New Shepard Supervisor 2nd shift (R37287)

Seattle, WA, United States


Full Time

22 days ago

Job description

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 Blue Origin Operations, which is comprised of Integrated Supply Chain, Facilities, and Security. This includes Manufacturing and Supply Chain support across all Blue Origin facilities.

As part of a hardworking team of diverse specialists, technicians, and engineers, you will Supervise the production operations team overseeing all functions of planning, scheduling, demands, assembly, and operations. Implements strategies meant to improve the organization's financial performance and competitive positioning through continuous improvement of production-related processes. Identifies manufacturing processes or procedures that could benefit from process improvement or efficiency optimization, and approves the implementation of changes.

As part of a small, passionate, and accomplished team of experts, you should have an excellent technical understanding of complex assemblies and production environments building human-rated vehicles. This role will involve the management of technicians and specialists on the production floor specializing in sub-orbital human and payload launch vehicles supporting the New Shepard program.

Special Mentions 

  • Relocation provided
  • Travel expected up to 0-25 % of the time as needed
  • Shifts available: B-Shift 4 10 hour days Swing shift 
  • Interviews will include a technical assessment

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Coordinate and steer the collective efforts of Crew Capsule integration and production technicians.
  • Enforce area standards and operational rules (includes annual reviews, regular mentoring, and disciplinary action).
  • Interface with area leadership from around the factory and prioritize work based on production schedule and organizational goals.
  • Schedule risk identification and mitigation.
  • Coordinate support organization efforts to minimize production interruptions.
  • Ensure product quality and conformance to specifications.
  • Improve area safety and efficiency through regular auditing and continuous improvement.
  • Establish and analyze area metrics for trend extrapolation to drive the following:
    • Personnel training and development.
    • Development and implementation of efficiency improvement projects.
    • Optimization of product flow through the factory.
    • Root cause analysis and the implementation of corresponding corrective action plans.
    • Identification and elimination of defects within the area value stream.
    • Reduction of downtime for product and personnel.
  • Lead efforts to transition product from engineering development to full-rate production.
  • Review drawings and technical data packages for manufacturability, and provide constructive feedback to the engineering/design community.
  • Participate in and lead daily production standup meetings as well as facilitate seamless transition between shifts.
  • Operate on an off-shift (Evenings) managing day to day activities with minimal oversight and support.


Minimum Qualifications:

  • 5 years experience in aerospace vehicle manufacturing environment.
  • Minimum of 3 years in a leadership position leading a team of 15+ people.
  • Lean manufacturing training and experience.
  • Experience monitoring, tracking and continually improving total cost equation.
  • Experience with applying lean manufacturing principles, and efficiency methods required.
  • Demonstrated ability to read and interpret controlled documentation and processes such as mechanical drawings, GD&T, assembly procedures/work instructions, schematics, engineering drawings, and parts lists.
  • Must be able to set a high hiring bar while evaluating and hiring top talent.
  • Familiarity with Design for Manufacturability, Kaizen, Lean Manufacturing, Six Sigma, and Failure Mode Effects Analysis.
  • Experience with composite fabrication, structure assembly, and/or avionic systems integration.
  • Experience preferred in a fast-paced production environment with flight-quality hardware.
  • Able to adapt to constantly changing work assignments and fast-paced work environments.
  • Proficient with computers, the ability to use MS Office, shop floor management software (ERP), and related programs.
  • Ability to earn trust, maintain positive and professional relationships, and contribute to a culture of inclusion.
  • A continuous improvement mindset. Our job is never complete; we are always optimizing.
  • Intense curiosity for understanding the details of our business and how to optimize it.
  • Exceptional organizational and analytical skills and a proven ability to drive complex projects with minimal oversight.
  • 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:

  • Minimum of a B.S. degree in aerospace, mechanical, industrial, or manufacturing engineering; or other major requiring engineering or manufacturing core courses.
  • 10+ years’ experience working on aerospace development programs or production lines in both leadership and hands-on roles; experience on commercial development programs a plus.
  • Green Belt or higher Six Sigma Certification.
  • Experience managing leaders and large teams of direct and indirect staff; both exempt and non-exempt.
  • Experience with assembly and integration of launch vehicles across a range of launch vehicle subsystems including avionics, fluids, and mechanical.
  • Extremely customer-focused with strong communication skills.
  • A demonstrated ability to work cooperatively with teams of diverse skills across large geographic distances.


Compensation range for on site WA applicants is
$42.60$62.52 USD

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.



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.


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 and here.


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