Virgin Galactic

Group Lead, Product Safety

Company Virgin Galactic
Category Engineering
US-CA-MojaveUS-CA-TustinUS-NM-Las Cruces
Req No.
Regular Full-Time
Location : Location
Additional Locations
US-CA-Tustin | 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


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

Virgin Galactic is seeking a talented and motivated Group Lead for Product Safety who will be front line supervisor of 4 to 10 engineers.   The engineering group under the Group Lead’s supervision will be executing multiple projects in parallel in an evolving and at times challenging work environment. The Group Lead will be responsible for directing the group on project execution, managing administrative tasks for the individuals in the group, mentoring individuals, and reporting statuses to the Manager of the Product Safety department.  The ideal candidate will have at least 8-10 years of experience which includes management of engineering groups.



  • Operate with limited supervision to manage functional team
  • Lead team to make decisions and achieve goals
  • Achieve buy in from team, peers, and management
  • Direct others on technical issues; influence and negotiate with customers or other functions
  • Investigate, propose, and solve complex problems; contribute to and guide architectural decisions and best practices
  • Assign work and manage work processes, including process development
  • Provide coaching, mentoring, and career management of a small team

What you bring

Educational Requirements:

B.S. or M.S. degree in an Engineering discipline, Mathematics, or Physics from an accredited university


  • Must have previous experience in managing small teams of 5 – 10 engineers
  • Should have knowledge of some or all of the following: SAE ARP-4761, SAE ARP-4754A, DO-178C, DO-254, and DO-160
  • Strong experience in developing Product Safety technical documentation
  • Strong experience in developing schedules for execution of Product Safety work for multiple programs
  • Detailed knowledge of the inputs and outputs of the various Product Safety and/or flight safety analysis techniques
  • Knowledge of FAA commercial space regulations CFR §400 preferred
  • Must be self-motivated and capable of working with minimal supervision to manage a functional team, adaptable to changing environments, and able to handle multiple tasks and/or projects simultaneously
  • Strong troubleshooting, organizational, and proactive written and verbal communication skills


Professional Requirements:

  • 8 or more years of relevant experience in aerospace or similar field
  • Applicants must be U.S. persons as defined by the ITAR (22 CFR §120.15)

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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