII 


Working at HII is more than a job - it’s an opportunity to build a future. We offer comprehensive benefits including: medical, prescription drug, dental and vision plan choices, on-site health centers, tele-medicine, wellness resources, employee assistance programs, savings plan options (401K), financial education and planning tools, life insurance, tuition reimbursement, employee discounts, early childhood and post-secondary education scholarships, and more. Some benefits may vary depending on your specific division or work location.


HII is an Equal Opportunity/Vets and Disabled Employer. U.S. Citizenship may be required for certain positions.

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