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Supply Chain Senior Director - CSC

Shipping, Supply & Logistics
21002479 Requisition #




Located at 3099 Barrington Street in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, B3K 5M7, and 35 Micmac Boulevard, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada, B3A4Y8, Irving Shipbuilding has a proud history as Canada's shipbuilder. A proud member of the J.D. Irving, Limited group of companies, we have been building quality vessels and fabricated modules for more than 50 years, and our Halifax Shipyard has been at the forefront of Canadian shipbuilding for 130 years.

Since 2012, we have invested more than $400 million in facilities, people, processes, and technology, making Halifax Shipyard one of the most modern and capable shipyards in North America. Over the next 30 years our shipbuilders will construct 20+ modern patrol ships and surface combatants for the Royal Canadian Navy as part of Canada's National Shipbuilding Strategy, the largest defence procurement in Canadian history. This year, we delivered the lead Arctic and Offshore Patrol Ship, the largest Navy ship built in Canada in 50 years and we're just getting started. The second ship will be delivered in 2021.  

We're growing our team with career-defining opportunities that will revitalize Canada's shipbuilding industry and provide Canada's sailors with the ships they need to protect Canada's interests at home and abroad. Our workforce of over 2,000 will grow to more than 2,800 at peak construction of the Canadian Surface Combatants. We have built more than 80% of Canada's current combatant fleet and continue to perform maintenance and modernization work on the ships, including the Halifax-class frigates. 


The Supply Chain Senior Director – CSC is a full time, permanent staff position (one position), based in the Halifax Regional Municipality, Nova Scotia. The language of work is English. We encourage applications from qualified African Nova Scotians, racially visible persons, women (applying for non-traditional positions), persons with disabilities, Aboriginal persons and persons of the LGBTQ+ community. ISI encourages applicants to self-identify in the cover letter/resume portion of your application. Irving Shipbuilding Inc. is committed to the principle of equal opportunity in its employment practices and to providing an environment where all employees feel supported and valued. 


Reporting to the Vice President - Commercial, the Supply Chain Senior Director - CSC will be responsible for the execution of the Supply Chain Strategy, and for the cost, quality, and delivery performance of the supply base in support of Irving Shipbuilding Inc. on the Canadian Surface Combatant Program.


Requirements, Knowledge & Skills

  • 10-15 years of senior management and leadership in Supply Chain Management in an industrial, aerospace, heavy manufacturing, Naval Shipbuilding or capital Defence environment 
  • Degree in a relevant discipline with professional accreditations or an MBA 
  • Excellent numeracy, business acumen, financial analysis and IT skills 
  • Comfortable working in a fast-paced and diverse business 
  • Excellent communications skills 


Key Competencies

  • Managing vision and purpose 
  • Drive for results 
  • Dealing with ambiguity 
  • Decision Quality 
  • Negotiation 
  • Conflict management and consensus building 
  • Accountability 
  • Building effective teams 
  • Developing people 

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).


Key Responsibilities:

  • Working with the members of ISI Supply Chain function and CSC Program, provide leadership that ensures all Supply Chain strategy requirements are effectively executed 
  • Develop and Execute a Make/Buy strategy to deliver the cost targets for all ISI programs
  • Lead contract and commercial negotiations with all external suppliers delivering the maximum value for all products and services for ISI
  • Develop and Lead the organization construct for CSC Supply Chain and respective hiring strategy
  • Provide input to the design and development of the CSC supply chain, including supplier selection 
  • Build relationships at Executive level with suppliers to ensure that problems, issues and improvement opportunities are addressed in a timely and effective manner 
  • Continuously improve the capability of the organization, deploying and developing supply chain professionals to further the aims of the company and in compliance with the ISI Business Management Model 
  • Direct and lead the delivery of products and services to ISI from external suppliers achieving 100% on-time delivery, at the highest quality levels and achieving all cost targets
  • Continually assess CSC supply chain risks and build appropriate mitigation strategies and contingency plans. 
  • Meet or Exceed the annual performance goals


What We Offer:


Irving Shipbuilding is proud to offer a competitive salary and benefits package, including but not limited to:

  • A flexible medical, dental, and vision plan;
  • Employee & Family Assistance Programs;
  • RRSP matching program;
  • Health & Wellness reimbursements;
  • Opportunities to take part in job related training and development;
  • Growth and progression opportunities within Irving Shipbuilding and the larger network of the JD Irving group of companies.


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. 

For further details please contact Jim Rennie at rennie.jim@irvingshipbuilding.com 


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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.


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