🌌 Team Lead - Avionics Integrated Electrical Systems


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 1,300 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.

About Rocket Lab
Rocket Lab is the global leader in small satellite launch. Our mission is to open access to space to improve life on Earth. There are endless possibilities for what we can achieve with better access to space, and that access is now a reality thanks to Rocket Lab.  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. 

While other companies talk about it, we do it!

**About the role
**As part of the Avionics team your role will be Test Lead, a hands-on people manager role reporting to the Avionics Manager alongside the Leads for the Integrated Electronics & Design team(s). Your team will have 8-10 members and you’ll need to guide and mentor them whilst working alongside them, as well as managing Avionics Testing projects with budget and time constraints. These are the two principle components of the role, but other elements will include communicating your technical strategy to other teams and working cross-functionally on projects with almost every other team. We’ve built up a very collaborative environment at Rocket Lab and there’s a lot of room to build more.

Our ideal candidate is someone from a strong DFM background who has led Design & Test efforts of highly customized Electronics, because that is what our Avionics team work on most of the time. We build flight computers, power electronic systems, high-voltage components, FPGAs, RF systems, and many other components used in the guidance, navigation, and control of Rocket Lab vehicles.
Essential skills

  • Bachelors Degree or higher in Electronic Engineering or similar
  • Minimum 10 years experience in the Design & Manufacturing of Electronic Systems
  • 3-5 years experience as a People Lead, with a preferred focus on Design & Testing
  • Demonstrable methodological approaches to troubleshooting complex Electronic Systems
  • High proficiency in multiple areas of testing; analog; high-speed digital; power electronics


  • Knowledge of Environmental Testing; Vibration, Shock, Thermal, TVAC
  • Experience Python, C/C++ and the SDLC in general
  • Project / Program Management skills

Rocket Lab Employee Benefits:

  • The opportunity to work on innovative and ground breaking technology
  • 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
  • An employee stock purchase program

Important Information
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 http://www.pmddtc.state.gov/regulations\_laws/itar.html 

Important information:


To conform to U.S. Government space technology export regulations, applicant must be a U.S. citizen as defined by ITAR (22 CFR §120.15) or eligible to obtain the required authorizations from the U.S Department of State.

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.

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Rocket Lab
New Zealand, Auckland
Posted 13d ago
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