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Job Title: Operations Manager

Reports to:  Port Captain

Work location:  Concord, CA

Job Summary:

The Operations Manager works closely with Patriot Contract Services management and fleet to ensure effective and efficient operations and communication between Programs. The Operations Manager must establish positive relationships with vessel personnel and possess strong management and organization skills.

Responsibilities & Authorities:

  • Perform continuous oversight of the operation of all of Patriot Contract Service’s Fleet

  • Ensures PCS Fleet vessels are able to sail on time and activate on schedule

  • Foster communication and the exchange of information between each Program

  • Ensure all contractually-required deliverables for the fleet are accomplished in a timely manner

  • Member of the Human Resources Committee, which is responsible for all Senior Officer assignments

  • Member of the Incident Response Team (IRT) for any vessel casualty occurring in the PCS fleet




  • Operational marine background (Deck or Engine)

  • Shoreside management experience in the maritime industry

  • Demonstrated leadership skills

  • Strong communication skills – written & verbal

  • U.S. citizen, holds or eligible for a security clearance

  • A degree from an approved university, college, or technical institute


  • Well connected in the maritime industry

  • Business development experience

  • Familiarity with classification society rules (e.g. ABS, DNV, Lloyds)

  • Currently resides on the west coast/Bay area or willing to relocate

  • Government or military experience

  • U.S. union exposure

  • Three or more years sailing experience

Job Title: MSC Program Life Cycle Manager

Reports to:  Engineering Manager

Work location:  Concord, CA

Job Summary:

The Life Cycle Manager is responsible for identifying, developing, planning, resourcing, and executing major vessel alteration projects for a fleet of eight (8) T-AKR Watson Class LMSR’s to meet or extend vessel service life, expand mission effectiveness, or to address safety issues.  The Life Cycle Manager also plans and executes major planned contracted maintenance projects, including periodic drydock repair availabilities to maintain the vessels within class and regulatory compliance.

Responsibilities & Authorities:

  • Identify, develop and implement class standard engineering improvements through MSC’s TRANSALT program on 8 Watson Class LMSR vessels to ensure the safe, reliable and cost-effective operation for Military Sealift Command’s MPF program.

  • Use and understand MSC’s standard tools, programs, processes, and policies related to life cycle management of the vessels they operate.

  • Forecast budgetary and schedule requirement to accomplish alterations or upgrades on vessels in between planned operations.

  • Assist Engineering Manager and vessel Port Engineers in planning and executing drydock maintenance periods on 8 vessels, each repair contract exceeding $15M in value.

  • Supervise vessel Port Engineers in accomplishing assigned special engineering projects.

  • Develop and review technical specifications, work orders, procurement documents, and other written correspondence.  Evaluate and negotiate terms prior to award of major procurement contracts.

  • Conduct or oversee root cause analysis (RCA) and other technical investigations to determine failure reasons and make recommendations for change or improvement.

  • Perform a wide variety of tasks relating to the safe and efficient operation of the vessels under PCS’s management.

  • Maintain vessels to all class and regulatory standards. 

  • Assists the Engineering Manager and Program Manager in ensuring that vessels are operated in accordance with the contract(s) that PCS has with its customers.

  • Maintains close working relationship with the MSC Program and Engineering staff, as well as the Company’s Port Engineers, vessel masters and chief engineers.​​


  • US Citizen.

  • Hold or eligible for a SECRET security clearance.

  • A bachelor's degree in engineering, or project management certification.

  • Meet at least one of the following criteria:  (a) At least five years of experience within the last ten years managing technical projects valued at $1M or more, or (b) recent experience in managing major shipyard availability projects valued at $5M or more, or (c) At least 12 years of experience gained while employed by a shipyard or commercial shipping company in a technical management position.

  • Active military duty performing substantially the same duties as a Port Engineer or Program Manager may be considered.

  • Specific skills in technical writing, cost estimation, and negotiations is desirable.

  • Experience in MS Word, Excel, SharePoint, and other MS project management software.

  • Able to endure sustained activity and move about vessels in a shipyard environment.

  • Available to travel to inspect vessels or participate in contract management meetings (approximately 1 week of travel/month.)

Job Title: Government Property Control Manager 

Reports to: MSC Contract Manager

Work location: Concord CA, or Newport News, VA 

Responsibilities & Authorities:


This position requires a Certified Property Professional Manager (CPPM) certification or Defense Acquisition Work Improvement Act (DAWIA) Level II Industrial Property Management Specialist (IPMS) certification. 

  • Establishes and assists in the implementation of government property procedures and instructions, including monitoring compliance with current procedures.

  • Oversees maintenance of Government Property Records.

  • Initiates and coordinates physical inventories. Conducts periodic internal audits and spot checks to ensure compliance with property procedures.

  • Periodically visits Government vessels, offering assistance to local personnel, and meeting with the Government Property Administrator(s). Typically, one visit annually to each ship will be scheduled (6-8 ships).

  • Participates in Vessel turn-over inventories and oversees follow on validation and reconciliation.


  • Must possess a Certified Professional Property Manager (CPPM) certification or Defense
    Acquisition Work Improvement Act (DAWIA) Level II Industrial Property Management Specialist (IPMS) certification from a certified body directly involved or indirectly connected with property management processes.

  • At least five (5) years’ experience in property management with specific skills in asset management.

  • Willingness to travel up to 25% of time.

  • US citizen, eligible for DOD security clearance at SECRET level.

  • Familiarity with Federal government/Navy/Military Sealift Command Property/asset management procedures.

  • Experience with Federal Acquisition Regulations.


Interested and qualified candidates must submit a resume and cover letter using the following URL:


Patriot Contract Services is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

1320 Willow Pass Road, Suite 485      Concord, California 94520 USA      Phone: 925-296-2000      Fax: 866-349-2297


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