Technical Project Manager

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About The Role

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!

The Photon Program
Rocket Lab is seeking exceptional engineers to work on Photon, a versatile satellite-bus that can also fly as the upper stage of the Electron launch vehicle. Configurable for missions in LEO, MEO, GEO, lunar, and planetary – no two Photon missions will be the same!  To address demanding constellation opportunities.  Photon is vertically integrated with in-house subsystems and components based on high-volume manufacturing capabilities.  As an engineer on the Photon team you will have a unique opportunity to help shape the Space Systems Division, and with the high launch cadence of Electron, have unparalleled opportunities for rapid tech demonstration on orbit.

Technical Project Manager

Rocket Lab is seeking a Project Manager to support the development of Photon.  Project Managers are responsible for the development of one or more specific Photon variants.


  • Project manager for the design, development, test, and production phases of Rocket Lab’s space systems for low Earth orbit and/or deep space missions.
  • Responsible for delivering Rocket Lab’s space systems to the launch pad on time and within budget.
  • Works in collaboration with the Photon chief engineer to plan and execute the Photon project.
  • Identifies implementation issues and proactively develops recovery plans before schedule and cost impacts are realized.
  • Approves selection and make/buy decisions of spacecraft components and manages subcontracts.
  • Reports project status, issues, and problems to Rocket Lab senior leadership.
  • Leads or approves inputs into proposal development and business development activities.
  • Team leader and accountable for the cost and schedule performance of the team.
  • Manages relationships with a broad set of engineering and production teams (not direct reports) to deliver on project goals.
  • Develops and maintains professional working relationships with all project stakeholders across the company.


  • 5+ years of demonstrated space systems project management experience across multiple spacecraft flight projects or programs.
  • Bachelor of Science degree in engineering, physics, math, or related discipline.
  • Demonstrated employee management experience and proficiency in task management.
  • Thorough understanding of space systems and subsystems and demonstrated breadth and depth across multiple spacecraft engineering disciplines.
  • Significant experience with systems engineering methods including systems trades, requirements management, performance characterization and interface management.
  • Demonstrated ability to identify and address problems using a proactive, systematic approach.
  • Demonstrated ability to formulate and implement project plans and cost and schedule against a baseline and meet requirements and stakeholder expectations.
  • Broad understanding of the spacecraft component supply chain and broad network of vendor relationships across the supply chain.
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal.
  • Ability to travel regularly, including international travel.


  • 10+ years of demonstrated space system project management experience across multiple spacecraft flight projects/programs.
  • Formal project management qualifications such a PMP, APMP, etc.
  • Proficiency with project and engineering management tools, e.g., Microsoft Project, Teamcenter, etc.
  • Experience managing both low cost and high cost space programs.
  • Experience managing both deep space and low Earth orbit missions.
  • Experience with government customers, government requirements, and government project management practices.
  • Experience with launch vehicle design, development, and/or operations.
  • Active Secret or Top Secret/SCI security clearance or the ability to obtain one.

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

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