Logistics Operation Manager

Logistics Operation Manager

companyRocket Lab
locationAuckland, New Zealand
PublishedPublished: 4/4/2024
Supply Chain / Distribution
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!


Rocket Lab’s Supply Chain team is responsible for the flow of all materials, products, and components through the business. With many of our own products functioning as critical components to our own and our customers’ missions, the Supply Chain team has a direct impact on the success of our rocket and satellite programs. They set up the assembly kits that enables our technicians to put together our Electron rockets, manage inventory, look after shipping and receiving, manage direct and indirect procurement, and inspect and ensure that all of our materials and products are compliant and up to standard. They are the chain that links our teams together, and are critical to our success.


As a Logistics Operations Manager you will be based at Rocket Lab’s site in Mt Wellington, you will be leading a team of hard-working and mission-focused inventory and logistic coordinators in supporting our internal teams to deliver for our upcoming missions for Electron and Neutron.

To be successful in this role, we are seeking as an accomplished leader with a passion for Aerospace to lead our vibrant and hardworking team. Our goal is to set new benchmarks in the industry, and we need a leader who values innovation and outside-the-box thinking while ensuring a safe workplace. If you thrive on taking tasks and making them a reality, we want your leadership style. Our success in every launch hinges on our team, so we prioritise their development and well-being with clear direction, education, and training.

You’ll be responsible for setting the tone, driving productivity, and ensuring deadlines and targets are consistently met.


  • Lead a team responsible for inventory management, material handling, and shipping/receiving
  • Accountable for maintaining inventory controls, generating perpetual inventory reports, and ensuring timely delivery of materials to production
  • Implement systems and processes for bar-coding and bin location management
  • Manage inventory planning and kitting processes for efficient production line-side delivery
  • Ensure inventory accuracy through regular cycle counts meeting Finance requirements
  • Establish and oversee shipping/receiving processes supporting Procure to Pay operations
  • Conduct Receiving Inspection to verify parts meet specifications domestically and internationally
  • Ensure compliance with health and safety policies and standard operating procedures


  • Proven leadership experience in Supply Chain, with a focus on continuous improvement
  • Previous exposure to high-paced, rapid growth environments
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively lead and manage inventory teams
  • Background in aerospace, automotive, or heavy manufacturing, preferred
  • Team-oriented and skilled at multitasking in a fast-paced environment with multiple deadlines
  • Strong organisational and problem-solving skills, with a talent for prioritisation
  • Proven track record in implementing efficient systems and tools for material management (5000- 6000 SKU’s)
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Associate degree, Bachelor's Degree, or High school diploma with 5+ years of relevant experience

If this sounds like you and what you are seeking for your next steps, we want to hear from you! 


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.