Production Manager, Fabrication and Additive Manufacturing

Job Ref: 4237865003 | Type: Full-time

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About The Role

Why 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!


Rocket Lab USA is seeking an experienced and motivated manager to lead the Additive Manufacturing and Fabrication production of propulsion components. This position will be responsible for production execution, overall equipment efficiency and continuous development of the production processes for the Rutherford engine components. This position will also ensure that both the production schedule and resources, including building a high-performance team, meet the need of increasing launch frequencies.



  • Collaborate with other managers and team members to ensure clarity and accountability of responsibilities.
  • Develop and enforce systems, policies, and procedures.
  • Accomplish financial objectives by forecasting requirements.
  • Ensure deliverable are met to maintain overall project deadlines.
  • Define and implement project plans.

Recruitment & Training 

  • Leading and developing Additive Manufacturing and Fabrication production team for propulsion components.
  • Maintain staff by recruiting, training, coaching of production team members.

Research & Development 

  • Leading and developing Additive Manufacturing and Fabrication production team for propulsion components.
  • Maintain staff by recruiting, training, coaching of production team members.


  • Designing, installing and commissioning production equipment and methodology.
  • Organizing all necessary support and logistics.
  • Ensuring manufacturing schedules and milestones are me.t
  • Maintaining product functionality and improving cost efficiency.
  • Developing and fostering business relationships with suppliers.


  • Domestic and international travel may be required.
  • Additional duties as reasonably required.

Health and Safety

  • Ensure staff are informed of and trained in safe practices and procedures in their specific areas of work.
  • Ensure health and safety policies and standard operating procedures are followed.
  • Correct PPE is worn in designated areas.
  • Near misses and incidents are reported promptly.


  • Masters degree in Engineering, Mechanical, Manufacturing or Aerospace.
  • 5+ years’ experience in aerospace production.
  • 2+ years’ proven team leadership experience.
  • Experienced with CAD, CAM, MS Project and ERP software programs
  • Experienced with CNC mills and lathes, metal 3D printing and part finishing, TIG and laser welding, tube bending, hydrostatic pressure and flow testing and technical cleaning.
  • Proven communication skills.
  • Knowledge of safety processes and experience with handling hazardous goods and materials.
  • Takes initiative.
  • Remains calm under pressure.
  • Teamcenter - Siemens.
  • ERP systems LN- Information

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 Rocket Lab 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.

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