Senior Software Engineer – Operations Software

Job Ref: 4833731003 | Type: Full-time

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About The Role


Rocket Lab is a global leader in launch and space systems. The rockets and satellites we build and launch enable some of the most ambitious and vital space missions globally, supporting scientific exploration, Earth observation and missions to combat climate change, national security, and exciting new technology demonstrations. Our Electron rocket has provided reliable access to orbit since 2018, becoming one of the most frequently launched rockets in the world. Neutron will be our next rocket on the launch pad, an advanced 13-tonne payload class, reusable rocket to launch the mega constellations of the future. Our space systems business includes our extensive line of satellites and components that have enabled more than 1,700 missions including the James Webb Space Telescope, NASA Psyche Mission, Artemis I, Mars Ingenuity helicopter, and more.  

Join our pioneering team and launch your career to new heights!


Engineering is at the heart of Rocket Lab. Our engineering team has a proven track record of designing and developing world-class rockets and spacecraft that are changing the way we access and use space. You’ll work alongside driven, talented engineers from varied backgrounds and experience levels, all committed to the same mission. Our engineering team members span design, analysis, prototyping, testing, manufacturing, assembly and integration, quality control, engineering documentation, and more.  


Join the Operations Software Team Powering Rocket Lab's Aerospace Innovations!

Are you passionate about making a real impact in the space industry? Look no further! Rocket Lab's Operations Software team is at the forefront of driving real-time data systems for groundbreaking Electron, Neutron, and Photon missions. Our cutting-edge products shape everything from the intricate real-time data infrastructure to the captivating HMIs that oversee the thrilling moments of Mission Control on launch day.

We're on the lookout for an accomplished Senior Software Engineer who thrives in a user-centric environment. If you enjoy engaging with users, witnessing the value they derive from our products, and are driven by their success, then you're the perfect fit. In this role, you'll be the bridge between our internal customers across diverse teams, gathering their needs and ensuring that our products effectively empower our operations teams to achieve the extraordinary feat of launching vehicles into space.

As a Senior Software Engineer, you'll wield a substantial level of responsibility. You'll not only work autonomously but also collaborate seamlessly with the team to assess risks, minimize any potential user disruptions, and optimize the user experience, all the way up to the exhilarating lift-off moment. Your scope will extend beyond just software; you'll delve into the entire Operations Software ecosystem, including database solutions, infrastructure management, and monitoring systems.

This position is an extraordinary opportunity — a chance to be a part of a pivotal team within the most thrilling space company on the planet. Join us in shaping the future of aerospace technology and exploration.


  • Tertiary Diploma, Certificate or degree in Software Engineering, Computer Science, Electrical Engineering or similar
  • 5+ years of experience within a related field
  • C# or Golang Development
  • Desktop Application Development
  • Ethernet Network Protocols


  • User Interface Development
  • AWS and other cloud providers
  • CI/CD systems
  • Python Development
  • Database Application Development
  • Human Factors Engineering


If the above sounds like you, apply now!


We’re on a mission to unlock the potential of space to improve life on Earth, but that’s not an easy task. It takes hard work, determination, relentless innovation, teamwork, grit, and an unwavering commitment to achieving what others often deem impossible. Our people out-think, out-work and out-pace. We pride ourselves on having each other’s backs, checking our egos at the door, and rolling up our sleeves on all tasks big and small. We thrive under pressure, work to tight deadlines, and our focus is always on how we can deliver, rather than dwelling on the challenges that stand in the way.   

Important information:


To conform to U.S. Government space technology export regulations, including the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR), Rocket Lab Employees must be a U.S. citizen, lawful U.S. permanent resident (i.e., current Green Card holder), or lawfully admitted into the U.S. as a refugee or granted asylum, or be eligible to obtain the required authorizations from the U.S. Department of State and/or the U.S. Department of Commerce, as applicable. Learn more about ITAR here.

Rocket Lab provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment at Rocket Lab, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.

Applicants requiring a reasonable accommodation for the application/interview process for a job in the United States should contact Giulia Biow at dedicated resource is intended solely to assist job seekers with disabilities whose disability prevents them from being able to apply/interview. Only messages left for this purpose will be considered. A response to your request may take up to two business days.



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 ITAR Regulations.


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