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Director of Vessel Technology, Corporate

Hornblower Cruises and Events

San Francisco, CA
posted March 1, 2021

Do you share Hornblower's passion for providing amazing experiences? If you’re an enthusiastic team player who thrives in an environment where communication, creativity, and cooperation are encouraged, this may just be the opportunity for you.

The director of vessel technology is responsible for the overall technology management of the Hornblower Group’s vessel fleet and all on-board IT. He/she is responsible for system troubleshooting and error resolution with users and vendors across all piers, offices and ticket booths. This includes the security of the infrastructure, connectivity, Wi-Fi, ticketing scanners, point-of-sale systems, and the concessions.

This person will be adaptable, dynamic, and embody Hornblower’s RESPECT SERVICE SYSTEM.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Manages the overall IT vessel operation for the Hornblower Group, including all core information systems, including ticket booth buildouts, vessels' IT infrastructure buildouts, and food and beverage (F&B) systems such as Aloha.
  • Implements, manages and maintains all vessel- and pier-related networking, including cellular, broadband, Wireless WAN and SD-WAN.
  • Prepares deployment plans for ticket booths and vessel technology rollouts, including related F&B systems.
  • Manages IT capital expenses and requests for all on-vessel and harbor IT systems.
  • Responsible for reinforcement of department and company standards through training.
  • Manages the IT infrastructure on and off the vessel for optimal connectivity.
  • Oversees the selection and purchase of new systems hardware and software.
  • Oversees any helpdesk requests correlated to vessel on-board systems.
  • Takes a proactive approach in assisting with vendor upgrades and vessel-specific systems.
  • Responsible for being “on call” during designated times to respond to after-hours troubleshooting and error resolution as related to vessel operations.
  • Works in conjunction with and provides back-up support to the IT team on tasks and scheduled systems projects as needed.
  • Collaborates with the chief technology officer and/or vice president of information technology on any new IT initiatives impacting vessels.
  • Collaborates with fellow directors in Information Systems, Help Desk, and Product Management to provide complete support to the entire business.
  • Additional job duties as assigned

Requirements and Qualifications:

  • At least five years in a marine-based IT environment required
  • At least three years of management experience preferred
  • Travel to all Hornblower Group ports as needed; upon initial onboarding, touch every vessel to understand the systems and their configuration
  • Experience with WheelHouse MMS is preferred
  • Experience with Crunchtime is preferred
  • Experience with networking technologies Cisco Meraki and Cato SD-WAN preferred
  • Must be able to accurately follow instructions, both verbal and written
  • Ability to work a flexible schedule that may include evenings, weekends and holidays
  • Must be willing and able to be “on call” for after-hour IT emergencies
  • Must be able to perform simple grasping, fine manipulation, and repetitive hand and arm movements frequently, and squeezing and overhead reaching occasionally
  • Must be able to stand on feet and walk throughout the day, including walking on uneven ground
  • Must be able to frequently lift and carry up to 40 pounds
  • Must be able to bend, squat, push, pull frequently



5 years: Experience in a marine-based IT environment


3 years: Management experience