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Subcontracts Manager, Procurement

Subcontracts Manager, Procurement

companyRocket Lab
locationLong Beach, CA, USA
PublishedPublished: 6/1/2024
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!

SUPPLY CHAIN

Our Global Supply Chain Management team is offering an opportunity to lead subcontract management for major satellite programs. In this role, you will perform a variety of supply chain functions, including supplier development, requirement solicitations, contract award, post-award management, and close-out activities. You will also have the opportunity to work in an energetic, collaborative environment that supports one of the fastest growing companies in the satellite industry. You will be a catalyst for effective subcontract execution in alignment with program objectives.  We value diverse skills and experience. Your qualifications will add tremendous value to our team. If you’re passionate about what you could accomplish in this role, we’d love to hear from you.

SUBCONTRACTS MANAGER

Based onsite at Rocket Lab's global headquarters in Long Beach, CA the subcontracts manager will focus on major satellite programs. In this role, you will perform a variety of supply chain functions, including supplier development, requirement solicitations, contract award, post-award management, and close-out activities. You will also have the opportunity to work in an energetic, collaborative environment that supports one of the fastest growing companies in the satellite industry. You will be a catalyst for effective subcontract execution in alignment with program objectives.  We value diverse skills and experience. Your qualifications will add tremendous value to our team. If you’re passionate about what you could accomplish in this role, we’d love to hear from you.

WHAT YOU'LL GET TO DO:

  • Assess satellite program demands, identify, evaluate and select candidate suppliers, and award subcontracts.
  • Develop a subcontracting strategy that ensures program demands are met.  Manage supplier execution and ensure on-cost, on-quality and on-time delivery of critical satellite components.
  • Prepare a variety of solicitations including RFQs, RFPs, RFI, and IDIQs.
  • Negotiate contracts with an ability to balance cost, schedule and quality priorities.
  • Monitor engineering design activity and guide supplier selection and performance based on requirements, specifications and capabilities.
  • Be an integral part of a dynamic satellite manufacturing team, delivering on-orbit solutions to a worldwide clientele.

YOU'LL BRING THESE QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Bachelor’s degree and at least 5 years of relevant experience.
  • Experience with written contractual authorization/vehicles (Cost Plus, Firm Fixed Price etc.).
  • Experience working with technical requirements of procured hardware and services including contract, Statement of Work (SOW), and/or specification review.

THESE QUALIFICATIONS WOULD BE NICE TO HAVE: 

  • Exceptional communication skills within cross-function teams.
  • Creative problem-solving ability to ensure high business velocity.
  • Ability to multitask responsibilities and programs.
  • Ability to negotiate and guide formal negotiations (Price, Delivery, Terms).
  • Ability to perform supplier risk analyses, develop mitigation plans and drive solutions to problems.
  • An Active Top-Secret SCI Clearence.

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS:

  • Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to focus.   
  • Regularly required to sit, use hands and fingers, operate computer keyboard and controls, and communicate verbally and in writing.  
  • Must be physically able to commute to buildings 
  • Occasional exposure to dust, fumes and moderate levels of noise. 

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—$135,000 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.