New Shepard Launch Operations Lead Systems Engineer (R40236)

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Space Coast, FL, United States

Full Time

19 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 a part of New Shepard, a reusable suborbital rocket system designed to take astronauts and research payloads past the Kármán line – the internationally recognized boundary of space. Through operational reusability, New Shepard supports our mission of lowering the cost of access to space.

As part of a hardworking team of diverse specialists, technicians, engineers you will work on all aspects of the New Shepard Launch Operations, including Ground System Hardware, Software and Launch Procedures. You will lead assessment and definition of system level solutions for New Shepard, including, functional definition of capabilities, setting performance requirements and responsible for compliance with human flight certification standards. You will be responsible for delivering a high reliability, high cadence launch system. Your activities will span risk management, configuration and data management, integrated test planning, and technical performance measurement. You will define the level of systems engineering rigor to apply based on your knowledge and judgement of the system. You will deliver system engineering artifacts to meet engineering standards including development, validation, management, and allocation of requirements; manage and execute gated design reviews; define the New Shepard Ground Systems Concept of Operations; develop, review, and assess verification artifacts; and develop system safety products across the element. You will lead root cause analysis for issues impacting the system performance to identify direct and root cause informing robust and right sized corrective actions. You will be supported by a team of systems engineers and be responsible for identifying and prioritizing systems engineering tasking. You will work closely with other Lead System Engineers, such as Crew Capsule and Propulsion Module, to ensure alignment across elements. Your responsibilities will include providing technical mentorship and leadership for the element team as well as supporting engineers. You will have approval authority over technical change proposals to ensure all impacts to the system and engineering artifacts are accurately captured. In addition to development gated reviews, you will be responsible for the system readiness at program reviews including mission readiness reviews, flight readiness reviews, and human flight certification reviews.

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!

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Robust communication, written, and presentation skills.

  • Ability to identify, prioritize, and assign systems engineering tasks across multiple disciplines.

  • Team leadership and mentoring experience in systems engineering or related fields. 

  • Experience performing Root Cause Analysis (RCA) using industry standard methods.

  • Experience with requirement management and tools (such as DOORS)

  • Experience performing and managing system safety tools and processes such as Failure Mode and Effect Analysis (FMEA), Hazardous/Operation Analysis (HAZOP), Fault Tree Analysis (FTA), or other related methods.

  • Experience with aerospace or similar industry safety standards and verification methods.

  • 8+ years system development/integration experience – preferably with aerospace hardware or complicated technical systems

  • Minimum of a B.S. degree in engineering or related technical field.

  • Familiarity with at least two of the following engineering disciplines; structures, fluids, electrical hardware, software, operations, and maintenance

  • Ability to support up to 20% travel primarily to New Shepard’s Launch Site One West Texas Launch Site.

  • Ability to earn trust, maintain positive and professional relationships, and strengthen our 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.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • M.S. degree in engineering or related technical field.

  • Experience in reliability engineering

  • Experience related to cryogenic fluid systems and high-pressure gaseous systems.

  • Experience related to avionics signal/power test and launch operation equipment.

  • Experience related to RF communication systems for launch vehicles.

  • Experience in a safety critical operational environment.

  • Knowledge of various discipline industry design/safety standards for aerospace and ground support systems. 


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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