Sayres & Associates
  • Washington, DC, USA
  • Full Time

Sayres and Associates LLC has been providing excellence in service to the Federal Government since 2001.

Sayres is seeking an experienced Mid Level Ship Design Manager (SDM) with Secret clearance in Washington, DC.

The Senior Ship Design Manager (SSDM) is assigned to US Navy DDG 51 Class Post Delivery Program and provides Post Shakedown Availability (PSA) engineering to the Hull Manager (HM), acting as the Lead for technical and engineering efforts on the assigned Hull.

Qualifications & Clearance Requirements

  • Supervise and train junior SDM engineers.
  • Develop technical resolutions to engineering problems that arise in the production of Navy Ships.
  • Monitor work item candidates from various sources including the Class Configuration Control Board (CCB), Technical Support Team, Ship Design Manager, and Ship's Force, and incorporate any lessons learned.
  • Oversee the development of technically sound Statements of Work to the Navy so that the changes may be considered for PSA work packages and Class engineering changes.
  • Review work specifications developed by the PSA Planning Yards to ensure compliance with certification standards, Class build specifications, Engineering Change Proposals (ECPs) and 4e work specification requirements.
  • Supervise PSA Planning Yard Work Specification development.
  • Track timeline performance and provide metrics.
  • Review and provide analysis of the execution yard's PSA schedules and POA&Ms to the program team.
  • Coordinate with the NAVSEA Technical community in resolving engineering problems.
  • Serve as the leader of the on-site PSA management team, requiring travel to the home-port or shipyard for the vessel being worked. Time on-site includes one or more Shipyard periods per year averaging 4 months in duration each.
  • Serve as a local on-site representative for the program during Post-Delivery test and trials.
  • Provide Hull, Mechanical, and Electrical (HM&E) technical assessments and evaluations in accordance with the specification and advise the client on equipment and system problems that arise during Post-Delivery test and trial.
  • Access the vessel including all spaces of the vessel and possible dry-docks where it may be docked in order to progress work being completed during the availability.
  • Assist in the development of a written Program response to each issue addressed in the Commanding Officer's Letter of Concerns issued in preparation of Final Contract Trial.
  • Act as a liaison between PMS400D4 and PMS400D6.
  • Attend FCTs, CCBs, SPRs, and PSA Planning Conferences as the lead PSA Technical representative.
  • Attend Top Tech Meetings as PSA Technical POC, Brief PMS400D6 and Support Personnel on topics covered and potential PSA impact.
  • Supervise the tracking of new construction work that could slip past PDA into PSA and Brief PMS400D6 of any possible issues.
  • Collect all Lessons learned and assist in implementing changes into the next PSA.

Qualifications & Clearance Requirements

Education, Work Experience, Skills and Clearance Requirements:

  • Bachelor's degree in engineering and two (2) years of Navy shipbuilding experience OR 5 years of Navy shipbuilding experience in lieu of degree.
  • At least two (2) years of PSA planning and execution experience
  • Excellent interpersonal skills.
  • Superior organizational skills.
  • Client/customer experience.
  • Ability to work in a team environment.
  • Client/customer experience.
  • Active Secret security clearance verifiable in JPAS or the ability to obtain an interim Secret clearance within 30 days.


  • Prior military, maritime, or Marine Engineer background.
  • NAVSEA Program Office, Post Delivery Support experience.
  • Strong Marine Engineering experience.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Knowledge of Contract Documentation, experience reading contract data, and familiarity with NAVSEA financial tools.

The position description is only meant to be a representative summary of the major responsibilities and accountabilities performed by the incumbents of this position. The incumbents may be requested to perform position-related tasks other than those stated in this description. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age, gender identity, disability or veteran status.

At Sayres, our employees enjoy an atmosphere conducive to realizing their potential through personal and professional development while simultaneously exceeding customers' expectations.

We offer a broad spectrum of technical, engineering and administrative services including acquisition, financial and program management; fleet synthetic training; logistics; ship construction engineering; systems engineering and integration; wargaming; test and evaluation; security, counterintelligence and policy analysis.

Sayres is headquartered in Washington, DC with offices throughout the United States and has a presence abroad.


COVID Vaccination Policy: Prospective and/or new employees will be required to adhere to Sayres and Associates LLC's vaccination policy. All employees must be fully vaccinated. New employees must submit proof of vaccination on their first day of employment. Please note, customer site vaccination requirements, if stricter, will take precedence over Sayres vaccination policy. Prospective employees can submit questions regarding the COVID vaccination policy to

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