Supply Chain

Materials Planner

Job Ref: 2766430CBM | Type: Permanent / Full Time

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About The Role

About Rocket Lab
We are Rocket Lab and we’ve made frequent and reliable access to space a reality for small satellites. Driven by a mission to lift human potential, we build and launch rockets that put the ideas of the future in orbit. We deliver a premium launch experience that empowers our customers by putting them in control of their mission and launch schedule. Our relentlessly innovative team is behind Electron, the rocket that re-wrote the rules of what’s possible in spaceflight. The world’s first fully carbon composite launch vehicle, and the first to be powered by 3D printed engines, Electron is launching to orbit now. Every day, we pursue ideas that challenge, excite and demand more of us. And we make them real. We are inspired by the endless possibilities that better access to space will deliver to everyone on Earth. There is so much more to come. Join us for the ride.

About the role
Rocket Lab’s Supply Change function is growing rapidly, and we now have a newly created Materials Planner position available, which forms part of the global material planning team.

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 material planner is responsible for ensuring Electron launch vehicle component need dates are established and accurate supplier and process lead-times are maintained. Our material planning team plays a key role in moving our business from a R&D company to a manufacturing business and planners are expected to identify opportunities for improvement and to support the business on this important and exciting journey.

Key responsibilities

Material Planning
  • Liaising with engineering departments, design teams and manufacturing engineers to ensure demand is identified early and in line with supplier lead-times
  • Inventory planning and analysis
  • Ownership of Kanban system and process
  • Supporting the Supply Chain Manager with Continuous Improvement projects and initiatives
  • Acquire and maintain in-depth knowledge of material characteristics, manufacturing capabilities in house and other areas that affect proper management of inventories
  • Manage product lifecycles and End of Life product process to reduce obsolete inventories
Customer Service
  • Support Supply Chain in being a trusted partner to the business by maintaining appropriate channels of communication with key stakeholders
  • Ensure information is communicated in a timely manner to relevant people
Reporting & Data Integrity
  • Ensure all planning related data is recorded and updated regularly
  • Reporting requirements established with the business are adhered to
  • Ability to identify improvement opportunities in the process and develop solutions
Essential Skills & Experience required for the role
  • 3+ years’ experience in a material planning position, ideally in a manufacturing environment
  • A proactive and can-do attitude with the ability to keep calm in a fast-paced environment
  • Excellent communication skills and attention to detail
  • Ability to work in a team and to build effective working relationships with external and internal customers
  • Very good MS Office skills
Preferred Skills & Experience required for the role 
  • Ability to read and interpret engineering drawings
  • Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field
  • Experience using INFOR LN
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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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