Buyer Manager

Company Virgin Galactic
Category Supply Chain
Req No.
Regular Full-Time
Location : Location

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

Your Mission

As a Buyer Manager, you will be responsible for coordinating activities involved with procuring, tracking, and expediting goods and services such as raw materials, equipment, tools, parts and supplies at a competitive price, delivery, and quality via the issuance of a purchase order.


Job Responsibilities:

  • Track and manage purchase orders from award of procurement to receipt, including AOG and expedited requests
  • Work with accounting to reconcile vendor accounts and invoices, ensuring there is a 3-way match
  • Issue purchase orders in accordance with contracts or agreements
  • Develop and maintain relationships with vendors and suppliers
  • Manages and reports to Director for metrics including on-time delivery, quality ratings, purchase price variance
  • Maintain records in accordance with established policies, procedures, and audit guidelines
  • Ensure company and supplier compliance to Non-Disclosure Agreements, Export Compliance, and Contracts
  • Implement and drive purchasing strategies
  • Manages daily purchasing activities, supervising staff, and allocating tasks/projects

What you bring

  • Knowledge of the industry and aerospace manufacturing
  • 6 - 10 years’ experience in supply chain. Supervisory or management experience preferred
  • Ability to positively lead and influence
  • Ability/willingness to travel 25-30% depending on business needs and engage with suppliers
  • Minimum of a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution or a combination of education and work experience, preference given to supply chain or engineering degrees
  • Energetic, passionate and organized team member ready to support complex factory procurement activities
  • Ability to manage multiple tasks simultaneously and thrive in a complex product development environment with multiple priorities as well as a disciplined production setting
  • Ability to handle multiple tasks while maintaining attention to detail and accuracy and working under tight time deadlines
  • Experience with IMP/IMS, risk management, configuration management, requirements management processes
  • Understanding of Produce Lifecycle Management, Configuration Management, Configuration Control, ERP and MRP systems
  • Excellent verbal and written communication, excellent computer skills including Microsoft Word, Excel, Project and PowerPoint
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills with a high attention to detail
  • Team player with excellent organizational and interpersonal skills
  • Experience with Oracle or ERP/MRP demand management systems
  • Working knowledge of global supply chain management issues and practices
  • Strong ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing with various internal and external stakeholders
  • Knowledge of negotiation practices/methodology for commodities.


  • A general understanding of Aerospace drawings, specifications, and manufacturing processes
  • Six Sigma Certification
  • PMP Certification
  • Bachelor’s Degree

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.


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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