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Site Reliability Engineer II - Operations Software

Rocket Lab

Rocket Lab

Software Engineering, Operations
Auckland, New Zealand
Posted on Wednesday, June 14, 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

While other companies talk about it, we do it!

About the role

Launching a rocket and operating satellites requires a symphony of multiple teams, multiple sites, and multiple complex systems working together towards mission success. Operations software helps bring this orchestra together by providing operators with timely, accurate and beautiful presentation of control and system states.

A Site Reliability Engineer works closely with the Operations Software Engineering team and is responsible for ensuring the reliability, availability, and performance of software systems used in Operations and Engineering. They collaborate with development and operations teams to design and maintain highly scalable and resilient systems. SREs implement monitoring and automation tools, troubleshoot incidents, and optimise system performance. Their goal is to minimise downtime, proactively address issues, and provide a seamless user experience.

An Engineer II has the scope to perform independent engineering as allocated and may have product ownership as a responsible engineer. Risk, cost or quality-based decisions are escalated or reviewed as part of the workflow from the judgement of the Engineer II.

Essential skills

  • Tertiary Diploma, Certificate or degree in Software Engineering, Computer Science, Electrical Engineering or similar.
  • Minimum of 4 years' experience within a related field.
  • Proficiency in at least one programming language (e.g., Go, C#, Python) for automation and tooling.
  • Experience with containerization technologies such as Docker and orchestration platforms like Kubernetes.
  • Solid understanding of networking principles, web technologies, and database systems.
  • Excellent problem-solving and troubleshooting skills.

Desirable skills:

  • Familiarity with cloud platforms (e.g., AWS, Azure, Google Cloud) and infrastructure-as-code tools (e.g., Terraform, Ansible).
  • Experience as a Site Reliability Engineer or in a similar role, working with large-scale distributed systems.
  • Knowledge of Linux/Unix systems and shell scripting.
  • Communication and collaboration skills to work effectively with cross-functional teams.

Rocket Lab Employee Benefits

  • The opportunity to work on innovative and ground breaking technology
  • 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

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 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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