Engineering Leadership Opportunity - Neutron Program Operations

Job Ref: 4486530003 | Type: (a) Full-time

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About The Role

Rocket Lab

Rocket Lab is the global leader in small satellite launch. Our mission is to open access to space to improve life on Earth. There are endless possibilities for what we can achieve with better access to space, and that access is now a reality thanks to Rocket Lab. Our team is 1,100 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.

While other companies talk about it, we do it!

About Neutron

Neutron is a medium lift launch vehicle capable of delivering mega constellations, high value payloads and human spaceflight. As a highly reusable launch platform, Neutron will deliver a cost-effective and reliable launch solution leveraging Rocket Lab’s proven execution history with the Electron program.

We are rapidly growing our team at all sites globally to develop and get a vehicle to the pad in 2024. If you want to join a high performing team, pushing the boundaries with a clean sheet development of re-usable liquid launch vehicle, this is your opportunity.

Engineering Leadership Opportunity - Neutron Program Operations 

Based in Long Beach, USA, this is a key role in supporting the development of the Neutron launch vehicle where you will work across several functional disciplines and organisations to align teams with program objectives. This role will be responsible for maintaining alignment through schedule, budget while supporting technical direction of all US based operations for the Neutron launch vehicle and ground systems development.

The role will also be a focal in liaising with internal and external stakeholders e.g. USG and support business development and certification activities.

Not often do we open a leadership role as exciting as this one and we’re looking for the best to join the team!


  • Background in aerospace development projects (10+ years)
  • Demonstrated experience with program management, systems engineering and product certification
  • Excellent inter-personal skills and ability to drive outcomes from adjacent teams in a matrix organizational structure
  • Proven capability with building (from the ground up) and running high performing teams
  • Clear decision making under pressure
  • Proven communication skills and the ability to build strong working relationships 
  • A high work ethic working leveraging Rocket Lab’s global team and facilities

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

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