Senior Manager

Rocket Lab USA

Rocket Lab USA

1,001-5,000 employees

Provides reliable space launch services and spacecraft manufacturing

Industrial & Manufacturing

$140,000 - $175,000

Stock, Stock Options, Cash Incentives

Senior, Expert

Long Beach, CA, USA

Required Skills
  • Bachelor's degree in engineering, business, supply chain, or other relevant fields.
  • 9+ years of related experience in purchasing, with management experience in a fast-paced environment.
  • Proven ability to source, onboard, and contract pricing agreements with suppliers.
  • Ability to travel domestically and internationally up to 10% of the time.
  • Strong organizational and problem-solving skills.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication abilities.
  • Proficient in MRP systems.
  • Prior experience in aerospace, EV automotive, or other disruptive manufacturing industries.
  • Prior experience in a rapid growth environment.
  • Experience with AS9100, US export controls (ITAR and EAR).
  • 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 a 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.

Rocket Lab, a comprehensive space company established in 2006, has a proven track record of mission success, offering reliable launch services, spacecraft components, and on-orbit management solutions. It stands out for its manufacturing of the Electron, the second most frequently launched U.S. rocket, and the Photon spacecraft platform, chosen for NASA missions to the Moon and Mars. With three launch pads at two sites, industry-leading flight software, and a commitment to cost-effective and efficient services, Rocket Lab is a leader in the space industry, making space access more affordable and faster.

Company Stage


Total Funding



Lakewood, California



Growth & Insights

6 month growth


1 year growth


2 year growth