Propulsion Test Complex Manager/Plant Manager

Auckland, New Zealand, Rocket Lab [3110436]

Field(s) of expertise
Aerospace Engineering
Job type

About this job

Rocket Lab is in the process of developing a brand new state of the art Propulsion Test Facility on a 1.5 hectare site, 45 minutes south of Auckland. This new complex will house Rocket Lab’s propulsion testing team who carry out rocket engine, stage and engine component testing. Currently all propulsion testing is undertaken on separate sites and this will bring them all together in the one location for the first time, with this development now well underway we have an opportunity for an experienced facilities manager to join the team in the position of Propulsion Test Complex Manager.


As Propulsion Test Complex Manager you will be responsible for the complex, it’s staff, operations and stakeholder management, this position is vital to the success of Rocket Lab’s Propulsion testing program and requires an individual with a strong background in facility management, resource planning, operations together with a proven ability to be an effective leader capable of managing and motivating a high skilled team ensuring all deliverables are met.


  • 10+ years aerospace, oil & gas, defence force, diary, chemical or industrial plant management or equivalent experience
  • Strong leadership experience with the ability to manage and motivate a team
  • The ability to work to deadlines in a high-pressure environment
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills and the ability to build strong working relationships
  • The ability to develop and maintain relationships with a broad range of people of varying backgrounds, and to be adept at engaging with those people in a sensitive and appropriate manner.
  • Exceptional attention to detail
  • A highly organised and proactive approach to your work
  • A proven background in production/service flow is essential

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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