Team Lead - Electron GNC

Team Lead - Electron GNC

companyRocket Lab
locationAuckland, New Zealand
PublishedPublished: 6/14/2024
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!


The Team Lead of Electron GNCworks closely with the GNC Manager, Neutron GNC Lead, GNC Team direct reports, other engineering teams, and the Mission Management / Business Development teams to co-ordinate activities associated with Electron mission design, launch vehicle performance management, and GNC-related launch operations, including software verification and release via HITL testing. 

This is a key role within Rocket Lab’s high performing Electron GNC team, and an influential role within the business. A successful candidate will need both a deep technical understanding of GNC concepts along with the ability to lead a medium-sized team (up to 10 engineers). 

The role is based in Auckland, New Zealand, and Rocket Lab can contribute towards relocation expenses and visa sponsorship for the right candidate. 


  • Masters or PhD in Electrical, Software or Aerospace Engineering 
  • 5+ Years Aerospace / Space engineering experience  
  • 5+ years’ experience developing and implementing GNC algorithms for launch vehicles or satellites. 
  • 5+ years’ experience in modelling, simulation and/or control of dynamics systems, particularly rigid bodies  
  • 3+ years’ experience with Python development  
  • 3+ years’ experience with data analysis using MATLAB and/or SciPy 
  • An advanced understanding of orbital mechanics, rigid body dynamics and closed-loop control systems  
  • The ability to mentor, coach, influence and guide the performance of staff towards the achievement of Rocket Lab’s goals. 
  • The ability to work under pressure, to tight deadlines  
  • Proven communication skills and the ability to build strong working relationships. 
  • Able to prioritize in a dynamic environment with many competing demands. 


  • 5+ years’ experience developing in C/C++, with some embedded or high-reliability development experience. 
  • Experience with git version control. 
  • The drive and self-management to deliver results in a relatively informal environment.  


  • The opportunity to work on innovative and ground-breaking technology 
  • Relocation support and visa sponsorship  
  • An employee stock purchase program 
  • Access to world leading experts to develop your career 
  • Unlimited barista coffee, fruit, and snacks 
  • Rocket Lab merchandise - T-shirts, mission patches etc. 
  • Discounted health insurance with Southern Cross 
  • Additional parental leave entitlements 
  • A vibrant team culture with social activities throughout the year 

If the above sounds like you apply now! 


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.