Rocket Lab


Long Beach, California, United States



RF Product Manager

About The Role

Rocket Lab

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 1,500 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.



This is a rare opportunity to play a pivotal role in supporting Rocket Lab’s evolution from a pure-play launch company, to an end-to-end mission provider that delivers launch, satellites, and on-orbit operations. The Space Systems division is shaping Rocket Lab’s future, enabling innovative small sat missions in low Earth orbit and beyond, as well as offering high performance, affordable, reliable, and flight proven satellite subsystems and components that can either be incorporated into Photon or other spacecraft buses.



Reporting to the Global Director of RF Engineering, the RF Product Manager is the technical owner of RF products at Rocket Lab and is responsible for managing all aspects of new product development and introduction. The RF product portfolio includes the Frontier Radio product line, a family of spacecraft transceivers that enable communications and radiometric navigation for near earth and deep space missions. It is also intended to offer additional products as part of the space systems portfolio. The successful candidate will have a strong combination of RF systems engineering and program management skills, will have proven experience in related projects, and will thrive in a fast-paced, dynamic environment.



  • Manage a small team of engineers responsible for the Frontier Radio product line
  • Support definition of the RF product roadmap
  • Manage new product development and introduction for Frontier Radio variants and features, both technically and in a project management capacity
  • Engage with the Technical Program Manager – Frontier Radio Customer Programs regularly to maintain awareness of customer projects, to ensure development of new features meet customer timelines, and to ensure customer expectations are accurate
  • Work with stakeholders to define the core specifications and feature set for all RF products.
  • Maintain schedules for product development activities. Establish and monitor budgets and provide reporting to leadership.
  • Ensure new product feature requests as well as identified product deficiencies and improvements are captured and planned for
  • Support manufacturing, production, and supply chain teams as required to ensure efficient, cost effective, and quality outcomes for RF products



  • Bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering, aerospace, or a similar technical discipline
  • 6+ years of experience developing RF systems
  • 4+ years of product or program management experience
  • Strong understanding of the fundamentals of radio communications, including component theory of operation, modulation and coding and communications link budgets
  • Significant RF test experience applied to RF components and communications systems


  • Master’s degree in electrical engineering, aerospace, or a similar technical discipline
  • Thorough understanding of space systems and subsystems, and depth across multiple spacecraft engineering disciplines
  • Project management qualifications such as PMP, APMP, etc.
  • Ability to identify and address problems with a proactive and systemic approach
  • Proficiency with project and engineering management tools such as Microsoft Project, Smartsheet, etc.
  • Active Secret or Top Secret/SCI security clearance, or ability to obtain one upon being hired
  • Understanding of space system qualification flows, functional and comprehensive performance testing
  • Experience with environmental testing, such as thermal vacuum or random vibration testing.
  • Experience with PCBA design and assembly.
  • Deep understanding of space systems and the space environment.
  • Demonstrated success working in a dynamic environment with multiple competing priorities.
  • Excellent communication skills, with the ability to build strong working relationships
  • Ability to work under pressure and adhere to tight deadlines


The expected salary range for the position is displayed in accordance with the California Equal Pay for Equal Work Act. Final agreed upon compensation is based upon individual qualifications and experience. 

In addition to base salary, Rocket Lab offers a comprehensive total compensation package based on individual qualifications and experience, which may include cash or equity incentives. Employees will also be eligible for medical, dental, vision coverage, 401(k) retirement plan options, and to purchase discounted stock through Rocket Lab’s Employee Stock Purchase Program.

Base Pay Range (CA Only)
$170,000$200,000 USD

Important information:


To conform to U.S. Government space technology export regulations, including the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR), Rocket Lab Employees must be a U.S. citizen, lawful U.S. permanent resident (i.e., current Green Card holder), or lawfully admitted into the U.S. as a refugee or granted asylum, or be eligible to obtain the required authorizations from the U.S. Department of State and/or the U.S. Department of Commerce, as applicable. Learn more about ITAR here.

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.

Applicants requiring a reasonable accommodation for the application/interview process for a job in the United States should contact Giulia Biow at dedicated resource is intended solely to assist job seekers with disabilities whose disability prevents them from being able to apply/interview. Only messages left for this purpose will be considered. A response to your request may take up to two business days.



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 ITAR Regulations.