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Mission Manager

Mission Manager

Req No. 
Job Locations 
US-CA-Long Beach
Marketing & Sales
Regular Full-Time

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Who we are

At Virgin Orbit, we launch the small satellite revolution, accessing space for missions that were previously unimaginable and fostering new ideas and technologies to create a truly spacefaring civilization. We deliver Virgin’s legendary customer service by pairing technological advancements with a clear focus on our customers’ needs. We build a workplace and a workforce for the future, knowing that our decisions and investments of today will launch the industries of tomorrow. We engage a diverse and inclusive community of dreamers and achievers in a shared mission to access space to improve life on Earth. At Virgin Orbit, we boost imagination. Search all of our job openings on our career portal.


Position Summary

Virgin Orbit (VO) is seeking a new member for our team to serve as a Mission Manager. If you join us in this position, you will be responsible for the execution of rideshare missions for a Virgin Orbit customer that has purchased a launch for their respective spacecraft. This position will work with the customer and the engineering/production teams to ensure program execution of the customers’ mission reliably and on schedule. Further, the customer experience is premier in the fulfillment of a mission. This being a rideshare focused management position means that this position will be working with multiple customers and engaging across the mission management and technical teams for optimal mission execution for the primary and rideshare customers for the LauncherOne small satellite launch program. This role is for a hands-on person with great attention to detail and excellent people skills. This is a full-time position at our rocket factory in beautiful Long Beach, California.

Your Mission


  • Develop an execution plan for executing a mission for a Virgin Orbit customers
  • Engage with industry payload separation systems and dispenser manufacturers and providers to create the complete mission solutions for different combination of payloads on a given mission
  • Interface with internal engineering and production teams to ensure on-time execution on the mission
  • Work with the customer to mitigate and resolve technical and programmatic issues that arise
  • Provide information to Virgin Orbit management on the status of programs
  • Excel at supporting multiple programs and managing between programs
  • Support the complete business development team in providing rideshare options, highlighting opportunities and compatibilities between missions, customers, desired orbits and requirements
  • Work with both technical and business counterparts in the customer community
  • Represent Virgin Orbit in public events as needed
  • Provide feedback to engineering and production teams on products and processes to improve the Virgin Orbit service offering
  • Work closely with Business Development to coordinate mission’s activities with overall business activities and link those activities to opportunities and status of the LauncherOne manifest
  • Support the LauncherOne Safety and Mission Assurance team as the focal point for FAA launch license and safety requirements for a the customers on a given mission
  • Provide support for new customer programs as needed; both on technical and business topics
  • Negotiate with the customer and third parties as needed on contractual and technical issues
  • Provide a positive image of Virgin Orbit to the customer community 
  • Help Virgin Orbit do our part to make the world a better place

  • Constantly learn new things—and share them with your team members

  • Performs other duties as assigned 

What you bring

If you want to join us, you’d better have all of these…  

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering or Science
  • Minimum of 5 years professional relevant working experience in the Aerospace industry
  • Must have a technical background and be adept at working and solving technical issues
  • Must have business acumen to deal with contractual issues with customers. Related is that prior experience with business issue resolution is required
  • Excellent communication skills to deal with the customer at the working and management level as well as internal engineering and production teams
  • Excellent organizational skills to create the business and technical basis for flexible and efficient manifesting for rideshare customers
  • Ability and willingness to thrive in a fast-paced, rapidly changing work environment
  • Driven, highly motivated, and committed to improvement
  • Ability to add something unique and positive to our team
  • Generally high level of all-around awesomeness
  • Must be able to work all shifts and available for overtime as well as weekends during launch campaigns

… and you should probably have a bunch of these, too. 

  • Masters in Engineering or Science a plus

  • Prior experience executing spacecraft mission’s for a launch service company or a launch provider “broker” company.

  • Prior spacecraft technical experience especially in regard to launch environments and interfaces.

  • Strong contract negotiation skills.

  • Understanding of the state-of-the-industry in payload accommodations for rideshare payloads.

  • Passion for space exploration and a firm belief in the utility of affordable access to space

  • Ability to thrive as a ‘one person team’

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.


Personal Requirements

Our idea of a happy life: build rockets, work with brilliant people, serve purposeful customers, and open access to space. Sir Richard Branson’s belief is “If you get the perfect mix of people working for your company, you have a far greater chance of success.” From the very start, we have placed top priority on growing and fostering a team of creative, diverse, and talented women and men. In the words of Sir Richard Branson “We believe it’s better to have a hole in your team than an asshole in your team!”

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Virgin Orbit is an Equal Opportunity Employer; employment with Virgin Orbit 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.


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