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Senior Manager, Purchasing, Auckland

Last update 2024-04-13
Expires 2024-04-12
ID #2077446288
175,000 NZ$
Senior Manager, Purchasing, Auckland
New Zealand, Auckland, Auckland,
Modified March 18, 2024


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’s Supply Chain team is responsible for the flow of all materials, products, and components through the business. With many of our own products functioning as critical components to our own and our customers’ missions, the Supply Chain team has a direct impact on the success of our rocket and satellite programs. They set up the assembly kits that enables our technicians to put together our Electron rockets, manage inventory, look after shipping and receiving, manage direct and indirect procurement, and inspect and ensure that all of our materials and products are compliant and up to standard. They are the chain that links our teams together and are critical to our success.
Based onsite at Rocket Lab's global headquarters in Long Beach, CA , the Senior Manager of Purchasing will be responsible for building and managing our direct material purchasing team for our headquarter operations. The purchasing team supports direct material purchasing for launch and space systems, from R&D and new product introduction through production ramp. We are growing fast, and our ideal candidate will have experience in building and leading a high performing team. This role will report to the Vice President of Global Supply Chain.
Accountable for purchasing and fulfillment of direct materials.
Accountable for the procure-to-pay process of direct materials, including purchase requisitions, purchase order creation and approval, on time delivery of goods, and clearing procurement issues that hold up invoice processing.
Responsible for developing purchasing strategy to meet Rocket Lab's cost, quality, and delivery goals.
Responsible for leading team of buyers to meet on-time fulfillment to production and engineering.
Negotiate pricing with suppliers to reduce total material cost.
Manage suppliers for cost, quality, and delivery.
Accountable for ensuring supplier master data within MRP is accurate.
Other duties asked by your manager, relevant to your role.
Bachelor’s degree in engineering, business, supply chain, or other relevant fields.
9+ years of related experience in purchasing, with management experience in fast-paced environment.
Work in a cross functional team environment as a strong team player and demonstrate ability to work with other functional groups to achieve company-wide goals.
Proven ability to source, onboard, and contract pricing agreements with suppliers.
Proven ability to define team strategy and build operating plans to achieve vision and long-term goals.
Ability to travel domestically and internationally up to 10% of time.
Strong organizational and problem-solving skills, with the ability to prioritize effectively and efficiently.
Excellent verbal and written communication abilities.
Team oriented, strong ability to multi-task and work in a fast-paced environment and to multiple deadlines.
Proficient in MRP systems
Prior experience in aerospace, EV automotive, or other disruptive manufacturing industries
Prior experience in rapid growth environment
Experience with AS9100, US export controls (ITAR and EAR)
Ability to travel and communicate outside of work hours.
Must be able to work extended hours and/or weekends as needed.
The expected salary range for the position is displayed in accordance with the California Equal Pay for Equal Work Act. Final agreed upon compensation is based upon individual qualifications and experience.

Base salary is only one part of Rocket Lab’s compensation package for this role.

You may be eligible for company stock, stock options, or cash incentives, and


purchase discounted stock through Rocket Lab’s Employee Stock Purchase Program. Employee benefits may also include medical, dental, and vision insurance coverage; 401(k) retirement plan options; paid vacation



, and sick leave

; paid parental leave;

and other discounts and perks.
Base Pay Range (CA Only)

$175,000 USD
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.
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 This 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.


Job details:

Job type: Full time
Contract type: Permanent
Salary type: Per annum
Occupation: Senior manager, purchasing

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