👷 Senior Manager - Rocket Engine Production Engineering


Blue Origin is committed to a vision of millions of people living and working in space to benefit Earth.  Enabling this future requires development of reusable launch vehicles, rocket engines and in space systems that are safe, low cost and that serve the needs of all civil, commercial and defense customers.  Come join our team at our state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Huntsville, AL developing multiple reusable rocket engine families that will power the next generation of rockets for commercial, civil, national security & human spaceflight!

The Production Engineering Senior Manager will lead an engineering team that act as the key technical interface between the production value stream and the design engineering teams for the Engines Business Unit.  The leader will also champion efforts to identify, develop and deploy design for manufacturing methodologies to improve quality, reduce cost, improve producibility & optimize the production system.    

Additionally, the Senior Manager will be expected to coach, mentor, and develop their teams to enable success and at times may have to negotiate between multiple/conflicting interests to optimize the organization and meet multiple customer needs.  This leader will strategically ensure technical resources are effectively deployed across multiple programs, guide design for manufacturability & affordability efforts and support development activities for Production Engineering.  They will also be expected to support emergent factory/production support issues across multiple product lines which will include root cause corrective action and associated corrective action implementation support as required.  Technical leadership will be required as a non-advocate Subject Matter Expert ensuring product excellence through program gated reviews and as part of failure/after action investigations.

The successful candidate will apply their technical expertise, leadership skills, strategic acumen, and commitment to quality to positively impact the organization and Blue Engines Business Unit to positively impact human spaceflight.  Passion for our mission and vision is required!  

Qualifications :

  • BS or MS degree in engineering or equivalent technical field
  • 10+ years proven experience in design, manufacturing, systems integration and/or test experience
  • Passion for our mission and vision!
  • Experience with development, design, quality, manufacturing, and production engineering
  • Experience with first-of-a-kind systems, complex aerospace/launch vehicle development and/or other low-rate complex design & production systems
  • Experience with MRB processes and dispositions
  • Strong strategic, personnel, planning, and project management skills.
  • Highly organized collaborator with excellent technical communication skills (written and verbal) with exceptional interpersonal skills that foster positive professional relationships and a successful track record of working in cross-discipline teams. 
  • Experience managing or leading an engineering team
  • Ability to operate, make decisions, lead, and make forward progress in fast-paced, ambiguous environments.
  • Ability to effectively team and communicate at all levels of the organization.
  • Demonstrated ability to work cross-functionally within a geographically-dispersed organization.
  • Ability to effectively work across multiple teams, earn trust, maintain positive and professional relationships, and contribute to a culture of inclusion.
  • Must be a U.S. citizen or national, U.S. permanent resident (current Green Card holder), or lawfully admitted into the U. S. as a refugee or granted asylum

Desired :

  • Understanding of development product lifecycle management and associated gated/maturity reviews (SRR, PDR, CDR; TRL/MRL, etc)
  • Proficiency in business and engineering software (MS Office, Windchill, PLM, and similar).
  • Experience with Manufacturing Execution Systems / Software and processes. Previous experience with engineering change management and non-conformances.
  • ​Understanding of technical risk management and program mgmt best practices
  • Experience with complex aerospace manufacturing processes including machining, forming, castings, welding, brazing, additive manufacturing, high precision cleaning, non-destructive evaluation/testing and assembly of high precision components & tight tolerance assemblies
  • Knowledge of risk assessment tools such as Fault Tree Analysis (FTA) and Failure Mode, Effect & Criticality Analysis (FMECA)
  • Direct hands-on design & production experience with liaison and/or MRB experience in product development or low-rate initial production on Aerospace Vehicles and/or Engines

Export Control Regulations

Applicants for employment at Blue Origin must be a U.S. citizen or national, U.S. permanent resident (i.e. current Green Card holder), or lawfully admitted into the U.S. as a refugee or granted asylum.

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 5% company match.

Paid Time Off:  Provides up to 4 weeks per year, in addition to 14 holidays

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Blue Origin
United States, Huntsville, AL
Posted 5 months ago
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