Production Manager

Job Ref: 3202383 | Type: Permanent / Full Time

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About The Role

About Rocket Lab
Rocket Lab is the global leader in small satellite launch. Our mission is to open access to space to improve life on Earth. There are endless possibilities for what we can achieve with better access to space, and that access is now a reality thanks to Rocket Lab. Our team is 500 people strong and we’re adding to it every week. Collaboration is at our core - every idea is heard, and everyone makes a difference. Teams are nimble, decisions are made quickly, and we are action-oriented.
While other companies talk about it, we do it!
About the role
The Production Manager – Reaction Wheels is responsible for the establishment of a high-volume Reaction Wheel production line within the Auckland Production Complex. Reporting to the Director of Production (NZ), they work closely with other Production teams, along with engineers at Rocket Lab and Sinclair Interplanetary. They have overall ownership for the specification, implementation and running of a new reaction wheel mass production line. This includes recruiting the team of manufacturing and quality engineers, and production supervisors, leading hands and technicians, and specifying, sourcing and implementing all capital equipment.

Essential skills
  • Bachelor's degree in mechanical, electrical, aerospace, or manufacturing engineering
  • 15+ years of experience in a manufacturing environment
  • Electric motor and/or precision rotating machine manufacturing experience
  • Ability to create and deliver accurate presentations for design and manufacturing readiness reviews
  • Experience transitioning products from design to manufacturing as part of a cross-functional team in a fast-paced iterative design environment
  • Experience modelling with 3D CAD software eg: Solidworks, Inventor, NX/Unigraphics, Catia
  • Working proficiency with DFMEA, PFMEA methodologies and Fault Tree Analysis.
  • SPC knowledge and experience applying statistical methods to track process capability.
  • Basic competency with SQL databases and SQL programming
  • Demonstrated experience designing tooling in a manufacturing environment
  • Hands-on with a passion for continuous improvement and building the best hardware
  • Capable of solving complex problems with little to no supervision in a timely manner.
  • Pareto analysis, root cause and corrective action experience.
  • Experience with capacity modelling, process mapping, Lean and continuous improvement principles
  • Excellent communication skills both written and verbal
  • Geometric dimensioning and tolerancing (GD&T) experience
  • Experience supporting production of complex electro-mechanical, mechanical, or composites systems in high volume work centres and/or during production ramp-up.
  • Has led major improvement projects, including capex, people, and process design.
Requires a background from 1 of these disciplines:
  • Logistics / Supply Chain
  • Avionics and/or Electronics
  • Composites and/or Materials
  • Mechanical and/or Assembly
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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