Virgin Orbit

  • Senior Counsel

    Job Locations US-CA-Long Beach
    Req No.
    Legal & Compliance
    Regular Full-Time
  • 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. 


    Position Summary

    Virgin Orbit (VO) is seeking a new member for our team to serve as a Senior Counsel.   Your primary responsibility would be to work with our General Counsel to structure, negotiate and close business, financing and investment transactions.  We are seeking a business-minded corporate attorney (sorry, no litigators) with strong experience in corporate and securities transactions.  You must be a creative thinker, an effective writer and negotiator, and a passionate advocate for our mission.  You will work with smart, dedicated professionals who are building a world-changing business and will value your legal guidance and input.   This is a full-time position at our rocket factory in beautiful Long Beach, California.

    Your Mission

    • Work on a wide range of corporate and securities transactions, including launch service agreements with our customers, business and financing deals with existing and new investors, and equipment financing for our operations
    • Structure and establish new subsidiaries and set corporate governance policies for our companies 
    • Assist the General Counsel with general corporate matters
    • Help Virgin Orbit do our part to make the world a better place
    • Constantly learn new things—and share them with your team members
    • Perform other duties as assigned

    What you bring

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

    • J.D. degree from an accredited law school and admission to California bar 
    • 6+ years of relevant corporate securities law in a high-caliber law firm or comparable corporate environment
    • Experience structuring, negotiating and drafting a broad range of corporate transaction agreements, including mergers, acquisitions, joint ventures and strategic partnerships;  financing agreements; shareholder and investor agreements; corporate governance documents, from bylaws and operating agreements to written consents; and general contracts for business development, procurement, marketing, technology development, confidentiality agreements, software licensing and services
    • Demonstrated ability to (i) identify and raise salient issues, (ii) draft language and propose various strategies that take into account relevant strategic or business goals, and (iii) communicate issues, risks and solutions clearly and concisely to lawyers and non-lawyers alike
    • An understanding of (or a willingness to learn) the technical, market and customer objectives of our business, in order to provide business-oriented legal advice.
    • Experience dealing with diverse constituencies and external parties (customers, board members, investors, senior management, regulators and external counsel)
    • Strong social, analytical and problem-solving skills, with the ability to work well independently and as part of a team with business partners.
    • Excellent verbal and written communications skills
    • Proven ability to handle multiple projects and assignments simultaneously, without significant direct supervision from a senior attorney, and still meet high quality and timeliness standards.
    • Sound judgment and a commitment to ethical conduct.
    • Strong academic credentials
    • Current membership in the State Bar of California
    • 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

    … 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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