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NASA Systems Safety Engineering Manager

Job ID: 2111373
Location: HOUSTON, TX, United States
Date Posted: Aug 18, 2021
Category: Engineering and Sciences
Subcategory: Sys Safety Engr
Schedule: Full-time
Shift: Day Job
Travel: Yes, 10 % of the Time
Minimum Clearance Required: None
Clearance Level Must Be Able to Obtain: Public Trust
Potential for Remote Work: No
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Job Description


SAIC has an immediate need for a Systems Safety Engineering Manager to support the SMAEC II contract at NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas. SMAEC II provides comprehensive safety and mission assurance (SMA) services to all active and in-development Human Space Flight (HSF) programs led or supported at Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas.

 Job Responsibilities:

  • Provide regular communication with the PM of technical items and issues including projects, programs, milestones, flight readiness, mission anomalies, etc. that the contract is supporting as part of the contract and task order  Statements of Work 
  • Contribute to generation of task specific Basis of Estimates (BOEs) and monthly forecasts
  • Communicate with the PM and Business Manager of performance issues including personnel, processes, tools, or interfaces that could or are affecting TO or contract performance or deliverables
  • Provide monthly product reporting (metrics, trend analysis, etc.)
  • Maintain data as required in designated repositories to allow efficient retrieval and comply with Quality Management System and Configuration Management requirements
  • Establish and maintain forums, training, and certifications/qualifications for disciplines to grow and enhance contract overall capability to achieve and exceed customer technical needs
  • Seek out technical innovations
  • Monitor and manage staff performance including regular performance discussions, identifying succession planning for important roles, identifying personnel skill growth goals and opportunities, identifying and quickly elevating employee performance issues to the PM and Human Resources as required for resolution; identify and recognized excellent employee work and nominate employees for special recognition including merits, spot bonuses, and other awards
  • Manage resource assignments and workloads, including staffing (developing position requisitions, interviewing, hiring)
  • Ensure assigned staff receive required training (including SAIC, NASA, and Contract specific)
  • Provide required and requested inputs to Business Management Office (e.g. metrics, trends, feedback)
  • Coordinate technical approaches across workgroup to efficiently address issues and assignment of resources
  • Ensure staff compliance to NASA, SMAEC II contract, and SAIC corporate requirements and policies
  • Work with other managers in response to customer direction, technical issues, performance shortfalls, etc.
  • Utilize project management practices to assure schedules, milestones, and deliverables are met


Required Education and Experience:

Bachelor’s degree in engineering, science, or related technical discipline and ten (10) years or more experience; Masters and eight (8) years or more experience

  • At least 5 years experience supporting human spaceflight
  • Demonstrated capabilities in the following:
    • Senior technical engineering experience
    • Excellent Technical Team Leadership
    • Customer Communications (Verbal & Written)
    • Technical mentoring
    • Project risk assessment and mitigation
    • Required Skills:

      • Proficiencies with multiple MS-Office products to include Excel, Word, PowerPoint and Project
      • Must be highly detail oriented and have demonstrated capability for project planning, organizing, for providing task direction, and tracking of tasks.
      • Excellent oral and written communication skills
      • Familiar with Risk Management methodologies
      • Familiar with Resource planning
    • Desired Skills / Experiences:

      • Project management experience and familiarity with methodologies and tools, PMP considered a plus
      • Supervisory experience
    • Clearance:

      National Agency Background Check (NAC)

    • Certifications / Training:

      • None
    • Desired Education:

    • NASA SMA Technical Excellence Program (STEP) courses
    • Desired Certifications / Training:

      • PMP

COVID Policy: Prospective and/or new employees will be required to adhere with SAIC's vaccination policy. Full vaccination will be required before the start of employment in order to work onsite at an SAIC location. If applicable, prospective or new employees may seek an exemption to the vaccination requirement at Contact Us and must have an approved exemption prior to the start of their employment. Employees working onsite at a customer location must comply with customer requirements which may include mandatory vaccination, mandatory attestation regarding one's vaccination status and mandatory weekly or bi-weekly testing.


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