Virgin Orbit

  • Commodity/Category Manager

    Job Locations US-CA-Long Beach
    Req No.
    Supply Chain
    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. 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 Commodity/Category Manager. If you join us in this position, you will play a significant role in identifying and sourcing the equiment, supplies, and services necessary to support the LauncherOne small satellite launch program. The ideal candidate should be familiar with aerospace requirements and the supporting supply base. This role will be key in implementing strategic initiatives that align with the Supply Chain goals and objectives. The Commodity/Category Manageris responsible for reviewing, vetting and generating documents to support complex purchase requests, including requests for quotes, bids, proposals, complex one-time orders, and complex multi-term orderes in accordance with Virgin Orbit policies and procedures. 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

    • Identify, on-board and develop qualified suppliers
    • 5+ years working with Procurement, Production and Production Planning managers, as well as with the Engineering team, to determine current and future purchasing needs.
    • Identify commodity/category requirements and corresponding supplier base
    • Provide input on new suppliers’ capability and capacity
    • Monitor supplier performance and financial standing and coordinate supplier metrics
    • Advise and represent supplier negotiations and resolutions
    • Analyse reports to obtain current information concerning all phases of procurement to control budget, procurement objectives, and effective procurement techniques.
    • Monitor quantity and quality of work in assigned group, review buying activity, collaborate with commodity specialists and buyers and provide feedback to same; identify raise opportunities and recommend/discuss solutions with the Purchasing team
    • Maintain records in accordance with established policies and procedures and audit guidelines.
    • 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…

    • Bachelors degree, masters degree, or equivalent purchasing experience
    • Possess an established track record of procuring complex systems and structures, especially within an aviation or manufacturing setting.
    • Ability to establish long term agreements, blanket agreements, and negotiate favourable terms and conditions.
    • Ability to interpret engineering, production and quality requirements and establish Statements of Work, and or Sub-contracts.
    • Ability to evaluate procurement bids in accordance with established criteria.
    • Ability to assess contract compliance and product/service quality.
    • 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.

    • Knowledge of internal and external auditing.
    • Experience and strong computer skills using MS Office Suite and various MRP/ERP systems.
    • Ability to document work in progress and maintain effective records
    • Ability to perform complex tasks, as well as analyse and solve problems
    • Ability to use independent judgment and to manage and impart confidential information
    • Ability to make administrative/procedural decisions and interpretation of goals and objectives
    • Strong interpersonal and communication skills and the ability to work effectively in a fast-paced, start-up environment
    • Good negotiation, conflict resolution and/or mediation skills.
    • 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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