CV available on request.

About me

James Henderson CEng FIMechE

A strong international operations leader with 29 years of experience working across 3 continents who cares for both health/safety and quality whilst achieving volume, cost and delivery targets.

Current Role

(Interim) Vice-President of Production and Supply Chain, Rocket Lab

Based in Auckland with regular trips to the engine facility in Los Angeles. With a mandate from the CEO of “make it happen”, the role involves doing everything necessary to get global operations at Rocket Lab ready for a production rate of 1 rocket per week:

Recent Roles

Executive & International:

Date Role Company Location
2018-present (Interim) Vice-President of Production and Supply Chain Rocket Lab NZ/USA
2016-2017 Senior Vice-President of Quality, Manufacturing and Supply Chain DAQRI UK/USA
2012-2016 Vice-President of Quality Assurance SpaceX USA
2010-2012 Vice-President of Assembly and Physical Logistics BMW-Brilliance China


Date Role Company Location
2008-2010 General Manager of Vehicle Assembly BMW (UK) Manufacturing Oxford, UK
2006-2008 Plant Leader for Lean Manufacturing BMW (UK) Manufacturing Oxford, UK
2003-2006 General Manager for MINI Quality BMW (UK) Manufacturing Oxford, UK

Key Qualifications

Academic Qualifications:

Date Qualification Course University Location
1997 MSc Engineering & Business Management Warwick University UK
1990 BEng Mechancial Engineering UMIST (now Manchester University) UK

Professional Certifications:

Date Title Meaning Professional Institution Location
2013 FIMechE Fellow Institute of Mechanical Engineers UK
1994 MIMechE Member Institute of Mechanical Engineers UK
1994 CEng Chartered Engineer Engineering Council UK