Senior Manager, Commercial Ship Repair Business Development in Mobile, AL at Austal

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Mobile, AL

Job Description

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Austal shall abide by the requirements of 41 CFR §§ 60-1.4(a), 60-300.5(a) and 60-741.5(a). These regulations prohibit discrimination against qualified individuals based on their status as protected veterans or individuals with disabilities, and prohibit discrimination against all individuals based on their race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, or national origin. Moreover, these regulations require that covered prime contractors and subcontractors take affirmative action to employ and advance in employment individuals without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status or disability.  Austal’s commitment to equal employment opportunity applies at all levels of employment, in all job titles, including the executive level, and to all employment actions, including but not limited to decisions concerning recruitment, hiring, training, and promotion. 

REPORTS TO:  Senior Director, Business Development & Customer Relations



  • Lead business development efforts for the Austal USA’s commercial ship repair business primarily focused on the Mobile repair facilities
  • Identify and develop new business opportunities in commercial sector and the US Government sector
    • Develop capture plans for emerging opportunities; assess potential for success
    • Coordinate efforts between Austal USA new construction programs and commercial opportunities to maximize use of all Mobile repair facilities
    • Develop plans to capture new business; leads capture efforts for assigned opportunities
    • Work with PDSS and other departments in developing a worldwide strategy for commercial ship repair opportunities
  • Identify strategic opportunities to grow business; develop shaping strategy and customer call plans to support capture of new business
  • Develop and maintain relationships with current and potential customers
    • Commercial operators
    • US Navy
    • MARAD
    • MSC
  • Lead efforts for the preparation of quotes for all commercial repair opportunities
  • Coordinate with Facility GM for the scheduling of the dry dock and pier space
  • As required, support business opportunity development with US Government agencies to include DoD, NOAA, MSC, and MARAD
  • Support strategic business development planning efforts.
    • Assist in the development of long range strategy and strategic path for Austal USA
    • Develop business forecasts and marketing plans to address potential market areas 
    • Actively track the commercial repair sector for opportunities and competitive market intelligence
  • Support Business Development processes, including funnel management, capture management, and proposal development 
    • Prepare gate reviews
    • Support proposal development efforts
    • Serve as the Commercial Ship Repair expert


  • 10-year experience in commercial ship repair market
  • Business development experience in the DoD market
  • Possess an understanding of US Government ship repair market and regulations
  • Demonstrated experience in developing proposals in commercial ship repair market space
  • Knowledge of Navy and Military Sealift Command ship maintenance processes
  • Able to read, understand and interpret contract specifications, build specifications and other technical documents used in ship repair
  • Familiar with the different types of estimates/proposals (RFP, RFQ, ROM, etc.) and contracts (CPFF, CPAF, FPIF, etc.)

  • Desired Qualifications
    • Familiarity with Gulf Coast market opportunities and competition
    • Experience preparing winning proposals and leading capture efforts for ship repair opportunities  
    • Experience scheduling ship repair operations, to include dry dock scheduling and loading optimization

  • General Qualifications
    • Ability to lead and manage in a fast-paced and constantly changing environment
    • Proven ability to set tasks for self and others
    • Ability to listen to staff and customers and act appropriately
    • Excellent communication skills

TOOLS:  Microsoft Office, including Word, PowerPoint, and Outlook.  

DIRECTION EXERCISED:  Full discretionary authority to assign work


  • All departments required to develop compliant proposal including but not limited to Legal/Contracts, Production, Sales and Marketing, Design, Warranty and Service, Projects.
  • Major Subcontractors and suppliers


  • Position will necessitate occasional travel (~10%)
  • Overtime and weekends will be required on occasion to meet deadlines and while supporting / leading proposal efforts   
  • Position requires a confident self-starter. Ability to work in a fast-paced dynamic environment; and be adaptive to change
  • Applicants should be motivated by challenge, responsibility, and achievement
  • Must be able to obtain and maintain a Secret Security Clearance
  • Candidates must be able to provide proof of US Person status