Virgin Orbit

  • Procurement Analyst, Contractor/Consultant

    Job Locations US-CA-Long Beach
    Req No.
    Supply Chain
  • 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 Procurement Analyst, Contractor/Consultant. If you join us in this position, you will assist in implementing new supply chain- related procedures and MRP/ERP software systems. The Procurement Analyst, Contractor/Consultant is responsible for reviewing and coordinating documents, as well as, complex purchase requests, including requests for quotes, bids, proposals, complex one-time orders, and complex multi-term orders in accordance with Virgin Orbit. This is a full-time position at our rocket factory in beautiful Long Beach, California.

    Your Mission

    • Define vendors and award Purchase Orders for Materials/Parts as required.
    • Monitor and coordinate expediting activity.
    • Work closely with Procurement, Production and Production Planning managers, as well as with the Engineering team, to determine current and future purchasing needs.
    • Advise and represent in negotiations with vendors.
    • Analyze 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 buyers and provide feedback to same; identify problem areas and recommend/discuss solutions with the Procurement Manager.
    • Maintains records in accordance with established policies and procedures and audit guidelines.

    What you bring

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

    • Bachelor's degree or comparable purchasing experience
    • Certifications or similar within aerospace, aviation or automotive
    • Graduated from a technical college or other recognized apprenticeship
    • Possess an established track record of procuring complex systems and structures, especially within an aviation or manufacturing setting
    • Knowledge and understanding of lean manufacturing
    • 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
    • Must be able to stand for extended periods – 8 hours minimum
    • Must be able to stoop, bend, crawl, and being able to maneuver in tight spaces
    • Physically able to handle items weighing up to 10lbs (unassisted)

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

    • Ability to document work in progress and maintain effective records
    • Ability to perform complex tasks, as well as analyze and solve problems
    • Ability to use independent judgment and to manage and impart confidential information
    • Constantly learn new things—and share them with your team members
    • 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!” Search all of our job


    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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