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Ball Corporation / Ball Aerospace Proposal Manager (667072) in Broomfield, Colorado

Job Title:

Proposal Manager (667072)

Job ID:



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.


Proposal Manager

Responsible for all aspects of proposal development efforts for Ball Aerospace. This includes directing and coordinating the activities of Proposal Volume Leaders and numerous technical authors and consultants to produce high-quality winning proposals. Will work closely with the Capture Manager and/or Business Development Manager to develop and articulate technical and management solutions for proposals, whitepapers, presentations, and other business materials.

Will also be responsible for leading/mentoring less experienced proposal staff and proposal writers. Contribute to proposal development writing efforts, when required. Work with Business Area personnel across the enterprise, and consultants, as well as Teammates to create compelling documents. In addition, will interface with a range of matrixed resources across the enterprise and temporary help to support business acquisition and proposal development efforts.

What you’ll do:

  • Manage all aspects of proposal development (proposal writing, editing, illustration, production efforts, etc.) from assignment and receipt of RFP, through delivery and receipt by the customer.

  • Identify and secure the resources necessary to develop the proposal.

  • Analyze solicitations (RFP, RFQ, RFI, etc.) in conjunction with other customer requirements and communications, and determine final document structure.

  • Prepare detailed proposal plans, schedule outline and compliance matrix for assigned pursuits.

  • Coordinate and lead major project meeting events, such as Kick-off Meetings, Strategy Meetings, Pink, Red, and Gold Color Team reviews, etc.

  • Arrange for facilities, communicate with participants, and prepare necessary materials.

  • Lead effective storyboarding and development of strategic win themes and discriminators.

  • Develop targeted questions and interview technical and program management staff to extract critical information necessary to develop technical and managerial solutions.

  • Develop and manage a proposal schedule.

  • Meet established deliverables and production deadlines

  • Provide detailed guidance to proposal writers/contributors and subcontractors.

  • Manage writing assignments and receipt of all proposal materials with authors and teaming partners in accordance with the project timeline.

  • Support and ensure proposal center processes are followed, standard style guide is used, and documents are submitted in accordance with established guidelines.

  • Manage the collection and editing of proposal materials to ensure compliance.

  • Ensure proposals are compliant with all section L&M or similar instructions/requirements.

  • Communicate proposal-related requirements and status with senior management, as appropriate.

  • Monitor and remaining current on all amendments and modifications to the solicitation.

  • 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 10 years or more related experience. MS 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.

  • Experience winning proposal efforts valued at $50M or more.

  • Experience with MS Office business applications.

  • Proposal leadership skills, with the ability to build a strong team, effectively resolve conflict, and vector appropriate resources to maximize proposal development.

  • Experience in keeping a team focused and moving toward developing a compliant, compelling, competitive - winning document.

  • Exceptional people skills to work in a fast-paced, cross-functional environment

  • Superior verbal, listening and written communication skills

  • Experience in mentoring and coaching less experienced staff and (proposal inexperienced) senior operations staff who are writing proposals for the first time.

  • Management skills to direct and orchestrate large proposal team efforts.

  • Ability to function effectively in a fast-paced, deadline driven environment.

  • Ability to work with little direction and handle multiple tasks.

  • Ability to work a flexible schedule which may include evenings and weekends as required.

  • Current on the latest Proposal Development tools and best practices

  • Considered a Subject Matter Expert in Proposal Management

  • Formal proposal training and/or certifications (APMP, Shipley)

  • Experience with the SharePoint, and the Adobe suite

  • Experience supporting a wide variety of solicitation size, complexity, and submission window

  • Considered a Subject Matter Expert in Proposal Management

  • Government proposal management experience for DoD and IC solutions and procurements

  • Ability to remain upbeat, positive, and constructive within a dynamic environment operating with high-pressure deadlines

  • A current SSBI is required

  • An active TS/SCI clearance, with Polygraph is prefered

Working Conditions:

  • Work is performed in an office environment

  • 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.