Senior Production Engineering Manager | Space Launch System (SLS)

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USA - New Orleans, LA, United States


Full Time

a month ago

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Senior Production Engineering Manager | Space Launch System (SLS)


The Boeing Company

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USA - New Orleans, LA

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Boeing Defense, Space and Security (BDS) Space, Intelligence & Weapon Systems (SI&WS) is seeking a Senior Production Engineering Manager to join our team in New Orleans, LA at the NASA Michoud Assembly Facility. This Capability Leader will be responsible for Production Engineering (PE) at the primary sites of New Orleans, LA and Kennedy Space Center, FL.  This position will be responsible for managing employees and managers performing PE activities supporting Space Launch Systems (SLS) execution.

This leader must have strong experience in development programs and effectively building solid cross-functional relationships to define and align priorities to drive outcomes for functional execution. In addition, this leader must have demonstrated performance leading through complexity and dynamic changes, proven ability to simplify objectives, be a creative strategic problem solver, and proficient in concise Boeing and government customer executive communication including metrics and recovery plans.  Other skills the leader must possess expertise in include mediating conflicts, balancing conflicting priorities, and fostering cooperation to address intricate technical and program-related challenges. Furthermore, the leader must also be able to develop work management strategies to create capacity for the team to tackle longer-term “important but not urgent” priorities.

Boeing has played a significant role in human space exploration for the past six decades. Now, as part of the NASA Artemis program, Boeing is the prime contractor for the design, development, test, and production of the SLS core stage, upper stage, and flight avionics suite. On November 16, 2022, the SLS rocket successfully launched as part of the Artemis I Mission, which served as an uncrewed test flight to validate the rocket components and systems in preparation for future crewed missions. Boeing is currently working on the core stages for Artemis II, III and IV as well as the first Exploration Upper Stage, which will replace the Interim Cryogenic Propulsion Stage (ICPS) in future Artemis missions.  This role will report directly to the SI&WS Senior Director and Capability Leader for Production Engineering, Test, and Launch with indirect program relationships aligned to SLS program management priorities.   

At Boeing, we create the future – of mobility, autonomy, speed, endurance, space access and exploration, undersea vehicles, cybersecurity, communication and much, more. We connect people, products, and ideas around the world. We protect people and nations. We explore the mysteries of the universe from seabed to space to cyberspace. We inspire future generations of innovators, dreamers, and doers. 

Position Responsibilities:

  • Lead production engineering (PE) ensuring execution of SOW aligned to quality, safety, cost & delivery objectives – executing integrated organizational plans, policies and procedures and guiding the development of technical strategies to meet organizational goals with metrics in place to manage performance to plan, actions to improve, recovery plans, and communicating information at an executive level.
  • Provides oversight and approval of technical approaches, products, and processes to ensure alignment with business plans and goals and compliance with command media, processes, procedures.
  • Drive continuous improvement strategies embedded within the organizational culture to advance LEAN across the value stream.
  • Proactively identify and adopt technologies and tools, aligned to BDS standards.
  • Show a proactive and patient personality with a willingness to listen, coach, and lead the team with clear direction.
  • Communicate clearly at all levels, adjusting for the audience.
  • Bring creative solutions and plans to solve problems, bringing engineering excellence aligned to program priorities.
  • Lead execution of ‘start right’ production engineering, support gate reviews, proposal reviews, business capture, and future factory activities.
  • Manage workforce talent ensuring teams are staffed with the skills needed including identifying skill gaps and working cross functionally to develop and deploy training, etc. to mitigate them and development of Technical Fellowships, Production Architects, and Technical Lead Engineers.
  • Develops and maintains relationships and partnerships with customers, stakeholders, peers, partners, and direct reports including the establishment of working relationships with Engineering, Quality, Manufacturing, Safety, Test.

This position is expected to be 100% onsite.  The selected candidate will be required to work onsite at the listed location.  Expectations are to spend 50-75% onsite at Michoud with the remainder of time allocated to travel as appropriate to support the business.

This position requires the ability to obtain a U.S. Security Clearance for which the U.S. Government requires U.S. Citizenship.  An interim and/or final U.S. Top Secret Clearance Post-Start is required.

Special Program Access or other Government Access Requirements are mandatory for this position.

