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Director of Production

Director of Production

companyRocket Lab
locationAuckland, New Zealand
PublishedPublished: 12/8/2023
Leadership / Executive Board
Full Time

ROCKET LAB

Rocket Lab is a vertically integrated provider of small launch services, satellites, and spacecraft components. Our mission is to open access to space to improve life on Earth. Our team is over 1,800 people strong and we’re adding to it every week. Collaboration is at our core – every idea is heard, and everyone makes a difference. Teams are nimble, decisions are made quickly, and we are action oriented.

ELECTRON 

Rocket Lab’s Electron team is responsible for building, testing, and launching our Electron rocket across our launch sites and test facilities in the United States and New Zealand. Electron is one of the world’s most frequently-launched rockets and the people behind its success are diligent, move fast, and have each others’ back to deliver a reliable rocket to the launch pad time and time again. 

DIRECTOR OF PRODUCTION 

Located out of Rocket Lab’s Auckland, NZ site, we are seeking a highly motivated and results driven Director of Production to lead the production team for the Electron rocket. This role will be responsible for consistent, on-time delivery of Electron vehicles, while maintaining impeccable standards for quality and cost management, and scaling production systems to meet new levels of increased demand. As an experienced people leader with deep insights into effective production planning and execution, this role will lead a team of production supervisors and technicians, while working closely with the engineering, quality, supply chain, and business development teams. This is an incredible senior leadership opportunity to have full ownership of elevating one of the highest performing teams and products in the space industry.  

WHAT YOU’LL GET TO DO: 

  • Lead a high performing team to consistently deliver Electron rockets on schedule, while scaling production systems to meet new levels of increased demand. 
  • Ensure that projects maintain and improve safety, increase production rate, reduce critical path blockers, and promote long-term reliability. 
  • Develop, coach, motivate, and retain a high-performance team by fostering a spirit of cooperation and collaboration, and ensuring team members to take ownership of projects and promote collaboration. 
  • Work with the engineering and program management teams to implement and deliver on manufacturing cost-reduction and continuous improvement initiatives. 
  • Collaborate with business development and engineering partners to ensure new product development meets with the goals of product manufacturability. 
  • Establishing departmental standards for lean production techniques to achieve required rate, efficiency, and cost objectives. 
  • Closely coordinate and build relationships across technical and support departments, strengthening communications and collaboration. 

YOU’LL BRING THESE QUALIFICATIONS: 

  • Bachelor’s degree in manufacturing engineering, aerospace engineering, mechanical engineering or similar 
  • 12+ years of experience in production, manufacturing, or engineering. 
  • Experience in developing and delivering continuous improvement projects within a production environment. 

THESE QUALIFICATIONS WOULD BE NICE TO HAVE: 

  • Master’s Degree or PhD in a technical/engineering discipline  
  • Strong track record of leadership experience managing a diverse, high-performing production team. 
  • Ability to coordinate and motivate production teams toward a common vision and set of deliverables. 
  • Proven ability to utilize lean and other continuous improvement methodologies to drive strong operational performance in EHS, Quality, Delivery, Cost and Cash. 
  • Strong track record of establishing strategy, metrics, KPIs and operating rhythms to drive successful operational execution in both NPI and production phases of the product life cycle. 
  • Active security clearance 

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.