Technical Project Manager, Defense

Engineering – Project Management /
Full Time /
About Us: 
Merlin is an early-stage autonomy company, building software to control sophisticated transportation systems. Our mission here at Merlin Labs is to develop hardware and software solutions that deliver the capability for aircraft to fly useful missions autonomously and safely. Our first product will be a certified system to bring automation to existing fixed wing aircraft. 

We’re backed by some of the top institutional venture capitalists in the country, our headquarters are located in Boston with hubs in Denver, Los Angeles and the Mojave Desert. Come join our diverse, world class team, made up of people from places like Google, Airbus, Boeing, UTC, the US Navy, and the US Air Force.

About You:
As a technical project manager joining our dynamic and growing team, you'll spearhead the integration of our groundbreaking autonomous pilot system into military aircraft. At Merlin Labs, we're committed to pushing the boundaries of innovation, and your role will be pivotal in ensuring the seamless execution of this ambitious project. You'll collaborate with cross-functional teams of engineers, researchers, and aviation experts to deliver cutting-edge solutions that redefine the future of flight. If you're passionate about technology, aviation, and making a significant impact in a fast-paced environment, join us on our mission to transform the future of aviation. 


    • Serve as project management lead for product design, integration, and test related efforts for DoD customers
    • Collaborate with Merlin Labs' engineering, flight operations, and certification teams to execute project milestones across the entire project lifecycle.
    • Foster a culture of teamwork and communication, ensuring that everyone is on the same page and working towards shared goals.
    • Support the detailed planning and execution of projects, including:
    • Developing project scope and managing changes through the life of the project
    • Establish resourcing needs 
    • Identifying, tracking and managing project risks
    • Generating and maintaining project schedules
    • Manage deliverables, including routine status updates and final delivery to the customer
    • Team player who can work cross-functionally with finance, operations, PMs, and BD teams 
    • Assist with proposal generation by providing budgetary estimates for new project scope
    • Lead formal testing efforts by generating test plans, identifying resources needed
    • Coordinate test execution with subcontractors and customers
    • Travel to support customer meetings and testing approximately 25% of the time


    • Bachelor of Science degree in engineering or related field
    • 5 years of experience, specifically in technical project management and/or systems engineering
    • Expertise with software development tools, specifically Jira
    • Extremely organized and detail-oriented
    • Excellent communication skills
    • Ability to obtain and maintain a U.S. Secret Security Clearance

Nice to Have:

    • Current U.S. Security Clearance
    • Experience with aviation integration projects
    • Experience leading software development projects
    • Experience with US DoD airworthiness process
    • Experience leading DoD aircraft testing 

Merlin Labs offers an innovative, entrepreneurial, and team-focused startup environment. We also offer a top-notch benefits package (health, dental, life, unlimited vacation, and 401k with match) and work/life integration. Being part of the Merlin team allows you to become part of a small team that supports professional development while working together to achieve our mission.

Merlin Labs is an equal opportunity employer and values diversity. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, sex, gender, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status or disability status. All job offers are contingent upon the candidate passing background, export control and reference checks. 

Merlin Labs does not accept unsolicited resumes from any source other than directly from candidates.