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Senior Buyer

Rocket Lab

Rocket Lab

Software Engineering, Accounting & Finance
Auckland, New Zealand
Posted on Wednesday, November 1, 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.

While other companies talk about it, we do it!

About the role

Senior Buyers are responsible for handling Rocket Lab’s end to end sourcing operation.  Senior Buyers are embedded with the engineering team during R&D projects and support them through early design phase through to production ramp, securing supply of the parts we use to build launch vehicles and space systems.  Senior Buyers make daily decisions that are responsible for ensuring we meet our cost, quality, and delivery goals.

Essential skills

  • Work is generally independent and collaborative in nature
  • Contributes to moderately complex aspects of a project
  • Proven ability to source, onboard, and negotiate pricing with suppliers
  • Proven knowledge of world class sourcing processes.
  • Ability to analyse data or insights to determine industry trends
  • Ability to develop grow, maintain and exit strategies for our supply base
  • Ability to read, analyze, and interpret technical procedures, technical manuals, customer RFx’s and regulations
  • Strong organisational and problem-solving skills, with the ability to prioritize effectively and efficiently
  • Excellent verbal and written communication abilities
  • Team oriented, strong ability to multi-task and work in a fast-paced environment and to multiple deadlines
  • Ability to travel domestically and internationally up to 10% of time

Desired Skills

  • Bachelor’s degree in engineering, business, supply chain or other relevant fields
  • 12+ years procurement experience
  • Proficient in MRP systems
  • Prior experience in aerospace, EV automotive, or other disruptive manufacturing industries
  • Prior experience in rapid growth environment
  • Ability to read and interpret engineering drawings
  • Experience with AS9100, US export controls (ITAR and EAR)
  • Team oriented, strong ability to multi-task and work in a fast-paced environment and to multiple deadlines

Rocket Lab Employee Benefits

  • The opportunity to work on innovative and advanced technology
  • Equal opportunity employer
  • 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 is of interest and you would like to know more apply now - all applications are reviewed and considered.



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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