Team Lead - Ground Systems Electrical

Job Ref: 4871023003 | 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.  


As a Lead Engineer for the Electrical team in our Ground Systems Engineering team, you will be responsible for the design, build, testing and commissioning of our launch and test facilities globally. Join an inclusive, knowledgeable and passionate team that take pride in their work. 

As a leader at Rocket Lab, you will the subject matter expert, technical decision maker, and coach. Working with the GSE Manager you will prioritize your team’s workload to meet project deliverables and deadlines. You will be responsible for your team’s professional development and performance management.Working alongside a motivated team, we are looking to build upon the positive momentum with upcoming projects in the pipeline.Leading from the front and by example, we are looking for someone who understands the future needs of the business, comfortable getting hands on to support the team towards continued success. No two days will be the same, you'll get the opportunity to work cross functional teams here in Aotearoa working with our ground systems teams(mechanical, fluid and Ice) alongside our technicians at our launch and testing sites. This is a rare opportunity to design, build and own our latest innovations seeing it through to launch! 


  • Bachelor's degree in electrical engineering or other engineering discipline.
  • 6+ years experience in electrical power system design, control system design and instrumentation selection; oil, gas, power experience favourable
  • Proven engineering management/ consultancy experience with a proven track record
  • Experience creating electrical and control drawings with CAD software, use of EPLAN is desirable.


  • Knowledge of hazardous area classification and equipment selection.
  • Experience applying NASA, ASME, ASTM, IEC, NFPA or AS/NZS standards. - A/NZS is essential.
  • Hands on experience (in the field).


If you meet 50% of the requirements in this job ad – we want to hear from you with a variety of openings currently- 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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