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Facilities Manager

Facilities Manager

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Who we are

The Spaceship Company (TSC) is Virgin Galactic’s wholly owned space-system manufacturing organization. Headquartered at Mojave Air and Space Port in Mojave, California, it is building and testing a fleet of WhiteKnightTwo carrier aircraft and SpaceShipTwo reusable spaceships that, together, form Virgin Galactic’s human spaceflight system. Like many Virgin companies across the world, its team of over 350 talented and dedicated engineers, technicians and professionals are drawn together by a willingness to disrupt and challenge the status quo and deliver innovative aerospace solutions to our customers’ needs. TSC’s extensive capabilities encompass preliminary vehicle design and analysis, manufacturing, ground testing, flight testing and post-delivery support.


Our Values:

TSC and the greater Virgin Organization have 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 work well under 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.

Your Mission

TSC is seeking an experienced Facilities Manager to manage all facilities and maintenance projects and vendors for multiple aerospace manufacturing facilities on our Mojave campus – a campus that is designing, building and testing innovative systems that will open space to change the world for good. This position will lead construction, remodelling, installation, improvements, inspections, repairs, trouble shooting and daily maintenance of buildings, infrastructures, and facility equipment. The Facilities Manager will be responsible for keeping facilities in good status to comply with county and state codes, as well as environmental, health, and safety policies.

  • Overall leadership responsibility for overseeing the implementation of policies, procedures and projects that will lead to a well-managed, well-maintained building and facilities in coordination and conjunction with the company’s business objectives.
  • Leads our talented team of project leads, mechanics and facility technicians to deliver all aspects of the facility function.
  • Ensures facility regulatory compliance (including ITAR policy, building code, OSHA, ADA etc.) and effective management of risk and liability for the company, including maintaining files and policy documents in order to support audits.
  • Delivers an effective, comprehensive Preventative Maintenance plan that ensures all equipment and buildings are safely maintained on schedule in coordination with manufacturing and other departments.
  • Prepares and reviews budgets, provides financial reporting (as required), develops and manages contract terms, monitors expenditure and purchase orders related to the facilities.
  • Participates in negotiation of service contracts with internal and external suppliers/customers to achieve the highest levels of performance in compliance with the organization's values, standards, and guidelines for business conduct.
  • Team organization and communications to provide 24/7 response to facility issues that may arise (power outage, security, equipment failure, weather damage, event planning etc.).

What you bring

  • Breadth of experience in construction, building engineering, maintenance and all facets of building management.
  • Demonstrated ability to lead a team, keeping them motivated to provide high levels of service to both external and internal clients.
  • Demonstrated Self-starter with a willingness to learn new things and substantial flexibility to handle and manage change. With ability to properly prioritize in a dynamic work environment.

  • Professional, positive approach, demonstrated integrity, assertive without being demanding.

  • Ability to successfully work in an environment that requires exceptional attention to detail, follow through, customer communication, customer satisfaction and the ability to multi-task.

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, must have the ability to communicate clearly and effectively at all levels of the organization.

  • Select, supervise, coach, develop and lead the quality technician team to ensure consistent, high quality service.

  • Suggests and implements changes in working conditions and use of equipment to increase safety and efficiency of shop, department, or work crew.

  • Analyses and resolves work problems, or assists workers in solving work problems.

  • Initiates or suggests plans to motivate workers to achieve work goals.

  • Maintains facilities time and cost reporting records.

  • Confers with other directors, managers and supervisors to coordinate activities of facilities department.

  • Confers with workers' representatives and Human Resources to resolve grievances.

  • Comply with safety regulations and promote a safe working environment.

  • Ability to recognize and act in a preventative manner on any issues that may affect operations.

  • Ability to produce schedules and report progress on projects.

  • Recognized Project Management qualification and/or proven experience in managing construction based projects.

  • Track record of building solid, respectful and supportive relationships with permitting authorities.

  • Possess a positive "Can Do" attitude by stepping up and taking additional responsibilities and adapting to changes in this fast paced environment.

  • Minimum of 2 years’ experience directly supervising and managing staff, including experience in planning and assigning work, performance assessments, training, hiring, discipline, and development.

  • Experience working with IT systems for facility/equipment maintenance.

  • Strong customer service focus.

  • Practical approach / leads by example. Comfortable being ‘hands on’ and working closely with cross-functional teams.

  • All candidates must be US Persons due to the ITAR (22 CFR §120.15).

Education Requirement:

  • College Degree or equivalent work experience required.
  • Current or previous holder of a Contractor's License preferred.

Physical and/or Additional Requirements:

  • Must be able to work all shifts and available on weekends when needed
  • Must be able to stand for extended periods - 9 hours min.
  • Must be able to stoop, bend, crawl and be able to maneuver in tight spaces
  • Physically able to handle items weighing up to 40lbs (unassisted).

The Spaceship Company is an Equal Opportunity Employer; employment with The Spaceship Company 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.



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