Tank Production Manager - Orbital Launch Site Manufacturing Complex

Manufacturing and Test

DESCRIPTION:  Blue Origin is developing the next generation launch and space vehicle manufacturing facility on Florida’s Space Coast at our Orbital Launch Site Manufacturing Complex. We are in search of a Tank Production Manager who will lead a team of engineers and production specialists in manufacturing and test of launch vehicle propellant tanks. This team is chartered with implementing both proven and cutting-edge propellant tank production processes, with an emphasis on friction stir welding, into an efficient production line. The Tank Production group interfaces directly with the Structural Component Production and Stage Integration groups to coordinate supply of materials, schedule delivery of production units, and to resolve production-related issues. We put a strong emphasis on hands-on technical ability, as our leaders are directly involved with projects and problem-solving, and manage through active engagement with the team.
  • Oversee all aspects of the propellant tank production area including coordinating delivery of propellant tank dome and barrel piece parts, inspecting production parts upon receipt, performing production processes (such as friction stir welding) to transform component parts to propellant tank assemblies, inspecting parts to assure they meet specifications, and correcting non-conforming parts
  • Build and manage the Tank Production Team, including developing resource plans and profiles, authoring job descriptions, conducting interviews, making hiring recommendations, assigning tasks, and conducting performance reviews
  • Project group expenditures and budgets, including developing estimates for materials and capital assets
  • Interact with groups and departments outside of manufacturing including Structural Component Production and Stage Integration groups
  • Assure continued training and skills development for team members, and mentor early career team members
  • Conduct manufacturability and producibility assessments with manufacturing and engineering groups
  • Represent Tank Production Team in manufacturing and program technical reviews
  • Minimum of a B.S. degree in aerospace, mechanical, industrial, or manufacturing engineering; physics; or other major requiring engineering or manufacturing core courses
  • 10+ years’ experience working on aerospace development programs or production lines in both leadership and hands-on roles; experience on commercial development programs a plus
  • Experience with friction stir welding; previous experience using friction stir welding to produce launch vehicle propellant tanks a strong plus
  • Must be able to set a high hiring bar while evaluating and hiring top talent
  • Extremely customer focused with strong communication skills 
  • A demonstrated ability to work cooperatively with teams of diverse skills across large geographic distances
  • A continuous improvement mindset. Our job is never complete; we are always optimizing.
  • Intense curiosity for understanding the details of our business and how to optimize it
  • Exceptional organizational and analytical skills and a proven ability to drive complex projects with minimal oversight
  • Applicant must be a United States citizen or permanent resident alien