Returning Candidate?

Test Engineering Manager

Test Engineering Manager

Req No. 
Job Locations 
Regular Full-Time

More information about this job

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 a Test Engineering Manager to lead the test team and manage test activities, including laboratory and integrated vehicle tests in multiple disciplines. This role will be responsible for overall management of test resources including test staff, test equipment, the internal test laboratory and outside test vendors. The Test Engineering Manager will work with senior management and program staff to plan and coordinate efforts regarding test, including technical aspects as well as schedule and budget.



Your Mission

  • Lead a team of engineers and technicians to plan, execute and report results for ground tests in multiple disciplines including structures, mechanical systems and avionics
  • Oversee and improve TSC’s test capabilities, resources and procedures as required to meet the needs of the engineering organization, and TSC programs
  • Track test team schedule and budget and regularly report results to senior leadership and program staff
  • Provide technical review and approval of engineering documentation including test plans, procedures, reports and associated designs
  • Resolve schedule and technical setbacks by developing and implementing practically driven recovery plans with engineering and program staff
  • Support team development and growth with a commitment to elevating people through hiring, mentorship and career development of test engineers and technicians
  • Drive practical continuous improvement of test activities including test processes, capital projects, standardization efforts and training activities


What you bring

  • 10+ years of experience in aerospace engineering with experience in multiple disciplines including test
  • 5+ years of demonstrated leadership experience
  • Excellent knowledge of aerospace test practices including component acceptance and qualification, structural validation, environmental testing, instrumentation and data acquisition
  • Experience with Full Scale / Large Scale testing of primary structure in a FAR 23/25 or DoD environment
  • Proven analytical skills in test relevant engineering areas
  • Strong schedule management skills and understanding of schedule relationship to scope and cost
  • Good team player with straight up communication and good interpersonal skills with the proven ability to lead, motivate and build teams
  • Effective organizational skills, capable of effectively juggling and completing multiple tasks across different disciplines and programs
  • Highly autonomous with effective delegation skills and pure grit




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.


Connect With Us!

Not ready to apply? Connect with us for general consideration.