Project Manager

Location: Seattle

Company: Foss Maritime

Employment Type: Full Time

Region: Pacific Northwest

Job Category: Operations

Publish Date: February 5, 2019

Company Description: For more than a century, Foss Maritime has set the standard for marine transportation with leading edge technology, engineering, and shipbuilding. Combining global reach with local expertise, Foss is recognized for its state-of-the-art fleet, experienced and dedicated crews, knowledgeable customer service staff, and world-class engineers. Along with our independent subsidiaries the company employs thousands of people throughout the United States. With hundreds of tugs and barges we provide harbor services and transportation operations in all major U.S. West Coast ports – including the Columbia and Snake River system. Internationally, Foss supports customers across the Pacific Rim, in Europe, South America and the Arctic.


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Foss Maritime


Develops project plans and deliverables, directs all project phases and acts as primary project contact on small to medium projects of low to moderate complexity or secondary project contact on medium to large projects. Ensures that goals or objectives are accomplished within prescribed time frame and funding parameters through project team members and organizational sponsors/stakeholders. Projects may be of varying length, with generally a low degree of complexity and risk, but will encompass the following major components: planning, staffing, implementation, control and evaluation.


  • Partners with business sponsors to define success metrics and criteria.
  • Defines and creates project plans considering time frame, funding limitations, staffing requirements, regulations, resource availability and customer contractual requirements.
  • Acts as primary liaison between customer, project staff, subcontractors, vendors and internal company personnel.
  • Manages development of project execution strategy including planning, vessel selection, vessel modification, vendor and subcontractor support requirements, contractual requirements, Health, Safety, Security and Environmental impacts and mitigation measures.
  • Ensures compliance with overall Health, Safety, Security and Environmental standards for the project.
  • Coordinates staffing for each phase of the project; obtains approval and arranges for recruitment or assignment of project team members and consultants/contractors.
  • Confers with project staff to outline work plan and assign duties, responsibilities, and scope of authority; provides or facilitates technical advice and problem resolution support.
  • Coaches, mentors, motivates and directs project team members and contractors, and influences them to take positive action and accountability for their work to ensure project progresses on schedule and within prescribed budget.
  • Provides recommendations, with documented business case, on whether to perform work in-house or subcontract.
  • Ensures company performance against contractual commitments with customer and ensures customer satisfaction with projects of low to moderate complexity and risk.
  • Follows established processes for monitoring and integrating all project elements and communications concerning change management processes and decisions.
  • Advises senior project manager or Director of Project Management on project expenditure decisions.
  • Reviews status reports prepared by project personnel and modifies schedules or plans as required.
  • Coordinates the operational aspects of ongoing projects and serves as liaison between project teams and other parts of the organization.
  • Proactively identifies dependencies between teams and ensures communications to align on project delivery criteria.
  • Uses financial reporting, trend and variance analyses and other performance measures to develop/modify project plans to mitigate risk.
  • Negotiates small to medium project or contract changes and incorporates changes into project control systems to maintain work statements, cost and schedule baselines.
  • Ensures all projects adhere to project methodology compliance standards set by the company.
  • Tracks project deliverables using appropriate tools and prepares project reports for management, customer, or others to ensure appropriate project cadence.
  • Evaluates project upon close-out and documents lessons learned.
  • Provides direction and leadership to achieve company Core Values, Mission and Safety Vision.


  • Understanding of marine transportation line of business, including division objectives, customer base, and company protocols and relevant technology platforms.
  • Understanding of project management methodologies, tools and techniques.
  • Microsoft Project or other project management software proficiency.
  • Proficient use of Microsoft Office products (Word, Excel, SharePoint, PowerPoint, Visio)
  • Knowledge of the maritime industry required.
  • Proven project management track record driving projects to 100% completion, on schedule and to stakeholder satisfaction.
  • Assists writing and managing RFP’s, scoring vendors and facilitating selection.
  • Ability to communicate technical/complex information to non-technical people both verbally and in writing.
  • Excellent interpersonal relationship skills to effectively interact with customers.
  • Strong leadership qualities including diplomacy and ability to interface with cross-functional teams such as Finance, IT and Supply Chain.
  • Comfortable creating and making presentations to all levels of the organization.
  • Ability to establish and maintain cooperation, understanding, trust and credibility.
  • Ability to meet budget requirements and track/contain expenses.
  • Excellent time management and demonstrated ability to meet deadlines.
  • Excellent analytical, problem solving and organizational skills.
  • Ability to work independently and accomplish work through others.


This position generally requires a Bachelor’s degree (B. S.) in marine transportation, mechanical engineering, science & technology, or a related field; 2 – 4 years related experience; or equivalent combination of education and experience. Must be working towards Project management professional (PMP) certification.

Working Conditions:

Work is mostly performed both in an office environment sitting at a desk utilizing computer keyboard and telephone, and on location where project conditions vary. May be required to work extended hours as needed to implement new projects. Travel will be required. Regular and predictable attendance is a requirement.

Foss Maritime Company is an Equal Opportunity – Affirmative Action Employer and a VEVRAA Federal Contractor. We are committed to a diverse workforce and taking affirmative action to employ and advance in employment qualified women, minorities, individuals with disabilities and protected veterans. Foss is a drug-free employer and a participant of the E-Verify Employment Verification Program. Foss is a drug-free employer and a participant of the E-Verify Employment Verification Program.