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Blue Ring Spacecraft Chief Engineer



Multiple locations
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 and innovation. 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!

In this role, you will be accountable for the technical baseline across the development and operational lifecycle of for the Blue Ring family of spacecraft. The position is within the Engineering and Program Management (EPM) organization reporting to the Lead Chief Engineer for Space & Lunar Systems. You will collaborate with the Blue Ring engineering team to oversee design, development, and integration & test of the Blue Ring spacecraft. The selected candidate requires strong engineering and collaboration skills to ensure the successful delivery of Blue Ring to support our customers’ missions. This position requires 20+ years’ experience with advanced spacecraft design and development programs and must have strong experience supporting spacecraft integration & test in a fast-paced exciting environment. You will contribute to innovative solutions, while demonstrating personal leadership, technical judgement and competence, and a passion for the highest technical standards partnering with the business unit and engineering leadership to achieve program goals with acceptable risk.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

As the Blue Ring spacecraft Chief Engineer, you will be accountable for the technical integrity and technical baseline of the programs you support. You will act as the independent technical authority for the Blue Ring spacecraft, providing Chief Engineer assessments of requirements, design, risks, and schedule with the Program Managers and product owners. Identify gaps between requirements, design, manufacturing, operations, and facility solutions with project teams on practical solutions across the life cycle. Assess and disposition aggregate technical risks across programs and technology development projects. Assess and approve technical completion and compliance at major program and element technical reviews. Oversee successful production and delivery of Blue Ring spacecraft.

You will 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 road-map alignment product needs and industry developments. Collaborate with other members to assess and implement engineering process health and compliance with standards for the program. Represent the company and project with key customers and partners. Coordinate with other Chief Engineers to guide activities internally and across multi-element teams to tackle complex problems.

We are looking for someone to apply their technical expertise, leadership skills, and dedication to quality to support our customers’ critical missions. Passion for our mission and vision is required!

Minimum Qualifications

  • Minimum of a B.S. in an engineering-related field.
  • A minimum of 20 years of advanced spacecraft design, development, or analysis experience.
  • Proven experience as a Chief Engineer on spacecraft development programs.
  • Experience in full life-cycle development of spacecraft and / or satellite flight systems, including integration & test, launch and mission operations support.
  • Experience designing, deploying, and supporting multiple complete flight systems or systems of similar complexity.
  • 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.
  • Highly organized teammate with excellent technical written and verbal communication skills.
  • Proven track record to operate with cohesive and effective teams and drive rapid decision making within those teams.
  • Experience with development in mission and safety-critical environments.
  • Leadership experience in a space development environment.
  • Ability to travel and/or temporary duty in support of growing tempos of production and operations.
  • Ability to earn trust, maintain positive and professional relationships, and contribute to our inclusive culture.
  • 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.
  • Current TS//SCI security clearance eligibility

Preferred Qualifications

  • Previous experience with spacecraft product lines and multi-payload spacecraft is strongly preferred.
  • Experience with Design for manufacturing / cost

Compensation range for on site CO applicants is $227,058-$317,881

Compensation range for on site WA applicants is $231,425-$323,994

Compensation range for on site CA applicants is $231,425-$323,994

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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