Posted Date:  Nov 16, 2022
City:  Tustin

Title:  Lead Engineer-Platform Operations

Job Description: 


Your Mission at Virgin Galactic


Virgin Galactic is seeking an incredibly talented, energetic, and experienced candidate to join our Future Motherships Integrated Logistics Support team. The role comprises a wide variety of responsibilities and requires flexibility and tenacity. The ideal candidate will be capable of working in a fast-paced environment with many quick turn-around tasks assigned daily. The candidate must have experience working around aircraft and/or spacecraft vehicles.  They must be comfortable working with minimal supervision and performing many responsibilities simultaneously. We are looking for a self-starter: someone who is project oriented, able to assess needs, implement processes, and quickly produce results with a high attention to detail.

The Future Motherships Operations Engineer for our fleet vehicles will work closely with all departments at Virgin Galactic, but primarily the Motherships Program Management Office and the Operations team.  The primary focus for this role is to ensure our future motherships are ready for flight testing and entry into commercial service from the perspective of spares, parts obsolescence planning, defect tracking, vehicles configuration compliance, ground support equipment, and tie-in to both legacy motherships and spaceships in terms of lessons-learned and part commonality. Qualified candidates should have a strong technical background in aircraft design, maintenance, configuration management, material review board, and change management.  Successful candidates will demonstrate an ability to balance technical knowledge and business acumen to fill this role.

Roles & Responsibilities
•Ensure proper engineering processes are in place 
•Ensure appropriate spares are identified and available in advance of flight testing and revenue operations 
•Develop and coordinate sparing strategy
•Ensure the appropriate Technical Publications are prioritized 
•Ensure the Operations discrepancy and disposition process is established 
•Ensure the RO (Return Order) Process efficiently supports spaceships in service  
•Ensure an appropriate defect tracking tool is established
•Support the Program Director for Integrated Logistics Support to ensure an appropriate parts obsolescence process is established that proactively identifies obsolescence concerns and addresses them early to support vehicle operations
•Work with Supply Chain to ensure the product support agreements Virgin Galactic has with its suppliers contractually drive compliance related to service bulletins.
•Develop an operational Minimum Equipment List (MEL) for future motherships.  
•Work with Quality to develop a part tagging and tracking system that supports Virgin Galactic’s operations across various locations
•Support Engineering with investigations and Material Review Board (MRB) dispositions when required 
•Support the QMS (Quality Management System) implementation by helping develop Operations Engineering processes
•Support the Ground Support Equipment (GSE) team with engineering guidance as required
•Bachelor’s degree in Aerospace and/or Mechanical Engineering, with 6+ years relevant industry experience; other STEM disciplines may also be considered
•Working knowledge of aircraft and space systems is desirable
•MRB (Material Review Board) experience desirable
•Excellent analytic and problem-solving skills with high attention to detail
•Excellent verbal and written communication skills
•Excellent interpersonal and team project management skills
•Strong IT skills, including Excel, Project/P6 Primavera and Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) tools. Computer Aided Design (CAD) experience is desirabl


Who we are


Virgin Galactic is transforming humanity’s relationship with space. By making it more open and accessible, we are connecting the world to the love, wonder and awe inspired by space travel, helping to create new opportunities for the benefit of life on Earth. Whether it’s supporting cutting-edge research missions for scientists and students, or offering life-changing experiences for the adventurers among us, Virgin Galactic is THE spaceline for Earth. Such an audacious vision requires a team as driven as they are curious - one capable of redefining the boundaries of what’s possible. 


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-19 virus, (“fully vaccinated” means at least two weeks have expired since receiving the vaccination’s last dose as recommended by the manufacturer) or have a valid religious or medical exemption.  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.