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Crane Operations Supervisor



People & HR, Operations
Seattle, WA, USA
Posted on Tuesday, June 11, 2024

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 is part of Blue Origin Operations, which is comprised of Integrated Supply Chain, Facilities, and Security. This includes Manufacturing and Supply Chain support across all Blue Origin facilities.

As part of a hardworking team of diverse specialists, technicians, and engineers you will contribute to the safe execution of crane operations at the Kent Manufacturing Site. As a Crane Operations Manager will be responsible for adhering to internal and external regulations and delegating portions of your authority to satellite sites that make up the Kent Manufacturing Campus. You will be responsible for driving a program towards zero crane related incidents and setting a foundation for operational excellence. You will share in the team’s impact on all aspects of organization, protection, and optimization of hardware flow through our factory. This role requires effective communication skills, a safety mind set, pristine attention to detail, and an eye for creating production scalable lifting solutions. You will need to be a self-directed and driven candidate that can take general direction from Operations Senior Leadership. You will be intimately involved with all crane operations at the Kent Manufacturing Site and should have a high level of clarity and involvement on all critical lifts within your span or delegated span of control.

Special Mentions:

  • Shift: Monday – Thursday (Day)
    • 4X10
  • Relocation Provided

Responsibilities included but not limited to:

  • Ensuring the successful execution of Blue Origin’s Crane Safety Program.
  • Processing requests/providing approval for Crane Operator Training requests.
  • Monitoring Crane Operator performance and, where needed, revoking certification.
  • Ensuring monthly and annual crane inspections are being performed by the Facilities Department for their specific site.
  • Scheduling and performing or delegating the performance of below the hook lifting equipment
  • Inspections as required by manufacturer, internal, or range requirements.
  • Conducting or delegating crane on the job trainings for new and requalified Crane Operators.
  • Evaluating this Safety Standard’s effectiveness and recommending changes via the recurring Crane Safety Working Group meetings.
  • Designating, with area management approval, the application of a Critical Lift Environment.
  • Recommending and supporting routine and non-routine audits of crane operations by EHS.
  • Performing signatory duties for Lift Director or Competent Person on a Critical Lift Form.
  • Ensuring an adequate number of Qualified Crane Operators are available to meet current and future needs for certain areas within Blue Origin Manufacturing, Test, and Launch Operations facilities.
  • All below the hook lifting equipment inspections to include annual and re-proofing of lifting devices for the entire Kent Site.
  • Providing Training Certifications for personnel on Powered Industrial Trucks, Lifts, and Booms
  • Oversee Safety Briefings prior to performing critical/high consequence operations.
  • Oversee contractors performing high consequence operations while in Blue Origin Facilities
  • Collaborate with Operations Compliance Personnel
  • Making sure all crane documentation adheres to our BLUE ORIGIN CRANE SAFETY PROGRAM

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Certified Lift director
  • Certified Critical Lift Operator
  • Advanced rigging experience
  • Proficient in performing critical lift calculations.
  • Lifting/Rigging gear inspection knowledge
  • Experience Leading safety briefings for critical/high consequence operations
  • A healthy respect for performing critical lift operations and oversight for large, heavy, and odd-shaped pieces of hardware.
  • Excellent communication skill – verbal, written and presentation.
  • 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.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Educational background in Industrial Safety
  • Aerospace background with experience handling high value aerospace components.
  • Experienced working in a Lean Manufacturing, 5S, and AS9110 environment

Compensation range for onsite WA applicants is $43.37-$59,67

Other site ranges may differ.

Applications will be accepted on an ongoing basis until the requisition is closed.

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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