About The Role
With the test flights of Rocket Lab’s Electron vehicle fast approaching, Rocket Lab has seen continued and growing public interest. This is an incredible opportunity to manage the profile of a company that inspires and excites people globally. The Communications Manager is responsible for leading Rocket Lab New Zealand’s public relations and brand, and meeting the needs and interest of a diverse range of domestic and international stakeholders.
This role is based in Auckland with frequent travel to Rocket Lab Launch Complex 1 (Mahia, New Zealand) and the United States.
- Liaise with media and act as company spokesperson
- Pitch and place pieces in industry and consumer media
- Write op-eds and features
- Develop and maintain key relationships
- Plan, write and distribute press releases
- Crisis management, contingency planning and expectation management
Local Community Engagement – Launch Complex 1
- Arrange and present at public information days
- Assist members of the public with concerns and questions
- Provide ongoing public information
- Liaise with businesses and organisations interested in starting tourism initiatives or launch related spin-offs
- Liaise and engage with local and central government
- Respond to government queries for information, prepare briefing materials etc.
- Represent Rocket Lab on various planning committees and groups as required
- Prevent, manage and respond to brand and copyright infringements, coordinate supplier publicity agreements etc.
Social Media, Website and Digital Assets
- Create and manage assets and content
- Supervise video production and photographic art direction
- Manage of social media accounts and strategy
Events, Trade Shows and Exhibits
- Plan trade shows and events for both Rocket Lab New Zealand and Rocket Lab USA
- Work with museums, education institutes etc.
- Plan, write and oversee design of print and digital marketing collateral and materials
- Minimum 5 years of experience in communications/public relations
- Minimum 1 year of experience as media spokesperson
- Experience with digital assets, social media strategies and tactics
- Bachelor’s degree required
PREFERRED SKILLS & EXPERIENCE
- Public relations experience in tech, aerospace or public policy
- Exceptional verbal and written communication skills
- Ability to grasp complex issues
- Natural interest in technology and preferably aerospace
- Ability to work independently and quickly in an unsupervised environment
- Discretion and ability to grasp stringent security requirements and commercial sensitivities
- Proven skills in establishing and maintaining relationships with wide range of stakeholders
- Strong negotiation, critical-thinking and decision making skills
- Managerial experience
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.