Virgin Galactic

Enterprise Architect- Production, Planning, and Operations

Company Virgin Galactic
Category Information Technology
US-CA-MojaveUS-NM-Las CrucesUS-Remote
Req No.
Regular Full-Time
Location : Location
Additional Locations
US-NM-Las Cruces | US-Remote

Who we are

Virgin Galactic, (NYSE: SPCE), recognizes that the answers to many of the challenges we face in sustaining life on our beautiful but fragile planet, lie in making better use of space. Sending people to space has not only expanded our understanding of science, but taught us amazing things about human ingenuity, physiology and psychology. From space, we are able to look with a new perspective both outward and back. From space, the borders that are fought over on Earth are arbitrary lines. From space, it is clear that there is much more that unites us than divides us.


“We are at the vanguard of a new industry determined to pioneer twenty-first century spacecraft, which will open space to everybody — and change the world for good.”  Sir Richard Branson, Founder, Virgin Galactic


If you are looking for a challenging opportunity that will ignite your passion for designing cool and innovative products, are exceptionally creative, are a great problem solver and can make things happen - apply today!



Your Mission

Virgin Galactic is seeking a new member for our team to serve as the Enterprise Architect (EA) for our Production, Planning, and Operations functions within our Infrastructure Technology group. The role will develop the business, application, data and technology architecture for the Production, Planning and Operations business functions. The EA-PPO will be responsible for defining and leading IT and business process change initiatives and includes formalizing project definition capabilities as a key driver of manufacturing demand. The role will drive solutions that improve business processes, develop new capabilities that improve effectiveness, drive cost efficiency or service improvements, and that support risk reduction & revenue generation. This includes ensuring that cross functional processes are optimized, automated, and integrated within the Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems and other required systems. This role forms part of an essential systems and process center of excellence ensuring connected business process throughout the lifecycle of our aircraft and vehicles – the creation of our “Digital Thread”. The EA-PPO promotes continuous improvement through measurement and monitoring of key process KPI’s and benchmarks and will work collaboratively with Development and Business Intelligence teams to deliver insightful data to business teams. The EA is also responsible for alignment of Production, Planning and Operational processes with HR, Legal, Compliance and Information Protection policies and for identification of complementary technologies to achieve required business outcomes.


Key Responsibilities

  • Build a strong virtual team with representation from cross functional units to optimize production planning and shop floor operational processes and eliminate inefficiencies and redundancies.
  • Develop a deep understanding of current state processes to fully document strengths, weaknesses, and opportunities for improvement across project planning, factory demand planning, and supply chain, materials & inventory management and shop floor operations.
  • Define and gain agreement for end state processes and ensure current and future processes fully support data integrity requirements across the enterprise.
  • Facilitate solution definition with subject matter experts and other Enterprise Architects to ensure cross functional process integration and cohesion and ensure that all stakeholders are part of the solution definition process.
  • Create Target State Architecture and strategy for the Virgin Galactic production platform and establish the current and long-range technology direction and roadmap ensuring full integration into the company “Digital Thread” with required quality-based feedback loops.
  • Advise on the selection of key enterprise tools (e.g., data source, IOT, sensors, scheduling, graphic design, analytics, mobility) to ensure processes and data usage is optimal.
  • Develop and manage appropriate performance and efficiency metrics for the functional process domain, to identify and support continuous improvement and operational excellence.
  • Authors complex macro (and micro where applicable) level process requirements defining how the functional requirements will be technically enabled.
  • Provides technical direction for the design of complex and large-scale systems solutions to effectively implement the created strategy.
  • Provides leadership for the solution design of projects that address key business needs. This includes the analysis of multiple solution options.
  • Provides guidance to an extended project team related to the systems and process solutions, and technical design. Assists and advises project teams in the configuration, testing, implementation, and support of technical solutions.
  • Authors sizing and detailed estimates for complex new project requests. Participates in the creation of Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) models for large and complex projects.
  • Evaluate new technologies and provide recommendations for investment to establish novel or improve existing enterprise architectures.
  • Learn and contribute toward enterprise-wide architecture and business process models in other process or technical domains.
  • Build and manage relationships with senior leaders within the IT organization and throughout the business.
  • Work with IT and Business Analysts to prioritize user and functional requirements.
  • Establish and manage governance and oversight processes to align strategy and resolve issues.

What you bring

  • Recognizes the positive affect of collaboration, thrives when managing and planning project elements and working with team members.
  • Can build a strong rapport with others but can also work independently. 
  • Maintains excellent analytical and strategic thinking skills; have a background in business skills, management, budgeting, and analysis.
  • Possesses a keen mind for discovering and defining business processes, requirements, and their relationship to provide continuity in all major application decisions.
  • Has 5+ years’ experience with a portfolio of asset management products and solutions within the airline or aircraft maintenance industry.
  • Demonstrates experience and knowledge of ERP fundamentals related to manufacturing, production planning, shop floor operations, quality, supply chain and inventory management.
  • Maintains deep understanding of the item, parts, product and material management best practices and integration eco-system.
  • Possesses and use business savvy to make decisions regarding product features the end user will access to drive the products planned results.
  • Can define problems effectively, assemble and analyse data, establish facts, draw valid conclusions, and make sound recommendations.
  • Can present to executive management and customers.
  • Takes initiative, has a competitive drive and the ability to stay focused on results despite ambiguity and/or changing conditions.
  • Demonstrates solid organizational skills including attention to detail and multi-tasking skills.
  • Demonstrates proven ability to manage multiple, often competing project workloads and activities.
  • Has solid technical background, with understanding or hands-on experience in software development, infrastructure technology or web technologies.
  • Demonstrates excellent client-facing & internal communication skills and excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Demonstrates solid organizational skills including attention to detail and multi-tasking skills.
  • Has strong working knowledge of Microsoft Office.


ITAR Requirements

To confirm 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.


Virgin Galactic is an Equal Opportunity Employer; employment with Virgin Galactic 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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