Staff Program Manager

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Work type: MERC
Location: Warner Robins, GA (MERC)
Categories: MERC (Mercer Engineering Research Center)

Position Title

Staff Program Manager

Job Type



 - Works with the Sr. Director of Engineering and Programs, Technical Directors, and Chief Engineers to plan, staff, and manage assigned programs according to and in compliance with MERC Standard Processes, to include maintaining an up-to-date detailed programmatic/technical schedule for assigned programs.

- Supports the Program Manager in oversight of successful execution of assigned programs.

- Utilizes various program management tools such as Earned Value Management, parametric models, milestone charts, Critical Path Methods, and integrated change control.

- Provides program management support for periodic programmatic and technical reviews of assigned programs to all management stakeholders as directed, including all MERC Directors and Chief Engineers.

- Coordinates the efforts of others whose assignment is a portion of, or related to, assigned programs in order to maximize adherence to program schedules.

- Assists capture manager responsible for development of programmatic and technical approach.

- Encourages assigned program personnel to recommend potential program follow-ons and/or tangential future business opportunities and provides those recommendations to members of the Executive Staff.

- Responsible for support and execution of other duties and responsibilities as assigned by his/her immediate supervisor

Required Qualifications

 - U.S. Citizenship is required.

- Ability to obtain and maintain a DoD Security Clearance.

- Requires an undergraduate degree in a business-related field or 5 years of directly related experience.

- Project Management Professional (PMP) Certification is strongly preferred.

- Excellent oral and written communication skills.

- Proficiency with Microsoft Office applications.

Preferred Qualifications

- Familiarity with Fixed and Rotary wing aircraft; specifically B-1, B-52, F-15, F-16, C-130, C-5, H-60, and H-1.

- Familiarity with United States Air Force lingo and terminology; specifically USAF logistics, acquisitions, maintenance, and supply.

- Familiarity with Electronic Warfare lingo and terminology; specifically ALQ-161, ALQ-172, ALE-47/ALQ-213, AN/ALR-56M.

- Familiarity with Firmware and Software development.

- Familiarity with Closed Loop Operational Test – Vertical Testability Demonstration (CLOT-VTD), Electronic Warfare Avionics Integration Support Facility (EWAISF), and Hardware-in-the-Loop (HITL), National Industrial Security Program Operating Manual (NISPOM).

Benefits of Working at MERC
MERC is a non-profit applied research operating unit of Mercer University, a private university founded in 1833. Established in 1987 in Warner Robins, GA, MERC employs more than 200 engineers, scientists, professors, and support staff, who provide sustainable research solutions to government agencies, the Department of Defense, and commercial customers around the world.
Warner Robins and the middle GA area are located 90 miles south of Atlanta and within easy driving distance of both the beach and mountains. The area is known for its Southern-style music, food, and restaurants and has a rich cultural and art presence, along with excellent health care and schools.
MERC offers a generous benefits package including health and dental insurance, retirement, tuition reimbursement, vacation/sick leave accrual, and holiday pay.
Pay Rate

Commensurate with experience

Pay Basis


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COVID-19 Vaccine Mandate

All faculty and staff, excluding student employees, on-call staff and adjunct faculty teaching online only, are required to have the COVID-19 vaccine or an approved medical or religious exemption by the University. New hires will be required to provide their COVID-19 vaccination card or receive approval for a medical or religious exemption by the University before their first day of employment.

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