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Security Team Lead

Rocket Lab

Rocket Lab

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Long Beach, CA, USA
Posted on Saturday, January 27, 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!


This Security Team Lead is responsible for leading the delivery of robust physical security initiatives for the protection of our assets (premises, possessions, people and infrastructure). Their focus is delivering tactical preparedness, readiness, and responsiveness. The Security Team Lead will also provide the physical security team with a clear sense of direction, creating a positive and supportive team culture in which all members collaboratively strive to deliver gold standard security. This position will be based out of Rocket Lab Headquarters in Long Beach, California.


  • Manage physical security ‘minor works’ (including repairs and minor enhancements) with the security systems provider/integrator (including Planned Preventative Maintenance scheduling). Note: major works or upgrades will be out of your purview.
  • Lead physical security monitoring and response operations at Rocket Lab including:
  • Ownership of security systems including CCTV, access control (companywide badging system), and intruder detection.
  • Leadership of the Security Officer outside services team.
  • Ensuring 24/7 coverage of both Long Beach Facilities: RLHQ and EDC
  • Delivery of Rocket Lab physical security requirements.
  • Responding to security incidents and issues including internal ticket tracking system.
  • Ensuring service delivery meets the expected standard for quality.
  • Conduct initial and recurrent Security Officer training in the areas of:
  • Security systems (ACS and CCTV).
  • Security processes and procedures including visitor prescreening and badging
  • Coordination with the Manager, Contractor Program Security Officer/FSO for any associated security procedures
  • Security threats and risks associated with Rocket Lab and the space industry.
  • Support global security management in the development and delivery of enterprise security awareness, education and pricing committee for approval.
  • Develop (in collaboration with Learning & Development) and conduct regular training in the areas of security threat and security risk.


  • Bachelor’s degree and 4+ years of experience -OR- high school diploma and 9+ years of experience
  • 3+ years of proven experience in direct line management
  • Minimum current registration as a Level II Security Guard; OR ability to obtain this within 90 days of employment
  • Proficient in the front-end coordination and use of access control systems (personnel badging), and CCTV systems


  • Demonstrated expertise in people management
  • Experience leading incident management and investigations
  • Operational experience using access control and CCTV systems to an advanced level is advantageous
  • Experience in conflict resolution and dealing with difficult people
  • Demonstrable knowledge of security best practice, defense-in-depth, and the applicability of local legislation that pertains to privacy and civil rights
  • Proficient in the use of digital tools including the Microsoft Suite, and web-based applications
  • Back-end experience programming access control systems and/or CCTV systems is advantageous

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.

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 (CA Only)
$75,000$110,000 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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