Marine Operations & Logistics Lead

Marine Operations & Logistics Lead

companyRocket Lab
locationMiddle River, MD, USA
PublishedPublished: 6/12/2024
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!


Neutron is a medium lift launch vehicle capable of delivering the mega constellations of tomorrow, high assurance payloads, and human spaceflight. As a highly reusable launch platform, Neutron will deliver a highly cost-effective and reliable launch solution leveraging Rocket Lab’s proven execution history with the Electron program. If you’re interested in joining a high performing team and pushing the boundaries of humanity with a clean sheet, reusable launch vehicle, this is your opportunity!  


The Marine Operations & Logistics Specialist will initially be based out of Rocket Lab's Production Facilities in Middle River, MD. This person will develop a high performing team that is responsible for the operational planning and execution of the operations teams and equipment required for the transport and launch/recovery support for Rocket Lab’s Neutron launch vehicle.  

You will interface with critical teams within the Neutron development team and third parties including Recovery Engineering, Ground Systems, GNC, Software, Avionics, RF/Comms, Mechanical Systems, Propulsion, Vessel Operators, Barge Vendors and Tugs.  Your team will be responsible for successful execution of Neutron Marine Transport operations and you will come in to provide operational input during the development of hardware.  


  • Work with a team of engineers to provide operational guidance during the early stages of developing the Neutron Marine Logistics program 
  • Own the development of operational details for Marine Transport of Neutron flight hardware transport operations at remote sites and at NASA Launch Sites   
  • Develop Routes & Methods of moving oversized cargo from vendors to production facilities 
  • Serve as technical expert and interface for marine service providers required for Neutron Marine Operations including vessel operators, barge providers and Tugboat operations 
  • Build and maintain relationships with key vendors and contractors as needed through the Neutron Marine Logistics system lifecycle 
  • Develop growth strategies for increasing production & shipping rates of Neutron Hardware 
  • Collaborate heavily with Rocket Lab Engineering teams to ensure all systems are operational to support Neutron Marine Logistics  
  • Support Recovery hardware fabrication and testing both remotely and onsite as needed at Wallops Island as well as other facilities 


  • High School Diploma or GED
  • 6+ years professional experience in an operational logistics role supporting complex mechanical, marine or aerospace hardware 
  • Experience successfully supporting a team through a developing, challenging operational program 


  • 4+ years professional experience in Maritime or Aerospace field
  • Experience building or operating complex, multi-disciplinary systems including; 
    • Electrical, Mechanical, Hydraulic, Fluids, or Marine Systems
  • Experience leading operations team to successful outcomes on challenging programs with tight timelines and budgets 
  • Past work experience or projects related to aerospace vehicles/payloads, automotive, aircraft, or marine assemblies 
  • Self-motivated and directed with keen attention to detail 
  • Ongoing drive for continuous improvement in all aspects of work 
  • Detail oriented, organized, and demonstrate a high sense of urgency 
  • Ability to work in fast-paced, high stress and remote environments 
  • Ability to work autonomously, prioritize work, and make resource allocation recommendations that involve risk and uncertainty 


  • Standing for long periods of time, climbing up and down ladders, bending, grasping, sitting, pulling, pushing, stooping, and stretching may be required to perform the functions of this position 
  • Able to lift up to 25lbs. unassisted 
  • Must be able to climb ladders and be comfortable working in tight spaces. 
  • Must be able to move repetitively, bend or twist, and use hands to handle, control, or feel objects, tools or controls. 
  • Must be able to walk or stand for extended periods – 8 hours min  
  • Must be able to stoop, bend, crawl, and being able to maneuver in tight spaces  


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.