General Manager - Arnhem Space Centre

  • Full-time

Company Description

About the Company:

We launch rockets! It’s a pretty cool industry and we are at the heart of it.

Equatorial Launch Australia’s (ELA) mission is and aspires to be the pre-eminent multi-user commercial Space Launch company, providing world-class Launch services supporting testing, launch and recovery of space vehicles and payloads flown to and from all space orbits.

The Executive Chairman and Group CEO leads a seriously professional and highly qualified leadership team who are trusted leaders in the development of the space industry in Australia and globally. Our team’s experience and capability spans across aerospace, commercial enterprise, regulation, asset development, and complex project management along with space strategy and systems engineering.

ELA owns and operates the Arnhem Space Centre (ASC), a multi-user commercial spaceport in East Arnhem Land in the Northern Territory, Australia at 12° S. ELA were contracted by NASA to launch Australia’s first commercial rockets to space from our site in June and July 2022. We are heading into the next phase of our development and we have some bold plans for the future where we will be conducting around 50 orbital space launches every year.


What type of company is ELA:

We are a world and Australian industry leader in our field, but we are still relatively small and in scale up mode.

We pride ourselves on being relaxed professionals and want the industry and all who deal with us to say, “wow these guys are really good!”.

We don’t care about your background, or personal situation, but we care about you, and it is compulsory for you to be good at what you do and to have fun while you’re doing it.

Two of the things we don’t want are: precious people who say “that’s not my job”, or people who say “that’s my responsibility, get out of it”. We value teamwork, respect and a ‘can do’ attitude couple with a desire for excellence.



Job Description

The New Role:


Working directly with the CEO, ELA’s General Manager of the ASC (GM-Site and Engineering) is responsible for managing all activities carried out at the ASC. The GM ASC works closely with the GM Operations and Launch to ensure every aspect of launch and facilities are managed in an efficient and safe manner.


Key Accountabilities:


  • Ensure that all activities carried out at the ASC conform to the Site Development Plan and the Facilities Management Plan;
  • Maintain overall site, and ground safety and personnel welfare having authority or oversight in relation to operating or maintaining the ground systems of the launch facility;
  • Ensure all necessary resources required to manage the ASC facility;
  • Oversee ELA launch programs from a facility and site-specific perspective.
  • Collaborate with ELA project managers;
  • Provide overall management and control of site access and security, including acting as the Chief Security Information Officer role required for cyber security;
  • Manage all logistics related to the site and launches, transport, ground and sea vehicles and site development and preparation for launch activities; KPI’s and risk mitigation strategies


What we are looking for:


  • Experience as a hands-on foreman from a trade background or similar with sufficient industry experience.
  • Extensive site management or supervision experience on fit out, refurbishment and construction programs
  • Previous experience in commercial refurbishment/fit out - highly desirable not essential
  • Financial understanding of projects
  • Experience in engaging sub-contractors and community groups
  • Good management skills with the ability to motivate and drive
  • Problem solving skills
  • Possess high level verbal & written communication skills
  • You don’t know the phrase “that’s not my job” and are a real “can do“ person. You’re fun and casual but very good at what you do.
  • You will be hardworking and a team player, looking to become part of a vibrant and supportive team.
  • You are comfortable engaging with people both internally and externally and will have a strong technical grounding to support hitting the ground running as well as the opportunity for further growth in your career.
  • Fundamentally, you will have a great attitude, strong aptitude and want to fit in with ELA






Additional Information

Next Steps:

To apply, submit your Cover Letter, detailing why you want to work for ELA and how you meet the requirements of this position and your CV outlining your work history.

You must have the right to live and work in Australia to apply for this position.

Equatorial Launch Australia is passionate about creating a culture that values inclusion and diversity, where all our people are treated fairly and respectfully.

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