Specialist-Product Safety License Lead

Company Virgin Galactic
Category Engineering
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 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

Your Mission

Virgin Galactic is seeking a talented and motivated Engineer/Analyst to join our team. The ideal candidate will be able to perform the Responsibilities of the position and meet many of the Knowledge/Experience requirements. You bring your talent and experience and will have the opportunity learn from on-the-job training. This position is a great opportunity to grow into a new engineering discipline or increase your experience in a career you have had for many years. This position reports to the Director of Product Safety and Mission Assurance.

•Work with Product Safety and Mission Integration to develop vehicle-specific, operator license documentation. The Safety License Lead is responsible for maintaining the currency and accuracy of safety artifacts within the operator license application to the latest safety analysis. Strong technical writing skills are required for this role. An applicant should have experience with one or more safety analyses from either or both of the major safety areas below:
1.System Safety Analysis (SSA)
     •Fault Tree Analysis (FTA)
     •Functional Hazard Assessment (FHA)
     •Failure Mode Effects Analysis (FMEA)
     •Risk identification, prioritization, and management
2.Flight Safety Analysis (FSA)
     •Trajectory Analysis
     •Debris Analysis
     •Probability of Failure Analysis
     •Population Exposure Analysis
     •Flight Hazard Area Analysis

What you bring

Educational Requirements:
•B.S. or M.S. degree in an Engineering discipline, Mathematics, or Physics from an accredited university

•Knowledge of Systems Engineering development lifecycles
•Knowledge of software development practices and design assurance methods such as DO-178 or ARP4754 preferred
•Knowledge of electronic hardware design assurance methods such as DO-254 preferred
•Knowledge of FAA commercial space regulations (14 CFR Parts 400 - 460) preferred
•Detailed knowledge of the inputs and outputs of the various RM&S analysis techniques
•Experience with the system safety methods of ARP4761 or MIL-STD-882, with emphasis on hazard mitigation processes
•Experience with Human Factors and its application to RM&S preferred
•Should have experience with a fault tree modeling software
•Ability to read electrical and mechanical engineering drawings, to include schematics, wiring diagrams and assembly drawings

Professional Requirements:
•Three or more years of relevant experience in aerospace or similar field
•Strong technical writing skills required
•Strong troubleshooting, organizational, and written communication skills
•Team player with excellent communication skills both verbal and written
•Must be self-motivated and capable of working with some supervision, adaptable to changing environments, and able to handle multiple tasks and/or projects simultaneously
•Applicants must be U.S. persons as defined by the ITAR (22 CFR §120.15)

Beneficial Experience / Skills:
•Experience working directly with a federal regulator, history of a positive relationship a major plus
•Experience meeting regulations and/or requirements in a flight test program a major plus


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.


EEO Statement
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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