Chief Engineer -Liquid Rocket Engines

  • Full Time
  • USA
  • Posted 2 months ago
  • 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.

Company Details

Blue Origin is empowered by a vision where millions of people are living and working in space. To achieve our vision, we are developing reusable rocket engines and launch vehicles that will dramatically lower the cost of access to space. Driven by our motto, Gradatim Ferociter or “step by step, ferociously,” our incremental approach builds upon each success as we develop ground-breaking spaceflight systems. We don’t just build rockets—we build a culture around methodical innovation and exploration.

About Us

Blue Origin was founded with a vision to enable a future where millions of people are living and working in space to benefit Earth. In order to preserve Earth, Blue Origin believes in the need to enable humanity to expand, explore, find new energy and material resources, and move industries that stress Earth into space. Blue Origin believes it has an important role in building a road to space and lowering the cost of getting there. At Blue Origin, we’re working on this today by developing fully reusable launch vehicles and systems that are safe, reliable and affordable. Every launch vehicle is designed for human spaceflight from the beginning and able to ferry payloads to space.

Job Description

As part of a dedicated and accomplished Chief Engineering team, you will provide independent oversight across the Liquid Rocket Engine Program to ensure overall technical compliance across the development and operational lifecycle. The position reports to the Engines Chief Engineer Lead and requires strong engineering and collaboration skills to implement the optimal solutions that support the imposed requirements and architecture. In a fast-paced challenging environment, you will contribute to innovative solutions, while demonstrating personal leadership, technical judgement and competence, and a passion for the highest technical standards partnering with the business unit and engineering leadership to achieve program goals. This position will directly impact the history of space exploration and will require your dedicated commitment and attention towards safe and reliable spaceflight.


  • Act as the independent technical authority, providing Chief Engineer assessments of requirements, design, risks, budget, and schedule with the Program Manager.
  • Own the technical baseline for the engine.
  • Identify gaps between requirements, design, manufacturing, operations and facility solutions and work with project teams on practical solutions across the lifecycle.
  • Assess and disposition aggregate technical risks across a product / program.
  • Assess and approve technical completion and compliance at major program and element technical reviews.
  • Provide engineering leadership and mentoring to coordinate design, analysis, and systems engineering processes throughout development, verification, delivery and operation.
  • Provide independent review of corrective actions for major failures at the program/product level and work with functional managers in addressing systemic issues.
  • Facilitate technical trades and advise teams on solutions for flight and ground architectures.
  • Collaborate with program and company leadership to define and assess technology roadmap alignment with program and product needs and industry developments.
  • Collaborate with other members of the Engineering CoE to assess and enforce engineering process health and compliance with standards and best practices for product / program.
  • Represent the Company and project with key customers and stakeholders.
  • Coordinate with other Chief Engineers to guide Chief Engineer activities internally and across multi-element and partner teams to solve complex problems.


  • Passion for our mission: Millions of people living and working in space!
  • B.S. in an engineering-related field, with 20+ years of design, development or analysis experience.
  • Experience in full lifecycle development of engine systems, including many aspects of system design, analysis, and test, requirement and verification definition, software implementation and verification, system integration, qualification, operations and commissioning.
  • Highly organized team player with excellent technical written and verbal communication skills.
  • Demonstrated track record of personal integrity, strong technical judgement and bias for action from their previous assignments.
  • Demonstrated ability to operate with cohesive and effective teams and drive decision making within those teams.
  • Experience with development in mission and safety-critical environments.
  • Leadership experience in an aerospace development environment.
  • 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.


Blue Origin offers a phenomenal work environment and awesome culture with competitive compensation, benefits, 401K, and relocation.

Blue Origin is an equal opportunity employer. In addition to EEO being the law, it is a policy that is fully consistent with Blue’s principles. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to status as a protected veteran or a qualified individual with a disability, or other protected status such as race, religion, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, pregnancy or age. Blue Origin prohibits any form of workplace harassment. 


Tagged as: engine systems, design/analysis/test, requirement/verification definition, software implementation/verification, system integration/qualification, operations/commissioning, strong technical judgement, safety-critical environment

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