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Virgin Orbit (VO) is seeking a new member for our team to serve in the capacity of Propulsion Chief Engineer reporting directly to the VO Chief Engineer. This position will interface closely with the Propulsion Department Leader and the Chief Engineer’s Office to maintain an integrated Propulsion technical baseline. The chosen candidate will be a proven technical leader with experience across the development, production and operations of complex launch vehicle systems. Excellent communication skills and an ability to function and lead the Propulsion team at a detailed level is a must. The ideal teammate/leader will understand, help and motivate engineers and operations teammates in relation to technical efforts, formulating higher level trades and determining best paths forward. An ability to construct a strategic path for the technical team in regards to issues, technical matters and processes is a necessity. This position requires an agile and resilient leader who is able to quickly harness an understanding of the technologies, tools and processes needed to successfully develop, produce and operate Propulsion systems within a space launch system. 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.
If you want to join us, you’d better have all of these…
Relevant technical experience in launch vehicle design and operation with direct hardware experience
Experience with one or all of the following: liquid propulsion systems, composite structure, structural design and manufacturing, systems engineering and analysis
Knowledge of full life cycle systems engineering principles
Proven ability to lead, motivate and build teams
Experience in a test and evaluation environment
Excellent interpersonal skills complemented by strategic thinking and a strong commercial acumen
Strong communication skills
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.
Masters degree preferred in Computer Science or in “STEM” Majors (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math)
Experience in low cost commercial space system ventures
Experience with air launched space launch vehicles
Experience with commercial licensing of space launch operations
Prior experience establishing and / or maintaining a vehicle configuration management system
Broad management experience / skills base in areas such as resource planning, proposal writing, technical project management, risk management and business development
Passion for space exploration and a firm belief in the utility of affordable access to space
Ability to thrive as a 'one person team
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.
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