Python Developer

Auckland, New Zealand, Rocket Lab [2823022DDD]

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. Come and be a part of it.


The Electron Launch Vehicle is a fly-by-wire rocket and generates a large quantity of real-time data throughout its production, testing, and launch life-cycle. This data tells a story and it lets Rocket Lab engineers and key stakeholders know how we are performing at all stages.

The Operational Data software team transforms and gives this data a meaning, by providing a bespoke analysis framework customised to support the development of the next generation of spacecrafts. There’s no limit to the ambition that we have to create smart, data-driven decision-making capabilities: our Data Analysis Framework is the building block on which numerous engineering teams rely to automate their data processing.

The successful applicant will play a significant role in the development of the Framework, leading the design and implementation of requested features, mentoring team-members and providing guidance to the user communities.


Required Skills and Experience:

  • Tertiary Diploma, Certificate or degree in Software Engineering, Computer Science or demonstrated equivalent level of knowledge
  • Minimum of 4 years experience within a software engineering related discipline
  • Experience in application development
  • Strong Python development experience
  • Experience with Git or other source control tools
  • Experience with Redmine, Jira, Bugzilla, Mantis, or other issue tracker
  • Experience in database design with SQL
  • Knowledge of data processing techniques
  • Python Experience with packages matplotlib, pandas


  • Experience with TeamCity, Jenkins or other continuous integration tools
  • Experience using Scrum
  • Reporting, including experience with creating interactive reports
  • Knowledge of machine learning and statistical methods
  • Knowledge of signal processing
  • Experience in database design with NoSQL databases
  • Experience with Airflow, Spark or other data processing pipelines
  • Use of Docker or other containerisation

As well as a being a career-defining role, working at Rocket Lab means being part of meaningful projects with world-leading experts. 

Collaboration is at our core – every idea is heard, and everyone makes a difference.

We get things done. Our team is nimble, decisions are made quickly, and we are action oriented. While other companies talk about it, we do it. This means projects get the green light faster and ideas are put into practice rapidly.

Everyone works on the big stuff. This isn’t a huge aerospace company where you get lost in bureaucracy and end up a tiny cog in a giant machine. At Rocket Lab, your work directly impacts the success of each mission. Everyone’s voice is heard, and everyone can contribute major projects. This is your chance to play a pivotal role in developing space systems that change the way we access space.

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