MERC Aerospace

Salary [Annual]: $100,000 – $170,000 *Dependent Upon Experience
Category: Engineering
Subcategory: Project Mangement

  • Health Insurance & HSA
  • Dental/Vision Insurance
  • 401(k) Retirement Plan
  • Flexible Spending Plan
  • Short & Long Term Disability Plan
  • Honor current status of vacation time
  • MERC Aerospace is an Equal Opportunity Employer
  • Miller Engineering and Research Corporation (MERC Aerospace) offers professional expertise for the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC) Systems Engineering Advanced Services (SEAS) contract. MERC is a team-oriented aerospace engineering firm dedicated to servicing the aerospace and aeronautical industries with unparalleled customer focus. We believe that great engineering starts with talented people like you.
  • Our employees work together as “one team” and are committed to delivering high-quality and creative engineering solutions to our customers in the aerospace and federal government arenas.


MERC Aerospace is seeking a Risk Manager to support a federal government customer. Areas of support will include Risk, Opportunity, and Issue assessments of one-of-a-kind space flight systems development. The successful candidate will assist Project Management with understanding, tracking, and mitigating technical, cost, schedule, and resource related risks associated with systems design, manufacturing, test, launch and operations.

Job Description:

  • Understand the technical interactions of space flight hardware development, to include concepts associated with requirements development, hardware and software design, system integration and test
  • Partner with the Project Managers and all Stakeholders including Subject Matter Experts (SMEs), outside vendors, Government and contractor team members to understand and capture technical, schedule and cost related concerns
  • Facilitate technical exchanges with stakeholders to discuss, quantify, and capture program risks
  • Apply sound judgment in facilitation and evaluation of risks and mitigation strategies
  • Think independently and strategically about potential downstream mission impacts
  • Respectfully, yet effectively challenge the identification and acceptance of risks to ensure concepts are well thought out and logically documented
  • Perform gap assessments of proposed risk mitigation strategies and influence customers towards holistic remediation strategies that address the root-cause issue(s)
  • Translate technical jargon into simple concepts for concise presentation of the data


Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelors in a STEM field of study and five (5) years or more work experience
  • Work experience of more than ten (10) years is sufficient without a degree
  • PMP and/or Risk Management related certification are a plus, but not required
  • Knowledge of NASA Risk Management requirements, NASA/SP-2011-3422, and Goddard Space Flight Center Guideline for Performing Risk Assessments, GSFC-HDBK-8005, is a plus, but not required

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