Purchasing and Logistics Officer

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Delivering hardware to space. Positioning satellites on orbit.

Dawn Aerospace is seeking a Purchasing and Logistics Officer to take ownership of the purchasing activities for our in-space propulsion systems and spaceplane research and development. You will also be responsible for the logistics of delivering our products to the customer and the exchange of goods between our offices in New Zealand and the Netherlands.

You will work closely with our engineers and project managers on the specification of the parts to be ordered. This can either be a commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) item or a custom-made part. You place the order and follow-up with suppliers to clear any blocking points and guarantee a timely delivery.

You will be given ownership of goals from start-to-finish. You must have the ability and desire to work in a young company. If you want a narrow, thoroughly defined, smooth and routine role, this is not for you. We believe in giving you the tools you need, then getting out of your way.

What you will do:

  • Centrally coordinate and monitor Dawn Aerospace purchasing in the Netherlands.
  • Ensure the technical teams get the goods they need at the time they need them.
  • Simplify and standardise the various stages of the purchasing process and ensure purchasing is conducted in the most effective way for the company.
  • Team up with the engineers and project managers to develop a good understanding of the items to be purchased.
  • Placing orders and administrative follow-up by handling and registering of purchase orders and stock and delivery tracking.
  • Liaise with suppliers and resolve any issues.
  • End-to-end transport of goods between the Netherlands and the New Zealand site.
  • Ensure successful shipping of customer deliveries anywhere in the world.
  • Coordinate with your New Zealand colleagues on shared projects and processes.


  • At least a keen interest in technology and/or experience in a technical purchasing environment.
  • Demonstrated ability to take ownership and make things happen.
  • You can work with limited instruction and exceed expectations.
    Diploma/Degree in Logistics, Supply Chain, Operations Management or comparable is appreciated.
  • Previous experience in managing vendors and suppliers.
  • An eye for detail and the ability to maintain a very high level of accuracy.
  • Strong organizational skills and the capacity to keep an overview.
  • Sound interpersonal and communication skills, both written and oral.
  • Proficiency in English, Dutch is a plus.
  • Self-starter, fast learner who needs little direction.

About Dawn Aerospace

Dawn Aerospace was founded to redefine near-space transportation. Redefine how we deliver assets to space, position satellites on orbit, and return things down to Earth to enable the vibrant and circular space economy of the future. To do this, we build scalable, accessible, and sustainable spaceflight technologies – technologies that are sustainable for not just the foreseeable future, but the unforeseeable future.

The company has achieved a series of significant milestones in the past 12 months, including launching 15 propulsion units to space from Europe, the USA, and Russia, and completing the successful first flights of the suborbital spaceplane, the Dawn Mk-II Aurora. Dawn was named Hi-Tech Startup Company of the Year (2020) and won the Supreme Award for medium/large business at the Westpac Champion Business Awards 2021.

Dawn Aerospace is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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