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Manufacturing Engineering Manager -New Glenn



Software Engineering, Other Engineering
Florida, USA
Posted on Tuesday, July 9, 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!

New Glenn: This role supports the development and operations of New Glenn, a single-configuration, heavy-lift orbital launch vehicle capable of routinely carrying people and payloads to low-Earth orbit, geostationary transfer orbit, cislunar, and beyond. Its first stage is fully reusable, and the vehicle was designed from the beginning to be human-capable.

As part of a hardworking team of diverse specialists, technicians, and engineers (use as appropriate), you will be responsible for the people, processes, and tools that build our vehicles. The position will lead, mentor, and influence a team of manufacturing engineers and planners who are developing and supporting the electrical design, manufacturing, and testing for the New Glenn rocket assembly and integration processes. This position collaborates the Senior Manager of GS1 Integration to implement consistent, and reliable department fundamentals and processes. Responsibilities in this role include leading efforts to identify, develop, and deploy methodologies that improve operational excellence through quality, cost, design, and process. Our managers act as a negotiator between multiple and sometimes conflicting interests with the goal of organizational optimization.

On our team, we are adaptable, trustworthy, persistent, professional, collaborative, and creative. If you share our passion and vision, thrive in a dynamic startup environment, continuously seek opportunities to learn and improve, excel in multi-functional team environments, and are ready to make an impact, then we would love to hear from you!

Passion for our mission is a must! Blue Origin leaders work hard to build team culture; develop department goals; manage team growth; and further career paths, responsibilities, and accountability for each team member.

Special Mentions

  • Relocation provided
  • Travel expected up to 10% of the time
  • This role requires an on-site / in-person presence:

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Coordinate and balance daily execution of priorities and schedule across teams supporting various products in accordance with Blue Origin’s documented policies and procedures
  • Closely coordinate between program, project, and production managers to meet development and production objectives for launch vehicles
  • Ensure adequate resources of properly trained and qualified personnel are available
  • Champion and promote a safety and compliance culture
  • Perform root cause analyses and participate and support production system self-audits and corrective actions, as required
  • Maintain operational engagement and empower team members to ensure that hardware is manufactured, processed, packaged, and delivered error free, on time, and on budget
  • Assist with authoring, reviewing and approval of procedural manuals and processes
  • Actively coach, guide, and enable employees through participation in annual, mid-year reviews and calibration sessions

Minimum Qualifications

  • BS degree in engineering or equivalent technical field with 5+ years of engineering leadership experience
  • 10 years of direct manufacturing or manufacturing engineering experience
  • Practical experience with avionics, structures, and powerplant/engines avionics and hardware systems. (marine, commercial aircraft, military aircraft, or space vehicle)
  • Experience managing, coaching, and developing a hard-working teams to meet established objectives while delivering results and continuous improvement opportunities.
  • Ability to perform, make decisions, lead, and make forward progress in ambiguous environments
  • Strong safety record and attitude, including hands-on experience planning and conducting hazardous or critical operations and tests
  • Strong personnel, scheduling, planning, and project management skills
  • Ability to earn trust, maintain positive and professional relationships, and contribute to a culture of inclusion, Including mentoring direct reports.
  • Work off-shift, extended hours, and weekends when required
  • Perform other duties as assigned or otherwise beneficial to fulfilling the mission and vision
  • Must be able to gain U.S. Space force DBIDS access credentials
  • 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

  • Familiarity with FAA CFR’s, industry methodologies, OSHA requirements
  • Experience developing, writing, and updating operating procedures
  • Six Sigma, Lean Six Sigma, MSG-3, 5-S, FMEA, PRA, and lean process awareness
  • Certification and/or training in various human factor / human performance skills
  • Experience in new, startup, or ambiguous operational environments
  • Proficiency in business and engineering software (i.e. MSOffice, Windchill, PLM, etc)
  • Experience with critical operations where real-time decision-making affects success
  • Exceptional organizational and analytical skills and a proven track record driving sophisticated projects with minimal guidance

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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