Technical Program Manager
About The Role
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
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 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 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.
TECHNICAL PROGRAM MANAGER
Based out of Rocket Lab's global headquarters in Long Beach, the Technical Program Manager is responsible for supporting the development of various Space Systems programs. You will support the Space Systems organization, with deliverables required for internal leadership, board of directors, and investors.
WHAT YOU’LL GET TO DO:
- Serve as the program manager for the design, development, test, and production phases of Rocket Lab’s space systems for low Earth orbit and/or deep space missions
- Deliver Rocket Lab’s space systems to the launch pad on time and within budget
- Work in collaboration with Space Systems Chief Engineer to plan and execute programs
- Identify implementation issues and proactively develop recovery plans before schedule and cost impacts are realized
- Approve selection and make/buy decisions of spacecraft components and manage subcontracts
- Report program status, issues, and problems to Rocket Lab senior leadership
- Lead or approve input into proposal development and business development activities
- Serve as a team leader and take accountability for the cost and schedule performance of the team
- Manage relationship with a broad set of cross-functional engineering and production teams to deliver on program goals
- Develop and maintain professional working relationships with all program stakeholders across the company
- Travel domestically and internationally regularly to support programs
YOU’LL BRING THESE QUALIFICATIONS (Note: you must meet every qualification in order to be considered):
- Bachelor’s degree in engineering, physics, math, or other technical discipline
- 5+ years of program management experience in the aerospace industry
- Direct technical experience as an engineer supporting satellite and/or space programs
THESE QUALIFICATIONS WOULD BE NICE TO HAVE:
- 10+ years of demonstrated space system program management experience across multiple spacecraft flight projects/programs
- Experience with managing employees
- 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
- Ability to identify and address problems with a proactive and systematic approach
- Project management qualifications such as PMP, APMP, etc.
- Proficiency with project and engineering management tools such as Microsoft Project, Teamcenter, etc.
- Experience managing both low and high-cost space programs, as well as deep space and LEO missions
- Experience working with government customers, government requirements, and government project management practices
- Active Secret or Top Secret/SCI security clearance, or ability to obtain one
- Ability to travel and communicate outside of work hours
- Must be able to work extended hours and/or weekends as needed
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.
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.
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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.
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