Future Astronaut Event Manager

Company Virgin Galactic
Category Brand and Communications
Req No.
Regular Full-Time
Location : Location

Who we are

Virgin Galactic www.VirginGalactic.com (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 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

Your Mission


 ** Candidates must be able to work from our Tustin CA headquarters 2x per week ** 


The Brand Experience and Events Department is seeking an experienced events manager to manage and deliver a range of innovative brand experiences and events for Virgin Galactic’s global community of Future Astronauts.


The successful candidate will have a meticulous eye for detail, a can-do attitude and experience in delivering imaginative events for high-end clientele.


If you have excellent events and project management experience, thrive in a fast-paced environment, and are passionate about delivering exceptional customer experiences then this could be the job for you.


Your Mission

  • Liaise with the Astronaut Office on their strategy, objectives, and brief to find out their exact event requirements
  • Design and deliver a calendar of events that target different interests and geographies within the Future Astronaut community
  • Manage whole event cycle from pre-event planning through to delivery and post-event evaluation
  • Produce detailed proposals for events (including timelines, venues, suppliers, staffing, and budgets)
  • Research venues, digital platforms, suppliers, and contractors, then negotiate prices and hire
  • Liaise with the Marketing Team on creative requirements 
  • Support with the development and delivery of RFIs and RFPs, including attending creative workshops, ideating solutions with internal teams, producing presentation content and presenting ideas and concepts to stakeholders
  • Identify and allocate internal and external resources 
  • Research and organise guest speakers
  • Manage and coordinate suppliers and all event logistics (for example, venue, catering, travel)
  • Coordinate suppliers, handle customer queries and troubleshoot on the day of the event to ensure that all runs smoothly and to budget
  • Manage onsite events team
  • Collaborate with the Digital Marketing Team and the Astronaut Office on distribution strategy, delivery of marketing materials and guest list management
  • Liaise with the other internal teams as required (e.g., Facilities, Security, Safety, Legal, Finance, Communications, Insurance)
  • Research opportunities and industry trends


What you bring

Basic Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in event management or a related discipline (preferred but not essential)


Preferred Skills and Experience

  • A minimum of 3 years’ experience in an events manager position, ideally delivering events for high-end clientele
  • Experience of delivering complex large-scale events
  • Experience of producing digital/hybrid events with expertise of different platforms an advantage
  • Proven experience of supervising a team of freelance specialists
  • Skilled in project management
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills
  • Budget management experience
  • Excellent organizational skills, including multitasking, time management, and meticulous attention to detail
  • Ability to multi-task and prioritize and balance conflicting demands using own initiative to solve problems
  • Can-do attitude, fast learner, and great team player
  • Demonstrated experience with meeting and dealing with people at all levels of the organization in an efficient and tactful manner.
  • Ability to work well under pressure in a fast-moving environment
  • Good knowledge of Microsoft and working knowledge of Apple, and Adobe products an advantage
  • Ability to hit the ground running


Physical and/or Additional Requirements

  • Flexibility to travel and work across different time zones, as needed


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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