Engineering

Director of Vehicle Engineering

Job Ref: 2852121 | Type: Permanent / Full Time

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About The Role

Due to continual expansion of Rocket Lab we are now seeking to appoint a Director of Vehicle Engineering.  In this role you will be responsible for all aspects of output from the mechanical engineering teams that work on the Electron vehicle. This role will see the successful applicant forming a cohesive group from the three distinct vehicle areas of design, analysis and testing.
  
Working with high level program requirements, as Director you will lead all areas of your department to ensure new R&D projects and modifications to existing products are delivered on time and to the highest quality. Successful delivery of projects will be highly dependent on developing and maintaining key relationships with fellow engineering leaders for the Avionics, Software and Propulsion departments within the company.
  
Key areas of responsibility include

Vehicle Engineering
  • Ultimate responsibility for ownership of the vehicle flight hardware – Final sign off on if design, or a design repair/rework operation, is safe to fly
  • Developing processes and procedures to ensure high quality and consistent engineering output
  • Ensuring department consistently follows company standards and processes including ECR, ECN
  • Integrating the vehicle engineering function with manufacturing, quality, supply chain, finance, business development and information technology functions consistent with the company’s objectives
  • Ownership of the EBOM, its integrity and it's maintenance
  • Ownership for the timely delivery of acceptance test plans for production - pass/fail criteria  
Leadership
  • Providing vision, leadership, and project coordination to the Vehicle Department
  • Workload and resource planning to ensure all high-level requirements can be delivered within required timeframes
  • Understanding knowledge gaps within each team to develop training targets
  • Establishing targets for time spent on production improvements vs performance upgrades
  • The recruitment and people development including carrying out regular performance reviews with team members
  • Managing, mentoring and supporting the staff within the department to be motivated, effective and efficient in their roles, and provide opportunities for growth and development.
  • Ensuring direct reports understand their role and responsibilities and receive timely feedback on their performance, both formal and informal.
  • Providing opportunities for ongoing training to direct reports to maintain personal development objectives   
What you will bring to the role
  • An aerospace, mechanical or mechatronics engineering degree or equivalent qualification
  • 10+ years engineering experience
  • 5+ years proven leadership experience with the ability to manage and motivate a team
  • Proven experience working to deadlines in a high-pressure environment
  • Proven communication skills and the ability to build strong working relationships
  • The ability to develop and maintain relationships with a broad range of people of varying backgrounds, and to be adept at engaging with those people in a sensitive and appropriate manner;
  • Sound analytical skills – able to see the big picture, make connections and appropriate decisions and judgements
  • Readily taking ownership and action on challenges, without unnecessary planning, and being accountable for the results
  • The ability to shape the agenda, creating new and better ways for the organization to be successful
  • Capable of making good and timely decisions that keep the organization moving forward, by
About Rocket Lab
 
We are Rocket Lab and we’re opening access to space to improve life on Earth.
We’re an orbital launch provider, delivering rapid and repeatable access to orbit for small satellites. Our team designs, builds and launches the Electron rocket – the most advanced small launch vehicle, featuring carbon composite structures and 3D printed engines.

We are headquartered in Huntington Beach, California, with operations and a launch pad in New Zealand. We are also developing a second launch pad in the USA.

We are driven to broaden the horizons of what’s already possible in space and are inspired by the possibilities not yet imagined. Rocket Lab’s team is filled with the most driven, talented and passionate people you’ll ever work with. Our team culture is built on a foundation of collaboration, inclusion and innovation. Join the ride!
  
What’s in for you? 
We'll offer you a career-defining role, interesting and meaningful projects working with world leading experts.  You will lead, inspire and support team members to reach their potential and deliver on our mission to open access to space to improve life on Earth.  Based at our new state of the art facility in Mt Wellington, Auckland, this comes with a range of staff benefits in including subsidised lunches and am on-site gym. 
  
Important Information:
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 https://www.ecfr.gov/cgi-bin/retrieveECFR?gp=&SID=70e390c181ea17f847fa696c47e3140a&mc=true&r=PART&n=pt22.1.126#se22.1.126_118

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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