Virgin Galactic

  • Test Site Facilities Manager

    Job Locations US-CA-Mojave
    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 Test Site Facilities Manager. If you join us in this position, you will manage the entire construction process, day-to-day operations and growth plan 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 Test Site in beautiful Mojave, California.

    Your Mission

    • Manage planning, consultant vetting, and construction process for all capital projects at Necker test locations
    • Interfaces directly with end users to define project requirements. Prepare scope of work, schedule, cost estimate & budget, milestones, quality control and risk identification
    • Hands on involvement to ensure the day-to-day operations of the facility, including janitorial and general maintenance of mechanical and electrical systems
    • Manage assignments of the Facilities and Machine Maintenance Teams
    • Coordinate Mechanical, Electrical, Plumbing, and Structural Engineering design teams
    • Coordinate and lead planning meetings
    • Hold service providers accountable (including but not limited to: Janitorial, machine maintenance, snack VMI, painters, plumbers, electricians) to deliverables outlined in their SOWs
    • Manage and respond to requests in the current CMMS
    • Develop and maintain supplier relationships for material suppliers, equipment manufactures, and furniture dealers
    • Prepares and reviews budgets, provides financial reporting, develops and manages contract terms
    • Ensure PM programs are established for key equipment and machinery
    • Help VIrgin Orbit do our part to make the world a better place
    • Performs other duties as assigned

    What you bring

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

    • High school diploma or GED
    • 10+ years experience managing teams and facilities operations
    • Knowledge and understanding of building management and automated facilities monitoring systems and processes including: HVAC systems, fluid plumbing systems, high-power electrical systems, telecommunications infrastructure, fire suppression systems, generators, above and underground fuel storage systems, and other facility and grounds requirementsAbility and willingness to thrive in a fast-paced, rapidly changing work environment
    •  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 25lbs (unassisted)

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


    • Bachelor’s Degree in a relevant field
    • Graduated from a technical college or other recognized apprenticeship
    • PMP Certificate
    • 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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