Basic Qualifications (Required Skills/Experience):

  • Bachelor of Science degree from an accredited course of study in engineering, engineering technology (includes manufacturing engineering technology), chemistry, physics, mathematics, data science, or computer science.
  • 5+ years of experience in aerospace, automotive, robotics or similar industry.
  • 5+ years of experience in Production Engineering, Structures Design and/or Analytical Engineering or a combination of these experiences.
  • 5+ years of experience managing people, programs, and budgets.
  • 3+ years of experience in engineering senior management.
  • Experience leading or managing large or complex teams of managers and/or non-management employees.

Preferred Qualifications (Desired Skills/Experience):

  • Experience leading teams of over 50 people (directly or indirectly).
  • Experience working & managing across functional team of touch labor, engineers, and managers.
  • Significant development and development-to-production transition experience with demonstrated skills in leading medium to large teams through all phases of development and Production.
  • Understanding of large-scale build sequences and multi-site operations.
  • Experience with constraint-based schedule development and maintenance.
  • Bachelor of Engineering Degree with production engineering experience, knowledge of factory operations, manufacturing capabilities (e.g., composites, structures), and data needed for defining delivery configurations (e.g., design definition, program directives, engineering drawings, change memos, wiring diagrams, schematics, functional tests, and supplier data).
  • Ability to create an environment of inclusion, transparency, and trust, executing with strong values.
  • Proactively and quickly makes sense of complex issues and responding effectively to complex and ambiguous situations.
  • Strong communication skills, with ability to communicate verbally and present clearly at all levels, adjusting for the audience.
  • Familiarity with NASA processes and One Boeing Production System (One-BPS).
  • Domain knowledge in production engineering best practices for maritime and subsea environments and associated materials.
  • Domain knowledge leading Model Based Engineering (MBE), Design for Assembly (DFA), Designing for Manufacturability (DFM), and Design for Affordability (DFA).
  • Demonstrated skills in Risk Management and Root Cause Corrective Action (RCCA) efforts.
  • Cost Account Management using Boeing processes and procedures, including Earned Value Management (EVM).
  • Proficiency with MESci, Aurora precedence networking tool, Model Based Work Instructions development.


This position offers relocation based on candidate eligibility.

Drug Free Workplace:

Boeing is a Drug Free Workplace where post offer applicants and employees are subject to testing for marijuana, cocaine, opioids, amphetamines, PCP, and alcohol when criteria is met as outlined in our policies.

Safety Sensitive Statement:

This is a NASA safety-sensitive position and is subject to random drug and alcohol testing.

NASA Access:

This position requires the ability to obtain access to a National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) facility.

Shift Work Statement:

This position is for 1st shift.

“At Boeing, we strive to deliver a Total Rewards package that will attract, engage and retain the top talent.  Elements of the Total Rewards package include competitive base pay and variable compensation opportunities. 

The Boeing Company also provides eligible employees with an opportunity to enroll in a variety of benefit programs, generally including health insurance, flexible spending accounts, health savings accounts, retirement savings plans, life and disability insurance programs, and a number of programs that provide for both paid and unpaid time away from work. 

The specific programs and options available to any given employee may vary depending on eligibility factors such as geographic location, date of hire, and the applicability of collective bargaining agreements.

Pay is based upon candidate experience and qualifications, as well as market and business considerations. 

Summary pay range: 178,500 – 241,500”

Applications for this position will be accepted until <May 1st, 2024>.

Boeing is the world's largest aerospace company and leading manufacturer of commercial airplanes and defense, space and security systems. We are engineers and technicians. Skilled scientists and thinkers. Bold innovators and dreamers. Join us, and you can build something better for yourself, for our customers and for the world.


Relocation is available for eligible candidates, if authorized

Export Control Requirement:

U.S. Government Export Control Status: This position must meet export control compliance requirements. To meet export control compliance requirements, a “U.S. Person” as defined by 22 C.F.R. §120.15 is required. “U.S. Person” includes U.S. Citizen, lawful permanent resident, refugee, or asylee.

Safety Sensitive:

This is a safety sensitive position and is subject to NASA random drug and alcohol testing.

Contingent Upon Award Program

This position is not contingent upon program award

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6H6AMM (6D1)

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