👷 Senior Chief Engineer - Liquid Rocket Engines

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As part of a dedicated and accomplished Chief Engineering team, you will provide independent oversight to the development of a high performing upper stage engine. You will ensure overall technical compliance throughout the development and operational lifecycles of this liquid oxygen and hydrogen expander cycle engine. The position reports to the Engines Chief Engineer Lead and requires strong engineering and collaboration skills. You will implement optimal solutions that support the imposed requirements and architecture. This position operates in a fast-paced, challenging environment, requiring you to demonstrate personal leadership, technical judgement and competence. It also requires a passion for the highest technical standards while partnering with the business unit and engineering leadership to achieve program goals. This position will directly impact the history of space exploration and will require your dedication towards safe and reliable spaceflight.


  • Act as the independent technical authority for the engine, providing Chief Engineer assessments of requirements, design, risks, budget, and schedule with the Program Manager.
  • Own the technical baseline for the engine.
  • Identify gaps between requirements, design, manufacturing, operations and facility solutions and work with project teams on practical solutions across the lifecycle.
  • Assess and disposition aggregate technical risks across a product / program.
  • Assess and approve technical completion and compliance at major program and element technical reviews.
  • Provide engineering leadership and mentoring to coordinate design, analysis, and systems engineering processes throughout development, verification, delivery and operation.
  • Provide independent review of corrective actions for major failures at the program/product level and work with functional managers in addressing systemic issues.
  • Facilitate technical trades and advise teams on solutions for flight and ground architectures.
  • Collaborate with program and company leadership to define and assess technology roadmap alignment with program and product needs and industry developments.
  • Collaborate with other members of the Engineering support organization to assess and enforce engineering process health and compliance with standards and best practices for product / program.
  • Represent the Company and project with key customers and stakeholders.
  • Coordinate with other Chief Engineers to guide Chief Engineer activities internally and across multi-element and partner teams to solve complex problems.


  • Passion for our mission: Millions of people living and working in space!
  • B.S. in an engineering-related field, with 20+ years of design, development or analysis experience.
  • Experience in full lifecycle development of high performing, high thrust liquid rocket engines, including many aspects of system design, analysis, and test, requirement and verification definition, software implementation and verification, system integration, qualification, operations and commissioning.
  • Highly organized team player with excellent technical written and verbal communication skills.
  • Demonstrated track record of personal integrity, strong technical judgement and bias for action from their previous assignments.
  • Demonstrated ability to operate with cohesive and effective teams and drive decision making within those teams.
  • Experience with development in mission and safety-critical environments.
  • Leadership experience in an aerospace development environment.

ITAR Requirements

To conform to U.S. Government commercial space technology export regulations, including the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR), 8 U.S.C. § 1324b(a)(3), applicants for employment at Blue Origin must be a U.S. citizen or national, lawfully admitted for permanent residence into the U.S. (i.e. current green card holder), or lawfully admitted as a refugee or granted asylum under 8 U.S.C. §  1157-1158.   Learn more about the ITAR here

Equal Employment Opportunity

Blue Origin is proud to be an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and is committed to attracting, retaining, and developing a highly qualified, diverse, and dedicated work force. Blue Origin hires and promotes people on the basis of their qualifications, performance, and abilities. We support the establishment and maintenance of a workplace that fosters trust, equality, and teamwork, in which all employees recognize and appreciate the diversity of individual team members. We provide all qualified applicants for employment and employees with equal opportunities for hire, promotion, and other terms and conditions of employment, regardless of their race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin/ethnicity, age, physical or mental disability, genetic factors, military/veteran status, or any other status or characteristic protected by federal, state, and/or local law. Blue Origin will consider for employment qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with applicable federal, state, and local laws. For more information on “EEO Is the Law,” please see here and here.

Blue Origin will consider for employment qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with the Washington Fair Chance Act, Los Angeles Fair Chance in Hiring Ordinance, and other applicable laws.

Affirmative Action and Disability Accommodation

Applicants wishing to receive information on Blue Origin’s Affirmative Action Plans, or applicants requiring a reasonable accommodation in order to participate in the application and/or interview process, please contact us at EEOCompliance@blueorigin.com.


Employee Benefits include: Medical, dental, vision, basic and supplemental life insurance, short and long-term disability and 401(k) with up to 4% company match.

Paid Time Off:  Provides up to 4 weeks per year, in addition to 11 holidays

Blue Origin

Blue Origin

United States, Kent, WA

Posted 14d ago