Virgin Galactic

Project Manager, Vehicle Operations

Company Virgin Galactic
Category Engineering
US-NM-Las Cruces
Req No.
Regular Full-Time
Location : Location
US-NM-Las Cruces

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

  • Supports the Program Manager by setting up operations for VSS Unity
  • Responsible to the Program Manager for meeting program scope, schedule, and cost requirements relevant. Key focus area is operations
  • Responsible for deliverables associated with reliability, maintainability, flight and ground maintenance and technical publications
  • Leads the cross-functional team to complete projects within the program and coordinates with other stakeholders in the program team.
  • Supports creation of plans to meet program requirement to include PMP plans, Operational Plan and other product plans as required to bolster revenue operations.
  • Work with the Unity program team, maintenance control, engineering team, and mission integration team to assure smooth transition from planned modification to vehicle operations.
  • Coordinate the efforts between all internal functions and vendors to properly support the master schedule.
  • Resolve conflicts in schedule and resources with functional managers.
  • Proactively maintain and track program risks and opportunities and provide mitigation plans as needed – communicates this to the Program Manager
  • Develop and implement recovery plans by working with all functions to implement these plans when the project gets off schedule
  • Regularly report to executive leadership, internal and external customers and the wider organization the projects status and performance
  • Other duties as required in support of the Program Manager and program requirements

What you bring

  • Bachelor’s degree in Aerospace, Mechanical, or Electrical Engineering or similar Engineering discipline from an accredited institution.
  • 10+ years industry experience in progressive program management roles – projects related to vehicle operations
  • Experience with the operational support of flight vehicles or vehicle systems to a set of requirements or standards such as CFR 14, Part 400, Part 23 and 25, military or NASA
  • Energetic, passionate and organized program leader ready to lead a project through the full lifecycle
  • Experience providing leadership and management for multidisciplinary teams of engineering, manufacturing, and business support personnel
  • Demonstrated success managing aerospace programs and projects of flight vehicles
  • Experience with production of aerospace vehicles
  • Engineering experience of aerospace vehicles systems and structures
  • Experience in composite manufacturing
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Able to manage multiple tasks simultaneously and thrive in a complex environment with multiple priorities as well as a disciplined production setting
  • Experience with logic linked scheduling and Cost Account Management
  • Experience with IMP/IMS, risk management, configuration management, requirements management processes
  • Experience in budget management and reporting
  • Ability to work effectively in collaboration with diverse groups of people
  • Self-directed with demonstrated passion for space and aerospace development.
  • Resourceful and entrepreneurial to continually elevate Virgin Galactic’s Spaceship Program Team


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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