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Director Space Systems NZ

Rocket Lab

Rocket Lab

Auckland, New Zealand
Posted on Monday, November 13, 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 Rocket Lab

Rocket Lab is a global leader in launch and space systems. The satellites and rockets we build, and launch enable some of the most ambitious and vital space missions globally, supporting scientific exploration, national security, and exciting new commercial capabilities. Our Electron rocket has provided reliable access to orbit since 2018, becoming one of the most frequently launched rockets ion the world. Our advanced 13-tonne payload class, reusable rocket in development now will launch the mega constellations of the future, and our extensive line of satellites and components have enabled more than 1700 missions including the James Webb Space Telescope, NASA Psyche Mission, Artemis I, Mars Ingenuity helicopter and more. Join our team of 1700+ pioneering team members and launch your career to new heights.

About the role

Space Systems is the fastest growing part of Rocket Lab. This team develops spacecraft and components that are enabling some of the most ambitious and innovative missions space missions globally. The Director of Space Systems NZ will play a key role in delivering these programs, from world’s first private mission to Venus and scientific missions to Mars for NASA, to scaling mass production of critical components that will support the mega constellations of tomorrow.

This is an exciting senior engineering position with significant leadership influence, leading a driven, high-performing team. You’ll oversee the project management and delivery of multiple spacecraft, components, and space operations programs. You’ll work with cross functional teams to develop schedules, budgets, resource plans and lead the team to deliver on these reliably.

Reporting to the Vice President of Space Systems, you’ll be based in Auckland, New Zealand but work closely with our global Space Systems teams in the U.S. and Canada, so some travel is required. You’ll also work directly with customers and key external stakeholders, so you’ll be as comfortable in the board room as you are on the production floor with engineering and manufacturing teams.

With Space Systems poised for rapid growth, this is an exciting opportunity to lead a team and programs through a defining era. 

About you

  • Eager to solve interesting, complex problems.
  • Act with speed and decisiveness to deliver to aggressive schedules on budget.
  • Strong technical skills.
  • Keen eye for detail.
  • Ability to synthesise lots of information quickly to make good decisions.
  • Proven ability to build strong relationships with team members at all levels is essential.
  • Business or Business Administration, Management or Engineering degree or equivalent qualification.
  • 10+ years relevant experience.
  • 5+ years proven leadership experience with the ability to manage and motivate a team.
  • Understanding of space operations.

Rocket Lab Employee Benefits

  • The opportunity to work on innovative and ground-breaking technology with a dedicated, world-leading team.
  • An employee stock purchase program.
  • Access to world leading experts to develop your career.
  • Rocket Lab merchandise.
  • 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, 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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