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Director, Engineering - Rocket Motor & Propulsion

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

Job Description:

Your Mission at Virgin Galactic

Director of Rocket Motor and Propulsion Engineering (RMPE) -- This executive role leads the teams responsible for all rocket motor and propulsion system design, development, and delivery. It has accountability for the functional management, capabilities, staffing, and performance of all resources in the RMPE Department and oversees the creation/revision of process, standards, training, and development. - This position provides leadership, mentoring, career guidance, and performance management of all employees on this team and works closely with the other engineering disciplines to ensure our flight vehicles are safe to fly, meet all systems design requirements, and are staffed accordingly to properly execute programs. - This role functions in a fast-paced flight test environment.

Provide inspiring -and supportive Functional Management/Leadership of the Rocket Motor and Propulsion Engineering team.
Responsible for team recruitment, staffing, and succession planning with an eye on long term value/success and building a world class engineering team.Contribute to the preparation of technical and commercial proposals.Define and develop the processes that supports new design and modifications to Virgin Galactic propulsion systems.Develop resource plans that ensure projects, manufacturing, and test programs are fully supported 24/7 as required with appropriate skill sets.Maintain and develop appropriate library of standards and referencesMaintain high level of team performance through continued mentoring and trainingStrengthen company Intellectual Property holdings by innovative methods of solving company challenges.Evaluate employee key strengths and develop associated career paths.Make recommendations for recognition, merit increases, bonuses, and promotions.Develop new engineering management tools to improve process and accuracy of engineering work performed by RMPE teamWork to mitigate any problems that may jeopardize quality, risks, safety, budget, or schedule.Lead efforts to improve project delivery process; focused on operational improvements and new ways to reduce cost and reduce delivery time - Set efficiency, process, and technical development goals for the departmentMaintain positive working relationships with other functions in the organization to best execute the company vision.Develop department level budgets (operating and capital).Enable, support, and inspire the culture and community within RMPE

What you bring
B.S degree in engineering.Must have excellent technical capability and ability to tackle complex systems design challenges.Proven ability to:manage multiple complex tasks concurrentlymanage teams and external consultantswork under pressuremeet tight deadlinesDemonstrated knowledge of program management principles, tools and procedures for measuring project/program/team success.Integrated, holistic in-depth understanding of aircraft and propulsion system configuration, design and performance. Conversant in most, if not all disciplines.Demonstrated ability to lead and empower a team of subject matter experts in varying technical disciplines.Successful experience managing schedule, cost, & risk management.Solid leadership and management skills.Excellent verbal and written communication, and interpersonal skills.Excellent customer service and interface skills.Demonstrated ability to lead teams in a Matrix Org environment with innovative products.Excellent problem-solving skills.Proficiency with management tools and software

Prior experience with hybrid rocket motors.Experience working in R&D or product development environments.Experience with CATIA V5 and Primavera P6 software.Significant leadership experience in aerospace technology and aircraft development.Knowledge and experience with AS 9100 a plus.Experience with the design of flight vehicles or vehicle systems to a set of requirements or standards such as CFR 14, Part 400, Part 23 and 25, military or NASA.

Who we are

Virgin Galactic is transforming humanity's relationship with space. By making it more open and accessible, we are connecting the world to the love, wonder and awe inspired by space travel, helping to create new opportunities for the benefit of life on Earth. Whether it's supporting cutting-edge research missions for scientists and students, or offering life-changing experiences for the adventurers among us, Virgin Galactic is -THE -spaceline for Earth. Such an audacious vision requires a team as driven as they are curious - one capable of redefining the boundaries of what's possible.

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.
EEO Statement
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.

As part of our commitment to health and safety, COVID-19 vaccines are required for current U.S. teammates, as well as 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 vaccination's last dose as recommended by the manufacturer) or have a valid religious or medical exemption.--- If you are offered employment, this requirement must be met be your date of hire.--- Virgin Galactic complies with federal, state, and local laws with regard to accommodations related to this policy.

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