Who we are
At Virgin Orbit, we launch the small satellite revolution, accessing space for missions that were previously unimaginable and fostering new ideas and technologies to create a truly spacefaring civilization. We deliver Virgin’s legendary customer service by pairing technological advancements with a clear focus on our customers’ needs. We build a workplace and a workforce for the future, knowing that our decisions and investments of today will launch the industries of tomorrow. We engage a diverse and inclusive community of dreamers and achievers in a shared mission to access space to improve life on Earth. At Virgin Orbit, we boost imagination. Search all of our job openings on our career portal.
Virgin Orbit (VO) is seeking a new member for our team to serve as a business-oriented corporate attorney (sorry, no litigators) with strong experience in commercial and corporate transactions, especially corporate governance and M&A matters, contract drafting and negotiation, for our LauncherOne small satellite launch program. You will be responsible for overseeing a team of 3 Contract Administrators. You must be a creative thinker, an effective writer and negotiator and willing to learn, understand and advocate passionately for our business. You will work with smart, dedicated professionals who are building a world-changing business and will value your legal guidance and input. You will have the opportunity to grow and stretch your skills as our business grows. An academic or professional background in science or engineering or work experience in the aerospace or aviation industry would be helpful but is not required. 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.
We engage in many commercial transactions with suppliers, technology development partners, software license companies and engineering service providers. None of these transactions is “standard” and we operate at a fast pace. Your primary responsibility would be to draft and negotiate non-standard agreements and provisions, with support from our Contract Administrators. This activity will consume about 60% of your time. For the remaining 40%, you would lead or assist with general corporate matters in the Legal Department, including negotiation of our launch service agreements with customers; M&A, financing, investment and technology partnering agreements to help us bring new products and services to market; legal support and analysis in our responses to RFPs from potential customers (including NASA and commercial operators); and projects such as the development of new spaceports around the world and licensing arrangements in foreign jurisdictions.
- Draft and negotiate “non-standard” contracts with customers, subcontractors, and vendors, such as our launch service agreements, technology development agreements, software license agreements and teaming agreements with new partners
- Provide legal review (as needed) and supervision of our Contract Administrators when “legal” questions arise as they prepare/review our various “standard” contract documents (including teaming, non-disclosure, independent contractor, subcontractor, and vendor agreements)
- Assist in the identification, development, and implementation of new work flow policy and processes for our contracts
- Lead or assist on various general corporate projects, including corporate governance matters; responses to RFPs from potential customers; financing, investment and technology partnering agreements to help us bring new products and services to market; and legal support on the establishment of spaceports around the world and launch licensing applications
- You will be responsible for supervising a team of 3 Contract Administrators
- 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 as assigned
What you bring
If you want to join us, you’d better have all of these…
- Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree.
- Current membership in the State Bar of California
- 4-6 years’ relevant transactional/commercial experience in a high-caliber law firm or comparable corporate environment
- Experience structuring, negotiating and drafting a broad range of corporate transaction agreements, including mergers, acquisitions, joint ventures and strategic partnerships; financing agreements; shareholder and investor agreements; corporate governance documents, from bylaws and operating agreements to written consents; and general contracts for business development, procurement, marketing, technology development, confidentiality agreements, software licensing and services
- Demonstrated ability to (i) identify and raise salient issues, (ii) draft language and propose various options that take into account relevant strategic or business goals, and (iii) communicate issues, risks and solutions clearly and concisely to lawyers and non-lawyers alike
- Experience dealing with diverse constituencies and external parties (customers, board members, investors, senior management, regulators and external counsel)
- A willingness to learn the technical, market and customer objectives of our business, in order to provide business-oriented legal advice.
- Proven ability to handle multiple projects and assignments simultaneously, without significant direct supervision from a senior attorney, and still meet high quality and timeliness standards
- Prior management experience overseeing a small team is preferable
- Sound judgment and a commitment to ethical conduct
- Ability and willingness to thrive in a fast-paced, rapidly changing work environment
- Excellent verbal and written communications skills
- Strong academic credentials
… and you should probably have a bunch of these, too…..
- Strong knowledge of the federal acquisition process, government contracting principles and governing regulations (including FAR/DFAR) would be helpful but is not required.
- Demonstrated knowledge of international contract terms, ITAR and US import and export regulations would also be helpful but is not required.
- The ability to be reliable, responsive and accountable and to take initiative
- Strong social, analytical and problem-solving skills, with the ability to work well independently as well as part of a team with business partners.
- Driven, highly motivated, and committed to improvement
- Ability to add something unique and positive to our team
- Generally high level of all-around awesomeness
- Passion for space exploration and a firm belief in the utility of affordable access to space
- 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.
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. In the words of Sir Richard Branson “We believe it’s better to have a hole in your team than an asshole in your team!”