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Spacecraft Operations Manager

Spacecraft Operations Manager

companyRocket Lab
locationLong Beach, CA, USA
PublishedPublished: 3/9/2024
Procurement / Operations
Full Time

ABOUT ROCKET LAB

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!

SPACE SYSTEMS

Rocket Lab’s Space Systems team is responsible for every satellite and satellite component made by Rocket Lab: from complete satellites destined for missions to the Moon and Mars, to the individual components and subsystems that make up a satellite like solar panels, flight software, reaction wheels and star trackers, separation systems, radios, and more. Our Space Systems team is made up of engineers, technicians, and designers who design, create, and put together our own satellites for missions across the commercial, government, and defense sectors, or who build and assemble satellite hardware and software that supports other satellite missions.

SPACECRAFT OPERATIONS MANAGER

Based out of Rocket Lab’s global headquarters in Long Beach, CA the Spacecraft Operations Manager is responsible for leading mission operations development and on-orbit operation of Rocket Lab spacecraft. You will be responsible for maintaining the health and safety of Rocket Lab’s growing fleet of diverse spacecraft. You will lead a team of operations engineers and work closely with related teams, including Systems, Avionics, Flight Software, GNC, and Ground Software. You will also directly interact with customers to ensure mission success.

WHAT YOU’LL GET TO DO:

  • Lead a team to operate on-orbit spacecraft
  • Develop operational procedures to ensure mission success
  • Identify key areas where automation can improve operations, particularly with regard to constellation management
  • Work with department leads and program managers to plan and maintain team schedule and milestones and report status, spacecraft health, and anomalies
  • Coordinate with operations teams in Denver, CO and New Zealand
  • Develop operations training material for internal and customer use
  • Inform the design of ground control software to optimize situational awareness and streamline spacecraft command and control
  • Implement industry best practices for individual spacecraft and constellation management

YOU’LL BRING THESE QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Bachelor’s degree in aerospace, systems, software engineering or other engineering discipline
  • 8+ years of direct experience in any of the following: space mission design, satellite subsystems, ground systems, or spacecraft operations
  • Prior experience leading a team of three or more direct reports
  • Prior experience directly interfacing with aerospace customers in the commercial or government sectors

THESE QUALIFICATIONS WOULD BE NICE TO HAVE:

  • Demonstrated experience authoring engineering test procedures
  • Knowledge and experience with satellite ground systems
  • Experience in Jira planning and workflow
  • Familiarity with software development, such as Python, C, C++, Angular or other high-level languages
  • Prior background with satellite Guidance, Navigation, and Control (GNC) and orbital mechanics
  • Experience with troubleshooting hardware and software systems

The expected salary range for the position is displayed in accordance with the California Equal Pay for Equal Work Act. Final agreed upon compensation is based upon individual qualifications and experience. 

Base salary is only one part of Rocket Lab’s compensation package for this role. You may be eligible for company stock, stock options, or cash incentives, and can purchase discounted stock through Rocket Lab’s Employee Stock Purchase Program. Employee benefits may also include medical, dental, and vision insurance coverage; 401(k) retirement plan options; paid vacation, holidays, and sick leave; paid parental leave; and other discounts and perks.  

Base Pay Range (CA Only)$115,000—$200,000 USD

WHAT TO EXPECT 

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:

FOR CANDIDATES SEEKING TO WORK IN US OFFICES ONLY:

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 CANDIDATES SEEKING TO WORK IN NEW ZEALAND OFFICES ONLY:

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.