Senior Quality Engineer - Special Projects

Job Ref: 3207080cb | 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
As a senior member of the Quality department, the Senior Quality Engineer – Special Projects supports Development and Production teams, ensuring quality is built into every aspect our product. They are responsible for managing and resolving all quality issues as they arise during development, production line commissioning, and mass production to ensure strict delivery targets. They are also charged with resolving the root cause of the issue to ensure it is not repeated.
This position will work closely and develop strong relationships with a variety of different Engineers, Technicians, and subject matter experts across a range of departments to enable the manufacture, testing and operations of all Rocket Lab products.
Essential skills
  • Bachelor’s degree in electrical, manufacturing, mechanical or material sciences engineering.
  • 8+ years in a quality, manufacturing, or design engineering role.
  • Knowledge of quality tools such as Lean principles, Six Sigma, Root Cause Analysis and Corrective Action, Advanced Product Quality Planning (APQP), Metrology, Process Failure Mode and Effects Analysis (PFMEA), Control Plans, and various problem-solving approaches.
Desirable skills:
  • Experience supporting production of complex electro-mechanical, mechanical, or composites systems in high volume work centres and/or during production ramp-up.
  • Proven track record of year on year product and process improvement activities.
  • Has successfully introduced new product to the shop floor having been part of the design and process development process.
  • Conducted both processes and design FMEA’s which has resulted in substantial reduction of risk and design changes
  • Able to identify new technologies and develop to real shop floor solutions
  • Dedicated to adopting a Lean approach to quality without compromising safety or reliability
As well as a being a career-defining role, working at Rocket Lab means being part of meaningful projects with world-leading experts.
Collaboration is at our core - every idea is heard, and everyone makes a difference.
We get things done. Our team is nimble, decisions are made quickly, and we are action oriented. While other companies talk about it, we do it. This means projects get the green light faster and ideas are put into practice rapidly.
Everyone works on the big stuff. This isn’t a huge aerospace company where you get lost in bureaucracy and end up a tiny cog in a giant machine. At Rocket Lab, your work directly impacts the success of each mission. Everyone’s voice is heard, and everyone can contribute major projects. This is your chance to play a pivotal role in developing space systems that change the way we access space.
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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