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Ball Corporation / Ball Aerospace Payload Engineering Architect (665429) in Boulder, Colorado

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Payload Engineering Architect (665429)

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CO - Boulder

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Ball Aerospace pioneers discoveries that enable our customers to perform beyond expectation and protect what matters most. We create innovative space solutions, enable more accurate weather forecasts, drive insightful observations of our planet, deliver actionable data and intelligence, and ensure those who defend our freedom go forward bravely and return home safely. For more information, visit, Facebook or Twitter.


Payload Engineering Architect

Support multiple Strategic Business Units (SBUs) focused on execution of existing contracts and growing Ball’s business. Targeted SBU customers include Civil Space, National Defense, Commercial Space and Technologies, Systems Engineering Solutions and Tactical Solutions. Must have significant skills, knowledge, and experience with these customers. Business opportunities of interest range from spaceflight hardware development, ground infrastructure, engineering support services and new business pursuits. This position reports to the Chief Architect of Payload Engineering and will be based in Boulder, Colorado with travel to Washington DC area and other areas as required.

What You'll Do:

  • Conceive and develop compelling payload and instrument architecture concepts leveraging Ball technology developments and previous flight heritage.

  • Work closely and assist in coordination of Payload Engineering Optics, Detectors, and Cryogenics for existing and strategic payload architectures.

  • Co-produce the Remote Sensing and Effects (RS&E) strategic plan that includes a 5-year roadmap linking capabilities garnered from programs, CR&Ds, IR&Ds, and capital expenditures.

  • Work closely with Technology and IP to identify, define, and foster IRAD projects that support SBUs and the RS&E strategic plan.

  • Strategize, plan, develop and execute IRAD projects to capture the resulting business while providing cutting edge technologies to position the SBU’s for future business.

  • Assist in generating and managing payload engineering knowledge and information as part of the Payload Chief Architect charter.

  • Provide responsive technical development support to SBU’s, in support of Ball prime and subcontract execution as well as supply chain activities.

  • Support Business Development and Advanced Systems Managers to ensure alignment around strategic pursuits/captures and provide necessary technical staffing to these efforts and to proposal efforts.

  • Formulate strategies and participate in strategy discussions with Strategic Business Units on existing and new business, analyze and present information on new opportunities, competitive assessments and trends in the space markets.

  • Support proposal strategy, including technical presentations, win themes, key points, and pricing. Support proposal color team as a reviewer.

  • Foster innovative design approaches and rapid prototyping within company procedures and policies.

  • Maintain a regular and predictable work schedule.

  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships within the department, the Strategic Business Units, Strategic Support Units and the Company. Interact appropriately with others in order to maintain a positive and productive work environment.

  • Perform other duties as necessary.

What You'll Need:

  • BS/BA in related field plus 12 years or more related experience. An Advanced degree is preferred.

  • Each higher-level related degree, i.e. Master’s Degree or Ph.D., may substitute for two years of experience. Two years of related experience may be substituted for each year of education. Degree must be from a university, college, or school which is accredited by an agency recognized by the US Secretary of Education, US Department of Education.

  • TS/SCI required.

  • Strong program management skills and demonstrated ability to grow new business opportunities.

  • Demonstrated excellence in leadership and interpersonal skills in relevant business environments. Influencing, communication and team skills will be critical to successful execution of the duties of the position.

  • Demonstrated in depth knowledge of operational level strategies behind emerging technologies is strongly preferred.

  • Strong programmatic background within classified program environments for government or industry is a strong plus.

  • Strong programmatic background with government or industry desirable.

  • Knowledge of relevant government acquisition strategies.

  • Demonstrated experience in leading design teams and new business capture activities.

  • Must be a superb presenter with documented presentation experience to senior decision making and technical audiences.

  • Demonstrated ability to lead proposals including strong technical writing skills.

  • Must have demonstrated excellent leadership and interpersonal skills in relevant business environments.

  • Influencing, communication and team skills will be critical to successful execution of the duties of the position.

Working Conditions:

  • Work is performed in an office environment.

  • Frequent travel among several Ball Colorado locations (Boulder, Broomfield, Westminster).

  • Periodic travel to Washington D.C. and Ball west coast office. Expected 25%.

Security Clearance:

Successful candidate will have completed a government security investigation and must meet eligibility requirements for access to classified information. *U.S. Citizenship is Required.


Relocation for this position is NOT Available

EEO Statement:


Ball Aerospace is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, protected veteran status, or disability status.