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Ball Corporation / Ball Aerospace Principal Software Systems Engineer (667788) - Security Clearance Required in Broomfield, Colorado

Job Title:

Principal Software Systems Engineer (667788) - Security Clearance Required

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CO - Broomfield

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Who We Are:

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.


Principal Software Systems Engineer


Ball Aerospace is looking to expand our team with a results-oriented Software Systems Engineer to perform high-level architectural designs for complex software systems. This position consists of engineering top-level software solutions, decomposing high-level requirements into lower-level software requirements and designs, collaborating with software developers and inter-disciplinary teams, and guiding programs through all execution phases.

What You´ll Do:

  • Architect mission software solutions for aerospace, avionics and related tactical systems.

  • Perform requirements flow down from high level specifications and create derived software requirements for the development team.

  • Define interfaces to software systems by working closely with other disciplines like electrical and mechanical engineering.

  • Plan, coordinate, and manage full software life cycle functions across mission segments, with an emphasis on requirements, architecture, design, and documentation.

  • Conduct research, gather information (including interfacing with internal and external customers) interpret data, create and propose solutions.

  • Engage with customers and management to gain understanding, trust, and buy-in.

  • Form, lead, motivate, and manage small to medium size teams of software developers.

  • Provide technical leadership on software development projects.

  • Maintain a regular and predictable work schedule.

  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships within the department, the SBU/SSU 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 degree or higher in Engineering or a related technical field is required, plus 12 or more years of related experience.

  • Each higher-level related degree, i.e., Master’s Degree or Ph.D., may substitute for two years of related experience. Related technical experience may be considered in lieu 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.

  • Current Top Secret clearance is required.

  • Experience in conducting and documenting high-level trade studies and advocating for buy-in from stakeholders.

  • Experience across all software development lifecycle stages, from business development through maintenance.

  • Experience with formal requirements management practices and related tools (e.g. Rational DOORS).

  • Experience in designing, developing, and testing software for operational systems using programming languages such as C/C++, Ruby/Python and other languages/applications.

  • Understanding of real-time operating systems and the principles of embedded software development.

  • Experience with formal software development practices including the use of software version control, coding standards and style guides.

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.

Working Conditions

  • Work is performed in an office, laboratory, production floor, or clean room, outdoors or remote research environment.

  • May occasionally work in production work centers where use of protective equipment and gear is required.

  • May access other facilities in various weather conditions.

  • Travel and local commute between Ball campuses and other possible non-Ball locations may be required.

Security Clearance:

Successful candidate will have completed a government national security clearance investigation and must meet eligibility requirements for access to classified information. *U.S. Citizenship is Required. By applying to this position you are agreeing to complete a National Security Clearance Pre-Screen Questionnaire, if one is required, to evaluate your general ability to obtain the required security clearance or government customer access associated with this position.


Relocation for this position is 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.