Legal Counsel, In-Space Systems Legal Business Partner

Posted Nov 13
Full Time
Seattle, Washington

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!

We are a diverse team of collaborators, doers, and problem-solvers who are relentlessly committed to a culture of safety. This position will directly impact the history of space exploration and will require your commitment and detailed attention towards safe and repeatable space flight. Join us in lowering the cost of access to space and enabling Blue Origin’s vision of millions of people living and working in space to benefit Earth.

As part of a small, hard-working, and respected team of attorneys, you will help craft legal strategy and operations as it enables the in In-Space Systems business unit. As part of the team dedicated to leading legal support for each of the business units, sites and strategic functions at Blue, this position will work collaboratively with Legal Business Partners in other areas and across the Legal and Compliance department with professionals dedicated in areas like Intellectual Property, Regulatory Affairs, Corporate and Operations, Trade Compliance and Contracts.

We are looking for someone to apply their legal savvy, technical curiosity, leadership skills, and commitment to quality to positively impact safe human spaceflight. Passion for our mission and vision is required!

This role will be based on site in Kent, WA with some travel to other sites as necessary to support program needs.

**Crucial Duties & Responsibilities:


  • Establish effective working relationships and builds trust with internal clients representing one (1) or more of Blue’s current business units with a primary responsibility for In-Space Systems.
  • Collaborate within the Legal and Compliance team in effectively supporting each of Blue’s current business units; Engines, New Shepard, New Glenn, Lunar Transportation, Space Systems Development, as well as In-Space Systems.
  • Partner with other teams within Legal and Compliance to provide broad-ranging support to client programs. Issue spots and refers BU clients to specialists within the Legal and Compliance team as appropriate.
  • Cultivate non-traditional arrangements with government and industry collaborators.
  • Working knowledge of both traditional government contracts and non-traditional federal government agreements.
  • Experience providing support to proposal teams in response to Federal procurement and acquisition opportunities.
  • Participates in significant tool, template, and process development.
  • Independently problem-solves and develops legal approaches for complex problems.
  • Uses legal judgement to select methods and techniques best suited to their problem.
  • Ability to provide real-time legal advice during high-stress situations.

**Minimum Qualifications:


  • 2+ years’ experience with a law firm or as an in-house legal counsel.
  • Excellent analytical and interpersonal skills, both written and spoken.
  • Experience exercising ownership over the analysis of mid-level to sophisticated legal tasks and related recommendations
  • Experience developing legal approaches and draft documents applying legal analysis to a business opportunity or problem
  • Adaptable to change and have an ability to develop relationships and influence outcomes.
  • Familiarity with Federal procurement (including Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR), Uniform Commercial Code (UCC) and Incoterms.
  • Excellent legal skills while also able to focus on strategic business issues.
  • U.S. citizen, permanent resident alien, or otherwise able to review all export-controlled technical information.
  • Bachelor’s Degree and Juris Doctorate degree.
  • Licensed in one U.S. jurisdiction with the ability to practice as in-house counsel in Washington.
  • Experience identifying and resolving ambiguous issues.
  • Active Security Clearance or willingness/ability to obtain.

**Desired Qualifications:


  • 5+ years of legal or program-support experience, including in the aerospace industry.
  • Academic degree or work experience in engineering, science, business, or MBA or Advanced Degree in other business or technical fields.
  • Knowledge of, and experience with, Commercial Space regulations.
  • Experience advising and counseling senior leadership.

Compensation range for on site WA applicants is

$138,600—$203,280 USD

**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.


** Employee Benefits include: Medical, dental, vision, basic and supplemental life insurance, paid parental leave (must be employed at time of birth or adoption), short and long-term disability, 401(k) with a company match of up to 5%, and an Education Support Program available after 1 year of service.

Paid Time Off: Up to four (4) weeks per year based on weekly scheduled hours, and up to 14 company-paid holidays for all regular employees (including part-time), fixed-term, and interns.

Discretionary bonus: Employees may be eligible for discretionary bonuses in addition to base pay. Bonuses are designed to reward individual contributions as well as allow employees to share in company results.

**Equal Employment Opportunity

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