Virgin Orbit

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US-CA-Long Beach
Human Resources
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 is seeking a Recruiter who will be responsible for engaging in direct and indirect recruiting strategies to increase company exposure, branding, and reputation. In addition, we need you to conduct deep internet mining for passive candidates and make sound judgments on talent and exercise discretion in making independent decisions. As our part of our team, you will be responsible for sourcing, identifying, qualifying, interviewing, and presenting candidates to hiring managers. You will also be responsible for recruiting at all levels of talent spanning multiple skills, with strong focus on professional and exempt level positions. You will work independently on multiple projects with a strong ability to effectively prioritize and produce results within set timelines. 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

  • 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.
  • Aggressively recruit well-qualified applicants from a variety of sources including cold calling, sourcing from various job boards, user groups, networking, electronic advertising and occasional career fairs. 
  • 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.
  • Conduct in-depth telephone assessments of candidates using comprehensive behavioral interviewing and work history reviews.
  • Lead interviewer debrief sessions and provide recommendations on hiring.
  • Conveythe 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.
  • Identify, initiate and/or participate in various efforts to continuously improve the staffing life cycle.
  • Participate in recruitment strategy sessions to discuss best practices in sourcing, recruiting tools, market trends and improve workflow efficiency. 
  • Generate recruitment activity reports and drive regular status meetings with hiring teams.
  • 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 relevant field
  • Minimum 5 years of recruiting experience.
  • Ability to accurately vet technical resumes and conduct in-depth technical interviews.
  • Must have strong computer skills using MS Office, including Outlook, Word, Excel and Powerpoint.
  • 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

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

  • Recruiting experience in aerospace, engineering, technology, start-up organization, or highly unique cultural environment.
  • Experience at providing consultative recommendations and influencing hiring teams.
  • Fearless networker and cold caller with an understanding of how to build and track candidates.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, and effective communication in formal and informal settings with senior executives, peers and candidates.
  • Excellent negotiator with a confidence-inspiring manner, and a keen sense of determination and urgency.  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.
  • 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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