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Sr. Formulation Systems Definition and Modeling - Formulation



Multiple locations
Posted on Thursday, June 27, 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 position is part of the Space Systems Development (SSD) business unit. SSD develops next-generation concepts and systems to advance our future of living and working in space sustainably.

We are a diverse team of collaborators, doers, and problem-solvers who are committed to a culture of safety. This position directly impacts the history of space exploration and requires a commitment and detailed attention toward 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.

This position is part of the Systems Formulation Team within the Space Systems Development (SSD) business unit. Systems Formulation provides architecture and system definition and modeling, concept exploration, and mission design expertise to the broader Core Formulation Team: a multidisciplinary group of systems thinkers capable of versatile analysis with an emphasis on speed, technical credibility, adaptability, and contextual analysis. The team operates in a fast-paced agile process to sequentially nurture ideas and formulate early concepts into next-generation technologies, systems, and programs to advance our future of living and working in space sustainably. We are looking for someone to apply their technical expertise, leadership skills, and commitment to positively support our Blue Horizon vision. Passion for our mission and vision is required!


  • Build and exercise tools to provide rapid definition, analysis, and evaluation of architecture and system concepts, trade studies, and technical roadmaps
  • Develop concept of operations, requirements, and functional architecture definition.
  • Define configuration and sizing for a diverse range of system applications; including block diagrams, interface documents, mass & power equipment lists, etc.
  • Move ideas through the Idea Pipeline: supporting idea assessment, Heilmeier development, sprint planning, and study execution.
  • Mentor and cross-train team members to help develop a ‘deep bench’ of technical talent and foster career progression.
  • Perform technical work and provide technical leadership of the highest caliber
  • Embody, promote, and coach the Blue Origin leadership principles
  • Identify and fix gaps in existing processes, tools, infrastructure, and continually improve solutions along the way.
  • Utilization of collaboration tools such as (but not limited to) JIRA, Confluence, and SharePoint.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • B.S. in Aerospace Engineering or related engineering field.
  • 8+ years relevant industry Systems Engineering experience
  • In-depth working domain knowledge in one or more traditional aerospace subsystems
  • Experience conducting trade studies that successfully balance performance margins, resource use, risk, cost, and schedule.
  • Experience working multidisciplinary development projects, including managing requirements, priorities, scope, schedule, and cost.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of cross-disciplinary engineering teams on rapid development programs
  • Adaptability and willingness to quickly shift between projects
  • Exhibit excellent judgement and be comfortable making high-quality and high-velocity decisions.
  • Ability to earn trust, maintain positive and professional relationships, and contribute to a culture of inclusion.
  • Highly organized team player with excellent technical communication skills (written and verbal)
  • 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.

Desired Qualifications:

  • M.S. or PhD degree in Aerospace Engineering, or related technical field.
  • 3+ years experience working in a fast-paced concept development environment
  • Experience in full life-cycle development of spacecraft and/or space-flight systems
  • Experience with collaboration tools such as Confluence and JIRA.

Compensation range for on site CO applicants is $134,838-$188,773

Compensation range for on site WA applicants is $146,645-$205,302

Compensation range for on site CA applicants is $146,645-$205,302

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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