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Program Director – Test (Tustin, Dallas, Mesa)

Virgin Galactic

This is a Full-time position in tustin, CA posted January 3, 2023.

As the Program Director leading our Test Integrated Product Team on the Delta Class Spaceship, you will be responsible for leading the teams supporting the development of the Test processes and Systems for the Delta Class vehicle. This scope of work includes strategy, integration, program planning, program execution, and product testing results for the Spaceship and simulator systems. The role will lead the development of the test processes thru the full product life cycle including, requirement definition, phases, production, testing, operation, and sustainment. As the leader of an Integrated Product Team, you will be expected to integrate engineering disciplines, business functions, and suppliers to successfully develop the next-generation production Spaceship. Your responsibilities will include the development and deployment of Program Management processes and tools in collaboration with the Program & Business Operations Team.

In addition, you will be accountable for leading the development of program plans, including baselining as well as program execution within the approved cost, schedule, quality, and scope. This role is accountable for developing a cross-functional product team, to ensure programs are executed in accordance with the gated product life cycle and program management processes, ensuring the achievement of program and business goals.

  • Develop and maintain a detailed program plan, including Integrated Master Schedule for the Spaceship Mission Systems, which is aligned with the overall Delta Class program plan and 5 Year Strategic Plan for Aerospace Systems
  • Execute the approved program plan with accountability for cost, scope, quality, and schedule against the approved program baseline and provide program updates as required by the executive team
  • Develop and lead risk management process including proactively maintaining and tracking program risks and opportunities and providing mitigation plans as needed
  • Leveraging your experience to help the Virgin Galactic team develop and deploy program processes aligned with Program Management best practices
  • Collaborate with other program IPT leaders to ensure the overall success of the Spaceship Delta Program ensuring there are no design or functional gaps
  • Lead a diverse and talented team of multi-disciplined individuals in a matrixed organization to support product development, production, delivery and spacecraft integration, test, and sustainment
  • Lead by example through Virgin Galactic’s values, communicating with respect in a straight-up way fostering transparent, and open communication.
  • Apply program management expertise, coupled with leadership skills and an unwavering commitment to quality of work products, to ensure the successful advancement of human spaceflight
  • Work with other company leaders in engineering, manufacturing, and support organizations to gather history and experience to inform project planning and steering
  • Review detailed development, engineering and manufacturing plans and ensure cross functional integration and alignment
  • Regularly report to executive leadership and the broader organization the status and performance of the project following and improving the company’s Management Operating System
  • Build and develop an Integrated Program Team (IPT) that supports the portfolio, including crafting and implementing an appropriate operating system to support and ensure program execution
  • Lead program reviews, including Integrated Baseline Reviews (IBR), Variance Reviews/Reporting, Monthly Program Management Reviews, and others as required.


  • Minimum of a bachelor’s degree in engineering, business management or similar technical discipline from an accredited institution
  • 10+ years of industry experience in progressive program management or technical and leadership roles
  • Energetic, passionate, and organized program leader ready to lead a project through the full lifecycle
  • Experience with Aerospace vehicle or product development, transition into production, entry into service, and design for sustainability
  • Experience managing supplier program performance as part of the integrated team
  • Demonstrated success managing aerospace projects within cost and schedule goals
  • Experience providing leadership and management for multidisciplinary teams of engineering, manufacturing, and business support personnel
  • Able to manage multiple tasks simultaneously and thrive in a complex product development environment with multiple priorities as well as a disciplined production setting
  • Experience with logic-linked scheduling, Cost Account Management, budget management, and reporting
  • Experience with IMP/IMS, risk management, configuration management, and requirements management processes
  • Understanding of Product Lifecycle Management, Configuration Management, Configuration Control, and ERP systems
  • Excellent verbal and written communication, excellent computer skills including Microsoft Word, Excel, Project, and PowerPoint
  • Execute strategic program goals in support of the overall company goals and objectives
  • Team player with excellent organizational and interpersonal skills

Preferred Skills and Experience

  • PMP Certification
  • Master’s Degree
  • Primavera (P6) experience
  • Six Sigma Training and Certification