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Program Planning & Controls - Program Planner III



Multiple locations
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 hardworking team of diverse specialists and accomplished experts in Program Planning & Controls (PP&C), you will develop and maintain program plans for various spaceflight systems. Partnered with Blue’s Program Managers and Integrated Product Teams (IPTs), there are multiple facets to your support of our spaceflight systems. We are seeking a proactive, service-oriented individual with excellent oral, written and interpersonal skills that can thrive in a fast-paced environment.

You will be responsible for leading and overseeing the creation and maintenance the Integrated Master Schedule, as well as the integration of subordinate schedules to develop a comprehensive data set. Coordinating with technical leadership across Blue you will drive the resource loading of our program plans, and analyzer and optimize the schedule to achieve required milestones. Effective baseline change control will be crucial to tracking performance and conducting effective critical path and variance analysis of Blue’s dynamic programs.

On a regular basis you will lead status reviews of the schedule, gathering inputs from multiple stakeholder and data sources to facilitate progress inputs, forecast updates, and schedule metrics that you will communicate to program leadership. Performing “what-if” scenario planning and schedule risks assessments will be regular activities in order to communicate issues to program leadership and to provide mitigation recommendations.

You will also support the maturing of the PP&C organization by analyzing scheduling procedures and introducing improvements and revised procedures, mentoring, and developing other program planners to achieve our high scheduling standards. You will also be instrumental in driving organizational and cultural utilization of PP&C scheduling artifacts through all levels of the program team. Partnered closely with the Program Cost Analysts, you will also maintain integrated cost and schedule plans that will facilitate program budgeting and cost analysis.

Reporting to the PP&C leader of one of our four business units, this role will be integral in leading and supporting the development of robust programs plans. You will work to increase the speed and efficiency of the programs by supporting the timely delivery, quality and transparency of program performance data and schedules to support the company’s business decisions.

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!


  • Minimum of a Bachelor’s degree in Finance, Business, Project Management, or Engineering
  • Experience with integrated master schedules with resource loading using Primavera (P6), Open Plan, MS Project, or other software
  • Experience and comfort with working in ambiguous environments and situations
  • Experience establishing new programs and performing complete overhauls/replans of existing programs
  • Attention to detail and high level of accuracy
  • 10+ years of experience in program scheduling/planning and controls
  • Robust understanding of scheduling best practices and experience implementing and adapting best practices in a variety of business environments
  • Demonstrated success mentoring and developing lesser experienced planners and program teams
  • Strong computer skills (MS Excel, MS Project, MS Visio)
  • Strong communication skills in technical work environments
  • 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.


  • Expert user of Primavera P6
  • Experience establishing new program schedules
  • Experience in aerospace research and development and manufacturing environments
  • IPMR Customer Deliverables on EVM-required contracts
  • Experience with Deltek Cobra, Empower, or other cost/schedule integration and analysis tools
  • Experience in Program Finance roles and/or implementing Earned Value Management
  • Successful support of programs through DCMA/DCAA, joint site surveillance, or other government audits.
  • Experience in one or more of the following areas: Budgeting, cost analysis, and financial reporting
  • Proposal support including translation of estimates into IMSs upon award
  • MBA, or Project Management certification (PMP/Certified Project Manager)

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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