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Director of Maintenance and Ground Safety

Company: Virgin Galactic
Location: Las Cruces
Posted on: June 21, 2022

Job Description:

Who We AreVirgin Galactic, www.VirginGalactic.com (SPCE:NYSE), recognizes that the answers to many of the challenges we face in sustaining life on our beautiful but fragile planet, lie in making better use of space. Sending people to space has not only expanded our understanding of science, but taught us amazing things about human ingenuity, physiology and psychology. From space, we are able to look with a new perspective both outward and back. From space, the borders that are fought over on Earth are arbitrary lines. From space, it is clear that there is much more that unites us than divides us.
"We are at the vanguard of a new industry determined to pioneer twenty-first century spacecraft, which will open space to everybody - and change the world for good." Sir Richard Branson, Founder, Virgin Galactic
Your Mission VG is seeking an incredibly talented, energetic, and experienced Safety Professional to join our team as the Director of Maintenance and Ground Safety. You will lead, develop, and mentor a team of six professionals dedicated to Maintenance and Ground and Ground Support Equipment (GSE) Safety. Incumbent is directly responsible for ensuring assigned tasks are seen through to successful completion with high-quality work products. You will be part of the Safety leadership team responsible for creating plans to successfully execute the vision and goals of the Chief Safety Officer and Virgin Galactic's comprehensive safety program. You will develop and report on qualitative and quantitative metrics through the Reliance Safety Management tool utilizing safety surveys, reportable injury rates, risk assessments, audit and inspection results and leadership involvement in Safety to evaluate, analyze and influence a positive Safety Culture that proactively manages risk and reduces injuries and capital damage to our space assets.
Responsibilities

  • Oversee continued implementation and continuous improvement of the VG Safety Management System through execution of the Internal Evaluation Program (IEP)
  • Develop policies and programs to address high hazard operations or work areas identified through inspection, Job Hazard Analyses, or Safe Work Plans
  • Direct and facilitate the safety investigation process, to include hazard identification, risk analysis, corrective actions, and follow up to closure
  • Oversee processing of safety reporting system inputs (Reliance), to include appropriate incident assignments, launching of investigations, conducting risk assessments, and issuing corrective actions when necessary
  • Oversee management of the VG hazardous waste program for New Mexico facilities.
  • Assess operational and workplace safety through facility inspections and operational observations
  • Provide safety oversight during development of VG technical publications, to include review of new and existing procedures as well as providing input during procedure validation
  • Oversee safety review processes to include chemical approval, new equipment approval, vendor approval and other change management functions during construction, renovation and build out
  • Support all emergency response program efforts involving flight activities
  • Provide a resource to all VG leadership to ensure appropriate safety communication, expectations, and accountability, all in an effort to drive a positive safety culture at Virgin Galactic
    What You Bring
    • A Bachelor's Degree and 7-10 years' experience in Aerospace Maintenance and Ground Safety
    • Experienced leader with a track record of successful performance in progressive positions of greater responsibility as a Safety professional
    • Ability to think strategically and provide best advice to the Chief Safety Officer, Senior leadership in Maintenance, and the President, Space Missions and Safety
    • Talented communicator, both verbally and written, with the ability to articulate requirements to lead the team in a clear and direct manner
    • Strong teaming and collaboration skills that foster team/peer unity and cohesiveness in support of Safety Department goals, mission, and standards
    • Ability to build strong business relationships with other senior leaders throughout the company
    • Strong problem-solving skills and ability to analyze workflow/processes to provide excellent service to internal and external customersDesirable Qualifications
      • CSP certification
      • Space experiencePhysical and/or Additional Requirements:
        • Must be able to work all shifts
        • Must be able to stoop, bend, crawl, and being able to maneuver in tight spaces
        • Must be able to lift up to 49 pounds
          ITAR RequirementsTo 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.As part of our commitment to health and safety, COVID-19 vaccines are required for current U.S. teammates, as well as all newly hired employees.As of October 1, 2021, all new hires must be able to provide proof that they are fully vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus, ( "fully vaccinated" means at least two weeks have expired since receiving the vaccination's last dose as recommended by the manufacturer) . If you are offered employment, this requirement must be met by your date of hire.Virgin Galactic is an Equal Opportunity Employer; employment with Virgin Galactic 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. As part of our commitment to health and safety, COVID-19 vaccines are required for current U.S. teammates, as well as newly hired employees. As of October 1, 2021, all new hires must be able to provide proof that they are fully vaccinated against the COVID-19virus, ("fully vaccinated" means at least two week have expired since receiving the vaccination's last dose as recommended by the manufacturer). If you are offered employment, this requirement must be met be your date of hire. Virgin Galactic complies with federal, state, and local laws with regard to accommodations related to this policy.

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