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Program Lead, Flight Termination Systems

Job Ref: 2791830 | Type: Permanent / Full Time

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About The Role

Rocket Lab is expanding rapidly to develop launch capabilities across the globe, and with it is an exciting opportunity to get in at the ground floor and shape the course of this expansion.

As the Program Lead for Flight Termination Systems you will drive the high-level strategy and coordination of Rocket Lab’s FTS and AFTS programs across all launch locations, including Rocket Lab’s new U.S. launch site. You will be charged with the delivery of key R&D programs with highest strategic importance to the company.

Your role will see you travelling between the U.S and N.Z. to work with the engineering teams, vendors, and regulators to deliver key strategic capabilities. The FTS/AFTS Program Lead will be a big-picture thinker working in strategy and program management, as well as getting hands-on with the R&D of new technologies. 

Core Responsibilities
  • High-level program strategy and coordination of Rocket Lab FTS and AFTS programs, interfacing with vendors and external contractors to provide a solution that meets cost and schedule needs
  • Program management and leadership for multiple R&D programs, providing technical expertise and guidance for a team of engineers
  • High-level system design of launch vehicle safety systems and tracking systems, becoming the go-to person for engineering teams and management
  • Exercise good engineering judgment to troubleshoot technical issues and anomalies, including resolution with government regulators
  • Lead program milestone reviews, technical interchange meetings, and regular working group meetings for multiple R&D programs
  • Establish quality processes in manufacturing, testing, and compliance. Drive quality across all team functions, including manufacturing, testing, and reporting. Verify processes for configuration and parts tracking
  • Manage issues related to cost, schedule, and performance of the AFTS program. Identify risks, foresee problems, and pivot where necessary
Minimum Requirements
  • Degree in electrical, electronics, aerospace engineering, or equivalent
  • 10+ years professional industry experience
  • Broad technical knowledge across multiple disciplines, including electronics, mechanical, and compliance
  • Demonstrated experience in the delivery of R&D programs for complex systems
  • Knowledge of US Government testing standards and specifications
  • Highly detail oriented, with excellent written and verbal communication skills including the ability to build relationships with vendors and external parties
  • Ability to mentor and provide guidance for a team of engineers
  • Ability to build key strategic relationships with external vendors and regulators. 
Preferred Skills and Experience
  • Experience with the development of launch vehicle electrical systems

Important Information
To conform to US Government space technology export regulations, applicants must be a US citizen, lawful permanent resident of the US, protected individual as defined by 8 USC 1324b(a)(3), or eligible to obtain the required authorization from the US Department of State. 

Rocket Lab USA is an Equal Opportunity Employer, employment with Rocket Lab USA is governed on the basis of merit, competence and qualifications and will not be influenced in any manner by race, color, religion, gender, national origin/ethnicity, veteran status, disability status, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, mental or physical disability or any other legally protected status.

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.

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