Virgin Orbit, LLC

  • Manager, Aircraft Maintenance

    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 the Aircraft Maintenance Manager. This role is for a hands-on person with great attention to detail, is organized, has excellent people skills, and can adapt to shifting program objectives. This is a full-time position, based out of our rocket factory in beautiful Long Beach, California.

    Your Mission

    • Oversee and manage the aircraft maintenance workload, resources, and activities for an assigned work group or several work groups at line and/or hangar operations maintenance stations.
    • Maintain safety, compliance, dependability, reliability and financial performance of Virgin Orbit fleet of aircraft.
    • Remain in fair and harmonious relationships within his/her work group(s), the operations team, internal customers, vendors, FAA, and all business contacts.
    • Direct, administer, coach and coordinate the activities of assigned work group(s) in support of policies, goals, and objectives established by the Director of Flight Operations
    • Manage and direct the operation toward its primary objectives by performing the preceding duties personally or through subordinates

    What you bring

    • Associate's and/or Bachelors of Business or related degree is preferred. However, consideration will be given for equivalent aircraft maintenance operational leadership experience
    • A&P License required
    • A successful Line and/or Base station operations track record and experience at a crew chief, tech crew chief, or other related Manager leadership position
    • At least 10 years verifiable hands-on experience spent in the repair, maintenance, overhaul or manufacture of narrow body, business jet or military aircraft
    • Minimum of 4 years of direct management experience in maintenance arena
    • A successful track record and experience with process improvement in maintenance and/or production environments
    • Experience in positions requiring resource forecasting and management, and workload planning in maintenance environments
    • Ability to work in a fast paced start-up environment
    • Ability to travel domestically and internationally to support operational needs and be on-call
    • Applicants must be U.S. persons as defined by the ITAR (22 CFR §120.15)

    Preferred Skills and Experience:


    • Direct experience with 747 Aircraft
    • Strong mechanical systems background and show ability to learn and become proficient on new and/or customized equipment
    • Good oral and written communication skills with the ability to interact effectively with all levels of management
    • Displays sound judgment, with the ability to make accurate and timely decisions
    • Must possess strong motivational, organizational, interpersonal and computer skills.
    • Sound ability to interpret printed or electronic maintenance manuals
    • Ability to adapt to paperless environment,


    Physical and/or Additional Requirements:


    • Must be able to work all shifts and available for overtime as well as weekends when needed.
    • Must be able to travel 40% or more of the time and/or be on call as needed.
    • Must be able to stand for extended periods – 8 hours min.
    • Must be able to stoop, bend, crawl, and being able to maneuver in tight spaces- 3+ hours min.
    • Physically able to handle items weighing up to 40lbs (unassisted).


    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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