Software Build Engineer

Auckland, New Zealand, Rocket Lab [3126543CB]

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. Software drives every aspect of this, and Rocket Lab has a large number of complex software products. Working with Rocket Lab’s software team the Software Build Engineer will be responsible for the continuous integration and deployment (automation of the building, testing, and distribution) of the avionics, ground systems and production software for Rocket Lab’s Launch Service.


Essential skills

  • Minimum of 3 years experience in a software development environment with major focus on build, continuous integration and deployment of software.
  • Git
  • Linux and Windows system administration
  • Experience with Redmine, Jira or other issue tracker
  • Experience with Team City, Jenkins, GitLab CI, Travis CI, TFS CI or other build system.
  • Experience with make, cmake, automake or other build tools
  • Experience with embedded and desktop software build and deployment

Desirable skills

  • Scrum
  • Docker or Kubernetes
  • Experience with web and cloud software build and deployment
  • Network security
  • Project Management
  • Chef, Puppet, Salt, Transform or other provisioning system

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.

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