Technical Project Manager - Enterprise Integration

Technical Project Manager - Enterprise Integration

companyRocket Lab
locationLong Beach, CA, USA
PublishedPublished: 6/20/2024
Project Management / Professional Services
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 Space Systems team is responsible for every spacecraft and spacecraft component made by Rocket Lab: from complete spacecraft destined for missions to the Moon and Mars, to the individual components and subsystems that make up a spacecraft like solar panels, flight software, reaction wheels and star trackers, separation systems, radios, and more. Our Space Systems team is made up of designers, engineers, and technicians who create, build, test, and operate our own spacecraft and support customer spacecraft for missions across the commercial, government, and defense sectors. 


Rocket Lab is looking for a driven Technical Project Manager of Enterprise Integration software, to be based out of our headquarters in Long Beach, CA. This role will lead a team of engineers and subcontractors on Rocket Lab’s flagship efforts to deliver on program milestones related to Space to Ground Communications, Ground Data Infrastructure, Mission Operations, and Data Security. The successful candidate will have prior experience managing subcontractors to meet intermediate milestones, creating software development and staffing plans, and setting the battle rhythm for incremental integration and test. Knowledge of secure ground data systems is a must have, with RF and network experience being an additional benefit. This role will report to the Space Systems Software Director, with strong collaboration with the Program Management Office.  


  • Manage the integration of an innovative constellation ground system to internal and external interfaces. 
  • Drive adoption of modern cloud-based ground systems architectures, cloud DEVOPS processes, and emerging cloud services within the company. 
  • Interface directly with subcontractors, consultants, and internal engineering teams to develop and maintain product development plans, provide progress updates, and meet project delivery milestones 
  • Define KPIs for contractors and internal development teams 
  • Set the battle rhythm for subcontractors to provide feature drops to the overall program 
  • Develop and maintain staffing plans with senior leadership 
  • Plan major integration points and testing between teams 
  • Drive best practices for collecting feedback and implementing improvements 
  • Develop and maintain software development standards and procedures to ensure that all software deliverables are of the highest quality and meet customer requirements 


  • Bachelor’s degree; and 10+ years of industry experience in computer science, software engineering, aerospace engineering, or other technical discipline 
  • 3+ years of experience with project management and interfacing with external contractors 
  • Thorough understanding of spacecraft data systems and ground software 
  • Thorough understanding of the software development lifecycle 
  • Experience using Jira for software development management  
  • Experience with systems engineering methods, including systems trades, requirements management, performance characterization, and interface management 
  • Ability to obtain Secret security clearance 


  • Master’s degree in aerospace, computer science, electrical engineering, or other technical discipline
  • An understanding of network standards and a desire to learn more
  • An ownership outlook with the desire to build lasting systems and a willingness to identify gaps, develop plans to address them, and engage stakeholders to fill them 
  • Experience with SDA NOVA and SUPERNOVA architectures 
  • Experience with Cyber Security 
  • Experience leading a team utilizing agile methodologies 
  • Experience with systems engineering methods including systems trades, requirements management, performance characterization, and interface management 
  • Project management qualifications such as PMP, APMP, etc. 
  • Ability to identify and address problems with a proactive and systemic approach 
  • Proficiency with project and engineering management tools such as Microsoft Project, Smartsheet, etc.
  • Experience with ground telemetry architectures
  • Experience developing and maintaining secure ground data infrastructure
  • Experience with micro-service architectures
  • Experience with Kubernetes orchestration
  • Ability to work under pressure and adhere to tight deadlines
  • Excellent communication skills, with the ability to build strong working relationships
  • Active Secret or TS/SCI clearance 


  • 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

Level and base salary will be determined on a case-by-case basis and may vary based on the following considerations: job-related knowledge and skills, education, and experience.

Base salary is just one component of our total rewards package at Rocket Lab.  Employees may also receive company equity and access to a robust benefits package including: top tier medical HMO, PPO & a 100% company-sponsored medical HSA plan option, dental and vision coverage, 3 weeks paid vacation and 5 days sick leave per year, 11 paid holidays per year, flexible spending and dependent care savings accounts, paid parental leave, disability insurance, life insurance, and access to a 401(k) retirement plan with company match. Other perks include: Discounted employee stock purchase program, subsidized EV charging stations, onsite gym, food and drinks, childcare concierge, and other discounts.

Eligibility for benefits may vary based on employment status, please check with your recruiter for a comprehensive list of the benefits available for this role. Benefit programs are subject to change at the company’s discretion.

Base Pay Range (CA Only)$115,000—$205,000 USD


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.