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SLD Lead Fluids and Propulsion Systems Engineer - Lunar Transportation



Software Engineering
Seattle, WA, USA
Posted on Wednesday, June 5, 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!

We are a diverse team of collaborators, doers, and problem-solvers who are relentlessly committed to a culture of safety. This position will directly impact the history of space exploration and will require your commitment and detailed attention towards safe and repeatable space flight. Join us in lowering the cost of access to space and enabling Blue Origin’s vision of millions of people living and working in space to benefit Earth.

We are seeking someone to apply their systems engineering, fluids and propulsion expertise, natural leadership and organizational skills, and commitment to quality to positively impact the bold missions at Blue Origin. Passion for our mission and vision is required!

You will work directly with NASA and our National Team Partners as part of the Human Landing System (HLS) Sustaining Lunar Development (SLD) program. You will play a key role in developing the Lunar Transportation system that will return humans to the Moon and extend human presence permanently beyond the bounds of Earth.


  • End-to-End ownership of the Fluids and Propulsion design and verification requirements

  • Integrate between fluids propulsion subsystem and overall system level vehicle design, analysis, software, operations

  • Understand and manage key Technical Performance Metrics for the system

  • Support the development and execution of component and subsystem tests

  • Coordinate plan for verification test and analysis

  • Spearhead the organization and preparation efforts for gate reviews

  • Ensure timely updates and communication of system level architecture diagrams, schematics

  • Creatively guide the team to balance the objectives of high velocity development program while meeting the intent of standard system engineering processes

  • Tackle the diverse range fluids propulsion design engineer tasks like leading trade studies, component design/integration, 1st order analysis, test support and supplier interface as the opportunity arise

  • Mentor and educate junior Blue Origin employees on systems engineering processes and methods.


  • Passion for our mission: Millions of people living and working in space!

  • Minimum of a B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering, Aerospace Engineering, or similar

  • Experience working on rapid development teams

  • Understanding and passion for Systems Engineering principles and practices such as requirements definition, requirements traceability, functional decomposition, verification and validation, creating and managing interface control document (ICD), configuration management, and systems engineering management plan (SEMP)

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills

  • Ability to 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.

  • Participate, as needed, in technical and programmatic customer interactions that require your expertise

  • Work inter-dependently with other project members to drive progress at the program level


  • M.S. in Aerospace Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, or related technical subject area

  • 8+ years of experience in fluids design/space propulsion/cryogenic systems experience or a relevant and fungible experience

  • Experience with requirements development/management tools such as DOORS Next Gen

  • Experience with systems engineering modeling tools, such as Rhapsody or Cameo.

  • General knowledge of overall systems engineering process

  • Experience with owning entry/exit criteria of NASA technical review

Compensation range for on site WA applicants is $146,645-$205,302

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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