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 1,300 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.
We are currently seeking a Buyer to join our highly dynamic Supply Chain team based out of Long Beach, CA. You will be responsible for building and sustaining 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. 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. Ensure suppliers are developed to grow with Rocket Lab and relationships are set up to foster collaboration and proactively identify/mitigate risks.
What you’ll get to do:
Responsible for placing Purchase Orders with suppliers, to meet demand
Responsible for sourcing for new engineering design releases
Negotiate pricing with suppliers to reduce total material cost
Manage suppliers for Cost, Quality, and Delivery
Identify part supply constraints that may impact production schedule, and create mitigation plans
Accountable for ensuring supplier master data within MRP is accurate
Work in a cross functional team environment as a strong team player and demonstrate ability to work with other functional groups to achieve company-wide goals
You’ll bring these qualifications:
Bachelor’s degree in engineering, business, supply chain, or other relevant fields
3+ years of related experience as Buyer, Material Planner, Production Planner, or equivalent
Experience with AS9100, ITAR export controls, EAR, and FAR
Proven ability to onboard and contract pricing agreements with suppliers
Proficient in MS Office, ERP systems, math and statistics
Team oriented, strong demonstrated ability to multi-task and work in a fast-paced manufacturing environment and to multiple deadlines
These qualifications would be nice to have:
Proficient in SQL and MRP systems
Experience in aerospace or automotive manufacturing
Ability to read and interpret engineering drawings
Prior experience in rapid growth environment
Strong organizational and problem-solving skills, with the ability to prioritize effectively and efficiently
Excellent verbal and written communication abilities
FOR CANDIDATES SEEKING TO WORK IN US OFFICES ONLY:
To conform to U.S. Government space technology export regulations, applicant must be a U.S. citizen as defined by ITAR (22 CFR §120.15) or eligible to obtain the required authorizations from the U.S Department of State.
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.