Virgin Galactic

Operational Excellence Manager

Company Virgin Galactic
Category Program
Req No.
Regular Full-Time
Location : Location
Additional Locations

Who we are

Virgin Galactic, (SPCE:NYSE), 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

This is a unique opportunity to utilize your proven process improvement, project management, and leadership skills. You will help to shape how the Program Management Office operates. The Operational Excellence Manager will report to the Sr. Director of Program and Business Operations with the mission to establish world-class standards, processes, and a culture of continuous improvement in an administrative environment. You are the right applicant if you get excited by process mapping, standard work, brainstorming, connecting with people from individual contributor to C-level, and working relentlessly to drive change. This position is located in North Orange County – discuss with hiring manager.



  • Help create a roadmap of the process improvement journey in an administrative environment
  • Project manage improvement activities, track progress, measure success, audit processes to reinforce compliance
  • Facilitate cross-functional discussions focused on identifying areas for improvement and defining future state
  • Document new or update existing processes, create standard work, assist with the roll out
  • Be able to apply continuous improvement and/or lean methodology to an administrative environment and explain basic lean/continuous improvement principles in simple terms, as needed
  • Be a change agent whose enthusiasm about continuous improvement is contagious

What you bring

  • Bachelor’s degree and 5 years of experience, preferably in an aerospace and/or continuous improvement environment
  • Six Sigma Green Belt or 5 years of demonstrated experience improving processes
  • Successful track record improving processes in an administrative environment
  • Demonstrated experience applying continuous improvement and/or lean methodology to an administrative environment
  • Demonstrated experience working with cross-functional teams on process and/or value stream mapping, developing and implementing standard work
  • Experience leading by influence
  • Strong Project Management skills
  • Demonstrated ability to think creatively, deal with ambiguity, and manage changing priorities
  • Results oriented
  • Can work independently with a high degree of self-motivation, enthusiasm, and curiosity
  • Effective communicator, shop to C-level, ability to facilitate a brainstorming session and lead a team to a decision or consensus
  • Experience developing and delivering presentations and training
  • Strong in PowerPoint, Excel

Preferred Qualifications

  • Project Management experience and/or PMP
  • Working knowledge of EVMS
  • Lean Expert certified
  • Knowledge of aircraft design and manufacturing processes
  • Knowledge of Phase Gate Review process



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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