Senior Manager Avionics Production Engineering - New Glenn

Seattle, WA, United States


Full Time

2 months 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 supports the development and operations of New Glenn, a single-configuration, heavy-lift orbital launch vehicle capable of routinely carrying people and payloads to low-Earth orbit, geostationary transfer orbit, cislunar, and beyond. Its first stage is fully reusable, and the vehicle was crafted from the beginning to be human-capable.

As part of a small, hard-working, and accomplished team of experts, you will participate in developing space launch vehicles for various spaceflight systems. We seek a technically high-reaching, proactive, customer focused individual with excellent oral, written, interpersonal, and analytical skills who can thrive in a fast-paced environment.

You will lead a small team of Avionics Production Engineers supporting avionics product development on the New Glenn Program, including New Product Introduction (NPI), sustaining production, and avionics test support. You will work closely with our Coordinated Product Team (IPT) leadership, Supply Chain leadership, and external manufacturing partners to drive development, manufacture, test, and delivery of avionics products. Your team will work with stage integration, assembly, test, and operations personnel to deliver avionics products within schedule and budget.


  • Lead team to partner with IPT leadership, bring together product concepts and requirements, and identify design artifacts relevant to product manufacture in alignment with program technical and business goals.
  • Champion avionics product development project management best-known practices (initiation, planning, execution, performance/controls, and closeout) and drive IPTs to develop and release product artifacts for manufacture.
  • Collaborate with IPTs, integration and supply chain teams to develop and release product statements of work (SoWs), specifications, Supplier Data Requirement Lists [SDRLs], and product development artifacts relevant to external fabrication.
  • Coordinate with Supply Chain Management and partner with vendors to negotiate, plan, manufacture and deliver avionics products in alignment with program business and technical goals and procurement timelines.
  • Partner with Supply Chain leadership to provide program and product business and technical information and changes to suppliers, and convey supplier capabilities, performance, and execution to IPTs and management.
  • Build and coordinate demand signals for hardware purchases, partnering with supporting functions including Planning, Production Control, Fulfillment, Accounts Payable, and QA/QC to facilitate order placement and product delivery.
  • Participate in Supply Chain status meetings with suppliers to supervise product performance, address risks, resolve issues, track execution, and ensure quality product design and manufacturing processes.
  • Support supply chain management in developing product strategies for avionics critical components like instrumentation sensors, batteries, and avionics boxes.
  • Coordinate and collaborate with IPTs, product test teams, contract manufacturers, and contract test houses to plan and conduct product functional, acceptance, and qualification testing.
  • Partner with Supply Chain commodity managers to guide supplier selection.  Work with IPTs to lead scope changes, deviations, and schedule adjustments. Serve as primary vendor technical liaison throughout product manufacture.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor of Science degree in a relevant avionics engineering field.  MBA or MS in engineering management, with project management training or certification (e.g., PMI PMP).
  • 10+ years of experience in sophisticated technical product development (printed circuit boards and electronic enclosures) and technical project management roles, including manufacturing and product testing.
  • 5+ years directly building, developing, managing, and leading technical teams to deliver complex electronics products, with proven engagement across the entire Product Development Life Cycle (PLC) for multiple products.
  • Experience working with and leading multi-functional product development teams and cross-geo external manufacturers to plan, fabricate, test, and deliver sophisticated electronic products.
  • Solid expertise in understanding, managing, and supervising sophisticated datasets, budgets, cost accounting, etc. (using MS Excel or similar tools) and communicating project performance with program goals.
  • Solid expertise in understanding, managing, and tracking (logic-linked) schedules (using MS Project or similar tools) and coordinating alignment of project performance with program objectives.
  • Strong analytical, interpersonal, and problem-solving savvy with proven ability to lead team to drive coordination and closure on sophisticated project and program details.
  • Customer focused, collaborative team leader with a demonstrated ability to coordinate and communicate sophisticated program details and vision.
  • Up to 25% of travel required to domestic suppliers
  • You must be a U.S. citizen or national, a U.S. permanent resident (current Green Card holder) or have been lawfully admitted into the U.S. as a refugee or granted asylum.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience with relevant electronic product development tools: Primavera (P6) schedule management, DOORS/DNG requirements capture, OrCAD/Altium electronic board design, CREO mechanical design and Windchill Cfg Mgt.
  • Direct experience with IPC board and harness development standards, and solid understanding of Class 2 vs Class 3 circuit card design trade-offs.

Compensation range for on site WA applicants is $167,088-$233,923

Other site ranges may differ

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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