Company Details

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. While other companies talk about it, we do it!

About the role
Working within the Safety and Mission Assurance team you will be responsible for ensuring the safe and compliant design of Rocket Lab engineering products including launch vehicles, spacecraft, and ground support systems.

The role involves working closely with multidisciplinary teams across mechanical, electrical, software and systems engineering to identify and assess hazards through the appropriate safety analyses such as preliminary hazard listing and analysis (PHL/PHA), HAZOPs, fault tree analysis, event tree analysis, zonal analysis and FMECAs. You will ensure identified hazards are assessed and tracked in the product hazard log, and the necessary risk reduction measures are implemented in the design and tracked to completion.

You will be responsible for the creation and maintenance of system safety files. You will ensure they are technically accurate and that they clearly and concisely document the safety argument and supporting evidence to aid regulator review.

This role would suit systems safety, reliability, RAMS, ILS or trials safety engineers from other industries such as rail, aerospace, or defense.


  • 2 to 4+ years of experience in a safety or reliability engineering role
  • Tertiary qualification in engineering or related science discipline
  • Proficient in analysis techniques to meet a range of safety and reliability objectives
  • Self-starter ability to gather evidence from different engineering disciplines
  • Ability to execute project safety plans
  • Excellent skills in Microsoft Office suite, particularly Word and Excel
  • Able to work in NZ and meet all Rocket Lab security requirements


  • Knowledge of system safety standards e.g. MIL-STD-882, Defense Standard 00-56, CENELEC
  • Knowledge of range safety standards e.g. AFSPCMAN 91-710, GSFC-STD-8009
  • Knowledge of safety standards such as IEC 61508, ISO 26262, DO-178C, EN 50128
  • Experience with hazardous systems such as ordnance, cryogenic systems, high pressure systems, high voltage systems, highly combustible materials, or toxic materials

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
  • An employee stock option scheme

Important Information
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

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