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Chief Engineer

Chief Engineer

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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

TSC is looking for a Chief Engineer to lead the engineering design, development, testing and qualification of White Knight Two, Serial Number Two. In this role, the CE is responsible for the overall technical design of the vehicle. The CE manages the cross-functional engineering team required to complete the program, and to coordinate with key stakeholders – Program Management, Production, Supply Chain, Flight Test, Maintenance, etc, - to complete engineering activities in accordance with Program requirements.


Your Mission

  • Has overall technical responsibility for the design, development, build, test and qualification of the vehicle.
  • Responsible to the Program Manager and Engineering leadership for meeting program cost and schedule requirements, and managing overall engineering program scope.
  • Leads the cross-functional engineering team to complete the program, and coordinates with other stakeholders in the Program Team.
  • Develops Engineering plans in support of program requirements, to include Systems Engineering Management Plans, Test Management Plans, Validation and Verification Plans and other engineering development plans.
  • Leads the development and validation of the vehicle technical requirements in support of overall program requirements.
  • Develops project schedules for the Engineering activities, and manages the completion of those activities.
  • Communicates the overall Engineering objectives, goals and schedule for the program to the Engineering team for the project.
  • Assign and prioritize responsibilities for engineering tasks.
  • Review status of engineering deliverables and initiate appropriate corrective action to meet schedule.
  • Provide oversight of the work scope to include plans, budget, schedule, and report regularly on engineering program status to leadership.
  • Other duties as required in support of Engineering Leadership and Program Requirements.

What you bring

  • Bachelor’s degree in Aerospace, Mechanical, or Electrical Engineering or similar Engineering discipline from an accredited institution.
  • Demonstrated ability to lead and empower a team of subject matter experts in varying technical disciplines.
  • Understanding of aircraft design and engineering processes, including Model Based Definition, Product Lifecycle Management, Configuration Management, Configuration Control, ERP and MRP systems.
  • 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
  • Excellent verbal and written communication, excellent computer skills including Microsoft Word, Excel, Project and PowerPoint.
  • Execute strategic goals and objectives in support of the overall company goals and objectives.
  • Strong analytical and problem solving skills with a high attention to detail.
  • Team player with excellent organizational and interpersonal skills.




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.


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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