Skip navigation

Launch Operations Manager

Equatorial Launch Australia Closes: 30.11.23 Full Time

Job Description

We’re on the search for a Launch Operations Manager! This person needs to have some kind of launch experience (rockets or missiles etc) and would work closely with our clients’ launch team.

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.

The New Role: (Based in Adelaide with travel to NT as required).

The ELA Launch Operation Manager (LOM) is responsible for the preparation and operational readiness of the Launch Control Center (LCC), the interface with either the clients Mission Control Centre (MCC) or the joint user MCC.

The LOM is also responsible for the operations prior to and on day of launch for the payload preparation and integrity checks, launch vehicle preparation and delivery in a launch ready state to the launch pad, and the integration and readiness of the launch pad and its associated systems.

This role work very closely with the Customer and Site Liaison Officer and the client’s launch operation manager.


What we are looking for:

  • 8+ years’ experience delivering in a similar role
  • Relevant qualifications relating to Range Operations, Safety, Emergency Response, Training and Assessing, Incident Investigation
  • Desirable to have experience with explosive handling and storage
  • An absolute commitment to safety
  • Demonstrated ability to influence a team to achieve positive business outcomes
  • Demonstrated ability to make effective decisions under pressure, balancing competing priorities and demands
  • Ability to develop working knowledge of our clients ground handling, dangerous goods, security, and emergency response policies and procedures
  • 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.

Follow us –

Our Website –

About Equatorial Launch Australia

Equatorial Launch Australia’s (ELA) mission is 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.

High accessibility mode is off
Corner North Terrace and Frome Road
Adelaide 5000
Lot Fourteen is a Department of the Premier and Cabinet project. Design by The Sideways Theory
Design by Sixth Street Design
Developed by Frame Creative
© Lot Fourteen All Rights Reserved
Tenant Portal