Virgin Galactic

  • Quality Assurance Manager

    Company The Spaceship Company
    Category Quality Assurance
    Req No.
    Regular Full-Time
    Location : Location
  • Who we are

    The Spaceship Company (TSC) is an affiliate of Virgin Galactic as a space-system manufacturing organization. Headquartered at Mojave Air and Space Port in Mojave, California, it is building and testing a fleet of WhiteKnightTwo carrier aircraft and SpaceShipTwo reusable spaceships that, together, form Virgin Galactic’s human spaceflight system. Like many Virgin companies across the world, its team of over 350 talented and dedicated engineers, technicians and professionals are drawn together by a willingness to disrupt and challenge the status quo and deliver innovative aerospace solutions to our customers’ needs. TSC’s extensive capabilities encompass preliminary vehicle design and analysis, manufacturing, ground testing, flight testing and post-delivery support.


    Our Values
    TSC and the greater Virgin Organization have a relaxed and informal culture that encourages individuality and innovation.  You will be motivated, enterprising and enthusiastic.  Company culture is such that you need to be able to “check your ego at the door”, be a self-starter and possess a sense of humility.  You will work well under pressure and thrive on being given challenges and responsibility.  You will communicate clearly and be confident and persuasive. You will have a high level of integrity and understand the need of complete confidentiality.


    Who You Are

    TSC is seeking a first rate Quality Assurance Manager to maintain and supervise TSC’s Product Quality processes and lead our Quality organization. The Quality Assurance Manager will need to rely on extensive quality assurance experience and expertise gained from an aerospace quality environment to ensure company standards for excellence are met as TSC builds the first spaceline fleet.

    Your Mission

    • Oversee and improve TSC’s  relevant processes and procedures that would be necessary to ensure compliance with AS9100.
    • Provide tactical and strategic guidance to our  Quality Supervisors.
    • Act as the quality custodian for TSC’s products’ architecture and configuration.
    • Work with the Director of Vehicle Production to ensure quality is built into the manufacturing processes as much as possible.
    • Partner with the Manufacturing Engineering Manager with vehicle manufacturing documentation and work packages by incorporating the requirements of the QMS.
    • Ensure TSC’s customer quality requirements are clearly understood, documented and incorporated into the production plans.
    • Create a training program for the Supervisors, Quality Engineers and Inspectors.
    • Positively interact with engineering and production to drive quality initiatives and best practices.

    What you bring

    • Proven experience in airframe fabrication, assembly and integration environment.
    • In-depth understanding of the testing, inspection, quality issues and certification of aircraft, including all systems and particularly those with composite aero structures.
    • In-depth understanding of the requirements of the AS9100 framework.
    • Prior experience establishing and/or maintaining a QMS in a fabrication and assembly environment.
    • Experience with setting up or assisting in the set up of an aircraft production operation is highly desirable.
    • Broad management experience/skills base in areas such as resource planning, proposal writing, technical project management, risk management and business development is preferred.
    • Excellent interpersonal skills complemented by strategic thinking and a strong commercial acumen.
    • Understanding of lean manufacturing concepts.
    • Proven ability to lead, motivate and build teams.
    • Bachelor’s Degree (or equivalent experience) in Manufacturing, Aerospace Engineering, or similarly relevant field.
    • Quality certification desirable, such as CQM, CQE, or related/


    ITAR Requirements

    To conform to U.S. Government space technology export regulations, applicant must be a U.S. citizen, lawful permanent resident of the U.S., protected individual as defined by ITAR (22 CFR §120.15) or eligible to obtain the required authorizations from the U.S. Department of State.


    The Spaceship Company is an Equal Opportunity Employer; employment with The Spaceship Company is governed on the basis of merit, competence and qualifications and will not be influenced in any manner by race, color, religion, gender, national origin/ethnicity, veteran status, disability status, age, sexual orientation, marital status, mental or physical disability or any other legally protected status.



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