Program Director, Spaceship Operational Sustainment

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

As a Program Director, responsible for building and leading our Spaceship Sustainment  Integrated Program Team for our Spaceship 2 & 3 vehicles, you will be responsible for planning, integration, and execution of programs/projects ensuring successful development, validation, verification, and transition into commercial service for this Spaceship model.  You will develop and be the leader of the Integrated Program Team for our Spaceship 2 & 3 vehicles leading demonstrating the ability to integrate functions while preparing to scale vehicle operations to support improved flight cadences as we accelerate to meet the demand our new industry.  This challenge will require your leadership into and through the later phases of the vehicle life cycle (Entry into Commercial Service).  Your responsibilities  will include the development and deployment of EIS Management systems enabling information flow back to the design teams supporting the next evolution of Spaceship and of Program Management processes and tools in collaboration with the Program & Business Operations Team. In addition, you will be accountable for leading the development of program plans, including baselining, and execution within the approved baseline cost, schedule, and scope. This includes accountability for developing a cross functional team to ensure programs are executed in accordance with the gated product life cycle and Program Management processes ensuring the achievement program and business goals. 


  • Develop and maintain a detailed program plan or Integrated Master Schedule capturing complete scope enabling the transition into service and sustainment, which is aligned with the vehicle programs and related program planning and control tools for the Spaceship 2 & 3 Air Vehicles
  • Develop tools to ensure all relevant scope for EIS is closed out and that In-Service difficulties are capture and resolved to support the desired flight cadence while always having an eye toward safety
  • Execute the approved projects/programs with accountability for cost, scope, and schedule against the approved program baseline and provide program updates as required by the executive team (this includes spares to ensure operational readiness)
  • Develop and lead risk management process including proactively maintaining and tracking program risks and opportunities and providing mitigation plans as needed
  • Leveraging your experience to help the Virgin Galactic team develop and deploy program processes aligned with Program Management best practices
  • Regularly report to executive leadership, internal and external customers, and the wider organization the team’s performance in the areas of quality, scope, cost, and schedule
  • Develop and lead a team of Program Managers responsible for this scope for each Spaceship vehicle dedicated to transforming and scaling the first Space line for Earth


Job Responsibilities:

  • Lead by example through Virgin Galactic’s values, communicating with respect in a straight-up way fostering transparent, and open communication.
  • Apply technical and functional expertise coupled with leadership skills, program management tenacity with an unwavering commitment to quality of work products and the evolution of our tool kit, ensuring the successful advancement of human spaceflight
  • Develop a robust communication plan and process to ensure that our future Spaceship programs benefit from in-service lessons learned on Spaceship 2 & 3
  • Ability to develop the framework and construct that enables detailed program planning create the roadmap to successful execution, including the development and management of leading program indicators
  • Work with other company leaders in engineering, manufacturing, and support organizations to gather history and experience to inform project planning and steering
  • Review detailed development, engineering and manufacturing plans and ensure cross functional integration and alignment
  • Proactively maintain and track program risks and opportunities and provide mitigation plans as needed
  • Regularly report to executive leadership and the broader organization the projects status and performance
  • Build and develop an Integrated Program Team (IPT) that supports the portfolio, including crafting and implementing an appropriate operating system to support and ensure program execution
  • Assign and prioritize projects/program within the portfolio
  • Experience managing supplier program performance as part of the integrated team
  • Lead program reviews, including Integrated Baseline Reviews (IBR), Variance Reviews/Reporting, Monthly Program Management Reviews and others as required.

What you bring

  • Minimum of a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering or technical discipline from an accredited institution
  • 10+ years of industry experience in progressive technical and leadership roles
  • Energetic, passionate and organized program leader ready to lead a project through the full lifecycle
  • Experience with Aerospace vehicle transition from production, into service, and through sustainment through the expected cycle life
  • Demonstrated success managing aerospace projects ideally with a focus on Supplier Project Management.
  • Experience providing leadership and management for multidisciplinary teams of engineering, manufacturing, and business support personnel
  • Experience with complex supply chain management, production of aerospace vehicles, and component manufacturing
  • Able to manage multiple tasks simultaneously and thrive in a complex product development environment with multiple priorities as well as a disciplined production setting
  • Experience with logic linked scheduling, Cost Account Management, budget management, and reporting
  • Experience with IMP/IMS, risk management, configuration management, requirements management processes
  • Understanding of Product Lifecycle Management, Configuration Management, Configuration Control
  • Ability to manage multiple tasks simultaneously and thrive in a complex environment with multiple priorities as well as a disciplined flight operations setting.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication, excellent computer skills including Microsoft Word, Excel, Project and PowerPoint
  • Execute strategic goals and objectives in support of the overall company goals and objectives.
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills with a high attention to detail.
  • Team player with excellent organizational and interpersonal skills.
  • Prefered Qualifications:
    • PMP Certification
    • Masters Degree
    • Primavera (P6) Experience
    • Six Sigma Training and Certification


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.

As part of our commitment to health and safety, COVID-19 vaccines are required for current U.S. teammates, as well as 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-19virus, (“fully vaccinated” means at least two week have expired since receiving the vaccination’s last dose as recommended by the manufacturer).  If you are offered employment, this requirement must be met be your date of hire.  Virgin Galactic complies with federal, state, and local laws with regard to accommodations related to this policy.



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