Company: Oceaneering
Skills: Mechanical Engineering
Experience: 10 + Years
Education: High School/Secondary
Location: Chesapeake, VA, US
Status: Active

In order to apply for this position, applicants MUST meet the following criteria. If your resume does not match these criteria, you will not be able to apply for this position.

Located in region: North America

Company Profile

Oceaneering is a global oilfield provider of engineered services and products primarily to the offshore oil and gas industry, with a focus on deepwater applications. Through the use of its applied technology expertise, Oceaneering also serves the defense, entertainment, and aerospace industries. Oceaneering’s business offerings include remotely operated vehicles, built-to-order specialty subsea hardware, deepwater intervention and manned diving services, non-destructive testing and inspection, and engineering and project management.

The Advanced Technologies (ADTECH) group of Oceaneering is recognized as an industry leader in enabling humans to work safely and effectively in harsh environments ranging from the depths of the sea to the outer reaches of space. ADTECH specializes in the support of manned systems and the development and application of practical, cost-effective robotic systems in multiple industries.

ADTECH designs, builds, and operates unique underwater systems for the US Navy and provides life cycle maintenance services for Submarines and Deep Submergence Systems. ADTECH is developing the next generation space suit for NASA and provides robotic and spacecraft life support systems. ADTECH is also an award winning leader in design, build, and installation of theme park entertainment ride systems and provides intra-logistic solutions using AGV systems.

ADTECH's business areas are: Oceaneering Technologies, Marine Services Division, Oceaneering Space Systems, Oceaneering Entertainment Systems, Frog AGV Systems, and ADTECH Manufacturing Group.

For more information please go to and click on Products & Services, then click on Non-Oilfield, then click on Naval and Marine Services.

Position Summary

Supervises and directs efforts across Marine Service Division’s Deep Submergence Programs, in cost, schedule and technical performance. Ensures processes are developed, maintained, and improved to ensure a positive profit center in support of the organization’s other departments and ultimately, other divisions of the Company. Determines the most cost effective and productive methods to maintain safe operations and complete projects for Customers, using standard Project Management and Earned Value techniques. Controls costs through LEAN and other industry accepted process improvement methods. Provides advice and counsel to the Division Vice President and General Manager, peer Program Managers, and Customers as necessary in order to gain cooperation and acceptance of ideas and actions. Makes key decisions and takes independent actions, subject to guidance from executive/senior management, to ensure the Division is following broad objectives on strategic and operational matters.

Duties & Responsibilities

The Deep Submergence Systems Program Manager reports directly to the Director of Submarine Programs for the performance of assigned responsibilities.

Ensures all work is conducted in a safe and technically correct manner. Fosters an atmosphere that encourages continued efforts to improve safety record.

Takes broad independent action to ensure the Division achieves its objectives on strategic and operational matters affecting the major function or department in the organization. These decisions are subject to guidance from executive/senior management and may include project priorities, personnel requirements and control of overhead costs. The impact of these decisions is such that errors may be significant and cause major expense, loss of important accounts, or may damage the company prestige and good will. Identify and monitor key performance metrics. These metrics may, at times, be required for important corporate decisions.

Works closely with the other members of the leadership team to maintain a positive profit center within the Division and in support of Sector goals and objectives.

Promotes Customer relations through frequent communication. Consults with Customers to gain cooperation and acceptance of ideas and actions. Projects a positive image to employees, Customers and similar industrial companies by ensuring a cost-efficient, quality product is produced in accordance with the Customers’ requirements.

Working with the Contracts Office, evaluates new quotations and estimates and ensuring prompt on-time CDRL deliveries. Works with the Business Development/Strategic Planning team to identify and pursue new customers, programs, and business opportunities.

Maintains a positive work environment through positive actions to affect morale, providing adequate opportunities for employee personal growth. Ensures that the Division meets all Federal, State, Local and Company laws regulations and policies. Mentors subordinates and other senior managers by providing guidance, training, and performance evaluations through personal example. Provides accountability requirements and goals used for conducting annual performance evaluations of department personnel. Takes proper and judicious disciplinary measures when required. Consults HumanResources for assistance with employee relations issues. Provides advice to the GM/VP in hiring/releasing actions, merit increases, and other employee performance actions.

Formulates, reviews and updates methods and processes to increase safety, quality and production effectiveness. Provides independent judgment in the resolution of problems that may not be readily apparent due to unforeseen circumstances, vague symptoms or incomplete facts/figures.

Identifies and develops marketing and business plans for targeted opportunities that fall within the capabilities of the Company. Markets and captures work to ensure the Company’s Core Business Objectives and competitiveness in the marketplace is maintained. Keeps abreast of evolving technology and procedures, which may enhance the opportunities for future projects.

Prepares cost estimates for ROMs or responses to RFQs or growth and new work. Must have the ability to work with the SUBSAFE organization, Engineering, Production, and Resource Departments.

Ensure timely delivery of accurate financial information and CDRL submissions. Tracks financial progress and status of assigned projects and develops and coordinates corrective actions/adjustments when necessary to ensure profitability.


B.S. in Management, Finance or Marketing or a B.S. in Mechanical, Electrical, Systems, or Marine Engineering with significant business/marketing courses. Masters preferred.

Minimum ten years management experience in submarine, deep submergence systems, and/or surface ship repair, overhaul and modernization with a minimum eight years of significant participation in programs related to complex mechanical and/or electrical systems, marketing and personnel management.

Technical knowledge of all aspects of hull, mechanical, electrical, and damage control maintenance of U.S. Naval vessels. In-depth knowledge of U.S. Navy’s Joint Fleet Maintenance Manual and the NAVSEA Standard Items, and the SUBSAFE program. Demonstrated experience in Scope of Certification (SOC) and / or SUBSAFE requirements.

Detailed knowledge and experience in PMI-level project management is required. Certification as a Project Management Professional (PMP) or Program Management Professional (PgMP) is preferable; such certification will be required within six months of hire date.

Experience with successful LEAN improvement efforts desired.

Equal Employment Opportunity

All qualified candidates will receive consideration for all positions without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, veteran status, disability, political affiliation, marital status, sexual orientation, or other non-merit factors.

Job Title: Program Manager - Deep Submergence Systems (DSS)

Location: Chesapeake, Virginia

Job ID: 11042

Regular/Temporary: Regular

Full/Part Time: Full-Time


Oceaneering develops products and services for use throughout the lifecycle of an offshore oilfield, from drilling to decommissioning.  The company is the world's largest manufacturer and operator of work class Remotely Operated Vehicles (ROVs) and is also a leader in offshore oilfield maintenance services, workover control systems, asset integrity services, umbilicals, subsea hardware and tooling.  Oceaneering also serves the aerospace, defense and theme park industries.

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