RF Team Manager

Job Ref: 2782708RL | Type: Permanent / Full Time

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About The Role

This is a fantastic opportunity for a Senior RF Engineer to join the team at Rocket Lab as the RF Team Manager and work on the most exciting engineering project currently being undertaken in New Zealand.

As RF Team Manager you will work closely with both the Operations, Avionics, Software and Launch teams and you will be play an important role in the selection, design, integration and licencing of radio frequency communication systems both on-vehicle and on-ground. You will lead a team of RF engineers with responsibilities across the company. You will be challenged daily and to succeed you will need to adapt quickly and thrive under pressure to achieve tight project deadlines.

Our next launch date is fast approaching, and we are looking for someone who can hit the ground running so previous experience with RF communication components is vital.

There a few areas of responsibility which are:

Management of the RF Team
  • Resource management and Recruitment
  • Scheduling of resources with other teams and to common timelines
  • Business case creation and justification
  • Cost tracking and cost management
  • Define and maintain RF system roadmap
Rocket Lab Ground Station Network
  • Maintenance and Development of the Ground Station Network
  • Signal acquisition of flight vehicles
  • Pre-flight checkout of the network
  • Managing licencing for ground communications infrastructure
  • Review ICDs between avionics network and communications network on ground
  • Review team-selected RF system hardware per requirements from Software, GNC and vehicle teams
  • Review test plans for functional and environmental testing of such systems
  • Electromagnetic compatibility testing
  • Supervise testing and support other teams
  • Analyze results and suggest solutions in case of issues
  • Analyze test data and in-flight data
  • Manage RF and coordinate RF resources during launch campaigns
  • Manage operations of Ground Stations both domestic and international
  • Manage contractors both domestic and international
  • Execute launch procedures
  • Join operations team on site/at Mission control center and support launch campaigns
  • Define RF/communications interfaces with payloads
  • Discussions with regulators both domestic, foreign and international
Essential skills required for the position of Lead RF Engineer
  • Bachelors or higher in Engineering or Physics, with major in Communications systems/Digital
  • Communications/Electromagnetics or equivalent qualification
  • 5+ years' experience in design, test and integration of RF front end systems or Vehicle RF systems (satellite, aviation or aerospace systems)
  • Experience as a Line Manager or Team Leader in an engineering role
  • Experience with test equipment: network, spectrum and signal analysers
  • Experience with digital modulations and radio propagation
  • Experience with communications link budgets
  • The ability to work under pressure and to tight deadlines
  • Proven communication skills and the ability to build strong working relationships
  • Hands on experience designing, assembling and testing front-end RF systems
  • Python
  • Experience with ground stations design and deployment
  • Experience with aerospace vehicle RF system design
  • A good theoretical and/or practical knowledge of electronic systems design
  • Practical Skills (Installation/Maintenance of Equipment etc)

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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