Virgin Orbit, LLC

Engineer-Systems, Senior

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


El Segundo, CA



Job Type:


Who we are

Virgin Orbit National Systems (previously known as VOX Space) is a US-incorporated, wholly-owned subsidiary of Virgin Orbit, LLC. Virgin Orbit National Systems 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 can provide study, analysis, integration, and launch services using Virgin Orbit's LauncherOne, while ensuring our customer’s critical information is protected.


Virgin Orbit National Systems is seeking a Senior Systems Engineer to perform system analysis, payload integration process support, and risk tracking, mitigation and verification for our programs utilizing the LauncherOne vehicle. It is desired that the candidate has a strong systems engineering background with expertise in structures and working knowledge of other disciplines such as integration, test, propulsion, avionics, mission design, and/or launch operations. This Senior Systems Engineer works hand-in-hand with the Mission & Program Managers to assist in the technical backing for their on-time and on-budget program execution. Requirements management, structural analysis, and CAD modeling expertise are expected in this position. The role requires follow-through and initiative to ensure VOX Space meets their obligations. This is a full-time position at Virgin Orbit National Systems’ facility in El Segundo, California.


Your Mission

• Develop visualization tools for providing metrics on requirements, implementation and test status as well as as-built vs as-designed configurations for both conceptual studies and executing missions using LauncherOne.
• Review component, subsystem, and vehicle level design and evaluate against program baseline.
• Creating and maintaining models in NX.
• Analysis and verification of preliminary design with hand calculations and FEA using tools such as Femap.
• Support mission management team with technical analysis needed to deliver launch services including model identification and “sanity checking”. Either perform or manage the completion of various technical products such as Coupled Loads Analysis, Environments, Satellite Separation, RF/Compatibility, etc.
• Support development of test and integration plans and evaluate against industry standards.
• Manage risks for mission execution including identification of top down technical risks, evaluate risks and mitigation strategies, and provide feedback to engineering and recommendations on acceptance.
• Document processes, analysis, and reports in sufficient manner to include as part of mission milestones.
• Support (or author) interface control documents and supporting requirements verification matrices throughout mission execution.
• Manage customer requirements using requirements tools such as JAMA or DOORS and ensure all customer requirements are being satisfied.
• Support new business efforts as necessary by providing first order technical analyses and proposal support.

What you bring

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


• Bachelors of Science degree in Engineering or related STEM discipline plus a minimum of 5 years of experience.
• Demonstrated performance working with complex systems such as aerospace or aviation systems.
• Demonstrated success in technically focused projects involving hardware design, build or test.
• Excellent communication and presentation skills.
• Ability to work independently and with minimal supervision
• Knowledge of systems engineering practices.
• Working knowledge of major rocket subsystems including structures, avionics, propulsion, ground support equipment, GN&C, software, and payload accommodations.
• Ability to solve problems from first principles.
• Computer programming skills such as Matlab, Python, or PERL or demonstrated ability to automate complex processes.
• Must be a U.S. person as defined by the ITAR (22 CFR §120.15)


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


• Masters of Science degree in Engineering or related STEM discipline.
• Experience designing, integrating, or testing launch vehicles with associated payload compatibility analyses
• Experience with Air Force or other government space programs
• Demonstrated ability to lead the development, analysis or verification of large, complex systems.
• Familiarity with common aerospace industry standards such as RCC-319, MIL-STD-810, SMC-S-016, MIL-STD-461, NASA-STD-5001, NASA-STD-5012, AIAA-S-080-1988, and or AIAA-S-081-2000.
• Demonstrated ability to convey complex information for technical and non-technical audiences.
*The Employer retains the right to change or assign other duties to this position.


Clearance Requirements:

Must have the ability to obtain a Single Scope Background Investigation (SSBI) with polygraph. It is strongly preferred that you have a current Single Scope Background Investigation (SSBI) with polygraph that has been completed within the last 5 years. 


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

The Virgin Orbit National Systems organization has 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 be helping to start VO - National Systems from the ground up, so you will be flexible in day-to-day work assignments. You will work well under customer time 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.