Manager - Manufacturing Engineering

Blue Origin   •  

Kent, WA

Industry: Aerospace & Defense


5 - 7 years

Posted 62 days ago

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As part of a small, passionate, and accomplished team of experts, you will be responsible for managing a team of hardcore Manufacturing Engineers dedicated to building hardware for rockets. As both a manager and an individual contributor, you will translate engineering intent, drawings, and configurations into fully functional hardware ready for test, qualification, and flight. Managing a small team, you will also identify, develop, and deploy methods to improve quality, reduce cost, optimize build sequence and schedules. As an integral member of the team, you will lead DFMA and PFMEA studies to strengthen the feedback loop between design, build, test and accelerate the pace of development and production. This position will directly impact the history of space exploration and will require your dedicated commitment and detailed attention towards safe and repeatable human spaceflight.


  • Manage a small team of high performing Manufacturing Engineers
  • Manage workflow and balance priorities across the team for multiple engine programs
  • Build a strong team by recruiting and hiring top manufacturing engineers
  • Coordinate and work closely with program managers to meet design, build, and test milestones for all programs
  • Apply robust, consistent, and reliable engineering fundamentals and processes to ensure the highest quality of manufacturing engineering
  • Review and understand companywide processes and command media to ensure proper compliance
  • Work closely with each direct report to develop goals, career paths, and ensure professional development
  • Provide mentoring, guidance, and support to all direct reports
  • Manage roles, responsibilities, and accountability for each direct report and across the team
  • Translate engineering intent, drawings, and configurations into fully functional hardware
  • Drive research and development hardware into a repeatable production product
  • Identify, develop, and deploy new manufacturing methods (or refine existing) to improve quality, reduce cost, and optimize build schedule
  • Lead DFMA and PFMEA studies to strengthen the feedback loop between design, build, and test
  • Develop manufacturing work instructions to clearly define the following manufacturing process: receiving inspection, fabrication, assembly, test, integration, and refurbishment
  • Closely manage cost, quality, build sequence, and schedule of hardware throughout the entire manufacturing process
  • Perform engineering drawing review and drive manufacturability into designs
  • Develop process control measures and evaluation through statistical analysis
  • Define and support repair and rework activities
  • Design, procure, install, and integrate custom manufacturing equipment
  • Interface with external and internal suppliers and manufacturing partners to ensure that hardware and equipment is manufactured, processed, packaged, and delivered properly, on time, and on budget
  • Perform capacity analysis and evaluate staffing requirements
  • Perform root cause analyses when non-conformances and escapes are identified and deploy corrective actions
  • Design proper material handling and packaging to protect hardware throughout the build and test process
  • Manage hardware configuration and maintain pedigree throughout the entire build and test process


  • Bachelor of Science in Mechanical, Manufacturing, or Aerospace Engineering (other relevant fields may apply) from an accredited university (Master of Science preferred)
  • Experience managing direct reports and projects or programs
  • Strong coordination, personnel, and project management skills
  • Ability to operate, make decisions, lead, and make forward progress in ambiguous environments
  • Understanding of product lifecycle management
  • 4 to 8 years of direct manufacturing and manufacturing engineering experience (after graduation)
  • Mastery of engineering fundamentals for mechanical design and manufacturing
  • Extensive experience in hardware manufacturing. Domain understanding must include machining, mechanical assembly, avionics, precision cleaning, electromechanical systems and nondestructive inspection techniques
  • Proven experience and successful track record developing/starting new manufacturing processes
  • Strong written, personal, technical, and software skills (CAD, Scheduling, Issue Tracking, Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Outlook, etc)
  • Ability to communicate clearly and appropriately at all levels of the organization
  • 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