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Mission Program Manager

Mission Program Manager

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

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Who we are

VOX Space, LLC is a US-incorporated, wholly-owned subsidiary of Virgin Orbit, LLC. VOX Space provides the national security community of the USA and allied nations with responsive, dedicated, and affordable launch services for small satellites bound for Low Earth Orbit. Headquartered in Manhattan Beach, California, VOX Space can provide study, analysis, integration, and launch services using Virgin Orbit's LauncherOne, while ensuring our customer’s critical information is protected.


Position Summary

VOX Space is seeking a Mission & Program Manager. Ideal candidate will be responsible for the execution of a specific mission or program for a VOX Space customer that has purchased a launch service, or an analysis to determine if LauncherOne suits their mission needs. 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 role is for a hands-on person with great attention to detail and excellent people skills.  The Mission & Program Manager is the “front line” representative for VOX Space to execute their programs and missions on time, and on-budget while providing outstanding communication and customer experience.  The role requires follow-through and initiative to ensure VOX Space meets their obligations.  This is a full-time position at VOX Spaces’ facility in Manhattan Beach, California.

Your Mission

  • Develop an execution plan for executing a mission or program for a VOX Space customer.
  • Proactively work with the customer to mitigate and resolve technical and programmatic issues that arise.
  • Interface with the extended engineering and production teams to ensure on-time execution on the mission.
  • Provide information to VOX Space management on the status of programs.
  • Be able to support multiple programs and manage between programs.
  • Work with both technical and business counterparts in the customer community.
  • Represent VOX Space in public and customer events as needed.
  • Provide feedback to engineering and production teams on products and processes to improve the VOX Space service offering.
  • Work closely with Business Development to coordinate mission’s activities with overall business activities.
  • 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 VOX Space to the customer community.

What you bring

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

  • BS degree in Engineering
  • Minimum of 5 years professional relevant working experience in the Aerospace & Defense 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 extended engineering and production teams.

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

  • MS degree in Engineering a plus
  • Prior experience executing spacecraft mission's for a launch service company.
  • Prior spacecraft technical experience.
  • Prior program execution experience including maintaining schedule and cost baselines for a program.
  • Strong contract negotiation skills.

*The Employer retains the right to change or assign other duties to this position.


Physical and/or Additional Requirements

  • Must be able to work all shifts and available for overtime as well as weekends when needed.
  • Domestic and International travel will be required for this role. In addition to, candidate will require a valid passport.

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:

The VOX Space organization has a relaxed and informal culture that encourages individuality and innovation.  You will be motivated, enterprising and enthusiastic.  Company culture is such that you need to be able to “check your ego at the door,” be a self-starter and possess a sense of humility.  You will be helping to start VOX Space from the ground up, so you will be flexible in day-to-day work assignments.  You will work well under customer time pressure and thrive on being given challenges and responsibility.  You will communicate clearly and be confident and persuasive. You will have a high level of integrity and understand the need of complete confidentiality. 


Clearance Requirements:

Position requires you have a current clearance, or are able to pass an appropriate background check for a TS/SCI.


VOX Space is an Equal Opportunity Employer; employment with VOX Space 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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