Virgin Orbit

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Quality Supervisor

Quality Supervisor

Req No. 
Job Locations 
US-CA-Long Beach
Quality Assurance
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 the Quality Supervisor. If you joined us in this position, you would assist in managing all Quality activities on the production floor for the LauncherOne small satellite launch program.  You would lead a world-class inspection team, ensure the team is properly trained, equipped and assigned, and build out all needed quality process infrastructure.  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

  • Manage the day-to-day activities of the Quality inspection team on the production floor, including receiving inspection, non-destructive testing, precision inspection, and MRB
  • Interface with manufacturing, engineering, and supply chain to ensure issues are resolved, work is prioritized appropriately, processes are defined and implemented, and production operates effectively
  • Define layout and build up all needed Quality workcenters
  • Ensure compliance with company policies, practices, procedures and work rules to support and maintain the Quality Management System. Provide training sessions as needed
  • Participate in process improvements in a team-based environment
  • Help develop and maintain required performance metrics
  • Coordinate with cross-functional teams on product quality issues, escapes and development of corrective actions
  • Perform and support process quality audits and internal audits of the Quality Management System
  • Comply with safety regulations and promote a safe working environment
  • 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 a STEM field
  • Minimum of 5 years of relevant manufacturing experience
  • Creative problem solver able to work in multi-disciplinary teams
  • Flexible, adaptable and able to thrive in a fast paced start-up environment
  • Solid understanding of the manufacturing methods, inspection techniques and quality issues involved in aerospace production
  • Experience working with MES, PLM and ERP systems
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office
  • Attention to detail and follow through
  • Knowledge of AS9100 or other relevant industry Quality standards
  • 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
  • A generally quite 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
  • Physically able to handle items weighing up to 25lbs (unassisted)

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

  • Experience working in a start-up environment
  • At least 2 years of supervisory experience
  • Proven hands-on experience in a composite and metallic aerospace structure fabrication, assembly and integration environment
  • Knowledgeable about precision inspection and non-destructive inspection techniques
  • Well-rounded 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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