Virgin Orbit

  • Production Supervisor

    Job Locations US-CA-Long Beach
    Req No.
    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 a Production Supervisor covering all composite manufacturing on 2nd shift. If you join us in this position, you should have a thorough understanding of lamination, structural bonding processes, and tools for composite assembly. Includuing company and industry standards and practices for the LauncherOne small satellite launch program. 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


    • Develop and maintain production culture of safety, quality and high output that is consistent with the high standards of Virgin Orbit.
    • Measure and report on key metrics (safety incidents, quality incidents, work complete, productive hours, downtime etc.) to key leadership team.
    • Plan work and lead shop floor resources covering filament winding, composite assembly, lamination and thermal protection systems. 
    • Own safety on the shop floor including developing policies associated with safety and PPE.
    • Organize appropriate training to ensure skills are in line with work required.
    • Work with Manufacturing Engineering to ensure that facility layouts include human factors including safety and ergonomics.
    • Ensure the production team follows best practices using standardized work instructions.
    • Interface with area leadership and prioritize work based on production schedule and organizational goals.
    • Organize production teams and cells to meet quality and delivery requirements.
    • Supervise team members in line with company policies and procedures.
    • Conduct performance appraisals in line with company goals and requirements.
    • Proactively lead cross functional process improvements through effective coordination with Quality, Compliance, Purchasing, Safety, Manufacturing Engineering and other stakeholders, as required. 
    • Hire, train and lead team members, be willing to lead by example and jump in to help when required.

    What you bring

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

    • Bachelor’s Degree in a relevant field

    • Minimum of 2 years experience in a supervisory role is required
    • Prior experience as a Production Supervisor is required
    • Must be willing to work 2nd Shift (2:00-10:30pm) 

    • Experience working with MS Office & ERP systems

    • 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 25lbs (unassisted)
    • Valid CA driver’s license required with clean driving record

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

    • Certifications or similar within aerospace, aviation or automotive is preferred

    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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