Virgin Orbit, LLC

Propulsion Performance and Data Manager

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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Propulsion Performance and Data Manager


Position Summary


Virgin Orbit (VO) is seeking a new member for our propulsion department to serve as the Manager of the Performance and Data Team. This is a newly created and growing team. If you join us in this position, you will be a working manager doing both individual contributor work and directing the team’s activities. The team is responsible for generating models for the engines (ROCETS), and the stage systems(GFSSP), as well as other systems used by the propulsion team. This includes the initial creation, validation, production of artifacts, and maintenance of those models. The secondary objective of the team is to provide propulsion the needed infrastructure for data management, this includes data viewing tools, automated data review, and Jira/Confluence tools for the department. A candidate with an understanding of engine models and stage models, along with strong data management skills is desired.


This is a full-time position at our rocket factory in beautiful Long Beach, California.

Your Mission

  • Direct a team of 3-6 engineers on LauncherOne propulsion models, and data tools.
  • Enforce best practices for model creation, validation, revision control and resulting artifacts.
  • Perform engine system performance analysis of potential rocket engine flight conditions with industry standard tool ROCETS. 
  • Reconstruct rocket ground and flight performance. 
  • Analyze engine, stage and component behavior in all phases of operation, including transient and steady state, to diagnose behavior, investigate anomalies, and advise on design improvements 
  • Own and continually improve tools for modeling vehicle performance, including prediction and reconstruction of operation in flight and on the ground. 
  • Develop and maintain tools for data visualization and analysis. 
  • Work with other teams in propulsion to perform trade studies and concept evaluation of potential new designs/architectures.  
  • Business-critical decision-making based on technical merit, cost, and schedule metrics responsibility to communicate findings both internally and to customers 
  • Assist in the creation of test and development plans for model verification (pressurization systems, engines and propulsion components). 
  • Technical mentoring of colleagues in area of propulsion system design and analysis. 
  • Help Virgin Orbit do our part to make the world a better place 
  • Constantly learn new things—and share them with your team members 
  • Perform other duties that arise as part of overall business operations

What you bring

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

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering
  • Minimum 10 years of related experience in liquid propellant launch vehicles and/or fluid network models
  • Experience with rocket development, design, and/or test operations.
  • Familiarity with the following software packages: ROCETS, GFSSP, SINDA/FLUINT
  • Experience developing analytical solutions using MATLAB, Python, etc.
  • Experience using JIRA and Confluence.
  • Capable of solving complex problems with little to no supervision on schedule as an individual or as a member of an integrated team
  • Strong work ethic and a self-starter
  • Ability and willingness to thrive in a fast-paced, rapidly changing work environment
  • Driven, highly motivated, and committed to improvement
  • Must be a U.S. person as defined by the ITAR (22 CFR §120.15)
  • 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 low cost commercial space system ventures desired
  • Experience with space launch vehicles or aircraft systems
  • Experience with software development processes and tools (Git, Stash)
  • Experience administering and automating JIRA and Confluence desired
  • Passion for space exploration and a firm belief in the utility of affordable access to space
  • Experience with pump fed liquid rocket engine analysis
  • Experience with rocket turbomachinery performance parameters
  • Experience with liquid rocket engine combustion device data evaluation
  • Experience with instrumentation, data collection, and their impacts on performance calculations
  • Experience with typical liquid rocket propellant behavior, including cryogenic fluids
  • Experience with dynamic data acquisition, processing, and evaluation

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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