Virgin Galactic

Maintenance Manager - Flight Mx

Company Virgin Galactic
Category Operations
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, 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

Position Summary

Virgin Galactic (VG) is seeking a Flight Maintenance Manager. This role is for someone that can grow and develop aerospace maintenance execution teams to support our company purpose and mission. This is a full-time position at Virgin Galactic’s Gateway to Space at Spaceport America near Las Cruces, NM.


  • Responsible for the safety, morale, and welfare of the flight maintenance team
  • Provide mentorship and guidance to flight maintenance leadership
  • Ensure compliance with set company policy, mission objectives, and applicable FAR’s
  • Develop and maintain interdepartmental relationships to aid in mission completion
  • Provide budgetary inputs to AOP (Annual Operating Plan)
  • Monitor and report variances on monthly budgetary reporting
  • Review, analyse, and make changes to resourcing as defined by mission objectives
  • Develop, monitor, and report flight maintenance department operational business metrics
  • Responsible for interviewing and making hiring decisions
  • Manage and support required departmental meetings and provide departmental status
  • Oversee maintenance department training compliance to program requirements
  • Manage, monitor, asses and participate in Safety Management System objectives and deliverables for the flight maintenance team
  • Champion and manage departmental continuous improvement projects as well as change management implementation efforts as required

What you bring

Basic Qualifications

  • Bachelors related degree is preferred. However, consideration will be given for equivalent operational leadership experience.
  • FAA Airframe & Powerplant License
  • Formal Leadership experience required, 10 years at a departmental manager level or above
  • A successful track record and experience with process improvement in maintenance and/or production environments;
  • Ability to manage in a fast paced and ever changing environment.
  • Proficient with Microsoft Outlook, Excel and PowerPoint;
  • Ability to work in a paperless environment utilizing various computerized platforms;
  • Excellent leadership and management skills, ability to multitask, apply good intrapersonal skills and utilize available resources to accomplish company goals;
  • Good oral communication skills and ability to train others on the job;
  • Ability to pass the background check to obtain a US airport AOA and/or NMSA spaceport badge;
  • Willing to travel and be on-call 24/7/365 in support of operational requirements;
  • Must have a valid passport and a valid driver’s license;
  • To comply with ITAR Regulations, only US Persons (US Citizens or Permanent Residents) will be considered.

*The Employer retains the right to change or assign other duties to this position.


Physical and/or Additional Requirements

  • Must be able to work all shifts and available for overtime as well as weekends when needed.
  • Must be able to stand for extended periods – 8 hours min.
  • Must be able to stoop, bend, crawl, and being able to work in tight spaces.
  • Must be able to physically able to handle items weighing up to 40lbs (unassisted). 

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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