Team Lead - Ion Propulsion

Auckland, New Zealand

Full Time

a month ago

Job description


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 is developing an in-house Hall thruster! This role is a fantastic opportunity to lead the development of a world-class product from its inception through to on-orbit constellation missions.  

The Team Lead is responsible for leading and developing the team to support Rocket Lab's expanding spacecraft capabilities.  

This role will be leading highly competent engineers and technicians to deliver the new product from genesis through to flight operations and eventually into scaled production. 

Excellent technical communication and collaboration skills are needed to develop a product that delivers on the wide range of spacecraft missions it will support.  

Every day will be different, your experience, adaptability and technical skills will help you deliver this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. 


  • Experience leading a team from concept to flight of spacecraft hardware  
  • Experience with project management of cross discipline teams  
  • Proven team development skills Degree in Engineering 
  • 3 years spacecraft industry experience 
  • 5 years total work experience 

 Direct experience with two of the following: 

  • Development of an electric propulsion system 
  • Flight operations of an electric propulsion system 
  • Production line operations of an electric propulsion system 


  • Degree in Engineering Management 
  • 8 years spacecraft industry experience 


  • The opportunity to work on innovative and ground breaking technology 
  • 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 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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