Virgin Galactic

Project Manager – Rocket Motor Production Operations

Company Virgin Galactic
Category Production
US-CA-Mojave
Req No.
2021-6135
Type
Regular Full-Time
Classification
Exempt
Location : Location
US-CA-Mojave

Who we are

Virgin Galactic, www.VirginGalactic.com (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

As the Operations Project Leader for Rocket Motor and Propulsion Systems Production Operations you will lead the integrated project team responsible for planning, developing, and executing both current Production Operations and the development of our next generation Rocket Motor Factory. You will be responsible for developing and meeting requirements as well as developing and executing a program plan within the approved cost, schedule, and budget. This includes accountability for activities across the program lifecycle including, development, design, analysis, test, and production of our hybrid rocket motor in a new state of the art factory.

 

  • Lead the Integrated Project Team responsible for the design, development, and activation of our next generation Rocket Motor Factory
  • Develop and maintain a detailed program plan or Integrated Master Schedule for the factory development accounting for the scope of work across all functions aligned to the established Work Breakdown Structure.
  • Execute the approved program plan with accountability for cost, scope, and schedule against the approved program baseline and provide program updates as required by executive team.
  • Proactively maintain and track program risks and opportunities and provide mitigation plans as needed
  • To establish and execute the supply chain strategy supporting our future rocket motor production rates
  • Leveraging your experience in previous manufacturing environments to help the team effectively employ design for manufacturability/assembly and design to cost couple with lean manufacturing processes/concepts to ensure that the next generation factory creates an effective environment for all who will utilize it.
  • Regularly report to executive leadership, internal and external customers, and the wider organization the team’s performance in the areas of quality, scope, cost, and schedule.

What you bring

Basic Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in an engineering discipline with a preference toward aerospace, mechanical, or manufacturing from an accredited Institution
  • 8 years’ experience working in and developing successful manufacturing/production environments
  • Experience providing program leadership for a multidisciplinary/functional team demonstrating a track record of success.
  • Demonstrated success managing aerospace programs and projects ideally with a focus in manufacturing or production operations.
  • Experience program execution including monitoring and control through program measures, such as but not limited to budget fidelity, resource fill rate, CPI/SPI (Earned Value), and product cost measures
  • Experience successfully supporting negotiations with suppliers to achieve desired product cost targets
  • Conducting trade studies to develop business cases resulting in recommendations to support investment decisions
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • Able to manage multiple tasks simultaneously and thrive in a complex, and rapidly evolving production environment with multiple priorities in production setting
  • Ability to work effectively in collaboration with diverse groups of people.
  • Self-directed with demonstrated passion for our mission.
  • Strong computer skills, including Microsoft Word, Outlook, Excel, Visio, PowerPoint, and Project

 

Preferred Qualifications

  • 10+ years relevant experience working in and developing successful manufacturing/production environments
  • Experience with Oracle and the deployment of Manufacturing Execution Systems (MES) and Manufacturing Resource Planning (MRP), or other similar ERP system
  • Experience with business case development and strategic planning

 

Physical and/or Additional Requirements

  • Must be able to work all shifts and available for overtime as well as weekends when needed.
  • Must be able to stand for extended periods – 9 hours min.
  • Must be able to stoop, bend, crawl, and being able to maneuver in tight spaces.
  • Physically able to handle items weighing up to 40lbs (unassisted). 

 

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.

 

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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