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 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.
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.
TSC is seeking a first rate, highly qualified Project Scheduler to support a variety of programs and projects including vehicle test, modification, sustaining activities and new product development. The Project Scheduler and planner will work closely with the Program teams and Program Management Office to develop, maintain, and execute their project plans. This is an excellent, exciting opportunity for a motivated, experienced individual with proven hands-on experience in producing and maintaining engineering and or manufacturing plans for aircraft design, development and support.
- Organize, create, and maintain project schedules to support Programs, and other identified projects in accordance with Project Management Office (PMO) best practices and guidelines.
- Assist project teams in tasks and sub tasks setup to ensure satisfactory realization of project requirements as scheduled to support Program, and overall objectives/goals.
- Support PMO performance metrics by adhering to Program WBS guidance, as documented in TSC WBS Guidelines and TSC Earned Value Management.
- Support PMO and project team by monitoring scopes of work using Program aligned WBS for control and integrity.
- Interact with PMO and program team to schedule work and coordinate resource assignments.
- Support PMO and Supply Chain by interacting with program team, team leads (scope owners), and Chief Engineers to define scope of work to develop and update detailed schedules, cost information and identification of variances from original plan.
- Support PMO by evaluating schedule progress and performance and identify developing problem areas.
- Support Program and project teams by monitoring schedule progress, including identifying critical activities and reviewing forecasts and progress achieved to date. Analyze critical path and constraints to determine effect of changes to schedule and recommend work-around.
- Develop and update weekly short interval work plans for project team.
- Track baselines, perform what-if analysis, and develop mitigation plans to support Program.
- Support PMO by documenting all changes to cost and schedule, reporting variances to PBM.
- Support PMO by assisting project teams in maintaining monthly (or as requested by PMO) status reports to keep management informed on project progress.
- Support PMO in conducting analysis to determine alternative courses of action or recovery on slipped schedules and or deadlines.
- Support PMO and project team by ensuring accuracy of schedules.
- Additional tasks as required.
- Bachelors’ Degree and 5 years applicable experience relative to Program Planning and scheduling using MS Project
- Advanced MS Project skills (Resource loading/tracking, basic requirements for earned value, progress tracking, variance analysis, critical path review and analysis)
- Experience with the effective integration of schedule and cost in an EVMS environment
- Experience with products built during the planning processes, e.g. IMP, IMS, Product Breakdown Structure (PBS), Work Breakdown Structures (WBS)
- Proficiency in Microsoft Office applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)
- Ability to work without supervision to lead the development of program plans and schedules for multiple programs concurrently
- Experience planning/scheduling for aerospace programs or in a similar complex manufacturing environment strongly preferred
- Strong facilitation skills and the ability to proactively communicate with all levels of management
- Ability to motivate and influence others, build effective interpersonal relationships, and be able to foster and contribute to a positive and productive team environment
- Demonstrate flexibility and adaptability in work style to better respond to multiple requests and handle sudden changes in priorities
- Ability to embrace and participate in change initiatives
- Excellent follow through and persistence
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.