Virgin Orbit, LLC

IT Systems Administrator- Linux Debian

Job Locations US-CA-Mojave
Req No.
Information Technology
Regular FT


Mojave, CA



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At Virgin Orbit, we are launching the small satellite revolution, enabling missions that were previously unimaginable. We are delivering Virgin’s legendary customer experience by combining advanced technology with a diligent, hard-working team. We have built a workplace and a workforce of the future, knowing that our decisions and investments of today are launching the industries of tomorrow. We have engaged a diverse and inclusive community of doers and dreamers alike, empowering all those working today to build satellites and constellations that will change the world.


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IT Systems Administrator- Linux Debian


Location: Long Beach, CA OR Mojave, CA

Remote: Yes, Hybrid capabilities with expectation of 1-3 days/week on location

Relocation: Optional

FLSA: Full time, exempt

Sponsorship: Not provided


Position Summary

Virgin Orbit (VO) is seeking a new member for our team to serve as an IT Systems Administrator (Linux). If you join us in this position, you will help build out, maintain, and troubleshoot our rapidly expanding infrastructure.  You will be part of a talented team that demonstrates superb technical competency, delivering mission critical infrastructure and ensuring the highest levels of availability, performance and security.  This role is for a hands-on person with great attention to detail and excellent people skills.

Your Mission

  • Serve as the technical expert, supporting and coordinating implementation, installation, operation and maintenance of VO’s Linux Debian operating system.
  • Establish system specifications by conferring with users; analyzing workflow, access, information, and security requirements; designing system infrastructure.
  • Establish system by planning and executing the selection, installation, configuration, and testing of PC and server hardware, software, operating and system management systems; defining system and operational policies and procedures.
  • Maintains system performance by performing system monitoring and analysis, and performance tuning; troubleshooting system hardware, software, networks and operating and system management systems; designing and running system load/stress testing; escalating application problems to vendor.
  • Secures system by developing system access, monitoring, control, and evaluation; establishing and testing disaster recovery policies and procedures; completing back‐ups; maintaining documentation.
  • Responsible for the installation, maintenance and back-up of Linux servers
  • Document disaster recovery plans for all Linux servers, and preforms simulated test cases to validate the approach.
  • Upgrades system by conferring with vendors and services; developing, testing, evaluating, and installing enhancements and new software
  • Meets financial requirements by submitting information for budgets; monitoring expenses.
  • Assist users to resolve computer hardware and/or software problems.
  • Provide quick response to ensure maximum uptime of all users and systems.
  • Help Virgin Orbit do our part to make the world a better place
  • Constantly learn new things—and share them with your team members
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

What you bring

  • Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science or related field; One (1) or more years of direct experience in IT system administration, developing standards, networking knowledge and proxy servers, in corporate environment; OR equivalent years of education and experience including military
  • Thorough understanding of Linux operating systems (specifically Debian/Ubuntu distributions of Linux).
  • Working knowledge of databases: MySQL, Postgres;
  • Scripting: Bash, Python;
  • Version Control Systems: SVN, Git;
  • Web Server Technologies: Java/Tomcat;
  • HPC: Slurm, PMI/MPI
  • Solid working knowledge of security best practices; Encryption, System hardening and Patching/CVE remediation.
  • Experience maintaining and carrying out backup and recovery strategies, database backups and data lifecycle management; as well as 3rd party recovery confirmations.
  • Excellent organization skills and attention to detail.
  • Must be able to work all shifts and available for overtime as well as weekends when needed.
  • Physically able to handle items weighing up to 25lbs (unassisted).
  • Must be able to provide proof of US-approved Covid-19 full vaccination status, unless otherwise exempted by an approved reasonable medical or religious accommodation from Virgin Orbit.

Skills we value

  • Excellent organizational skills and problem-solving skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal, coaching, and leadership skills.
  • Creative problem solver, able to work in multi-disciplinary teams.
  • Passion for space exploration and a firm belief in the utility of affordable access to space.
  • Ability to add something unique and positive to our team.
  • Generally high level of all-around awesomeness.


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. 


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