Virgin Galactic

SMS Specialist

Company Virgin Galactic
Category Safety
US-NM-Las Cruces
Req No.
Regular Full-Time
Location : Location
US-NM-Las Cruces

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


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Your Mission

  • Demonstrates an excellent safety behavior and attitude, follows regulatory practices and rules, recognizes and promotes hazard reporting and ensures effective safety reporting.
  • Acts as an information conduit to bring safety issues to the attention of management and to deliver safety information to the staff, contractors, and stakeholders
  • Act as the Safety Team’s Subject Matter Expert on the inhouse Safety software and its modules as part of the SMS
  • Develop metrics from the Safety information to be displayed on company intranet site.
  • Builds and maintains excellent working relationships across the organization.
  • Provides and articulates information regarding safety issues to all organizational levels.
  • Develops, implements, and manages the SMS processes to ensure reporting, investigations, audits, hazard identification, risk assessments, corrective actions, safety trend analysis and safety promotions are in compliance with the SMS and industry best practices.
  • Analyzes data for trends related to injuries, hazards, events, and occurrences.
  • Prepare presentations for Board of Directors, Safety Review Boards.
  • Ensures compliance with regulatory agencies, including OSHA, FAA, EPA, NTSB, and local municipalities. 
  • Coordinates with IT on the inhouse database and interface with other software
  • Continually seeks opportunities to improve the knowledge and skill level of all levels of leadership to positively impact the safe operations of the business.
  • Maintains all safety related recordkeeping.
  • In conjunction with the Virgin Galactic Safety Team, develops proactive annual safety plans that provide solutions necessary to build and sustain a worldclass safety culture.

What you bring

  • Detailed knowledge of, and experience working with, OSHA, EPA, FAA, NTSB, and local regulators is highly desirable.
  • Knowledgeable of SMS Principles and their application to aviation operations and maintenance.
  • Experience with aerospace industry processes is highly desirable.
  • Experience with aviation flight line processes is highly desirable.
  • Experience with Safety Database structures and functions
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office software.
  • Excellent written and verbal skills with the ability to develop and deliver articulate presentations to groups of all sizes and levels.
  • Demonstrated ability to perform root cause analysis for injuries and incident/accident investigations.
  • Knowledge of Human Factors as it applies to Aerospace Operations and Maintenance
  • Ability to develop and maintain partnerships across functional areas.
  • Ability to respond to serious emergency situations, as required.
  • Must be a “U.S. person” as defined by the ITAR (22 CFR §120.15).


Suggestions for Education/Certifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree in an Aerospace safety or similar field is required.
  • High school diploma or GED required.
  • Certifications or similar within aerospace/aviation field is beneficial.


Preferred Skills and Experience

  • 2+ years of aviation safety experience.
  • Experience with Safety databases, including programming and configuration.
  • Experience with regulatory agency policies, procedures, and programs.
  • Private pilot or higher experience desired.

*The Employer retains the right to change or assign other duties to this position.


Physical and/or Additional Requirements

  • Must be able to work flexible hours outside of normal business hours on occasion.
  • Must be able to stand for extended periods of time.
  • Must be able to stoop, bend, crawl, and maneuver in tight spaces.
  • Physically able to handle items weighing up to 40 lbs. (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.


As part of our commitment to health and safety, COVID-19 vaccines are required for current U.S. teammates, as well as all newly hired employees. 

As of October 1, 2021, all new hires must be able to provide proof that they are fully vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus, ( “fully vaccinated” means at least two weeks have expired since receiving the vaccination’s last dose as recommended by the manufacturer) . If  you are offered employment, this requirement must be met by your date of hire. 


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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