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Sr Program Planning & Control - Program Planner



Seattle, WA, 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!

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 execute cost and/or schedule management 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.

You will be responsible for driving the creation of integrated cost and schedule baselines in Primavera P6 and Deltek Cobra, which will be used to execute our projects. This will require exceptional communication and organizational skills as you solicit inputs on requirements and dependencies across the organization. Establishing these plans will involve development of Work Breakdowns Structures, Integrated Master Schedules and the formation of control account and IPT level budgets. This position will drive execution to these plans by coordinating status updates and regular cost and schedule forecast updates. You will use data from these inputs to generate actionable metrics, key performance indictors and reporting used to inform program leadership and influence future plan updates. This position requires you to implement effective change management to account for approved scope changes, as well as actively managing updates to the program estimate to completes (ETC) and Estimate at Complete (EACs). This will require being exceptionally detail oriented and proactive in analyzing data and variances to help inform future performance on our projects. As part of the PP&C functional team, you will also support (or lead!) company-level initiatives aimed at driving consistency in schedule and cost processes and tools across business units to drive operational maturity. Reporting to the PMO Lead of your program and utilizing your strong background in analysis, exemplary communication, and high attention to detail and accuracy, you will work to increase the speed and efficiency of our programs by supporting the timely delivery, quality and transparency of schedule and cost data to support program stakeholders.

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!


  • Undergraduate degree in business, finance, engineering, project management or other highly analytical field
  • 5+ years of program finance/business analytics experience or program scheduling support for government or EVMS-required programs (customer or internally funded)
  • Broad/deep scheduling and/or cost controls skillset
    • Proficiency with resource-loaded schedules using Primavera (P6), Open Plan, MS Project, or other software
    • Control account management including budget baselining, reforecasting, variance analysis, and managing EACs, ideally through EVMS
  • Experience with large project data sets, project planning efforts, and integrating program cost and schedules
  • Ability to earn trust, maintain positive and professional relationships, and contribute to a culture of inclusion
  • 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 establishing new programs
  • Proven record of hands-on development and implementation of company-wide process improvements
  • IPMR Customer Deliverables on EVM-required contracts
  • P6, Deltek, COBRA, Empower, or other cost/schedule integration and analysis tool experience
  • Successful support of programs through DCMA/DCAA, joint site surveillance, or other government audits
  • Proposal support including pricing for bids requiring certified pricing
  • MBA, or Project Management certification (PMP/Certified Project Manager)

Compensation range for on site WA applicants is $134,608-$188,451

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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