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Manager of Manufacturing

Department: Production
Location: Ketchikan, AK


Vigor Alaska operates the Ketchikan Shipyard on behalf of the City of Ketchikan, the Ketchikan Gateway Borough the Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority – and on behalf of our customers.

We offer top-notch and expanding facilities in southern southeastern Alaska, in our state’s fifth largest city along the famed Inland Passage. Our experience, like the waters around us, runs deep.

The Manager of Manufacturing is a member of the management team responsible for all Ketchikan Fabrication operations. This position also directs activities so that projects are manufactured on-schedule with safety, quality, and cost objectives being managed appropriately.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS AND MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES:(This list is not intended to detail all aspects of the assigned work but is representative of the job’s overall responsibilities)

Lives Vigor Values every day.

  1. Consistently pursue the implementation of a safety culture that values all employees always working safely along with looking out for others around them to do the same.
  2. Promotes a safe working environment. Ensures employees are provided training on safety issues to promote safety throughout our Ketchikan Fabrication workforce. Also, he/she inspects the workplace to identify unsafe work practices and participates in the corrections necessary to avoid further accidents.
  3. Lead, mentor, and direct all production leaders in developing and maintaining characteristics consistent with the concepts of continuous improvement.
  4. Leads and provides management overview for planning, scheduling and manufacturing. The incumbent must be able to range from the details to strategic levels on manufacturing matters. 
  5. Formulates and implements new methods and procedures that maximize the manufacturing capability.
  6. Aligns and communicates best practices with other manufacturing entities in the Vigor Fab organization.
  7. Provides recommendations on capital equipment requirements for the Ketchikan Fabrication team.
  8. Establish and maintain sound working relationships with customers, consistent with the best interests of securing repeat business.
  9. Prepares and is responsible for the effective implementation of the Ketchikan manufacturing operational budget.
  10. Responsible for maintaining union relations. Coordinates and works with the Human Resources for the implementation of all personnel policies in the area of responsibility. .
  11. Responsible for maintaining good working relationships with the other departments and customers.
  12. Responsible for performance of Production effort relative to schedule and budget on New Construction Projects.

The role is responsible for development of ship building strategies, manufacturing processes and project schedules to support major New Construction at the Vigor Ketchikan facility. Able to make decisions on work shifts and work rules in line with State and Federal requirements to support project. He/she is responsible for manufacturing performance and must hold staff accountable for results and improvements. The incumbent is responsible for budget and schedule for the manufacturing portion of Vigor Ketchikan New Construction projects.  

The role is responsible for managing multiple salaried superintendent & hourly supervisors in execution of New Construction Projects at the Vigor Ketchikan facility. He/she is responsible for manufacturing input to develop, update, and progress schedule and budget breakout of work during the planning process by creating an effective team to breakdown the work in manageable sections. This position maintains high-level responsibility for up to 150+ full time employees and subcontractors.

This position maintains a variety of professional relationships and must be able to determine the appropriate level of communication and interaction for various situations. The ability to effectively influence decisions through respectful interactions with others both within the organization and outside of the organization is essential in this role. The ability to professionally and effectively communicate in a manner that is articulate and represents the company well is critical.


BA/BS degree or equivalent work experience is preferred.

Minimum fifteen (15) years of experience in a heavy industry manufacturing/marine production environment, with increasing responsibilities. Minimum ten (10) years of experience in a supervisory capacity, with increasing responsibilities. The incumbent must have experience and thorough knowledge of shipyard manufacturing procedures, ship repair methods and administrative procedures. He/she must have experience and a working knowledge of manufacturing operations, including all machinery and tools.


Work is conducted in a dynamic, fast-paced office setting with moderate to loud noise levels from manufacturing activity in the shipyard. 60% normal office environment; 40% of time spent in manufacturing areas. The individual may be required to be in manufacturing areas in yard and onboard ships. He/she must be able to walk to and from job sites. The person must be able to climb inclined stairways and vertical ladders; to enter confined areas and tanks; to work at heights. The incumbent must be able to frequently bend, squat, crawl, twist   and may be required to lift up to 50 pounds. He/she may be required to work more than 8-hour shifts and weekend work. There may be local travel and out-of-town travel (including air travel) up to 5% of the time with notice. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While in manufacturing areas, the person will be exposed to all weather conditions, noise, dusts and odors. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Vigor and its wholly owned subsidiaries provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, Vigor complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.

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