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Program Director - Airframe IPT Lead, Spaceship

Company: Virgin Galactic
Location: Tustin
Posted on: September 19, 2022

Job Description:

Virgin Galactic, www.VirginGalactic.com (NYSE: SPCE), recognizes that the answers to many of the challenges we face in sustaining life on our beautiful but fragile planet, lie in making better use of space. Sending people to space has not only expanded our understanding of science, but taught us amazing things about human ingenuity, physiology, and psychology. From space, we are able to look with a new perspective both outward and back. From space, the borders that are fought over on Earth are arbitrary lines. From space, it is clear that there is much more that unites us than divides us.We are at the vanguard of a new industry determined to pioneer twenty-first century spacecraft, which will open space to everybody and change the world for good. -Sir Richard Branson, Founder, Virgin GalacticIf you are looking for a challenging opportunity that will ignite your passion for designing cool and innovative products, are exceptionally creative, are a great problem solver and can make things happen - apply today!As the Program Director leading our Airframe Integrated Product Team on the Spaceship, you will be responsible for leading the teams supporting the development of the vehicle airframe. This scope of work includes strategy, integration, program planning, program execution and product delivery for the design of the vehicle airframe including the Fuselage, Wing, Feather and Flight Controls. The role will lead the development of the airframe thru the full product life cycle including, requirement definition, design phases, production, testing and operation. As the leader of an Integrated Product Team, you will be expected to integrate engineering disciplines, functions and suppliers to successfully develop the next generation production Spaceship. Your responsibilities will include the development and deployment of Program Management processes and tools in collaboration with the Program & Business Operations Team. In addition, you will be accountable for leading the development of program plans, including baselining as well as program execution within the approved cost, schedule and scope. This role is accountable for developing a cross functional product team, to ensure programs are executed in accordance with the gated product life cycle and program management processes, ensuring the achievement of program and business goals.

  • Develop and maintain a detailed program plan, including Integrated Master Schedule for the Spaceship Airframe development which is aligned with overall program plan and 5 Year Strategic Plan for Aerospace Systems
  • Execute the approved program plan with accountability for cost, scope, and schedule against the approved program baseline and provide program updates as required by the executive team
  • Develop and lead risk management process including proactively maintaining and tracking program risks and opportunities and providing mitigation plans as needed
  • Leveraging your experience to help the Virgin Galactic team develop and deploy program processes aligned with Program Management best practices
  • Collaborate with other program IPT leaders to ensure the overall success of the Spaceship Program
  • Lead a diverse and talented team of engineers to support product development, production, delivery and spacecraft integration and testJob Responsibilities:
    • Lead by example through Virgin Galactics values, communicating with respect in a straight-up way fostering transparent, and open communication.
    • Apply program management expertise, coupled with leadership skills and an unwavering commitment to quality of work products, to ensure the successful advancement of human spaceflight
    • Work with other company leaders in engineering, manufacturing, and support organizations to gather history and experience to inform project planning and steering
    • Review detailed development, engineering and manufacturing plans and ensure cross functional integration and alignment
    • Proactively maintain and track program risks and opportunities and provide mitigation plans as needed
    • Regularly report to executive leadership and the broader organization the projects status and performance
    • Build and develop an Integrated Program Team (IPT) that supports the portfolio, including crafting and implementing an appropriate operating system to support and ensure program execution
    • Experience managing supplier program performance as part of the integrated team
    • Lead program reviews, including Integrated Baseline Reviews (IBR), Variance Reviews/Reporting, Monthly Program Management Reviews and others as required.
    • Minimum of a bachelors degree in engineering or technical discipline from an accredited institution
    • 10+ years of industry experience in progressive technical and leadership roles
    • Energetic, passionate and organized program leader ready to lead a project through the full lifecycle
    • Experience with Aerospace vehicle or product development, transition into production, and entry into service.
    • Demonstrated success managing aerospace projects withing cost and schedule goals
    • Experience providing leadership and management for multidisciplinary teams of engineering, manufacturing, and business support personnel
    • Able to manage multiple tasks simultaneously and thrive in a complex product development environment with multiple priorities as well as a disciplined production setting
    • Experience with logic linked scheduling, Cost Account Management, budget management, and reporting
    • Experience with IMP/IMS, risk management, configuration management, and requirements management processes
    • Understanding of Product Lifecycle Management, Configuration Management, Configuration Control, and ERP systems
    • Excellent verbal and written communication, excellent computer skills including Microsoft Word, Excel, Project and PowerPoint
    • Execute strategic program goals in support of the overall company goals and objectives
    • Team player with excellent organizational and interpersonal skills.Prefered Qualifications
      • PMP Certification
      • Masters Degree
      • Primavera (P6) Experience
      • Six Sigma Training and CertificationITAR RequirementsTo 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.As part of our commitment to health and safety, COVID-19 vaccines are required for current U.S. teammates, as well as all newly hired employees. As of October 1, 2021, all new hires must be able to provide proof that they are fully vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus, ( fully vaccinated means at least two weeks have expired since receiving the vaccinations last dose as recommended by the manufacturer) . If you are offered employment, this requirement must be met by your date of hire. Virgin Galactic is an Equal Opportunity Employer; employment with Virgin Galactic 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.LI-AB1LI-HYBRIDiCIMS Req Number: 2022-6992 FLSA Status: Exempt External Company URL: http://www.virgingalactic.com/ Street: 1735 Flight Way

Keywords: Virgin Galactic, Tustin , Program Director - Airframe IPT Lead, Spaceship, Executive , Tustin, California

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