Virgin Orbit

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Contract Recruiter

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US-CA-Long Beach
Human Resources

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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 is seeking an EXPERIENCED Contract Recruiter to be onsite at our Long Beach facility.  This is not a remote position, therefore we will be giving preference to LA area candidates.


A background in aerospace is advantageous, but not essential. This role will be expected to operate highly autonomously, provide excellent and legally defensible hire/no hire recommendations based on relevant facts and observations of candidates, and advanced sourcing and screening skills. Candidates should be comfortable developing and being held accountable for relevant recruiting metrics. 


Your Mission

  • Utilize a broad range of resources to proactively source high quality candidates. Independently pre-qualify resumes and pre-screen candidates based on job requirements.
  • Develop creative and effective techniques to advertise and otherwise generate attention for vacancies and postings, including social networking tools, creating effective representation of the company at job fairs, etc.
  • Work with hiring managers to accurately define position duties and requirements, developing clear job descriptions and effective job postings.  Identify likely ways to effectively source candidates for difficult to fill positions.
  • Assist hiring managers to identify and implement effective pre-screening techniques for each position. As appropriate, coordinate phone interviews, testing, practical assessments, on-site interviews and any required travel.
  • Coach inexperienced interviewers on effective and legally defensible interview techniques, develop tools and tips to assist them as needed.
  • Interview candidates for non-technical qualifications, lead interviewer debrief sessions and provide recommendations on hiring.
  • Sell the company’s value proposition to candidates and successfully negotiate offers and relocation packages.
  • Support relocation, on-boarding and post-hire follow-up for new hires, including developing effective resources and materials.


What you bring

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


  • 3-5 years of full cycle recruiting experience, ideally in aerospace, a start-up organization or a highly unique cultural environment
  • Possess an established track record of developing strong relationships virtually with potential employees as well as Hiring Managers.
  • Ability to quick learn and apply technical information about new vacancies
  • Must possess strong negotiating skills and the ability to get information from candidates they might not prefer to reveal.
  • Demonstrate creativity in finding ways to identify and close candidates.
  • Have a strong customer focus when dealing with both hiring managers and candidates.
  • Must be able to identify and effectively “sell” the company’s value proposition to candidates.


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

  • 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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