Logistics Team Lead

Job Ref: 2766449 | Type: Permanent / Full Time

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About The Role

Rocket Lab’s Supply Change function is are growing rapidly, and we now have a newly created Logistics Lead position available to further build our capability in this area. This is a great opportunity to join one of New Zealand’s most exciting organisations that offers individuals the opportunity to be challenged daily whilst providing a fantastic service to a wide range of internal stakeholders.

The Logistics Lead at Rocket Lab will lead a team responsible for shipping, freight forwarding, inwards goods, stores and warehousing across NZ and US.

There are thousands of components that are used on Electron that come from local suppliers and all over the world and this role will lead a team that ensures that these components are at the right place at the right time.  In addition, the Stores and Warehousing team are also responsible for running an efficient and reliable flight store, manage re-ordering of consumables across Rocket Lab and the preparation of part kits for production. 

Key duties

Team Leadership
  • Support other team members to achieve their full potential by continuously improving processes and templates
  • Set up a suite of reports to track progress against agreed KPIs
  • Provide reports to management as and when required
  • Ensure systems are in place to manage team members’ workloads and ensure every role has got a back up to cover for leave or absences
Reporting & Data Integrity
  • Ensure all logistics related data is recorded and updated regularly
  • Reporting requirements established with the business are set up and are made available at the right time to an agreed audience• Analyse deviations to the agreed plans, identifying root causes and actioning accordingly
Customer Service
  • Support Supply Chain in being a trusted partner to the business by maintaining appropriate channels of communication with key stakeholders• Be a first escalation point for production teams and other internal stakeholders
  • Ensure information is communicated in a timely manner to relevant people
Shipping / Freight Forwarding / Goods handling
  • Ensure all shipments are compliant with local and international regulations (ITAR and other)
  • Ensure all shipments make it from goods inwards to their final location in a timely manner
  • Shipping managed by Rocket Lab is organized to ensure the best value option is chosen
  • Relationships with freight forwarders and shipping lines are established and maintained
Stores & Warehousing
  • Establish a system to accurately report on stock levels and shortages
  • Ensure Kanban processes is adhered to and rolled out further across the business where possible
  • Work with the stores team to continuously improve their way of working to drive efficiencies
Essential skills & experience required
  •  5+ years previous relevant logistics experience
  • Strong proven team leading experience
  • An excellent understanding of MS Office software
  • A can-do attitude, open to learning with good organizational skills and a hands-on approach
  • Excellent communication skills and able to build working relationships
  • Knowledge of freight forwarding and customs regulations (ITAR)
  • An adaptable approach with high emotional intelligence
  • Ability to work in a team and to build effective working relationships with external and internal customers
Preferred skills & experience required
  • Experience in a manufacturing environment
  • Knowledge of ERP systems
  • Cost centre management experience
  • Forklift license 

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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