Senior Flight Reliability Manager

Job Ref: 2896513 | Type: Permanent / Full Time

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About The Role

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 a passionate, highly-skilled reliability engineer who is 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.

Sr. Flight Reliability Manager
The Senior Flight Reliability Manager will be responsible for defining Rocket Lab’s internal flight reliability deliverables based on USG certification requirements and externally presenting and reviewing this data with key customers and stakeholders.

Duties & Responsibilities
Flight Reliability Engineer
  • Support USG flight certification and mission assurance requirements, reporting, and reviews.
  • Define internal standards and reporting based on USG specific certification requirements.
  • Identify and mitigate design, production, test and launch support deficiencies and/or risks.
  • Assist Mission Delivery team in the development of internal systems to track launch vehicle pedigree and support customer pedigree reviews.
Mission Management
  • Execute launch services agreements including customer reviews, and contractual milestones.
  • Collaborate with cross-functional teams to review and manage businesses growing launch manifest.
  • Develop interface control documents between customers’ spacecraft and Electron launch vehicle.
  • Represent customer payload(s) during launch operations through deployment on orbit.
  • Ensure customers meet the applicable range safety requirements as well as Rocket Lab internal requirements for safely processing in Rocket Lab facilities and interfacing with launch vehicle hardware.
  • Identify mission risks and manage the burn down in cooperation with engineering staff and customer representatives.
  • Identify opportunities to streamline mission management process and improve customer satisfaction.
  • Manage mission budget and spend plan by balancing customer revenue against mission specific expenditures to ensure mission profitability.
  • Ensure all applicable payload launch & export licensing is complete in advance of each mission.
  • Review launch vehicle changes and upgrades and assess impact to downstream customer requirements and vice versa.
Required Education & Experience
  • 4-year engineering degree (Aerospace, Mechanical, Electrical, or other relevant major).
  • 5+ years of experience as a flight reliability engineer.
Additional Information
  • Occasional domestic and international travel.
  • Additional duties and responsibilities as reasonably required.

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.

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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