Virgin Galactic

Vice President, Operations

Company Virgin Galactic
Category Operations
Req No.
Regular Full-Time
Location : Location

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, like 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

The ideal candidate will also be a strategic leader with operating experience, making contributions to multiple departments. The Vice President of Operations role is a key member of the senior management team, reporting to the CEO.

  • Develop and confirm operations requirements
  • Build relationships with Future Astronauts in advance of their flights
  • Scale Astronaut Office structure to handle and lay groundwork for higher-volume community operations
  • Expand the brand/awareness/allure of membership in the Future Astronaut community as a competitive differentiator and sales driver
  • Prepare New Mexico Operations for start of commercial service and preparation of Spaceport facilitates
  • Establish agreements with local suppliers (Lodging, F&B, Transportation, Events and Activities, etc) to support Astronauts and Friends/Family at a one-flight per week cadence
  • Design and execute Spaceport Event/Livestream infrastructure

What you bring

  •  Multi-year executive-level leadership of large-scale hospitality/leisure operations [resort/hotel, cruise, etc], including hospitality, food & beverage, event operations, and facilities management
  • Demonstrated experience leading operational design and programming of new-build, luxury destinations, including hands-on experience with all phases of project development (concept, design, construction)
  • Demonstrated excellence leading teams to deliver service at the highest levels of personalization and luxury
  • Demonstrated experience in the curation and management of high-affiliation membership communities
  • Highly sophisticated interpersonal skills, relational, and emotional intelligence
  • Excellent analytical and problem-solving skills with high attention to detail.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.

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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