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Manager - Testing & Inspection



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 the Vacuum Engine Experiment (VEEx) Test Engineering manager of a hardworking and accomplished team of rocket engine test engineers, you will set technical direction, build team members to support current and future program needs, be responsible for employee life cycle including hiring, performance management, training and providing tools for career development. You will help to improve technical processes, best practices, and tool development around focused areas of test planning, execution, and development cycles.

In addition to the personnel manager responsibilities, you will provide direct technical support to multiple programs as an individual contributor (40% manager, 60% individual contributor). You will support testing, review test data, support Data Reviews and Test Readiness Reviews, support anomaly investigations and root cause analysis to drive corrective actions and hardware improvements.

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 B.S. degree in mechanical or aerospace engineering
  • 2+ years of experience in liquid rocket engine testing, requirements, and specification
  • Proven track record leading teams
  • Experience overseeing, guiding, and mentoring fellow engineers
  • Desire to work in a cooperative, fast paced, and dynamic environment
  • Manage personnel at the VEEx test stand to include recruiting, training, coaching, mentoring, developing, and retaining talent at VEEx 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
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Understanding of engines components such as turbopumps, combustion chambers, injectors, regulators, check valves, as well as electric, pneumatic and hydraulic valves, actuators and other fluid system components
  • Ability to be self-directed and balance several tasks at one time
  • Ability to earn trust, maintain positive and professional relationships, and contribute to a culture of inclusion
  • 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
  • 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


  • M.S. degree or higher
  • 5+ years of experience
  • Familiarity with rocket engine system operations, verification process and risk management
  • Experience with anomaly investigations
  • Knowledge of systems engineering practices
  • Experience in project planning and successful execution of projects to cost and schedule targets
  • Knowledge of instrumentation including pressure transducers, thermocouples and accelerometers
  • Understanding of a variety of rocket propellants including cryogenic propellants

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.

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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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