Virgin Galactic

Integrated Product Team Lead, Mission Systems

Company Virgin Galactic
Category Engineering
Req No.
Regular Full-Time
Location : Location
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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, 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 Mission Systems IPT Lead for the Spaceship Delta program. The Mission Systems IPT Lead will coordinate and manage a multidisciplinary team to design the Spaceship Delta avionics, electrical, and instrumentation systems. The IPT Lead will report to the Chief Engineer and to the Director of Avionics Engineering. The ideal candidate will have at least 10 years of experience working with avionics systems and will have strong experience in project management and leading a team.



  • Lead the Mission Systems IPT to achieve technical, cost, and schedule objectives
  • Overall responsibility for design, integration, and testing of the Avionics, Electrical, and Instrumentation systems on the Spaceship Delta program
  • Specify, evaluate, and select COTS and custom avionics systems
  • Work with VG engineering teams, including hardware engineers, software engineers, and subcontractors, to define, develop, and test custom hardware and software
  • Develop vehicle, system, and component requirements for design, procurement, and test
  • Coordinate with supply chain and manufacturing organizations for procurement and production of systems

What you bring


Educational Requirements:

  • Must have a B.S. or M.S. in an Engineering discipline from an accredited university


  • Strong understanding of modern avionics and electrical system architecture
  • Experience working with suppliers and providing specifications for custom avionics development
  • Experience with Integrated Modular Avionics including DO-297and ARINC 653 is a plus
  • Experience with aircraft systems development per ARP4754 is a plus
  • Experience with software development per DO-178 is a plus
  • Experience with electronic hardware development per DO-254 is a plus
  • Experience with aircraft/spacecraft wiring per AS50881 is a plus
  • Must be able to justify decisions with available information and to achieve buy in from peers
  • Must be able to Independently own a project; influences and negotiates with team members, company leadership and other departments
  • Must be capable of building and leading effective cross functional teams
  • Helps others be successful in daily work. Proactively communicates with others and has good presentation skills
  • Organizes and plans own work and that of other team members
  • Can be counted on to meet commitments and execute work per schedule

Professional Requirements:

  • 10+ years of experience specific to aircraft or spacecraft avionics and electrical systems
  • Strong experience in integration, validation & verification of electrical and avionics systems
  • Strong experience in developing schedules for execution
  • Strong troubleshooting, organizational, and written communication skills
  • Applicants must be U.S. persons as defined by the ITAR (22 CFR §120.15)

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. 


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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