Software Embedded Team Lead

Auckland, New Zealand, Rocket Lab [3100275 ]

Field(s) of expertise
Software Engineering
Job type

About this job

Rocket Lab is the global leader in dedicated small satellite launch. Launching from right here in New Zealand, we design and build innovative technology to give small satellites a premium ride to orbit.

Small satellites play a crucial role in our day-to-day lives – they connect us, keep us safe, help us understand our planet and manage our impact on it, and they enable us to innovate and explore. 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.

Our relentlessly innovative team is behind Electron, the world’s only truly commercial small satellite launch vehicle in operation today. With multiple orbital launches under our belt and a record of 100% mission success, we’re opening access to space to improve life on Earth. We’ve built a world class team with a reputation for doing the impossible. Collaboration is at our core – every idea is heard and everyone makes a difference. Every day, we pursue ideas that challenge, excite and demand more of us, and we make them real. Be a part of it.


Launching a rocket and operating satellites requires a symphony of multiple teams, multiple sites, and multiple complex systems working together towards mission success. Embedded software controls vehicle systems and ground systems, as well as production and test facilities. It provides a critical framework for onboard vehicle operations and the distribution of data to engineers, technicians and mission control personnel. This requires close interaction with key stakeholders in Guidance/Navigation/Control, Avionics, Propulsion, RF, Production and Flight Operations.

Rocket Lab is seeking an Embedded Software Team Lead who will provide vision, leadership, and project coordination to the Embedded Software Teams in support of the Electron launch vehicle and Photon spacecraft.


Essential Skills

  • Tertiary Diploma, Certificate or degree in Software Engineering, Computer Science, Electrical Engineering or similar.
  • Minimum of 10 years experience within a software engineering related discipline
  • Experience with leadership of software development staff
  • Product definition and development experience
  • Embedded software development using C/C++Linux application development
  • Networked application development
  • Experience with Git
  • Experience with Redmine, Jira or other issue tracker

Desirable skills

  • Scrum
  • FPGA development
  • ARM development
  • Microcontroller development
  • Python development
  • Linux kernel development

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