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Senior Project Manager, HASTE

Rocket Lab

Rocket Lab

Auckland, New Zealand
Posted on Friday, May 5, 2023

About The Role

Rocket Lab is a vertically integrated provider of small launch services, satellites, and spacecraft components. Our mission is to open access to space to improve life on Earth. Our team is over 1,500 people strong and we’re adding to it every week. Collaboration is at our core – every idea is heard, and everyone makes a difference. Teams are nimble, decisions are made quickly, and we are action oriented.

About Rocket Lab

Rocket Lab is the global leader in small satellite launch. Our mission is to open access to space to improve life on Earth. There are endless possibilities for what we can achieve with better access to space, and that access is now a reality thanks to Rocket Lab. Collaboration is at our core - every idea is heard, and everyone makes a difference. Teams are nimble, decisions are made quickly, and we are action-oriented.

While other companies talk about it, we do it!

About the role

Strategic growth for Rocket Lab is currently focussed on the expansion markets for Electron and with that, exploring sub-orbital launch opportunities. The variant of Electron targeted at this work is branded HASTE.

Delivering HASTE requires significant modifications to the baseline Electron, both in vehicle changes, and mission specific customer interfaces. Successful execution of these opportunities requires a proven project manager to coordinate technical delivery in NZ across functional work streams, manage on time delivery, and ensure appropriate resourcing.

Rocket Lab has a geographically disperse team with distributed areas of expertise that are required to work together efficiently on the delivery of key programmes. This role will be required to wear many hats and take a hands-on/direct approach to managing projects through from concept through to delivery. The role also comes with a requirement for direct interface with internal and external stakeholders across NZ and the USA, therefore, maintenance and growth of relationships is critical to success

Essential skills

  • Strong project management skills, including planning, scheduling, budgeting, risk management, and change management.
  • Solid understanding of aerospace engineering principles on space systems or satellites. Comprehensive understanding of satellite design, systems engineering, propulsion systems, and other key concepts.
  • Ability to communicate and adapt effectively with team members, stakeholders, and customers.
  • Excellent leadership skills, including the ability to motivate, inspire, and mentor team members.
  • Ability to analyze data, comfortable working with large datasets and has a strong analytical mindset.
  • Comprehensive understanding of quality management processes, including quality control and quality assurance.
  • Ability to identify problems, develop solutions, and implement them. Ability to think creatively and come up with innovative solutions to complex problems

Rocket Lab Employee Benefits

  • The opportunity to work on innovative and ground breaking technology
  • An employee stock purchase program
  • Access to world leading experts to develop your career
  • Unlimited barista coffee, fruit, and snacks
  • Rocket Lab merchandise – T-shirts, mission patches etc.
  • Discounted health insurance with Southern Cross
  • Additional parental leave entitlements
  • A vibrant team culture with social activities throughout the year

If the above sounds like you apply now!

Important information:


To conform to U.S. Government space technology export regulations, applicant must be a U.S. citizen as defined by ITAR (22 CFR §120.15) or eligible to obtain the required authorizations fromthe U.S Department of State.

Rocket Lab provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment at Rocket Lab, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.


For security reasons background checks will be undertaken prior to any employment offers being made to an applicant. These checks will include nationality checks as it is a requirement of this position that you be eligible to access equipment and data regulated by the United States' International Traffic in Arms Regulations.

Under these Regulations, you may be ineligible for this role if you do not hold citizenship of Australia, Japan, New Zealand, Switzerland, the European Union or a country that is part of NATO, or if you hold ineligible dual citizenship or nationality. For more information on these Regulations, click here ITAR Regulations.

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