Legal Counsel

Legal Counsel

companyRocket Lab
locationAuckland, New Zealand
PublishedPublished: 4/24/2024
Consulting / Legal
Full Time


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!


As a Legal Counsel, you'll work with a great team of trusted experts; negotiating contracts, ensuring we’re above board with regulations, and safeguarding our intellectual property. You’ll be a key player in cross-departmental collaborations, bringing your legal prowess to the table. With our ever-evolving projects, no two days are alike.


  • Facilitate the establishment of launch agreements, ensuring comprehensive coverage and legal clarity.
  • Responsible for drafting documents outlining communication protocols with ground stations globally, involving multiple layers of agreements with distinct terms.
  • Negotiate commercial agreements, offer advice to internal and external clients, and propose contract language changes.
  • Handle non-disclosure agreements originating from various business units, serving as the go-to resource for internal inquiries.
  • Provide expert guidance on legal matters including NDAs, IP agreements, lease renewals, and supplier contracts.
  • Communicate risks to key stakeholders, assist with legal projects, and improve operational processes.
  • Ensure regulatory compliance, support business proposals, and liaise with external parties.
  • Conduct legal research, manage document systems, and maintain confidentiality. Collaborate with colleagues to advance company goals.


  • Holds a BSc in Law with a minimum of 3 years' experience in a fast-paced legal environment
  • Proficiently handle inquiries from internal stakeholders with an independent and effective approach to swiftly resolve issues.
  • Highly skilled in interpreting contract terms with meticulous attention to detail.
  • Exemplary written and verbal communication skills.
  • Thrives independently in a dynamic, high-pressure environment with diverse priorities.
  • Motivated and adept at delivering exceptional client service.
  • Complies with health and safety regulations and demonstrates willingness to travel as needed.
  • Demonstrates flexibility to assist international teams outside regular hours on occasion. 
  • Manufacturing or production expertise favourable. 

If you are looking to join a great team and have a passion for Aerospace, we would love to hear from you! Apply today!


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 g.biow@rocketlabusa.com.This 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.