Project Manager

Epsilon Systems Solutions   •  

Portsmouth, VA

Industry: Engineering Services


5 - 7 years

Posted 410 days ago


Epsilon Systems Solutions Inc. Mission Readiness Group is seeking a full time Project Manager in Portsmouth, VA.

Summary: The Project Manager I is the onsite project primary point-of-contact. With full authority, accountability and responsibility, this position manages all aspects of assigned ship maintenance, modernization and repair projects.


  • Plans, estimates, negotiates, staffs, directs the work, and reconciles final billings on assigned projects. As the top decision maker on the project, resolves any internal issues that arise over the productive, safe management of the project. Leads the post-project review to capture learnings applicable to future projects.
  • Meets or exceeds customers’ realistic expectations for quality, productivity and safety on projects, and manages the customer relationship through any changes in the scope and price of the project to assure continuing customer satisfaction and profitable project closure.  Resolves issues on a day-to-day basis with customers, owners, Port authorities, and other interested parties. 
  • Represents the company fairly and consistently when interacting with customers.
  • Works closely with the Estimating Department to develop estimates for regional work.
  • Interprets specifications, plans project sequencing and coordinates the various phases of the project to prevent delays and avoid rework.  Ensures that change order requests and condition found reports (CFRs) are properly written, and approves them before submittal to the customer.
  • Writes timely and accurate documentation of each job and contributes accordingly to final written specifications.  Confers with supervision to resolve problems and to improve methods.
  • Plans, coordinates and directs production activities for assigned projects. 
  • Through subordinate supervision, assures appropriate daily project staffing. 
  • Monitors job progress to ensure that manpowerutilization and allocation meets job requirements and bid expectation.  Makes appropriate changes as necessary.
  • At time of bid package preparation, works closely with PMO estimating team.
  • Evaluates, sets up, and manages subcontracts for support work on awarded projects.
  • Oversees and coordinates the operations of the assigned worksite location. 
  • Establishes and maintains effective working relationships with vendors, customers, and labor unions. 
  • Coordinates and assures appropriate purchasing and shipping and receiving processes are used for tools, equipment, and other products needed at the regional location. 
  • Arranges for and monitors maintenance and repair of tools, equipment and facility amenities.
  • Assesses and documents overall work performance of direct reports by close review of project, providing feedback to same. 
  • Investigates violations of work place rules and determines disciplinary action using the consulting services of Human Resources and the Resource Manager. 
  • Ensures performance documentation is completed by managers or supervisors of all assigned project personnel. 
  • Clearly identifies strengths and weaknesses of project team members and recommends specific development activities.
  • Identifies, assesses and analyzes with the Team, any risk(s) and/or issues that may compromise the successful completion of the project, and develop plans/actions that will remove this risk.
  • Provides leadership when schedule / production conflicts may occur and the Team is looking for resolution.
  • Works nights and weekends during peak workloads or as required to ensure project success.
  • Travels and manages ship repair availabilities in remote, out-of-state locations for extended periods of time.
  • Manages as many as fifty employees, with varying degrees of technical expertise, either directly or through subordinate Foremen.
  • Identifies changes in work scope to ensure appropriate planning measures are being taken including the customers inputs for reassessing, renegotiating, and amending the scope of work, schedules and budgets.
  • Other duties necessary to see completion of their project within time and budget constraints.


  • Bachelor’s Degree (BS) in Engineering or Naval Architecture or a technical discipline associated with ship maintenance, modernization, construction and repair; preferreddegrees include: Marine Engineering, Shipyard Management and Naval Architecture from an accredited college or university is preferred.
  • Five years’ managerial or supervisory experience in engineering projects involving modernization, maintenance, installation, repair or testing of naval ship HM&E or electronic systems/ equipment.
  • Current security clearance (SECRET) or the ability to obtain one. 
  • Pursuant to the various government contractual requirements, all applicants must be U.S. Citizens.

Must have knowledge of: 

  • Navy organizations including: Naval Sea Systems (NAVSEA) Command, Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC), naval shipyard, Regional Maintenance Centers, and Type Commanders (TYCOMs), shipyard operations, ship systems and particularly how they interact and construction/repair sequencing.
  • principles and practices of managing large numbers of employees and motivating them to peak performance
  • budgeting and financial statements
  • ways to create metrics to support operational improvements.

Must have ability to:

  • control the profitability of the project through schedule adherence, reprioritization and cost reduction
  • influence and lead others in successful project execution
  • mentor others by modeling respectful behaviors
  • apply a systems approach to work planning and execution
  • applyfinancial expertise in accomplishing labor intensive projects
  • make careful and judicious use of labor in a complex multi-craft, union work environment
  • provide strong customer service and achieve customer satisfaction while meeting company goals
  • effectively communicate orally and in writing with diverse groups such as customers, vendors, labor representatives and officials at all levels
  • handle multiple priorities with independence and good judgment.

Must have skill in:

  • leadership skills including conflict resolution, real-time decision making, high performance expectations and inspiring employees to meet them
  • developing scope change estimates
  • interpreting and applying complex requirements both in the accomplishment of the work and in the management of labor
  • maximizing revenues and profits on project using art and science of negotiations
  • strong, tactical outlook with a clearly demonstrated sense of ownership over the process and the results.

ADA & Work Environment: The physical demands for this position are light to moderate.  May require some lifting or assistance with heavy equipment.  The incumbent of this position is required to stand for extensive periods of time, in extremeinternal/external climates.  Must also be able to work long hours, travel via various modes of transportation, and work any day of the week at any time of the day as required to meet customer needs, business objectives and to achieve delivery of service deadlines. The work environment for this job is demanding and potentially hazardous due to work on or inside ships as well as travel around ship repair yards.