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Launch Vehicle Technical Project Manager III (New Shepard Propulsion Module)

Blue Origin
life insurance, parental leave, paid time off, paid holidays, 401(k)
United States, Washington, Seattle
April 08, 2024

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 dedication 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 engineers and technicians, you will serve as the hardware owner and manager of a commercially operating, suborbital reusable launch vehicle. This position will report to the Maintenance Senior Manager within New Shepard Operations and Maintenance team. You will share in the team's impact on all aspects of suborbital human spaceflight and scientific payload research. Demonstrating your ability to coordinate and complete sophisticated technical projects, you will orchestrate the refurbishment, upgrade, and pre-launch preparations of a New Shepard Booster, culminating in your Go/No-Go recommendation to the Flight Director at the Flight Readiness Review prior to launch.

Starting with a freshly-returned launch vehicle from spaceflight, you will develop the schedule, coordinate assets, and directly manage the execution of post-flight vehicle health checks, to generate and be responsible for the master list of all non-conformances across the vehicle. After triaging all new issues, and folding in desired fleet upgrades and known preventive maintenance, you will iterate upon and publish the detailed plan to achieve flight-readiness of your launch vehicle by the desired launch date. Working closely with dozens of technicians and engineers, you will own and implement the plan, reacting swiftly to emergent issues and presenting to collaborators/Blue Leadership. You'll own several maintenance-related Master Launch Procedures and work with the engineering and maintenance teams to author work instructions to complete complex work.

This job is based in Kent, WA, with regular (up to 35%) travel to the launch site in Van Horn, Texas.

We are looking for someone to apply their technical expertise, leadership skills, and dedication to quality to positively impact safe human spaceflight. Passion for our mission and vision is required!

Qualifications:
  • 4+ years of demonstrated technical expertise in the operation or maintenance of aerospace, marine, automotive, or ground support systems in one or more of the following subject areas: propulsion, pneumatics, cryogenics, avionics, hydraulics, life support, test engineering, launch operations
  • B.S. degree in engineering or another technical field
  • Outstanding technical communication abilities, both written and verbal, to wide audiences of varying backgrounds
  • Unwavering dedication to "doing every job right", no matter how small
  • Strong planning, organization, and coordination skills in a real-time operations environment
  • Ability to solve multiple subsystems while maintaining situational awareness of the integrated system impacts
  • Track record of working optimally in multiple subject areas, and leading a diverse multi-disciplinary team.
  • Ability to support occasional off shift work schedules during launch campaigns
  • Ability to earn trust, maintain positive and professional relationships, and con
  • tribute to our inclusive culture.
  • 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:
  • 5+ years of demonstrated technical expertise in the operation or maintenance of aerospace, marine, automotive, or ground support systems in one or more of the following subject areas: propulsion, pneumatics, cryogenics, avionics, hydraulics, life support, test engineering, launch operations
  • Experience operating or maintaining crewed (human-occupied) vehicles in aerospace, land, or marine environments
  • Experience developing, writing and updating operating procedures
  • PMP certification

Don't meet every single requirement? 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 qualification in the job description, we encourage you to apply anyway. You may be just the right candidate for this or other roles.

Compensation range for on site WA applicants:

Technical Manager - Vehicles II is $97,740 - $143,352

Technical Manager - Vehicles III is $123,480 - $181,104

Technical Manager - Vehicles IV is $153,370 - $224,943

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.

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. For more information on "EEO Is the Law," please see here and here.

Blue Origin will consider for employment qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with the Washington Fair Chance Act, Los Angeles Fair Chance in Hiring Ordinance, and other applicable laws.

Affirmative Action and Disability Accommodation

Applicants wishing to receive information on Blue Origin's Affirmative Action Plans, or applicants requiring a reasonable accommodation in order to participate in the application and/or interview process, please contact us at .

Benefits

Employee Benefits include: Medical, dental, vision, basic and supplemental life insurance, paid parental leave (must be employed at time of birth or adoption), short and long-term disability, 401(k) with a company match of up to 5%, and an Education Support Program available after 1 year of service.

Paid Time Off: Up to four (4) weeks per year based on weekly scheduled hours, and up to 14 company-paid holidays for all regular employees (including part-time), fixed-term, and interns.

Discretionary bonus: Employees may be eligible for discretionary bonuses in addition to base pay. Bonuses are designed to reward individual contributions as well as allow employees to share in company results.

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