Virgin Galactic

Director, IT Program Management

Company Virgin Galactic
Category Information Technology
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

Virgin Galactic is currently seeking a skilled Director, IT Program Management Office responsible for the overall direction, coordination, implementation, control, and completion of technology projects ensuring consistency with company strategy, standards, architecture, and overall IT commitments. This includes partnering with a wide variety of business units and programs. The Director, IT Program Management Office will manage portfolio prioritization, scope, cost and schedule through robust project planning, communication, and resource management. This role will also be responsible for facilitating risk, change and integration management for all programs within scope.


Key Responsibilities

  • Define and drive the strategic alignment with IT leadership, IT departments and business process owners to ensure various needs and opportunities are identified, prioritized, validated and communicated through a multi-year strategic roadmap.
  • Ensure that long term business process strategies are reflected in the Projects Portfolio and manage expectations on what can be delivered in line with available resources.
  • Ensure that Programs are aligned with relevant governance structures and timelines.
  • Responsible for delivering solution justifications and business cases including investment alternatives to support project prioritization and budget planning. Ensure business benefits are identified at the start, followed through, proactively monitored, and realized.
  • Drive flawless execution of the programs and the overall portfolio by being accountable for delivery metrics including successful analysis and management of financials, schedule, resources, and benefits realization.
  • Ensure resource availability and allocation, in the process gaining commitment from key leadership to ensure realistic schedules can be maintained.
  • Establish and maintain strong stakeholder relationships, to ensure business requirements are clearly defined and project delivery plans are aligned to meet expectations.
  • Manage strong relationships across IT leadership and delivery teams and ensure regular, transparent communications related to project delivery.
  • Ensure Methods, Processes and Tools are standardized and implemented across the organization.
  • Team and resources (time, money) managed in line with company business principles and values.
  • Use appropriate verification techniques to manage changes in project scope, schedule and costs and ensure key stakeholders (both internal and external) are aware of agreed upon and committed changes.
  • Manage the relationship with the internal customers and all key stakeholders across the portfolio.
  • Establish and maintain relationships with third parties/vendors to ensure quality delivery or outsourced components.
  • Identify opportunities for continuous improvement of project management tools and processes used with the delivery lifecycle.

What you bring

  • Bachelor’s degree in an IT Related field (Master’s preferred)
  • 5 years project management experience with PMI, Prince II and the ability to manage Agile, Waterfall and hybrid Project methodologies. 
  • Strong background and experience managing business applications implementation in the manufacturing or production domain, or other regulated industry.
  • 3-5 years exposure to industry leading business applications
  • This role requires practical application of project management theory, techniques, and tools. 
  • Must possess experience in risk identification, management, and mitigation, and change management procedures. 
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office, Microsoft Project or equivalent planning tools required. 
  • The Director may be involved with high priority or strategic initiatives that may require extended hours and/or travel (40%)
  • Proven ability to manage multiple, often competing project workloads and activities.
  • Solid technical background, with understanding or hands-on experience in software development, infrastructure technology or web technologies
  • Excellent client-facing and internal communication skills
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Solid organizational skills including attention to detail and multi-tasking 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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