Virgin Orbit, LLC

Planning Lead / Master Scheduler

Job Locations US-CA-El Segundo
Req No.
Regular FT


El Segundo, CA



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Who we are

Virgin Orbit National Systems (previously known as VOX Space) provides the national security community of the USA and allied nations with responsive, dedicated, and affordable launch services for small satellites bound for Low Earth Orbit. Headquartered in El Segundo, California, Virgin Orbit National Systems can provide study, analysis, integration, and launch services using Virgin Orbit's LauncherOne, while ensuring our customer’s critical information is protected.


Position Summary 

Virgin Orbit National Systems is seeking an experienced integrated planning lead program scheduler to create and analyze an Integrated Master Schedule (IMS) and multi-project schedules. The candidate will possess strong problem solving skills as well as implementation skills to help guide a team in creating and standardizing good project planning, scheduling and execution disciplines. The candidate will team with Business Manager and Department Managers to address and solve scheduling matters, resource conflicts, and implementation of new strategies for schedule enhancements. This is a full-time position at Virgin Orbit National System’s facility in El Segundo, California. 

Your Mission

• Organize, integrate, implement, and maintain LauncherOne multi-layered program schedule using Microsoft Project.

• The Scheduling Integrator is responsible for ensuring alignment between factory production schedules as loaded within the enterprise Material Requirements Planning (MRP) system and all Program / Product Line Integrated Master Schedule (IMS) milestone deliverables
• The Integrator partners with Scheduling, Material Planning, Manufacturing, and Program Management leadership to develop integrated schedules and build plan strategies required to achieve contracted deliverables / production rates
• Provide leadership over a team of planners for engineering, manufacturing, facilities, and logistics
• Continuously evaluate the engineering and manufacturing planned vs. executed schedules for improvement and refinement
• Ability to communicate with executive leadership and high level customers to solve complex and high priority issues
• Work across the larger enterprises of Virgin Orbit, Virgin Orbit National Systems, and the government to collaborate on programs
• Provide input to company/facility changes to help us scale our production
• Lead the preparation, development, coordination, and design of integrated plans and schedules to meet all business and project/program execution objectives.
• Develop and execute the strategy for integrating plans and schedules.
• Recommend integrated scheduling best practices, processes, techniques and tools to management.
• Improve methods and approaches for schedule-related risk and opportunity analysis, as well as critical path analysis.
• Lead the integration and schedule impact analysis of multifaceted schedule changes.
• Analyze and manage tasks to ensure satisfactory realization of project requirements as scheduled.
• Log project time-lines and maintain database of tasks and its status.
• Log all new information into database and provide scheduled reports for Department coordination and reporting purposes.
• Interact with Business Manager, Program Manager, and Department Managers to coordinate assignments.
• Interact with Department Managers to develop and update detailed schedules, cost information and identification of variances from original plan.
• Evaluate project schedule progress and performance, and identify developing problem areas.
• Analyze critical path and constraints to determine effect of changes to schedule and recommend work-around.
• Analyze risks affecting project costs and schedules.
• Support Department Managers to maintain timely and effective change management processes, procedures, and systems.
• Assist team to develop and maintain weekly and monthly status reports to keep management informed on project progress.
• Conduct analysis to determine alternative courses of action or recovery on slipped schedules.
• Create project dashboards based on updates from the project team.

What you bring

• 8 years of Aerospace project management experience.
• 6+ years managing Aerospace project schedules, tasks, and budgets.
• Strong Research and Development and Manufacturing experience.
• Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering, Business Administration, or related field.
• Exemplary written and oral communication skills.
• Strong administration/time management skills.
• Demonstrated mastery of Microsoft Project and Microsoft Excel.

• Strong leadership experience for teams of planners
• Experience in planning in an agile, fast-paced manufacturing environment
• Experience in being directly involved in the Six Sigma process for continuous improvement
• Experience in complex transportation logistics with personnel, flight hardware, and support equipment
• Experience in helping a manufacturing line scale in production capability


Suggestions for Education/Certifications

• PMI certification (PMP, CAPM, or PMI-SP) a plus.
• Strong analytical skills.

Personal Requirements:

Virgin Orbit National Systems and the greater Virgin Organization have a relaxed and informal culture that encourages individuality and innovation. You will be motivated, enterprising and enthusiastic. Company culture is such that you need to be able to “check your ego at the door”, be a self-starter and possess a sense of humility. You will work well under commercial pressure and thrive on being given challenges and responsibility. You will communicate clearly and be confident and persuasive. You will have a high level of integrity and understand the need of complete confidentiality.

Virgin Orbit National Systems is an Equal Opportunity Employer; employment with Virgin Orbit National Systems 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.


Clearance Requirements:

Position requires you have a current clearance, or are able to pass an appropriate background check for a TS/SCI.