Director of People & Culture

Job Expired

Auckland, New Zealand

Full Time

8 months ago

Job description

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 1,500 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.


Based out of Rocket Lab's Auckland NZ office, the Director of People & Culture will serve as the New Zealand P&C department architect and be responsible and accountable for executing the company’s human resources efforts.  The chosen candidate will create, influence, and guide the strategic vision that will enable the organization to create Rocket Lab’s culture and brand as employer of choice, recruit extraordinary talent to keep up with the high growth, provide strong compensation and benefits leadership, and support a performance-based culture through strategic initiatives, performance management, and learning and development programs.  With over 1,600+ employees globally, this growing business is looking for a dynamic leader to drive change. 


  • Lead and guide the efforts of the HR team while supporting a customer-centric approach to internal stakeholders.  
  • Foster a climate of strong accountability, responsibility, partnership, ownership, and results orientation. 
  • Develop, improve and implement HR strategies aligned with the company's objectives and goals. 
  • Provide strategic leadership and guidance on all aspects of HR, including talent acquisition, employee engagement, performance management, employee relations, and compliance. 
  • Provide ongoing assessment of organizational effectiveness and create strategies for alignment of resources and workforce planning.  
  • Foster a positive and inclusive company culture. 
  • Lead and mentor a team of HR professionals, promoting their professional development and growth. 
  • Guide best practices in the use of HR systems, policies, procedures, and compliance and streamlines processes for operational excellence.  


  • Bachelor’s degree in business administration, human resources management or similar 
  • 10+ years of professional Human Resources Experience 
  • 8+ years of leadership experience  
  • Experience in high growth environments, Organizational Development, and Employee Engagement 
  • Experience in broad fields of human resources including organization design, restructuring and change management, talent acquisition, employee engagement and relations, talent and organization development, performance management, compensation and benefits. 


  • Master’s degree in business administration, human resources management or related area 
  • Human resources certification or professional human resources affiliations 
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively with senior line executives and clients to successfully develop and implement plans, programs, and policies.  
  • Ability to balance between strategic thinking and tactical implementation. 
  • Excellent facilitator who is experienced in resolving conflicts. 
  • Proven track record of successfully developing and implementing HR strategies that align with organizational goals. 
  • Extensive knowledge of HR best practices, employment laws, and regulations. 
  • Strong leadership and management skills, with the ability to motivate and inspire a team. 
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, with the ability to build relationships at all levels of the organization. 
  • Demonstrated ability to navigate complex organizational dynamics and influence decision-making processes. 
  • Experience in manufacturing, government contracting, or start-up environments 
  • Experience using Greenhouse and Workday 

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 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.


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