Technical Operational SME SUPPORT - Naval Shipbuilding

Saudi Arabia

Technical Operational SME SUPPORT - Naval Shipbuilding

Location: Saudi Arabia

Permanent Staff position

The purpose of this role is to support the project director in the expansion of the Naval shipbuilding industry in Saudi Arabia.

The strategy to develop world class naval shipbuilding and MRO capabilities will involve the development of an existing facility in the Eastern Region, along with ensuring that the development of a Western Region MRO facility is also adequate for naval vessel MRO work. The strategy will also involve building capabilities for sub 70M defence assets by aligning with a local player in the Kingdom. The final element of the strategy will be to develop a solution that enables the National Champion to privatize the more minor MRO work of all defence vessels in all naval bases across the Kingdom.

The technical SME will support the strategy team to ensure that technically the strategy identified and then implemented is viable from an operational perspective.

Therefore, someone who has worked in the development of naval facilities - in terms of yard development, basic design of the facility, FEED and actual construction would be most appropriate.

Alongside this a good understanding of the process required in naval ship building & MRO across all categories, as well as previous alignment with Naval forces in terms of minor repairs in naval bases is also essential.

Key Responsibilities

  • Identifying initial project risks.
  • Establishing and implementing a strategy.
  • Close liaison with the wider National Champion team including other vertical business units and horizontally with supporting stakeholders in strategy, finance, HR, legal etc.
  • Preparation of reports for the Company management as and when required.
  • Complying with Health, Safety and Environmental policies and procedures.
  • Building production strategies.
  • Identifying suitable technical partners and assessing their suitability.
  • Working with the shipyard design consultancy, mostly in the areas of aligning production methodologies and processes with the design layout.

Minimum Requirements

  • Construction, Marine, Mechanical or Civil Engineer (Bachelors) with 10 years' experience.
  • Experience of working as the "main contractor" in shipyard facilities with start-up experience, especially in a naval shipbuilding facility that incorporates MRO and new build projects.
  • Experience of maintaining naval vessels from inception to completion - in a project management / leadership role. Either minor repairs in naval bases or major repair work in shipyards.
  • Core understanding of National Naval Forces.
  • Alignment with the requirement for shipyards to incorporate digitalization & environmental strategies and experience of implementation.
  • Naval shipyard business - organizational development in production design.
  • 10 experience in the maritime sector, with working directly for the manufacturer and experience working for the operator. Some background serving in the Navy as an engineer would be an asset but is not essential.

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