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Software Technical Project Manager

Rocket Lab

Rocket Lab

IT, Operations
Littleton, CO, USA
Posted on Wednesday, January 10, 2024

About The Role


Rocket Lab is a global leader in launch and space systems. The rockets and satellites we build and launch enable some of the most ambitious and vital space missions globally, supporting scientific exploration, Earth observation and missions to combat climate change, national security, and exciting new technology demonstrations. Our Electron rocket has provided reliable access to orbit since 2018, becoming one of the most frequently launched rockets in the world. Neutron will be our next rocket on the launch pad, an advanced 13-tonne payload class, reusable rocket to launch the mega constellations of the future. Our space systems business includes our extensive line of satellites and components that have enabled more than 1,700 missions including the James Webb Space Telescope, NASA Psyche Mission, Artemis I, Mars Ingenuity helicopter, and more.

Join our pioneering team and launch your career to new heights!


Rocket Lab’s Space Systems team is responsible for every satellite and satellite component made by Rocket Lab: from complete satellites destined for missions to the Moon and Mars, to the individual components and subsystems that make up a satellite like solar panels, flight software, reaction wheels and star trackers, separation systems, radios, and more. Our Space Systems team is made up of engineers, technicians, and designers who design, create, and put together our own satellites for missions across the commercial, government, and defense sectors, or who build and assemble satellite hardware and software that supports other satellite missions.


As a Software Technical Project Manager based at Rocket Lab’s site in Littleton, you will oversee ASI by Rocket Lab’s MAX Flight Software Product. This includes contributing to roadmap creation, roadmap execution, team management, managing release cadence, and delivering product capabilities in-line with program needs. This position will collaborate with multiple disciplines across spacecraft development in partnering teams and will be the main driver for pushing MAX Flight Software and adjacent products forward.


  • Serve as the project manager for our core product, MAX Flight Software, used on a variety of missions ranging from low Earth orbit to deep space missions
  • Run our MAX Software Change Board (MSCB)
  • Manage our software development process to drive productivity, reliability, and quality
  • Design and execute a product roadmap on schedule and within budget
  • Work in collaboration with our programs to ensure feature development is not being duplicated across programs
  • Lead a small team of software developers to tackle product advancement and work with a matrix of other developers to address program needs
  • Work closely with the Product Experience Manager to deliver key capabilities to enhance our user experience and help create content to promote our technologies
  • Work closely with Business Development to ensure product roadmap and demonstrations align with key customer and market needs
  • Work closely with other staff building our ground software, simulation software, and digital mission engineering software to ensure quality and consistency across our products
  • Participate in and set standards for peer reviews
  • Contribute to the development of MAX Flight Software
  • Develop and maintain professional working relationships with all product stakeholders across the company
  • Travel domestically and internationally as the project requires
  • Report status and budget to Rocket Lab leadership


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


  • 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 Colorado Equal Pay for Equal Work Act. Final agreed upon compensation is based upon individual qualifications and experience.

Base salary is only one part of Rocket Lab’s compensation package for this role. You may be eligible for company stock, stock options, or cash incentives, and can purchase discounted stock through Rocket Lab’s Employee Stock Purchase Program. Employee benefits may also include medical, dental, and vision insurance coverage; 401(k) retirement plan options; paid vacation, holidays, and sick leave; paid parental leave; and other discounts and perks.

Base Pay Range (CO Only)
$105,000$175,000 USD


We’re on a mission to unlock the potential of space to improve life on Earth, but that’s not an easy task. It takes hard work, determination, relentless innovation, teamwork, grit, and an unwavering commitment to achieving what others often deem impossible. Our people out-think, out-work and out-pace. We pride ourselves on having each other’s backs, checking our egos at the door, and rolling up our sleeves on all tasks big and small. We thrive under pressure, work to tight deadlines, and our focus is always on how we can deliver, rather than dwelling on the challenges that stand in the way.

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.


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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