Virgin Orbit, LLC

Manager, Supplier Quality Engineering

Job Locations US-CA-Long Beach
Req No.
Regular FT


Long Beach, CA



Job Type:


Who we are



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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Manager, Supplier Quality Engineering


Position Summary


Virgin Orbit (VO) is seeking a new member for our team to serve as Manager, Supplier Quality Engineering. If you join us in this position, you will support the development and manufacturing of liquid based rocket engines for the LauncherOne small satellite launch program. The ideal candidate will be experienced in Supplier Quality Assurance in support of Production and R&D efforts across a diverse supplier base and the related commodities. Successful candidates will have experience working in fast paced integrated product teams with development engineering, supply chain and internal quality. Experience in state of the art machining, processes and the supplier base will be necessary to lead a Grow/Sustain/Exit Supply Chain strategy that supports production efforts.  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

  • Lead and coach a team of high-performing Supplier Quality Engineers and promote their professional development and growth
  • Lead the effort on developing organizational strategies to improve and maintain supplier performance
  • Establish and monitor Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) through data driven methodologies in order to identify and pursue systemic improvement opportunities within our supply base
  • Provide technical liaison in various engineering designs and processes, working closely with the internal engineering teams and the supplier to improve quality and costs
  • Serve as a leader in driving methodical approach to root cause analysis and implementing effective corrective actions to eliminate supplier non-conformances
  • Develop criteria and establish robust process for supplier quality audit and source inspection programs
  • Lead and coach a team of high-performing Supplier Quality team and promote their professional development and growth
  • Develop and mature core supplier quality processes for a complex and growing supply base
  • Work closely with the Inspection teams to resolve discrepancies and implement robust receiving inspection plans
  • Collaborate and guide the Supply Chain team in source evaluations and risk assessments based on, but not limited to, supplier status, performance history, source availability, and material criticality
  • Communicate and provide supplier quality performance metrics to senior management
  • Provide alternative sources and processes that will improve cost, delivery and or technical challenges
  • 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

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

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering, Science or related field experience
  • Minimum of 7 years of experience in Supplier Quality, Quality Engineering, or Manufacturing Engineering
  • 3-5 years of previous management experience required 
  • Experience in a production “ramp-up” environment
  • Demonstrated experience in new product introductions from development to production
  • Creative problem solver and able to work in multi-disciplinary teams
  • Demonstrated experience in DFM techniques to support reduced cost and lean manufacturing
  • Excellent interpersonal, coaching, and leadership skills
  • Must know how to determine proper evaluation of suppliers and materials at both low and high production rates
  • Experience in with working with pre/post design of parts and fixtures for use in production environment
  • Familiarity with ISO9001 / AS9100 Quality Management System
  • Experience with AS9102 First Article Inspection
  • Strong knowledge of metrology & measurement techniques, GD&T, MSA, GR&R, SPC, FMEA
  • Must be able to work all shifts and available for overtime as well as weekends when needed
  • 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)
  • Must be able to travel as needed to support supplier activities
  • Must be a U.S. person as defined by the ITAR (22 CFR §120.15)
  • Passion for space exploration and a firm belief in the utility of affordable access to space
  • Ability and desire to perform in a fast-paced, rapidly changing work environment
  • Self-driven, highly motivated, and committed to improvement, inter-team communication skills, and attention to detail
  • 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 

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

  • Experience in aerospace/aviation is preferred (will consider automotive, consumer goods, or similar)
  • Familiarity with additive manufacturing techniques and development
  • Experience with new product introductions in support of Propulsion, Structures, Avionics and Flight Operations is highly desired
  • Exposure to other multiple commodities and sources highly desirable
  • Ability to thrive as a ‘one person team’
  • Ability to add something unique and positive to our team
  • Generally a high level of all-around awesomeness

Salary Range

$140,000 - $170,000

Total Rewards at Virgin Orbit

At Virgin Orbit, we are STRAIGHT UP, which means we encourage honest and transparent communication. Our goal is to help you interpret the pay range you see and understand that compensation is much more than simply base pay.  Individual compensation packages are based on candidate-unique attributes, including, but not limited to, skills, experience, qualifications, and other job-related factors.  Cash compensation is only part of the total reward package, and the range reflects a strong market-based salary.  Some jobs may also be eligible for bonus, overtime pay, weekend work compensation and differentials.  In addition to cash compensation, all Virgin Orbit teammates are eligible for equity which includes stock options and/or RSUs (Restricted Stock Units) and an Employee Stock Purchase Plan (ESPP). 


At Virgin Orbit, you work alongside some of the best and brightest, on the coolest premier dedicated small satellite launch service.  We also know that benefits and belonging are an important piece of your total rewards package.  At Virgin Orbit we offer some of the best around:


  • Robust time off with holiday shut down between Christmas and New Year
  • Better than market 401k including a Safe Harbor plan
  • Superior health and welfare benefits offering an average 90% of benefits premiums paid, including some plans with zero employee contributions
  • Financial wellness through Northstar which includes your personal financial advisor
  • Paid parental leave
  • Tuition reimbursement
  • A variety of optional benefits such as pet insurance and discounts, and remote and/or hybrid opportunity for some positions
  • Health Reimbursement program providing up to $3,000 max per year for eligible teammates 
  • Employee Resource Groups, Virgin cultural gatherings and success celebrations, professional growth opportunities, and more!


At Virgin Orbit, pay and total rewards is about offering competitive programs for any stage of your life and career. We constantly look for opportunities to enhance our programs and reward our teammates and we update our benefits offerings regularly.

Other Requirements:

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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