The Industrial Regional Benefits (IRB) Manager leads the Company’s programs for compliance with the Industrial Regional Benefits (IRB) obligations under its contracts with the Federal Government. The role will play a key part in supporting the development of common procurement process, procedures, technology and reporting as it relates to IRB across Seaspan Shipyards Business Units and related Shared Services functions.
This position reports to the Manager, Supply Chain Controls.The position manages both direct and indirect reports. It also provides functional leadership and guidance to the entire organization as it relates to IRBs. This position works closely with Business Development, Supply Chain, Government Relations, Program Office, and senior leadership to identify and evaluate IRB opportunities across the Company.
NOTE: a full package of financial support and services is provided for Relocation.
- Assumes subject matter expert role on IRB.
- Provides leadership support and accountability for compliance with IRB for all Federal Government procurement contracts.
- Builds and maintains a strong working relationship with Industry Canada.
- Educates and builds awareness of IRB program requirements with internal customers, informs on spending decisions, develops procedures and systems that monitor and report on Seaspan’s compliance for major projects such as VISSC, FELEX and Federal Fleet Renewal. NOTE: Please see our website for more information on these programs..
- Prepares IRB reports and supporting analysis for review by Seaspan senior executives for submission to the Canadian Government.
- Leads and actively pursues industrial offset opportunities with major OEMs and internally within Seaspan and related companies.
- Negotiates with Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada for pre-approval of new qualifying IRB transactions.
- Plans, organizes and supports project specific activities as it relates to IRB.
- Develops processes & procedures to efficiently prepare:
- Bid responses to programs/projects governed under IRB Policy.
- Transaction documentation for on-going projects.
- Assists in the negotiation of specific business agreements and IRB commitments with suppliers and subcontractors.
- Ensures subcontractor IRB reporting requirements and reporting format to ensure IRB obligations that flow down are met.
- Provides information and education to suppliers and subcontractors on IRB policy and programs.
- Other duties as assigned.
- NOTE: Ability to travel is required. Travel is almost entirely within Canada with a frequency of 4-8 times per year for anywhere between 2-4 days each trip. Sufficient notice is provided prior to scheduled travel.
Education and Experience
- Bachelor’s degree in Engineering or Commerce or Business Administration is required.
- An MBA is desirable.
- Professional designation required: CPP through the PMAC Program and/or PMP and/or P. Log.through the Canadian Professional Logistics Institute and/or Professional engineering (P. Eng.).
- Minimum 6 years work experience in compliance programming, industrial regional benefits, and/or offset regulations and value proposition plus functional ability in supply chain management and/or contracting.
- Minimum 2 years managing a small team of career professionals.
- Minimum 4 years experience working in the Defense, Manufacturing (Shipbuilding / Naval preferred) and/or Transportation Industry a definite asset.
Skills, Knowledge and Required Competencies
- Expert demonstrated knowledge of best practices in IRB management with related experience in supply chain management, contracting, project management, and/or design and engineering.
- Strong relationships with and knowledge of the key position in Government of Canada as relates to IRB policy and programs.
- Comprehensive understanding of the defense and security sector.
- Strong knowledge of manufacturing (preferred Shipbuilding / Naval ) and/or Transportation (preferred Marine) Industry.
- Experience in drafting proposals, contracts and other legal documents.
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills and effective listening skills.
- Proficient in MS-Office with strong presentation skills (Internal & External).
- Exceptional relationship building skills and ability to influence.
- Solid business acumen..
- Strong skills in developing creative/innovative strategies for bids, contracts vendor/customer relationships.
- Ability to understand and negotiate complex contracts.
- Strong ethics, tact and diplomacy.
- Strong leadership, management and organizational skills.
- Adaptability and open-mindedness to change and improvements.
- Ability to work well under pressure and independently, problem solve and multi-task.
- Ability to coach and lead others.
- Practical hands on experience in a dynamic team environment.