Virgin Orbit

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Material Planner

Material Planner

Req No. 
Job Locations 
US-CA-Long Beach
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 Material Planner. This position will assist in the Material Requirement Planning function 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 Virgin Orbit's rocket factory in Long Beach, California.




Your Mission

  • Plan material requirements and ensure the availability of the material using Oracle MRP system
  • Address daily exception messages in Oracle MRP system
  • Analyze, investigate, and assure the accuracy of the MRP action messages
  • Determine and maintain critical planning item attributes in Oracle through collaboration with other departments
  • Maintain and perform detailed analysis of planning metrics and reports
  • Participate in forecasting demand and analyzing inventory trends
  • Coordinate with cross-functional business teams to develop the best economic strategy for demand planning to support production
  • Participate in company initiatives and contribute to continuous process improvements


What you bring

  • Bachelor’s degree in Business/Materials Management, or similar
  • Minimum of 4 years of planning experience in a production environment or similar experience
  • Strong analytical skills with the ability to identify issues and generate solutions
  • Proficient computer skills (MS Word, Excel, and Powerpoint)
  • Basic knowledge of planning
  • Excellent verbal, written and interpersonal communication skills
  • Ability to be flexible, multi-task, and have strong organizational skills to meet strict deadlines

Preferred Skills and Experience

  • APICS certification

  • Working knowledge of an ERP/MRP system
  • Experience with SQL databases and queries
  • Experience with Oracle Demand Planning or other major planning software
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced, cross-functional environment with minimal supervision
  • Incredible energy and passion with a resourceful attitude

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



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 Virgin Orbit 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 work well under commercial 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.


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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