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Senior Cost Analyst

Rocket Lab

Rocket Lab

Auckland, New Zealand
Posted on Tuesday, July 11, 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

The Senior Cost Analyst is responsible for ensuring the integrity of the costing and inventory data in the ERP system is maintained, to enable accurate costing and other financial reporting.

  • Responsible for ensuring the integrity of data required for costing is maintained in the ERP system, including maintenance and reconciliations of production orders, work-in-progress, cycle count and end-of-year count of inventory items, recording of count variances etc.
  • Review of standard costs and Moving Average Unit Cost (MAUC) and other inputs as required to enable accurate costing.
  • Prepare SOX controls - Inventory reconciliations, Production Order aging analysis & closing errors, Cycle Count Results, Production order variances and Inventory Adjustments Approvals.
  • Support month end process – engineer cost, prototype, and consumables journal entries.
  • Run monthly subledger inventory reports and reconcile to general ledger.
  • Prepare quarterly obsolete and slow-moving inventory reserve analysis.
  • Analyze and report quarterly Cycle Count coverage.
  • Responsible to plan year end physical count external audit.
  • Support the power BI team to develop and improve costing reports required for management reporting or statutory reporting purposes.
  • Develop and deploy training of system functionality across the finance teams and business users as required.

Essential skills

  • Excellent interpersonal, verbal & written communication skills & the ability to explain complex information to others.
  • Strong skills in variance analysis, attention to detail, organizational skills, and ability to prioritise.
  • Strong analytical & independent problem-solving skills to evaluate financial results.
  • Ensuring compliance with GAAP and/or International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS). 
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite. 
  • Advanced Excel skills a must.

Essential education and experience

  • Bachelor's degree in accounting or equivalent combination of relevant education and experience.
  • Minimum five (5) years of experience in the general ledger and cost accounting area.

Desirable skills and experience 

  • Certified Management Accountant (CMA).
  • Experience working in a manufacturing environment, preferably within the aerospace and defense industry.
  • ERP experience using Infor LN, Oracle, JDE, SAP or similar ERP system.

Rocket Lab Employee Benefits

  • The opportunity to work on innovative and groundbreaking 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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