Virgin Galactic

Procurement Program Director

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

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

As the Program Director, representing Procurement, you will be responsible for establishing and executing the supply chain strategy supporting the future evolution and operation of the Virgin Galactic vehicles including the coordination of planning, supply development, and communication regarding supply chain support of your program team (mothership, spaceships, or propulsion).  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 managing the performance of suppliers and strategic partners to ensure we achieve our goals of opening space to everyone.

  • Develop and maintain a detailed program plan or Integrated Master Schedule for each of the component projects accounting for the scope of work across all functions aligned to the established Work Breakdown Structure.
  • Execute the approved project 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
  • Leveraging your experience to help the team and suppliers effectively employ design for manufacturability/assembly and design to cost coupled with lean manufacturing processes/concepts to enable our strategic partners to be successful.
  • 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.
  • Proactively maintain and track program risks and opportunities and provide mitigation plans as needed

Job Responsibilities:

  • Lead by example through Virgin Galatic’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 successful development of a supply base supporting the assigned program (mothership, spaceship, or propulsion)
  • 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 the supply chain strategy aligns with program requirements
  • 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
  • Communicate to and coordinate completion of tasks through the commodity managers and buyers
  • Act as the voice for the supply chain within the program teams, ensuring we are consistently supporting the program goals with a quality supply base.
  • Assign and prioritize sourcing projects in partnership with the commodity organization
  • Communicate the engineering objectives, goals and schedule for project and tasks to the procurement team.
  • Review status of procurement deliverables and initiate appropriate corrective action to meet schedule.
  • Cooperate and communicate status effectively with the Program Vice President, other program participants and leadership to provide assistance and technical support.
  • Support/Request trade studies to develop business cases resulting in recommendations to support investment decisions

What you bring

  • Minimum of a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering or technical discipline from an accredited institution.
  • 10+ years industry experience in progressive technical and leadership roles
  • Energetic, passionate and organized program leader ready to lead a project through the full lifecycle
  • Experience successfully supporting negotiations with suppliers to achieve desired product cost targets
  • Demonstrated success managing aerospace projects ideally with a focus on Supplier Project Management.
  • Experience providing leadership and management for multidisciplinary teams of engineering, manufacturing, and business support personnel
  • Experience with complex supply chain management, production of aerospace vehicles, and composite manufacturing
  • 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
  • Understanding of Produce Lifecycle Management, Configuration Management, Configuration Control, ERP and MRP systems.
  • Ability to manage multiple tasks simultaneously and thrive in a complex environment with multiple priorities as well as a disciplined flight operations setting.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication, excellent computer skills including Microsoft Word, Excel, Project and PowerPoint.
  • Execute strategic goals and objectives in support of the overall company goals and objectives.
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills with a high attention to detail.
  • Team player with excellent organizational and interpersonal skills.
  • Preferences:
    • PMP Certification
    • Masters Degree

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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