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Deputy Program Manager - Interiors Build

Deputy Program Manager - Interiors Build

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Who we are

Who we are

The Spaceship Company (TSC) is an affiliate of Virgin Galactic as a 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.


Who You Are
The Spaceship Company (TSC) is seeking an experienced and inspired Deputy Program Manager to oversee the fabrication of the cabin interior for SpaceShipTwo.  This role will be responsible for managing the planning, fabrication, sourcing, acceptance, and status reporting of all SpaceshipTwo interior components for multiple SpaceShipTwo vehicles for our client, Virgin Galactic.  The Interiors Build Deputy will work closely with various lead engineers and other department leads/PM’s to ensure Interiors manufacturing projects are supported as needed to achieve their objectives while ensuring compliance with company policies, procedures and overall objectives.

Your Mission

  • Program Manager provides direction for the program goals to the deputy PM of manufacturing
  • Work with Program manager to deliver project on time and budget
  • Overarching manufacturing plan owner for the program
  • Work with the scheduling team, manufacturing engineering team and production control to assure smooth transition from engineering release to the manufacturing team and into inventory.
  • Conduct design-for-manufacturability assessments and make design recommendations to the PM to streamline fabrication schedules
  • Execute the build sequence as defined by the engineering release sequence structured by the Interiors Program Manager. Responsible for the manufacturing team to provide revised manufacturing need dates to the engineering schedule in the event of issues or scope changes.
  • Identify tooling, materials, resources, vendors, planning, and engineering to work in the most efficient manner possible. Work with engineering, supply chain, tooling, etc. to harmonize the schedule.
  • Work with production control to assure work flow, jobs, outsourced jobs, and required materials are available to support schedule.
  • Coordinate the efforts between all manufacturing functions and vendors to properly support the build schedule.
  • Resolve conflicts in schedule and resources with functional managers.
  • Communicate status and risk assessment reporting these to the PM
  • Develop and implement recovery plans by working with all functions to implement these plans when the project gets off schedule

What you bring

  • 10+ years of proven hands-on experience with composite fabrication, assembly and systems integration
  • 5+ years of demonstrated leadership experience with production, assembly and systems integration teams, at least 3 of which were in a managerial role
  • Strong understanding of composite structural fabrication techniques, including exposure to out-of-autoclave processing
  • Excellent knowledge of component assembly, both subassembly and final top level assembly
  • Extensive experience and/or training in lean manufacturing principals and leading or participating in process improvement workshops or kaizen events
  • Working knowledge of configuration management practices and quality management processes
  • Experience with manufacturing based ERP systems a plus
  • Strong team player with excellent interpersonal skills and the proven ability to lead, motivate and build teams
  • Strong strategic thinking and analytical skills, combined with a strong commercial acumen to measure the potential impact of each decision
  • Excellent organizational skills, easily capable of effectively juggling and completing multiple tasks at the same time and thrives under pressure
  • Highly autonomous with effective delegation skills
  • Extreme attention to detail and continual pursuit of perfection
  • Applicants must be U.S. Persons as defined by the ITAR (22 CFR §120.15)


 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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