Vice President of Safety, Quality, and Mission Assurance

Company Details

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.

Position Summary

Virgin Orbit [VO] is seeking a new member for our team to serve as Vice President of Safety, Quality, and Mission Assurance. If you join us in this position, you will lead in defining, implementing, and maintaining the Safety, Risk Management, and Quality policies across all Virgin Orbit operations for the LauncherOne small satellite launch program.

This position will serve as the lead Safety representative for launch processing, manufacturing, and all aspects of safety throughout the program. You will be responsible for Systems Safety Engineering, Hazard Analysis, Management of Safety and Mission Assurance Risks across all technical disciplines, Environmental Health & Safety, Mishap Investigations and Corrective Actions, Quality Engineering, and the Quality standards across all Virgin Orbit sites.

The Vice President of Safety, Quality, and Mission Assurance will report to the CEO and will also report on a regular basis to the Board of Directors. 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.

Your Mission

  • Defining, implementing, and maintaining Safety and Quality policies across all Virgin Orbit operations
  • Leading the Systems Safety and Risk Management, Quality Engineering, and Environmental Health and Safety Departments
  • Managing the Company Quality Management System and establishing Quality standards for all Virgin Orbit operations, processes, and products
  • Establishing a culture of Continuous Improvement, driven by effective metrics
  • Identifying hazards and minimizing risk to the public and Virgin Orbit personnel
  • Help Virgin Orbit do our part to make the world a better place
  • Constantly learn new things—and share them with your team members
  • Performs other duties as assigned

What you bring

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

  • Managing Safety and Mission Assurance risks and ensuring proper mitigations are in place before conducting operations
  • Reviewing the team’s readiness at critical milestones, including Rocket shipment to the Launch Site, major test operations, and Launch
  • Conducting Safety Risk reviews with the Ground crew, Flight crew, Virgin Orbit Management, and Board of Directors
  • Ensuring crew readiness under nominal and off-nominal flight conditions
    • Applicable training has been completed
    • Monitoring and evaluating operational dress rehearsals to ensure they are conducted in accordance with procedures to ensure the readiness of vehicle safety operations personnel to conduct a safe mission under nominal and non-nominal conditions
  • Monitoring execution of launch operations for any hazardous situation, non compliance with procedures or launch license
  • Ensuring completion of regulatory documents, reports, and other recordkeeping requirements
  • Serving as the safety official required by 14 CFR §431.33[c) for Virgin Orbit to commence launch operations
  • Leading safety incident investigations, including determination of root causes and development of corrective actions to prevent recurrence
  • Assuring the facility’s compliance with all State, Local, and Federal HSE regulations including OSHA, EPA, DDT, and FAA
  • Helping Virgin Orbit do our part to make the world a better place
  • Learning new things-and share them with your team members
  • Bachelor’s Degree in a relevant field
  • Certifications or similar within aerospace, aviation or automotive
  • Graduated from a technical college or other recognized apprenticeship
  • Ability and willingness to thrive in a fast-paced, rapidly changing work environment
  • Driven, highly motivated, and committed to improvement
  • Ability to add something unique and positive to our team
  • Generally high level of all-around awesomeness

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

  • 10+ years’ management experience as a leader in complex development programs & implementing safety-related programs in manufacturing and test environments
  • Experience designing, integrating or testing launch vehicles
  • Working knowledge of liquid rocket engines
  • Experience with FAA launch licensing process
  • Experience performing System Safety analysis and associated government standards such as MIL-STD-882
  • Creative problem solver; able to work in multi-disciplinary teams
  • Ability and willingness to thrive in a fast-paced, rapidly changing work environment
  • Driven, highly motivated, and committed to continuous improvement
  • Ability to add something unique and positive to our team
  • A generally quite high level of all-around awesomeness

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. 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!”

Virgin Orbit is an Equal Opportunity Employer; employment with Virgin Orbit 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.

Tagged as: test and flight operations, executive management, quality assuance, liquid rocket engines, FAA launch licensing process, System Safety analysis, crew readiness

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