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We go to space to improve life on Earth

Rocket Lab is the global leader in small satellite launch. Our mission is to open access to space to improve life on Earth. 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. 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.

About the role

The purpose of the Technical Buyer role is to build and sustain a supply chain in which every purchased production item has a stable supply, from a reliable supplier, with exceptional quality, and under agreed commercial terms.

You will guide engineering teams on proper sourcing strategy, support suppliers with new product introduction, and collaborate with quality teams to establish efficient and effective validation strategies for purchased flight hardware.

You will ensure suppliers are developed to grow with Rocket Lab and relationships are set up to foster collaboration and proactively identify/mitigate risks.

Essential skills

  • Bachelor’s degree in manufacturing or engineering preferred; or a mix of education and 7+ years of experience
  • Bachelor’s degree in manufacturing or engineering preferred; or a mix of education and 7+ years of experience
  • 5+ years negotiating and executing purchase orders for materials and services preferably in the aerospace manufacturing environment.
  • Ability to read and interpret engineering drawings.
  • Strong understanding of engineering stakeholder requirements and expectations
  • Possess strong knowledge of procuring technical materials such as machined and/or electrical components
  • Experience in a systemized purchasing environment and be familiar with Material Requirement Planning (MRP), Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP).
  • 5+ years of:o sourcing of materials, supplies and services in an engineering environment
    • implementing guidelines or standards from which vendors should be selected
    • conducting negotiations with suppliers to obtain products and services at the best quality and cost
    • coordinating with accounts payable to resolve any issues
    • soliciting suppliers/vendors for materials, products and services through formal Requests for Quote (RFQ) and or Request for Proposals (RFPs) and informal channels.

Rocket Lab Employee Benefits

  • The opportunity to work on innovative and ground breaking technology
  • 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

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