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Senior Software Engineer – Operations Software

Senior Software Engineer – Operations Software

companyRocket Lab
locationAuckland, New Zealand
PublishedPublished: 12/8/2023
Full Time

Rocket Lab

Rocket Lab is a vertically integrated provider of small launch services, satellites, and spacecraft components. Our mission is to open access to space to improve life on Earth. Our team is over 1,500 people strong and we’re adding to it every week. Collaboration is at our core – every idea is heard, and everyone makes a difference. Teams are nimble, decisions are made quickly, and we are action oriented.

While other companies talk about it, we do it!

About the role

Join the Operations Software Team Powering Rocket Lab's Aerospace Innovations!

Are you passionate about making a real impact in the space industry? Look no further! Rocket Lab's Operations Software team is at the forefront of driving real-time data systems for groundbreaking Electron, Neutron, and Photon missions. Our cutting-edge products shape everything from the intricate real-time data infrastructure to the captivating HMIs that oversee the thrilling moments of Mission Control on launch day.

We're on the lookout for an accomplished Senior Software Engineer who thrives in a user-centric environment. If you enjoy engaging with users, witnessing the value they derive from our products, and are driven by their success, then you're the perfect fit. In this role, you'll be the bridge between our internal customers across diverse teams, gathering their needs and ensuring that our products effectively empower our operations teams to achieve the extraordinary feat of launching vehicles into space.

As a Senior Software Engineer, you'll wield a substantial level of responsibility. You'll not only work autonomously but also collaborate seamlessly with the team to assess risks, minimize any potential user disruptions, and optimize the user experience, all the way up to the exhilarating lift-off moment. Your scope will extend beyond just software; you'll delve into the entire Operations Software ecosystem, including database solutions, infrastructure management, and monitoring systems.

This position is an extraordinary opportunity — a chance to be a part of a pivotal team within the most thrilling space company on the planet. Join us in shaping the future of aerospace technology and exploration.

Essential skills

  • Tertiary Diploma, Certificate or degree in Software Engineering, Computer Science, Electrical Engineering or similar
  • 5+ years of experience within a related field
  • C# or Golang Development
  • Desktop Application Development
  • Ethernet Network Protocols

Desirable skills

  • User Interface Development
  • AWS and other cloud providers
  • CI/CD systems
  • Python Development
  • Database Application Development
  • Human Factors Engineering

Why Rocket Lab?

  • Be a driving force behind monumental aerospace accomplishments
  • Collaborate with a dynamic team of industry experts
  • Immerse yourself in a culture of innovation and ambition

Ready to launch your career into new dimensions? Apply now and be a part of the revolution in space technology!

Rocket Lab Employee Benefits

  • The opportunity to work on innovative and groundbreaking technology.
  • An employee stock purchase program.
  • Access to world leading experts to develop your career.
  • Unlimited barista coffee, fruit, and snacks.
  • Rocket Lab merchandise – T-shirts, mission patches etc.
  • Discounted health insurance with Southern Cross.
  • Additional parental leave entitlements.
  • A vibrant team culture with social activities throughout the year.

Important information:


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 g.biow@rocketlabusa.com.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.