Manufacturing

Material Planner

Job Ref: 2842982 | Type: Permanent / Full Time

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About The Role

About Rocket Lab
Founded in June 2006 as a center for advanced space systems, Rocket Lab’s goal is to remove the commercial barriers to space by providing frequent launch opportunities to low orbit Earth. 

Rocket Lab is rapidly expanding to meet the global demand for our commercial launch service. The Huntington Beach facility is seeking passionate, highly-skilled individuals who are comfortable working in a dynamic, technically challenging environment where they will be given ownership of processes from start-to-finish. We believe that an empowered and motivated workforce has been the cornerstone of our success and will be essential to our long-term growth as we redefine how the world accesses space.


Material Planner
As a Material Planner at Rocket Lab you will be responsible for establishing component need dates and maintaining accurate supplier lead times to ensure parts arrive on time. You will be required to work with both design and manufacturing engineering to ensure the correct component revisions are being ordered and produced in the factory. You will also be required to update and manage this information in our MRP and ERP systems. Additionally, you’ll be responsible for reporting key metrics on material planning health on a frequent basis and support decision making processes to ensure the program remains on schedule.

Manufacturing parts and assemblies to the specification, quality and schedule is key in the aerospace business. We are looking for thinkers and doers to work in a very dynamic, fast pace environment, you will be challenged daily and to succeed you will need to be able to learn quickly and utilize your own initiative while working under pressure and to tight deadlines.


Required Experience & Skills
  • 3+ years experience in a material planning position in relevant industry (preferably aerospace)
  • Thorough understanding of minimum stock, reorder points, lead time, and how they’re all related in Kanban inventory systems.
  • Extensive experience working with MRP and ERP systems and managing the Bill of Materials using that software.
  • Excellent computer skills using MS Office products, notably Excel and Power Point.
  • Proactive, enthusiastic, self-motivated and able to work productively without direct supervision.
  • Experience working under pressure and to tight deadlines.
  • Highly organised with faultless attention to detail.
  • Proven communication skills and the ability to build strong working relationships.
Preferred Experience & Skills
  • Experience setting up inventory systems and establishing processes to support them.
  • Data analysis skills using Excel, SQL, and Tableau
  • Experience owning Key Performance Indicators.
  • Experience with ECN and PD processes.
  • Understanding of configuration management.
  • Ability to read and interpret engineering drawings.
  • Experience using INFOR LN


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 RocketLab 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.

Role Requirements

  • Bill of Material management through MRP/ERP software.
  • Understands minimum stock, reorder points, lead time & how it relates to Kanban
  • KPI, ECN & PD processes, data analysis (Excel, SQL, or Tableau) exp. preferred.

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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