Virgin Galactic

Project Manager – Propulsion Technical Training & Development

Company Virgin Galactic
Category Program
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 Project Manager for Technical Training Development supporting the Rocket Motor and Propulsion Systems team, you will serve as the lead of the integrated project team responsible for building the Integrated Project Team responsible for planning, executing, and improving technical training for all disciplines, with a focus on Propulsion Flight Operations and Propulsion Manufacturing.   This may include managing, dispositioning, and incorporating customer feedback as part of our Lean Philosophy supporting the systemization of a continuous improvement core capability.   You will be responsible for developing and meeting requirements as well as and executing a program plan within the approved cost, schedule, and budget. 


  • Lead the Integrated Project Team responsible for training requirements capture through  deployment.
  • With the project team, develop and maintain a detailed program plan (Integrated Master Schedule) for each area where work force readiness is required.  This will include using the appropriate programmatic tools to measure performance and track progress.
  • 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.
  • Work cross-functionally to continuously identify gaps in the employee training curriculum; develop and execute strategies to close those gaps.
  • Lead the team through the development of training matrix including defining currency and proficiency and the mechanism to maintain.
  • Assess current learning trends in various industries such as manufacturing, aerospace, and operations to enhance and maintain high quality training opportunities.
  • Participate as a member of the Continuous Improvement council to help us further our lean journey.
  • 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 from an accredited institution
  • 5 years’ experience working in training (technical or other)
  • A working knowledge of Course/Instructional Design, LMS Administration (UltiPro preferred), and Learning Strategies
  • Experience providing project leadership for a multidisciplinary/functional team demonstrating a track record of success
  • Experience program/project 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
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Able to manage multiple tasks simultaneously and thrive in a complex, and rapidly evolving business environment
  • 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
  • Strong Emotional Intelligence and a Growth Mindset
  • Ability to build and thrive in a Diverse and Inclusive Culture
  • Change Management Skills

Preferred Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in an engineering discipline with a preference toward aerospace, mechanical, or manufacturing from an accredited Institution
  • 7 years’ experience working in a training organization (technical or other)
  • Experience developing successful supplier partnerships with training suppliers
  • Experience with Lean or the Toyota Way
  • Experience in Course Instruction and Testing
  • Experience with Oracle or Ultramain and the deployment of Manufacturing Execution Systems (MES) and Manufacturing Resource Planning (MRP), or other similar systems
  • Experience with business case development and strategic planning

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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