Virgin Galactic

Security Lead

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

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, 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 Security Lead- Mojave is a highly responsible and visible role within the company. It provides tactical support to the Security Operations Manager and Senior Director Security to ensure the security of teammates, capital assets and proprietary information for the Company.

  • Prevent and protect the company, employees, customers, customer data, technical resources, and company’s assets from internal and external threats.
  • Develop internal controls to prevent the theft of equipment or proprietary information and ensure that employees are safe in the workplace. When security breaches occur, focus shifts from prevention to investigation and damage control.
  • Extensive liaison with local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies.
  • Work with and support New Mexico Security Operations Manager, Senior Director Security.
  • Evaluates the risks faced by the company and use this information to find solutions that will mitigate the risk.
  • Ensure that the facility is fully compliant with all acceptable security regulations. The Security Lead must stay up to date on all such regulations that could impact the company and make sure that the facility is meeting these requirements.
  • Support security program in Mojave, and Tustin.
  • Support security program in New Mexico – flight day operations.
  • Constantly researching the latest in security advancements and looking for ways to make operations more efficient, while being aware of the financial repercussions.
  • Planning of risk assessment and analysis, conducting quarterly risk assessment for the company
  • Remain up to date on new threats and opportunities to make necessary changes to policies and procedures.
  • Looks for ways to integrate new security technologies into the workforce. This proactive approach ensures that the company is always at the cutting edge of corporate security, creating an environment that protects people, products, and the company.
  • Extensive liaison and oversight of third-party security vendors.

What you bring

Qualifications and Experience

  • BA/BS or equivalent experience.
  • Minimum of 4 years of security management experience.
  • 8 + years’ experience in a combination of the following: physical security, military/law enforcement/government, corporate risk management, emergency response management, executive protection programs, business continuity programs, insider threat programs, intelligence programs.
  • Prior experience in an aerospace company is a plus.
  • Proven experience effectively managing multiple KPI's, projects, and initiatives in a rapidly changing environment.
  • Extremely strong verbal and written communication skills, including the ability to synthesize complex topics and create compelling narratives for various audiences.
  • Excellent team building skills and desire to help others learn and grow.
  • High level of accountability and ownership -- driven and focused self-starter.
  • Strategic mindset -- ability to think ahead of where the company is at now and scale teams, product, and processes to ensure business objectives are continuously met.
  • Skilled at using data to influence decision-making.
  • Strong cross-functional partner — able to effectively collaborate with various business leaders, subject matter experts, and decision makers to develop data-driven policies, products, and models to improve performance across all facets of Corporate Security.
  • Open to being available for on-call purposes (weekend/evening escalation handling).
  • Open to domestic and international travel.

Behaviors and Skills

  • Excellent technical, interpersonal, and analytical skills required.
  • Strong literacy in MS Word and Excel.
  • Strong computer systems knowledge.
  • Highly organized and skilled with time management.
  • Strong customer service skill required.
  • Excellent communication skills (written reports/analysis and oral presentation)
  • Strong relationship building and management skills and demonstrated experience working with support vendors.
  • Possess a positive "Can Do" attitude by stepping up and taking additional responsibilities and adapting to changes in this fast-paced environment.
  • Practical approach/ leads by example. Happy to be hands on and work closely with cross-functional teams.
  • Self-motivated, self-disciplined, and enjoys working independently or within a team.

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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