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Senior Engineering Design Manager

Senior Engineering Design Manager

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US-VA-Virginia Beach
Regular Full-Time
Eligibility for Security Clearance Required 

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The GBS Group, an engineering services and consulting firm headquartered in Virginia Beach, VA, has an opening for a Senior Engineering Design Manager to join our team. The Senior Engineering Design Manager is a new position in our Engineering Department that will lead cross-functional teams to include Engineering and Design functions that are responsible for technical proposal development and achieving project cost objectives while being accountable for all technical aspects of project execution and performance within the assigned cost, schedule, and scope on a variety of contracts in our Navy and commercial Maritime areas.  

Responsibilities include but are not limited to

  • Oversee an engineering organization initially focused on Electrical, Mechanical, and Controls/Automation technical competencies supporting design, engineering, material selection, training for short-term ship repair and long-term system upgrades.
  • Oversee personnel development and technical competency for assigned personnel and make assignments accordingly.  Actively mentor, develop plans to adjust as required to meet future workload.
  • Build, develop and manage a high-performing and versatile team of professionals capable of responding to a wide variety of projects and opportunities in our business (i.e. various sizes, scopes, schedule demands, technical requirements, etc.).  The person in this role must be able to design an organization and process that meets our needs – leveraging existing resources where possible, but also adding, subtracting, coaching, and training as needed.
  • Create a “seamless” environment within the teams and implement processes and resource plans with the goal of being able to reassign resources within a technical competency as workload changes.
  • Drive a sense of urgency in the organization around meeting customer expectations and achieving project success.  This applies to assigned Engineering personnel as well as those in Operations and Business Development that are critical pieces of the solution.
  • Be a leading voice among Operations, Business Development and Engineering to develop and deliver winning proposals that ultimately become profitable projects.  Own all of the technical aspects of this process and identify/balance risks associated with options.
  • Oversee and ensure repairs and/or installations are being completed, tested and recertified in accordance with applicable approved drawings, technical publications, standards and test procedures.
  • Expect and drive flawless execution on every project to include scope, schedule, cost, quality, risk, etc.  Understand and address issues at the root quickly and decisively.
  • Examine estimates of material, equipment, and production costs, performance requirements, and delivery schedules to ensure completeness and accuracy.
  • With support from assigned Project Controller, track project performance to assigned budget and take positive action to stay within budget controls. Communicate performance to senior management.
  • Aid in development of project Work Breakdown Structures, cost estimates and scope of work statements.


Candidates must possess the following professional experience and qualifications:

  • Bachelor's Degree in Engineering or equivalent technical degree from an accredited college/university.
  • Previous marine engineering design experience with a minimum of ten (10) years in a supervisory or management role.
  • Relevant project management experience focusing on maritime project management or program planning.
  • Solid people management skills and experience
  • Clearance Required: Ability to obtain and maintain a Secret clearance
  • Able to travel up to 25%

Desired Characteristics:

  • Master's Degree in Mechanical or Electrical engineering, or management preferred
  • Project Management Professional (PMP) Certification
  • Solid written and verbal communication skills
  • An in-depth understanding of basic government and commercial contract types, how they impact decision making and how to manage the financial aspects.
  • Demonstrated high proficiency of MS Office, especially Excel and MS Project or similar project scheduling tools.

EEO Statement

The GBS Group is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. We pledge equal access to employment, facilities, and programs, regardless of race, color, religion, sex/gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, marital or familial status, pregnancy, veteran status, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by law.