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Pressurized Docking System Manager



Multiple locations
Posted on Tuesday, June 4, 2024

At Blue Origin, we envision millions of people living and working in space for the benefit of Earth. We’re working to develop reusable, safe, and low-cost space vehicles and systems within a culture of safety, collaboration, and inclusion. Join our diverse team of problem solvers as we add new chapters to the history of spaceflight!

Lunar Permanence: This role is part of the Lunar Permanence business unit, which develops Blue Origin’s multiple Blue Moon lander product lines. To further Blue Origin's mission of having millions of people living and working in space, we are building sustainable infrastructure for our transport of crew and cargo from Earth to the lunar surface.

As the Pressurized Docking System Manager, you will be accountable for the technical performance, flight certification, and hardware delivery of all Pressurized Docking Systems for the Lunar Permanence portfolio of lunar lander vehicles.

You will be responsible for managing a diverse product team to perform spaceflight mechanism design, analysis, hardware manufacturing and procurement, instrumentation, testing, assembly, and product delivery to meet aggressive mass targets and schedule milestones within an acceptable risk posture. You will additionally be responsible for managing the career development, work performance, mentorship, and career and technical guidance for all members of your product team.

Special Mentions

  • Relocation provided

  • Occasional travel required

  • Interviews will include a technical assessment

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Responsible for directing a technical team to design, analyze, test, and deliver mass efficient mechanisms that meets mission objectives, satisfies requirements, and complies with intra-vehicle interfaces.

  • Recruit, hire, manage, and mentor a diverse, equitable, and inclusive team

  • Manage your direct reports’ professional development (e.g., hiring, performance reviews, compensation and promotion management, routine one-on-one development conversations) and coach them on performance.

  • Develop technical plans to meet deliverables on an aggressive schedule

  • Develop hardware verification and certification plans to develop safe and reliable hardware with sufficient documentation

  • Perform technical leadership and make data-informed executive decisions on mechanisms-related topics across the vehicle portfolio

  • Coordinate between vehicles to ensure consistent design and analysis practices are being utilized where feasible

  • Identify and execute key areas to perform hardware prototyping and testing to fail fast and early

  • Lead mechanisms hardware reviews

  • Utilize good engineering to ensure the most efficient and effective product is designed, manufactured, procured, tested, qualified, and delivered

  • Embody, promote, and coach the Blue Origin leadership principles

Minimum Qualifications

  • B.S. in Engineering (Mechanical, Aerospace, other) or equivalent

  • 4+ Experience in managing flight hardware products from cradle to grave

  • Experience in creating statements of work, hardware specifications, and managing subcontracts

  • Experience in fundamental, hand calculation structural analysis and finite element analysis techniques

  • Experience in metallic and carbon composite materials

  • Experience in mechanical system model creation

  • Experience in mechanical system design and design for manufacturability

  • Experience with electromechanical actuators, motors, and controllers

  • Experience in hardware testing and instrumentation

  • Experience in documentation, design, and analysis artifact configuration control

  • Experience leading multidisciplinary development projects, including managing requirements, priorities, scope, schedule, and cost

  • Ability to earn trust, maintain positive and professional relationships, and contribute to a culture of inclusion

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills

  • 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

Preferred Qualifications

  • B.S. in Engineering (Mechanical, Aerospace, other) or equivalent

  • Experience in Docking Systems design

Compensation range for on site WA applicants is $136,620-$191,268

Compensation range for on site CO applicants is $125,235-$175,329

Other site ranges may differ

Applications will be accepted on an ongoing basis until the requisition is closed.

Inclusivity Statement

Don’t meet all desired requirements? Studies have shown that some people are less likely to apply to jobs unless they meet every single desired qualification. At Blue Origin, we are dedicated to building a diverse, inclusive, and authentic workplace, so if you’re excited about this role but your past experience doesn’t align perfectly with every desired qualification in the job description, we encourage you to apply anyway. You may be just the right candidate for this or other roles.

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.


Benefits include: Medical, dental, vision, basic and supplemental life insurance, paid parental leave, short and long-term disability, 401(k) with a company match of up to 5%, and an Education Support Program.

Paid Time Off: Up to four (4) weeks per year based on weekly scheduled hours, and up to 14 company-paid holidays.

Discretionary bonus: Bonuses are designed to reward individual contributions as well as allow employees to share in company results.

Eligibility for benefits varies by role type, please check with your recruiter for a comprehensive list of the benefits available for this role.

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, including the Washington Fair Chance Act, the California Fair Chance Act, the Los Angeles Fair Chance in Hiring Ordinance, and other applicable laws. For more information on “EEO Is the Law,” please see here.

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