Director of Business Operations (St. Rose, LA)

Title:                     Director of Business Operations

Position:             Full-time Salaried/Exempt

Reports to:         EVP – Gulf-Inland

Division:              Gulf-Inland

Location:             St. Rose, LA


About Marquette:

Headquartered in Paducah, Kentucky and founded in 1978, Marquette is a leading provider of inland marine transportation services. Our Company operates over 130 towboats on the Mississippi River System, Gulf-Intracoastal Waterway, and near-shore coastwise market. In addition, the Company controls over 1,000 dry cargo barges. The Company has additional offices in St Rose, LA, Lockport, LA and La Porte, TX. With over 1,500 vessel and shore-based employees, Marquette is the largest provider of independent towing services within the inland waterways. We are the only fully integrated fleet in the industry that can do what we do.


Principal Responsibilities:

  • Act as a strategic advisor to the EVP – Gulf-Inland.
  • Identify opportunities in the business across functions and divisions to improve efficiency and profitability.
  • Influence and gain buy-in from leaders to champion improvement opportunities.
  • Lead projects to implement improvement opportunities working closely with cross-functional teams.
  • Provide high-level support to the EVP of Gulf-Inland by acting as a central point of contact, escalating issues that require his input, and managing issues that do not need to be escalated. Anticipate needs and proactively address issues to optimize the EVP's time and focus.
  • Foster a collaborative and positive working environment by building strong relationships across all levels of the organization and within the industry.
  • Partner with Accounting, Sales & Logistics, FP&A, and other internal stakeholders to support EVP – Gulf-Inland in key processes and decision making, including pricing decisions, budgets and forecasts.
  • Recommend and implement Gulf-Inland communications plans. Assist in the development and make recommendations for periodic refinement to the plan to communicate the values, goals, and performance of the company to employees, customers, and others.



  • Proven experience in operations, sales, finance, and/or project management.
  • Experience/knowledge of maritime industry preferred.
  • Bachelor’s Degree required.
  • Project management and change leadership skills.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Highly analytical and inquisitive.
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a fast-paced and dynamic environment.
  • Ability to handle confidential information with discretion.
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a fast-paced and dynamic environment.
  • Skilled at crafting engaging presentations.
  • Adept with technology and systems.
  • Self-starter with ability to execute in ambiguous situations occasionally with little oversight.


Marquette offers competitive pay, health, dental & vision insurance, 401K plan with company match, bonus plan, company paid life insurance, short- & long-term disability, flexible spending account, critical illness, accident insurance, and other incentives!

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