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GEEx Test Engineering Manager



Software Engineering, Other Engineering, Quality Assurance
van horn, tx, usa
Posted on Thursday, June 6, 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.

As part of a small, passionate and accomplished team of experts, you will lead and manage a group of Test Engineers, Engine and Maintenance Technicians for various spaceflight systems. You will share in the team’s impact on all aspects of Engine Testing. This position will directly impact the history of space exploration and will require your dedicated commitment and detailed attention towards safe and repeatable spaceflight.

We are looking for someone to apply their technical expertise, leadership skills, and commitment to quality to positively impact safe human spaceflight. Passion for our mission and vision is required!

Management Responsibilities:

  • Manage personnel at Engine Testing Facilities to include recruiting, training, coaching, mentoring, developing, and retaining talent by following and developing performance management processes.

  • Promote teamwork, employee engagement, and good employee morale.

  • Be an exemplar of Blue Leadership Principles, focusing on demonstrating operational excellence.

  • Maintain employee training and development records.

  • Demonstrate high standards in test operations and work cooperatively with a diverse team of Integration Technicians, Responsible Engineers, Test and Flight Operations and Test and Launch Operations counterparts, Quality Specialists, and other stakeholders to ensure requirements are met.

  • Assist in the preparation of Program Monthly Review, Monthly Activity Report, Weekly Status, and Daily Progress Checks to help communicate inwards and outwards across the organization.

  • Determine strategic targets for GEEx, prepare strategic plans to ensure the targets are met, and leverage team skills and capabilities to implement and track progress against the plans.

  • Assist in capital, overhead, and labor budget planning and execution.

Engineering Responsibilities:

  • Design, plan, fabricate, install and operate rocket engine test facilities.

  • Design, define, procure and install system components and materials; manage vendors and subcontractors.

  • Develop and execute test plans and procedures; perform subsequent data reduction and reviews.

  • Lead daily test operations, operate test consoles, direct technician work and coordinate with internal customers

  • Understand and troubleshoot fluid and instrumentation systems.

  • Perform root cause analysis and failure investigations; lead implementation of corrective actions or continuous improvement projects

  • Perform system hazard analyses.

  • Plan and oversee facility maintenance.

  • Perform schedule and cost estimation and management.

  • Identify opportunities for safety improvements and cost savings.

  • Comply with and improve processes for test stand configuration management.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • BS degree in engineering and significant direct experience with testing or similar technical hands-on experience.

  • Five (5) or more years of experience in an operations environment in large industry or aerospace facilities.
  • Two (2) or more years of work experience and demonstrated leadership responsibilities leading projects and/or engineering teams.
  • Strong ability and desire to understand complex systems, investigate and solve challenging problems, and work in a dynamic environment.

  • Ability to work well under pressure and demonstrate initiative and follow through to improve existing systems, processes, and documentation.

  • Demonstrated technical expertise in high pressure gas, cryogenic fluid system design, or propulsion systems.

  • Understands hazardous operations and design for system safety

  • Ability to earn trust, maintain positive and professional relationships, and strengthen our 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.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Schedule: 5/2 rotation is preferred. If 9/5 - Manager is required to be available on-call / phone 7 days a week to support team issues, test operation conversations

  • Demonstrated technical expertise in test stand design, operations, and maintenance, and some or all of the following:

  • Pressurized gas systems

  • Cryogenics

  • Propulsion systems

  • Mechanical or electrical systems

  • Data acquisition systems or instrumentation and controls

  • Data or configuration management

  • Total quality management systems

  • Civil engineering or construction project management

  • Project management and familiarity with Primavera P6 or MS Project

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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