Major Subcontract Specialist - Canadian Surface Combatant (CSC) Program


Irving Shipbuilding, located at 3099 Barrington Street Halifax NS B3K 5M7, is part of the J.D. Irving Group of companies and is in the business of building quality ships and repairing vessels. The company's primary site is Halifax Shipyard, with three other locations in the Maritime Provinces. Irving Shipbuilding is currently working on a number of significant projects for the Department of National Defense and the Canadian Coast Guard. The company's commitment to health, safety and care for its employees and the environment is an integral part of its business.

The Major Subcontract Specialist will work as part of the program team responsible for developing and executing the selection strategy for major subcontractors. You will lead the commercial management of major suppliers in support of complex shipbuilding programs for the Canadian Navy including the Canadian Surface Combatant (CSC) Program.

  • Develop a class leading contracting and relationship strategy with major suppliers
  • Execute the business plan objectives by working proactively with peer group
  • Devise appropriate contract structures and agreements for program delivery and management of business risk
  • Negotiate pricing and terms including flow down of customer requirements and deliverables, with appropriate risk sharing, delivering savings and benefits in a single source environment
  • Contract generation, negotiation, execution and maintenance
  • Ensure compliance with contractual obligations and agreed program schedules, agreement and monitoring of KPI's
  • Instruction and negotiation of changes to program, commercial and technical requirements
  • Build and maintain a high performing relationship at all levels between Irving Shipbuilding and the major suppliers
  • Continually seek and implement improvement opportunities within the scope of the supplier relationships
  • Ensure that all transactions are kept current, recorded accurately, and processed efficiently
  • Ensure that all transactions are representative of the reality of the business and are made with consistently applied, business-reasonable rationale
  • Compliance with all applicable legislation including health and safety

Performance Expectations:
  • Anticipate risk and ensure it is managed; proactively ensure implementation of solutions to potential problems
  • Build an environment that ensures people follow sound and ethical business practices
  • Build a culture of total employee involvement in "finding a better way every day", based on internal innovation and external best practices
  • Lead change initiatives that will last, and effectively build employee buy in; motivate and inspire others in change
  • Apply strategic insight into business measures and competitive and industry practices to build/maintain market leadership position
  • Apply sound knowledge of the business/industry in making decisions and formulating strategies
  • Build culture where meeting customers' expectations is a top priority
  • Set direction to ensure appropriate balance between meeting customer needs and business needs
  • Communicate clearly and professionally with all levels of the organization; reinforce an environment of open and respectful expression
  • Engage in active listening, deliver effective feedback, and incorporate input appropriately into decisions
  • Ensure people plans are in place to build capability for current and future business needs; is self-aware and builds personal capability
  • Reinforce an environment where planned results are always expected and underperformers are managed appropriately

  • 5 years experience in a commercial supply chain management field including 3 years' experience in a similar role in naval shipbuilding, major defence programme or related industrial experience
  • Experience working with long term multi-million dollar supplier contracts involving complex risk management and high technology systems
  • Accountable team worker
  • Good analysis and presentation abilities, including Microsoft Excel, PowerPoint and Word
  • Professional expertise and leadership, with strong attention to detail
  • Negotiation and influencing skills
  • Communication and organization skills

All successful applicants must meet requirements for Canadian Controlled Goods Program (CGP), Canadian Government Security clearance, and U.S. International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR).
What We Offer:
  • Irving Shipbuilding is proud to offer a competitive salary and benefits package, including but not limited to medical, dental, and vision

To Apply for this Career Opportunity:
Please complete the online application form. An up-to-date resume of past experience and education is required.
All applications will be reviewed by one of our recruiters. If the recruiter sees a potential opportunity (current or future) that matches your skills and experience, you will be contacted to discuss your qualifications for a position with Irving Shipbuilding
We thank all candidates for their interest, however, only those selected for interviews will be contacted.
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Please be advised that some positions have been designated as 'Safety Sensitive' where the employee holding the position has a heightened responsibility for his/her own safety or the safety of others due to the nature of the job. If this is the case, you will be informed in the interview process

Irving Shipbuilding Inc. is committed to the principle of equal opportunity in its employment practices and to providing an environment free from discrimination and harassment for all employees.
We do not accept unsolicited resumes from search firms or employment agencies, and we are not responsible for any fees related to unsolicited resumes.
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