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VP of People and Culture

Rocket Lab

Rocket Lab

People & HR
Long Beach, CA, USA
Posted on Thursday, August 17, 2023

About The Role

Rocket Lab

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.

Life at Rocket Lab


Based out of Rocket Lab's global headquarters in Long Beach, CA, the VP of People & Culture will serve as the architect and be responsible and accountable for executing the company’s worldwide human resources efforts.  The chosen candidate will create, influence and guide the strategic vision that will enable the organization to create company culture and brand as employer of choice, recruit extraordinary talent to keep up with the high growth, provide strong compensation and benefits leadership, and support a performance-based culture through strategic initiatives, performance management, and learning and development programs.  They will be responsible for supporting the P&C team services spanning from New Zealand, Canada, and 7 sites in the US, including Long Beach California, Albuquerque New Mexico, Littleton Colorado, Silver Springs Maryland, Wallops Island Virginia and Stennis Mississippi. With over 1,600 employees, this growing business is looking for a dynamic leader to drive change by improving and solidifying business processes and driving a leading-edge environment enterprise tools.  This leader must be hands-on and be comfortable executing administrative details at times while operating at a strategic level.


  • Lead and guide the efforts of the HR team while supporting a customer-centric approach to internal stakeholders.
  • Act as a strategic and trusted advisor partner to the CEO as well as company's leadership team.
  • Drive compensation philosophy of employee differentiation to recognize and reward our best and use coaching and counseling to continually improve performance levels.
  • Foster a climate of strong accountability, responsibility, partnership, ownership, and results orientation.
  • Develop, improve and implement HR strategies aligned with the company's objectives and goals.
  • Provide strategic leadership and guidance on all aspects of HR, including talent acquisition, employee engagement, performance management, compensation and benefits, employee relations, and compliance.
  • Provide ongoing assessment of organizational effectiveness and create strategies for alignment of resources and workforce planning.
  • Develop and maintain effective HR policies and procedures, ensuring compliance with local, state, and federal regulations.
  • Foster a positive and inclusive company culture.
  • Lead and mentor a team of HR professionals, promoting their professional development and growth.
  • Participate in the development of the company's human resources budgets and growth strategy.
  • Guide best practices in the use of HR systems, policies, procedures and compliance and streamlines processes for operational excellence.
  • Oversee and advise on all benefits administration and execution in collaboration with the HR, Finance, and Legal teams.


  •  Bachelor’s degree in business administration, human resources management or similar
  • 15+ years of professional Human Resources Experience
  • 10+ years of leadership experience
  • Experience in high growth environments, Organizational Development, and Employee Engagement
  • Experience managing projects, including defining scope, managing budgets, driving deliverables, meeting deadlines and managing competing priorities
  • Experience engaging and partnering with local and international HR Business Partners on global  HR matters.
  • Experience in broad fields of human resources including organization design, restructuring and change management, talent acquisition, employee engagement and relations, talent and organization development, performance management, compensation and benefits.


  • Master’s degree in business administration, human resources management or related area
  • Human resources certification or professional human resources affiliations
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively with senior line executives and clients to successfully develop and implement plans, programs, and policies.
  • Ability to balance between strategic thinking and tactical implementation
  • Excellent facilitator who is experienced in resolving conflicts
  • Proven track record of successfully developing and implementing HR strategies that align with organizational goals.
  • Extensive knowledge of HR best practices, employment laws, and regulations.
  • Strong leadership and management skills, with the ability to motivate and inspire a team.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, with the ability to build relationships at all levels of the organization.
  • Demonstrated ability to navigate complex organizational dynamics and influence decision-making processes.
  • Experience in manufacturing, government contracting, or start-up environments
  • Experience using Greenhouse and Workday

The expected salary range for the position is displayed in accordance with the California Equal Pay for Equal Work Act. Final agreed upon compensation is based upon individual qualifications and experience. 

In addition to base salary, Rocket Lab offers a comprehensive total compensation package based on individual qualifications and experience, which may include cash or equity incentives. Employees will also be eligible for medical, dental, vision coverage, 401(k) retirement plan options, and to purchase discounted stock through Rocket Lab's Employee Stock Purchase Program.

Base Pay Range (CA Only)
$190,000$220,000 USD

Important information:


To conform to U.S. Government space technology export regulations, including the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR), Rocket Lab Employees must be a U.S. citizen, lawful U.S. permanent resident (i.e., current Green Card holder), or lawfully admitted into the U.S. as a refugee or granted asylum, or be eligible to obtain the required authorizations from the U.S. Department of State and/or the U.S. Department of Commerce, as applicable. Learn more about ITAR here.

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.

Applicants requiring a reasonable accommodation for the application/interview process for a job in the United States should contact Giulia Biow at [email protected].This dedicated resource is intended solely to assist job seekers with disabilities whose disability prevents them from being able to apply/interview. Only messages left for this purpose will be considered. A response to your request may take up to two business days.



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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