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Senior Manager, Physical Security (North America) - TS/SCI

Rocket Lab

Rocket Lab

Long Beach, CA, USA
Posted on Friday, February 9, 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!



Own the North American physical security program for the company. You’ll set the vision for a great physical security program for Rocket Lab. You will use your knowledge of security to manage and assess physical security requirements at Rocket Lab sites and implement solutions to protect the Company’s people, products, and property.

Stand up our NA security operations and manage access control and the guard force, including technology, coverage requirements, training, and staffing. Manage other suppliers and contractors for Rocket Lab’s physical security needs. Source, deploy, and implement security technology. Provide strategic direction to evolving physical security and safety issues. Partner closely with cyber, program and other security personnel in the execution of the physical security strategy.

Work with site leaders to establish operating procedures for handling emergency calls, preparedness and response. Strengthen external partnerships with local and state law enforcement, federal agencies, third-parties, and community organizations. Communicate and inform relevant partners, including Rocket Lab Executives.

Key Responsibilities

  • Lead physical security operations at all of Rocket Lab’s North American locations.
  • Directly manage on-site security team leads and coordinate with local leadership and stakeholders.
  • Oversee permanent and contracted security personnel and manage applicable subcontracts.
  • Conduct site vulnerability assessments and make recommendations for mitigation/improvement.
  • Ensure standard operating procedures exist and are implemented at all sites and implement event handling practices and procedures.
  • Manage NA security budget, recommend investments and ensure required capabilities are implemented.


  • Bachelor’s degree in business, security, or related field and 10 years of experience with increasing scope, responsibility, and complexity. Technology Start-up/Company experience is a plus.
  • Demonstrated leadership experience in building, managing, mentoring, and inspiring physical security operations teams, with a proven track record of leveraging data to drive significant business impact.
  • Demonstrated ability to identify, analyze, and explain the present or future needs for proposed security initiatives to senior management.
  • Experience leading multi-site security initiatives, running large, cross-functional projects, collaborating with cross-functional stakeholders, conducting risk and vulnerability assessments, and writing corporate security policies.
  • Demonstrated conflict management and negotiation skills.
  • Domestic travel is required (~50%).
  • Must be a U.S. Citizen with a current SSBI and must maintain an active Top Secret SCI clearance with polygraph as required by program sponsor(s).


  • Demonstrated technical ability and experience with a variety of access control and CCTV systems.
  • Physical Security Professional (PSP) or Certified Protection Professional (CPP)
  • Exceptional interpersonal and communication skills coupled with strong business acumen.

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)
$112,000$208,700 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.

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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