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Test Operations Manager – 2nd Shift

Test Operations Manager – 2nd Shift

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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 the Test Operations Manager – 2nd Shift. If you join us in this position, you will lead a team in the development of the 1st and 2nd Stage rocket engines with a transition to production testing operations for the LauncherOne small satellite launch program. The Night Shift Manager of Test Operations will have a major role at Virgin Orbit’s Mojave LauncherOne test facilities located at Mojave Air and Spaceport. This role reports to the Director of Test Operations. The Test Operations Manager – 2nd Shift is expected to lead a team of highly motivated, professional, and skilled engineers and technicians to perform safe and successful propulsion test operations and rocket engine hot fire testing operations. 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 propulsion test facility in beautiful Mojave, California.


Your Mission



  • Lead a team of engineers to complete the LauncherOne 1st Stage Propulsion development, qualification, and production testing operations
  • Assure safe test site operations in conjunction with Virgin Orbit Safety Officers to ensure personnel safety
  • Coordinate emergency response with Mojave support in the event of an emergency
  • Assure accurate technical approach for execution of all propulsion tests and data reduction
  • Coordinate with Test Site Manager – 1st Shift and Test Operation Manager – 1st Shift to accomplish night shift activities that are aligned with the Program Master Schedule
  • Coordinate with Test Responsible Engineers in the safe operations of rocket engine testing
  • Must be willing to wear multiple hats…serve as the Test Director, Test Conductor, or Test Engineer as needed
  • Clearly and concisely communicate night shift operations and testing status to the Test Site Director, Site Management, and Long Beach Engineering/Management
  • Ensure test readiness review actions and constraints are completed prior to entering rocket engine hot fire testing
  • Lead, mentor, and train employees in all aspects of rocket propulsion systems from initial concept to testing operations
  • 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 Physics
  • 10 years aerospace related work experience
  • 5 years launch vehicle related experience or chemical rocket engine propulsion testing
  • Management of complex space system production experience
  • 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 when needed
  • Must be able to stand for extended periods – 8 hours minimum
  • Must be able to stoop, bend, crawl, and being able to maneuver in tight spaces
  • Physically able to handle items weighing up to 25lbs (unassisted)

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

  • Management of propulsion ground test and launch experience
  • Management of high performance teams including engineers, production technicians and flight operations personnel experience
  • 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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