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Continuous Improvement Engineer III



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!

This role is part of the Safety, Quality, and Mission Assurance team. This team is focused on monitoring and assessing processes that guide Blue Origin’s design, manufacturing, and operations, ensuring system safety engineering, environmental health, and safety, product integrity, and continuous improvement processes.

As part of a small, passionate, and accomplished team of experts, you will be responsible for continuous improvement of business and operational processes for various spaceflight tools, processes, and systems. You will share in the team’s impact on all aspects of Continuous Improvement. As a team, we will help build a Lean culture, improving processes and process development within a workplace culture that emphasizes accountability, discipline, and attention to detail at all levels. You must have a passion for solving complex problems and providing operable solutions; act with minimal direction and on your own initiative; and be adaptable as you will work on a variety of applications and systems. We are looking for an individual that can help teams resolve and implement innovative process improvement initiatives that will support rocket production and development. You will report to the Blue Origin Director of Continuous Improvement. 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 a team of collaborators, doers, and problem-solvers relentlessly committed to building a culture of improvement. We are passionate about Continuous Improvement, guiding and coaching others. We continuously seek out opportunities to learn and improve. You must have a passion for building a continuous improvement culture and solving sophisticated problems and providing operable solutions and be capable of acting with minimal direction on your initiative. We are looking for a hands-on, highly collaborative, and energetic individual that always welcomes a challenge. Are you are motivated to get the job done while maintaining the high standards required for safe human spaceflight? Do you have appreciation for collaborators, users, and process owners? Do you show grit in the face of large challenges, and can you prioritize work to also get the little stuff done? If this sounds like you, we look forward to hearing from you…

Van Horn Specific information:

Being at the heart of Blue Origin operations, the West Texas Site in Van Horn, TX offers eligible employee’s additional attractive financial incentives to supplement their competitive base earnings, including a living allowance and relocation assistance. Eligibility for these additional benefits is based on the employee’s ability to permanently relocate to Van Horn, TX, or travel to Van Horn from another Blue location a minimum of 50% of the time.


  • Act as a leader to facilitate positive change in a problem solving and Continuous Improvement culture on site and in related areas of the company
  • Proactively initiate and Lead teams through the identification of improvement opportunities and coordinate/lead improvement teams with a core focus on elimination of non-value added activities to help develop the lean culture.
  • Apply lean tools to implement the continuous improvement vision across the organization with a focus on reduction of waste, elimination of hand offs and reduction in process cycle time resulting in multi-functional transformation which delivers consistent, year-over-year results
  • Support multi-functional teams in building problem solving capabilities and leading kaizen events to ensure all operations perform in a consistent and best-in-class manner
  • Facilitate and lead activities such as Value Stream Mapping (VSM), Problem Solving, 5S, Kaizen and SMED events to support production, quality, and product development initiatives.


  • Minimum of a B.S. in Engineering or Science
  • 7 years of industry experience in an engineering or production field with at least 5 years process improvement experience in a manufacturing environment
  • Experience developing training, and teaching Continuous Improvement tools and methodologies
  • Previously held full-time Continuous Improvement or Industrial Engineering role
  • Experience leading Continuous Improvement projects and kaizens
  • Lean Six Sigma Black Belt, or comparable certification
  • <10% travel; ability to travel to other Blue Origin locations to support cross-site initiatives.
  • Demonstrated track record of resourcefulness and success from previous assignments and working with interdisciplinary and cross-functional teams.
  • 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.


  • Experience with low volume sophisticated manufacturing systems
  • Self-starter, who can lead numerous projects/Kaizens while working across business unit and functional organizations
  • Familiarity with AS9100 or ISO9000 Quality Management System and/or related quality systems and programs

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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