The Operations and Maintenance (O&M) Manager is responsible for all activities as required to keep MARS facilities and support teams at an operationally ready state, including: Launch Pads, Payload Processing Facility (PPF), Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) Airfield and other support facilities. The O&M Manager is responsible for the coordination and execution of Integrated Launch Vehicle (ILV) operational processes. The Operations and Maintenance Manager will ensure compliance to MARS Policy/Procedures, Customer Requirements, and Regulatory Standards.
Provide direct oversight of O&M staff including engineers, technicians, and auxiliary support personnel.
Manage personnel training program requirements, provide verification of personnel readiness for operation.
Provide recommendations to ensure staffing plans and development are aligned with the organization’s operational commitments and strategic plan.
Coach, support and motivate to maintain a high performing team.
Establish and execute all operation plans including material, manufacturing and integration and test activities.
Coordinate and manage ILV level operation work flows to ensure mission milestones are met.
Maintain operational constraints document; review and coordinate technical support to disposition constraints to near term and long-range program milestones.
Assist and improve processes, tools, documentation and management techniques to maximize engineering process execution excellence and quality.
Provide liaison support between Launch Service Provider and MARS O&M personnel with regard to technical manpower support and priorities.
Collaborate with design engineering to resolve technical issues related to MARS operations and maintenance.
Manage budgets, cost, schedule and resources to effectively meet organizational goals and customer requirements as required.
Lead mission management functions including direct customer interface & represent VCSFA/MARS and present deliverables at program technical reviews, proposal reviews or other technical meetings.
Manage and support contracts as necessary to execute all responsibilities described above including oversite of UAV airfield operational support contract.
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. Have field experience in the operations and maintenance of cryogen and pneumatic systems, Launch Pad experience preferred. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Must possess a valid driver’s license and secure reliable transportation to the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport Offices and facilities on Virginia’s Eastern Shore.
Must be able to maintain secured access to the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport and supporting facilities.
Position requires a strong technically orientated operations management background with a focus on space launch vehicles and space launch ground systems with directly related work experience.
Strong analytical and troubleshooting skills for the resolution of operational anomalies.
In-depth knowledge and understanding launch range command, control, and communications systems and their interface with the launch pad.
In-depth knowledge and understanding space launch pad fluid, high pressure gas, hydraulic, electrical and control, safety, and structural systems.
Must be able to travel in support of launch activities.
Must be able to maintain mental clarity and efficiency in work in a stressful operational environment.
Must be able to work well with demanding customers to deliver confidence in ability and promote long-term business relationships.
Must be able to understand, follow, and promote OSHA safety guidelines in the workplace.
About Virginia Commercial Space Flight Authority
The Virginia Commercial Space Flight Authority (VCSFA), also known as ‘Virginia Space,' is a political subdivision of the Commonwealth of Virginia. Virginia Space owns and operates the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport (MARS) and the MARS UMS Airfield.
Virginia Space aims to provide and is proud to offer full-service launch and drone testing facilities for commercial, government, scientific and academic users.
The mission of Virginia Space is to serve as a driver for Virginia's New Economy by providing safe, reliable, and responsive space Access at competitive prices, and secure facilities for testing of unmanned vehicles for integration into the National Air Space.