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Software Technical Project Manager

Rocket Lab

Rocket Lab

IT, Operations
Long Beach, CA, USA
Posted on Thursday, November 23, 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.

SPACE SYSTEMS

This is a rare opportunity to play a key role in Rocket Lab’s evolution into an end-to-end space company that delivers launch, spacecraft, and on-orbit operations. The Space Systems Division is shaping Rocket Lab’s future with Photon, our brand of high-performance satellites, enabling innovative missions in low Earth orbit and beyond including missions for NASA to LEO, the Moon, and Mars and commercial customers, including leading the design and manufacture of 17 high-power telecommunication spacecraft buses for Globalstar.

Rocket Lab is also growing our spacecraft components business, anchored on the acquisition of Sinclair Interplanetary manufacturing reaction wheels and star trackers in Toronto, SolAero Technologies manufacturing solar power and primary structure solutions in Albuquerque, Planetary Systems Corporation manufacturing launch separation systems in Silver Spring, and Advanced Solutions, Inc., provider of flight and ground software as a service in Denver. Our components business is key to vertically integrating our spacecraft solutions and enabling constellations for customers.  

SOFTWARE TECHNICAL PROJECT MANAGER

Based at Rocket Lab's global headquarters in Long Beach, CA, the Software Technical Project Manager will oversee the entire software development lifecycle for spacecraft using ASI by Rocket Lab’s MAX Flight Software. This includes everything from requirements definition to disposal of the spacecraft. This position will collaborate with multiple disciplines across spacecraft development in partnering teams and will be the main point of contact representing ASI by Rocket Lab to our customers.

WHAT YOU’LL GET TO DO: 

  • Serve as the flight software project manager for missions ranging from low Earth orbit to deep space missions
  • Deliver completed software to the customer on schedule and within the project budget
  • Work in collaboration with our programs to ensure feature development is not being duplicated across programs
  • Lead a team of developers in the GNC and FSW disciplines to meet all project requirements
  • Develop and maintain software development standards and procedures to ensure that all software deliverables are of the highest quality and meet customer requirements
  • Manage the relationship with your customer
  • Develop and maintain professional working relationships with all program stakeholders across the company
  • Travel domestically and internationally as the project requires
  • Report status and budget to Rocket Lab leadership

YOU’LL BRING THESE QUALIFICATIONS (Note: you must meet every qualification in order to be considered):

  • Bachelor’s degree in aerospace, computer science, electrical engineering, or other technical discipline
  • 8+ years of experience with satellite design
  • 4+ years of experience with project management
  • Experience developing spacecraft flight software
  • Experience developing in C++
  • Previous experience managing a team utilizing agile methodologies

THESE QUALIFICATIONS WOULD BE NICE TO HAVE:

  • Master’s degree in aerospace, computer science, electrical engineering, or other technical discipline
  • Thorough understanding of space systems and subsystems, and depth across multiple spacecraft engineering disciplines
  • Experience with systems engineering methods including systems trades, requirements management, performance characterization, and interface management
  • Project management qualifications such as PMP, APMP, etc.
  • Ability to identify and address problems with a proactive and systemic approach
  • Proficiency with project and engineering management tools such as Microsoft Project, Smartsheet, etc.
  • Experience developing embedded or high reliability software in C++
  • Experience with Git version control
  • Experience working in a continuous integration environment
  • Active Secret or Top Secret/SCI security clearance, or ability to obtain one upon being hired
  • Ability to work under pressure and adhere to tight deadlines
  • Excellent communication skills, with the ability to build strong working relationships

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)
$115,000$190,000 USD

Important information:

FOR CANDIDATES SEEKING TO WORK IN US OFFICES ONLY:

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 CANDIDATES SEEKING TO WORK IN NEW ZEALAND OFFICES ONLY:

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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