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Newport News, Virginia, United States

Date:  Mar 29, 2024

Req ID: 36933 
Entity: Newport News Shipbuilding

US Citizenship Required for this Position: Yes 

Shift: 1st 
Relocation: No relocation assistance available 
Virtual/Telework Opportunity: Yes - Occasional or hybrid telework available 

Travel Requirement:  Yes, 10%-25% of the time 

Clearance Required: Yes- Final Clearance Required to Start 


Meet HII’s Newport News Shipbuilding
With more than 25,000 employees – including third-, fourth- and even fifth-generation shipbuilders – HII’s Newport News Shipbuilding (NNS) division is the largest industrial employer in Virginia. We’re the sole designer, builder and refueler of U.S. Navy nuclear aircraft carriers and one of two providers of U.S. Navy nuclear submarines. Our diverse and innovative team of professionals ranges from skilled trades to project managers, engineers and software developers to solution architects, technical subject matter experts, and system users. Anchored in our rich, 135-year history, we collaborate together at the forefront of technology, manufacturing, and integration of the most powerful and survivable naval ships in the world. Want to be part of the team? Apply today! We look forward to meeting you.


The Role

The Reactor Plant Planning Yard (RPPY) group in Department E83 is seeking a highly skilled and experienced professional to lead an electrical engineering team in driving innovation, excellence, and efficiency in the lifecycle management of select A4W NIMITZ Class propulsion plant electrical systems and components. .  This position will play a key role in supporting the organization's strategic objectives and driving operational excellence across various functions. 


The selected candidate will be responsible for managing a group of professionals leading the RPPY electrical design and lifecycle of electrical systems, components and drawings, including, but not limited to, instrumentation and control systems, power electronics, laboratory facilities, and drawings. The responsibilities of this group include developing design, operational and maintenance improvements for propulsion plant electrical systems and components, performing design studies (e.g., root-cause analysis and design improvements), identifying life-cycle cost reductions, conducting laboratory testing, directing activities of vendor and shipyard personnel, and developing recommendations to our NAVSEA 08 and Naval Nuclear Laboratory (NNL) customers with sufficient technical and cost justification. Additionally, this group will interact directly with Navy (NAVSEA 08), NNL, NNS SCN, and management personnel across NNS and the public shipyards (i.e., NNSY and PSNS) in order to assess problems and provide emergent support.

Key responsibilities include:
• Provide leadership and guidance to a team of professionals in achieving departmental goals and objectives.
• Collaborate with senior management to develop and implement strategies to improve operational efficiency and effectiveness.
• Oversee day-to-day operations and ensure adherence to established policies, procedures, and standards.
• Monitor key performance indicators (KPIs) and implement corrective actions as necessary to achieve targets.
• Foster a culture of continuous improvement, innovation, and teamwork with the team.  
• Develop and maintain strong relationships with internal and external stakeholders as well as partners.  External stakeholders and partners include, but are not limited to, NAVSEA 08, NNL, Ship’s Force, NNS, Naval Shipyards and vendors.  
• Provide regular performance feedback, coaching, and development opportunities to team members.
• Ensure compliance with requirements and company policies.
• Manage budgetary responsibilities and resource allocation within your section.
• Represent the department in cross-functional meetings and initiatives as required.

Must Have

Bachelor's Degree and 8 years of progressive technical experience in research, engineering and design; Master's Degree and 6 years of relevant experience; PhD and 4 years of relevant experience.

Newport News Shipbuilding requires a Bachelor's Degree in engineering from an ABET accredited program.

Nice to Have

  • A strong background in engineering, proven leadership abilities, and a track record of successfully managing complex projects and teams. 
  • Current, or ability to obtain/maintain, RADCON qualifications and physically access a wide variety of work sites including those aboard ship under various stages of overhaul or repair.  This may include physical access to tight, low or high spaces involving climbing ladders, kneeling, stooping, standing, etc. 
  • An MBA or MS Engineering Management is a plus.  


We build the world’s most powerful, survivable naval ships and defense technology solutions that safeguard our seas, sky, land, space and cyber. HII’s diverse workforce includes skilled tradespeople; artificial intelligence, machine learning (AI/ML) experts; engineers; technologists; scientists; logistics experts; and business administration professionals.


Recognized as one of America’s top large company employers, we are a values and ethics driven organization that puts people’s safety and well-being first. Regardless of your role or where you serve, at HII, you’ll find a supportive and welcoming environment, competitive benefits, and valuable educational and training programs for continual career growth at every stage of your career.


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. 

Together we are working to ensure a future where everyone can be free and thrive.

Today’s challenges are bigger than ever, and the nation needs the best of us. It’s why we’re focused on hiring, developing and nurturing our diversity. We believe that diversity among our workforce strengthens the organization, stimulates creativity, promotes the exchange of ideas and enriches the work lives of all our employees. 


All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, physical or mental disability, age, or veteran status or any other basis protected by federal, state, or local law. U.S. Citizenship may be required for certain positions.

Do You Need Assistance? 
If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the employment process, please send an e-mail to and let us know the nature of your request and your contact information. Reasonable accommodations are considered on a case-by-case basis. Please note that only those inquiries concerning a request for reasonable accommodation will be responded to from this e-mail address.

Additionally, you may also call 1-844-849-8463 for assistance. Press #2 for Newport News Shipbuilding.

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