Launch Safety Operator

Job Ref: 3174439cb | Type: Permanent / Full Time

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About The Role

About Rocket Lab:
At Rocket Lab, we believe the future will be defined and enabled by access to space. As a world leader in launch and space systems, we’re making that future a reality and enabling the ideas of tomorrow to reach orbit today. We’re unlocking the potential of space and ushering in a new era of opportunity and exploration for the benefit of humankind. 
About the Role:
This is a rare opportunity to step into a unique role. 
Broad and with wide scope for personal and professional development, this position ensures that we get rockets away - on time and safely - and supports the safe recovery of returning rocket stages from space for reuse.
This role operates in a thoroughly integrated environment: it works with the launch vehicle and trajectory designers, safety analysts, ground engineers, facility construction, launch pad operators, and offshore marine recovery team. It is hands-on, operating a world-class range safety and surveillance system.  The role is based at our main Auckland facility, and travels to support operations at LC-1.
The successful applicant will be ready to turn lessons learned elsewhere into valuable insights applied against new challenges in a new environment. You will be expected and supported to learn on the job, developing new skills while working alongside the best in the world. You will bring a drive to succeed, with a pragmatic and flexible approach, and be ready to apply creative solutions to dynamic problems. You will work collaboratively within the team, with US and NZ agencies, and directly with the public.
You almost certainly won't have held an equivalent role before. If you are up for the challenge, we want you on the team!
Essential skills:
  • A minimum of 5 years’ experience in a marine or port traffic management, air traffic control, naval surveillance and management or a role demonstrating equivalent capabilities and experience.
  • Proven leadership experience with the ability to manage and motivate a team.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage a wide variety of first- and third-party vessel, aircraft, or equivalent traffic movements over a wide area.
  • Experience in high-pressure, time critical public safety management environments.
  • Demonstrated experience delivering results in fast-paced commercial projects.
  • Excellent organizational and communication skills, both written and oral, including a demonstrated ability to present complex information in a clear and concise manner.
  • Tertiary qualifications in an engineering or related technical discipline, or equivalent experience.
  • Software or systems development experience
  • Tertiary qualifications in safety and/or risk management.
  • New Zealand maritime radio, GPS, and radar operator certificates or equivalent.
As well as a being a career-defining role, working at Rocket Lab means being part of meaningful projects with world-leading experts.
Collaboration is at our core - every idea is heard, and everyone makes a difference.
We get things done. Our team is nimble, decisions are made quickly, and we are action oriented. While other companies talk about it, we do it. This means projects get the green light faster and ideas are put into practice rapidly.
Everyone works on the big stuff. This isn’t a huge aerospace company where you get lost in bureaucracy and end up a tiny cog in a giant machine. At Rocket Lab, your work directly impacts the success of each mission. Everyone’s voice is heard, and everyone can contribute major projects. This is your chance to play a pivotal role in developing space systems that change the way we access space.
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

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