Virgin Galactic

Project Manager, NMS

Company Virgin Galactic
Category Engineering
Req No.
Regular Full-Time
Location : Location

Who we are

Virgin Galactic (SPCE:NYSE) Virgin Galactic 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 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 Project Manager, you will be responsible for leading the design, build, and test of a new fleet of Motherships. You will be supporting ongoing activities within a new program advancing and transforming the future of commercial suborbital space travel. The vision of the Mothership program is to develop a fleet of next generation aircraft designed for mission, maintainability, and manufacturing to carry our spaceships to support VG’s goal of 400 flights per year from each spaceport.


Job Responsibilities:

  • Lead the development of Virgin Galactic’s fleet of Motherships with a goal to design and manufacture the future of Motherships’ for the company
  • Build, develop, and mentor a collaborative project leadership team within a matrixed organization enabling cross-functional program team environment
  • Lead by example through Virgin Galactic’s values, in with respect to straight-up way which fosters, transparent, and open communication.
  • Apply technical expertise, leadership skills and program management tenacity with an unwavering commitment to quality and safety to further the advancement of human spaceflight
  • Develop the detailed program plan that creates the roadmap to successfully development of a fleet of motherships
  • Work with other company leaders in engineering, manufacturing, and support organizations to gather history and experience to inform project planning and steering
  • Review detailed development, engineering and manufacturing plans and ensure that they align with program requirements
  • Execute program plans to design and manufacture a fleet of next generation motherships with accountability to budget and schedule
  • Proactively maintain and track program risks and opportunities and provide mitigation plans as needed
  • Regularly report to executive leadership and the wider organization the projects status and performance

What you bring

  • Minimum of a B.S. degree in engineering or science related field, PMP certification
  • 10+ years industry experience in progressive program management roles including at the compete vehicle level
  • Energetic, passionate and organized program leader ready to lead a project through the full lifecycle
  • Experience providing leadership and management for multidisciplinary teams of engineering, manufacturing, and business support personnel
  • Demonstrated success managing aerospace flight vehicles programs preferably with experience starting and executing new aircraft programs
  • Experience with complex supply chain management, production of aerospace vehicles, and composite manufacturing
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Able to manage multiple tasks simultaneously and thrive in a complex product development environment with multiple priorities as well as a disciplined production setting
  • Experience with logic linked scheduling, Cost Account Management, budget management, and reporting
  • Experience with IMP/IMS, risk management, configuration management, requirements management processes
  • Ability to work effectively in collaboration with diverse groups of people
  • Self-directed with demonstrated passion for space and aerospace development.
  • Resourceful and entrepreneurial to continually elevate Virgin Galactic’s Mothership Program Team


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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