Virgin Galactic

Program Planning & Control Manager

Company Virgin Galactic
Category Program
Req No.
Regular Full-Time
Location : Location
Additional Locations
US-CA-Mojave | US

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

This position will help transition the organization to the next level in our journey to commercial operations. The team of Program Planning and Control Managers work closely with Program Leaders, Business Analysts, Schedulers, and Integrated Project Teams (IPTs) and enable Programs to make decisions based on timely and accurate program cost and schedule data. You ensure that the Programs are following the standard Program Management and EVMS processes and cadence. You will be analyzing schedule and finance (EV) data, developing, tracking, and reporting key performance indicators, identifying program and project risks, working with all levels in creating solutions on how to mitigate or avoid program challenges. You will be tasked with working through process improvements. This is an individual contributor role reporting to Sr. Manager of Program Business Management and is located in North Orange County, CA – discuss location with Hiring Manager.


Key Responsibilities:


In partnership with your Program Manager, drive schedule and cost fidelity, as well business process compliance.

Provide Program Management with timely and accurate cost and schedule program information (you will work with Schedulers who build IMS, update schedule progress, conduct schedule risk assessment, etc.).

  • Monitor progress (cost and schedule performance), utilizing various project management and EVMS tools and measurements, e.g., Gantt charts, critical path, variance analysis, CPI/SPI, etc.
  • Prepare cost and schedule analysis, provide reports that clearly reflect program status in accordance with EVMS principles (e.g. CAM reports), identify variances, work with the IPT to establish variance explanations
  • Provide recommendations to resolve critical path conflicts
  • Help facilitate EAC (Estimate at Completion) process and other critical PPC activities
  • Help implement EVMS (Earned Value Management System) processes to drive schedule and cost integration. Support coaching of the organization regarding Program Control processes and EVMS
  • As needed, help establish Program Planning and Control processes, standard work, and cadence
  • Ensure Program compliance with internal Program Planning and Control procedures and cadence. For example, partner with Program Leadership to ensure that Programs are properly baselined (schedules accurately and comprehensively reflect the contractual scope, flow, and resources required to execute program requirements on time and within budget, etc.)
  • Provide guidance to program team members in developing project/program artifacts (e.g. SoW, WBS, WBS dictionary, work packages)
  • Support Risk Management
  • Partner with Finance to drive accountability and alignment across all disciplines
  • Prepare and deliver presentation material, as needed

What you bring

  • Bachelor’s degree and 5 to 7 years of relevant experience
  • Program Finances / EVMS subject matter expert (concept, analysis, and reporting)
  • Strong knowledge of program management and program controls
  • Working knowledge of scheduling (you will work with Schedulers)
  • Strong analytical skills
  • Detail-oriented and passionate about producing accurate reports
  • Proven experience monitoring cost and schedule performance, utilizing various project management and EVMS tools and measurements, e.g., Gantt charts, critical path, variance analysis, CPI/SPI, etc.
  • Proven experience preparing schedule and cost analysis
  • Proven ability to create reports that clearly reflect program status in accordance with EVMS principles (e.g. CAM reports), identify variances, work with the IPT to establish variance explanations.
  • Ability to think creatively to provide program health reports based on available information and tools, while the organization is establishing EVMS capability
  • Demonstrated ability to successfully deal with ambiguity and managing changing priorities
  • Experience with IBR, EAC, risk Management and other critical PPC activities
  • Effective communicator, ability to facilitate a discussion and lead a team to a decision or consensus
  • Ability to work cross-functionally, collaborate, build relations, take charge
  • Ensure Program Management Office compliance with internal program procedures
  • Can-do mindset
  • Proficiency with MS Office applications (Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Outlook)


Preferred Knowledge

  • Master’s degree
  • Primavera P6
  • Experience implementing Primavera P6
  • Knowledge of aircraft design and manufacturing processes
  • Knowledge of Phase Gate Review process
  • Background in Aerospace
  • PMP
  • Six Sigma Green Belt or process improvement experience


U.S. Person Requirement

Because of the export-controlled nature of our technology, applicants are required to be U.S. Persons (either a U.S. citizen, lawful permanent resident, or protected individual as defined by the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) (22 C.F.R. §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. 


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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