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  Director of Technical Operations
Company: Lindblad Expeditions
Location: 1415 Western Ave, Ste 700
Seattle, Washington   98101
Employment Type: Full-Time
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Job Description
As a member of the Engineering Department, the Director Technical is responsible for maintenance and operation of all technical equipment onboard the Company’s owned fleet of vessels. Supports the VP Fleet Operations by directly supervising the shore-based engineering team in providing technical support to the company’s owned fleet, while directly providing shore-based technical support to the ships assigned. Also, supports deck and engine purchasing activities and is responsible for the relevant part of the assigned vessel’s budget and supervises the Engineering Department’s fleet budget submission.

The employee is expected to perform each essential duty to a high standard as expected by the Company.

• Be the spearhead and catalyst for continuous improvement in the engineering team by challenging the status quo of operating processes and practice and building/implementing improved processes and practice to support the company’s fleet management objectives.
• Executes Engineering operational strategy established by the Company and VP Fleet Operations. Routinely monitors, controls and reports operational, technical and cost performance against established goals.
• Plans and schedules maintenance, engineering work, drydockings and wet dockings for the ships they are assigned.
• Assist VP Fleet Operations to streamline drydock planning, shipyard bids, development of drydock processes, drydock cost review including historical and present, etc.
• Participate in the planning and scheduling of refurbishments in cooperation with VP Fleet Operations, and/or Director of Shipboard Services. Lead and direct same for Port Engineers.
• Maintains and reviews shipboard reports from Chief Engineers to the office, including Equipment Status Reports, Preventative Maintenance Program Reports (NS-5), Survey Reports, Certificates, Drawings, Instruction Manuals, Vital Spare Parts List, Incident Reports, RAMPS and ensure these and all other Technical documentation are up to date and kept in good order.
• Must be familiar with and carries out ISM and Company’s SMS responsibilities.
• Supports the ships to comply with Class, Flag State, SOLAS, USCG and Company’s SMS requirements. Any concerns must be relayed immediately to VP Fleet Operations.
• Ensure safe and optimal technical maintenance/operations as well as economical operation of the ships including responsibility for the management of the budget.
• Analyzes and tracks each vessel’s scheduled lube oil sample reports and communicates the findings back to each ship and VP Fleet Operations in a timely manner.
• Visit ships having specific problems, direct and assist shipboard management with problem solving.
• Review periodically and as needed with VP Fleet Operations and Director Fleet Operations that deck and engine manning is adequate and up to standards.
• Conducts ship checks and develops specifications for dry-docking and repair periods.
• Ensure drydock and Port Engineer’s Vessel Inspection reports are completed in a timely manner.
• For all electrical, audio and video matters to direct and work closely with Electrical Port Engineer.
• Perform other job related duties as assigned.

• Purchases and tracks all vital deck and engine spare parts, providing backup, assistance and technical guidance to the Technical Purchasing Manager.
• Must review and approve all requisitions and purchase orders from deck and engine shipboard for the ship they are assigned.

Skill Requirements
Education / Experience
B.S. degree in Marine Engineering, Naval Architecture or Chief Engineer License with experience on passenger vessels or equivalent. Degree in Mechanical Engineering or non degree technical certification may be considered on a case to case basis depending on previous marine project and leadership experience.

Other Skills/Abilities:
Excellent communication and interpersonal skills including the ability to manage and motivate employees and teams, use of oral and written communication to communicate department strategy and project status to stakeholders is essential.

Strong skills in marine asset project management (refit, refurbishment, newbuild, and/or conversion) under extreme time constraints balanced with quality, cost and resource objectives.

Strong skills in time management, handling multi tasks, setting priorities, and meeting deadlines.
The ability to work independently and must communicate well with others in a team environment.
Occasional travel will be required.

Proficient computer skills in the Windows operating system, including word-processing and spread sheet applications.

Physical Demands
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to sit, talk and hear. The employee will also be required to write and type. The employee is occasionally required to stand, walk, and reach with hands and arms. The employee must frequently lift and or move up to 25 pounds and occasionally lift and or move more than 50 pounds, moving items in warehouse.

This job description is intended only to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by an incumbent in this position. It is not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills or abilities required of persons so classified or assigned.

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