Engineering

Launch Operations Manager

Job Ref: 2806075 | Type: Permanent / Full Time

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About The Role

PLEASE NOTE: This position will be based out of our New Zealand offices. 

As Rocket Lab is expanding its launch capability with multiple launch sites, the Launch Operations Manager plays a key role in ensuring launch operations are conducted safely, reliably and efficiently.
 
Stationed at Rocket Lab’s Mission Control Centre, this role will be focussed on managing operations during launch campaigns as well as providing strategic input towards achieving the highest launch rate. In addition, you will also oversee the development of the launch crew and control facilities and ensure their mission readiness.
 
This role will drive improvement of internal processes and work closely with engineering teams to continually streamline and optimise launch operations. As the Launch Operations Manager, you will play an integral role in delivering Rocket Lab’s mission – reliable, affordable and frequent launch.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

   Launch Operations Management
  • Develop and maintain concept of operations for launch campaigns from multiple launch locations
  • Architect and manage the flow of operations during launch campaigns including but not limited checkout operations, pre-launch integrated testing, rehearsals and launch
  • Review, develop and maintain test/launch procedures
  • Conduct and/or execute on-console operations in lead roles e.g. Range Control Officer, Launch Conductor or Launch Director
  • Conduct training exercises for launch operations
  • Lead and/or participate in gated readiness reviews for launch
  • Lead the expansion of launch control facilities to support multiple launch sites
  • Manage operations and maintenance of launch control facilities and supporting infrastructure
  • Ensure readiness of mission control and launch control facilities
  • Ensure launch crew readiness
  • Work closely with engineering teams to automate & optimize launch vehicle and pad operations
  • Support safety & mission assurance efforts
  • Contingency planning
  • Continually improve and streamline launch operations
  • User interface and console design
  • Launch site operations support as required
  • Interface with regulatory authorities as required
   Team Development + Management 
 
  • Launch crew capacity planning for a high launch cadence from multiple launch locations
  • Develop and maintain launch crew training requirements
  • Develop and enhance launch crew certification program
  • Recruit and build the launch operations team
  • Develop systems and processes for human factors management
  • Lead, inspire and support your team
  • Staff performance management
  • Staff development

If the above interests you, please ensure that you have the following qualifications:

Essential 
  • Aerospace, mechanical, electrical, mechatronic engineering degree or equivalent
  • 10+ years experience in engineering, test and/or operations
  • 5+ years experience in leading time critical multi-disciplinary engineering operations
  • Proven leadership skills
  • Strong understanding of launch vehicle and spacecraft systems, orbital mechanics, telemetry and tracking systems, launch pad systems and process & controls
  • Strong technical writing skills and demonstrated experience with procedure development
  • Experience in test planning and execution
  • Experience with safety and mission assurance processes
  • Ability to perform in high pressure environments
  • Strong organization & communication skills
Preferred
  • Experience executing/conducting rocket launch operations
  • Experience working at launch vehicle test or launch facilities
  • Experience with FAA, RCC, NASA and USAF compliance programs
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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