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Ball Corporation / Ball Aerospace Manufacturing Process Lead, Senior Engineer (667441) in Westminster, Colorado

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Manufacturing Process Lead, Senior Engineer (667441)

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CO - Westminster

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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.


Manufacturing Process Lead, Senior Engineer

  • At Ball Aerospace’s Westminster Colorado location, we develop and manufacture state of the art RF & sensor technologies that are integrated onto tactical missile and aircraft platforms. If you’d like to join our rapidly growing operational team in a mission to help the warfighter, this could be an ideal role for you. This is a very influential role that supports a high mix / low volume development process value stream within the Aerospace Manufacturing Center (AMC). This position reports to the Development Operations Value Stream Manager and oversees shared processes/resources used by most AMC tactical product development programs. To be successful in this role, applicants should have practical experience working with manufacturing processes; Lean Manufacturing principles; and leading operational teams in a fast paced, high energy environment.

What you’ll do:

  • Work with the development product value stream leadership to provide outstanding customer service and shared resource capabilities

  • Assume process engineering expertise for capabilities that include autoclave bonding, chemical etch, prototype printed circuit board fabrication, paint, and machining processes

  • Develop and manage a localized strategy / plan to effectively connect our operational strategy with internal customer needs

  • Lead and coach the shared resource manufacturing team

  • Continuously improve and increase process velocity through the application of Lean methods, tools, and principles, utilizing PDCA cycles to convert current conditions to target conditions

  • Identify process obstacles and drive countermeasures that improve flow

  • Maintain a strong focus on human and hardware safety

  • Effectively lead a staff of approximately 15 team members (technicians and machinists) and work collaboratively with other support disciplines (quality engineering, test engineering, M&P, etc.)

  • Develop and maintain a close working relationship with Industrial engineering to leverage capabilities and manage operational capacity

  • Establish and maintain process effectiveness metrics to understand process health while providing baselines for continuous improvement efforts

  • Utilize an internal Total Productive Maintenance (TPM) system to manage equipment and asset risk

  • Manage customer demand and workflows using appropriate Lean techniques (Heijunka, Kanban, ect.)

  • Effectively utilize, create and implement standard operating procedures where necessary

What you’ll need:

  • BS degree in engineering, plus 8 or more years of related experience

  • Experience developing and maintaining strong customer relationships, establishing a deep understanding of their environment, and generating a clear understanding of the challenges they face

  • A general understanding of Lean Manufacturing

  • A creative approach to problem solving and an appetite for experimentation

  • Strong presentation skills

  • A strong focus on the horizontal flow of value across several supporting organizations

  • The ability to clearly define and convey purpose for all team members supporting the value stream

  • Demonstrated experience successfully leading projects and/or teams

  • Demonstrated aptitude for collaboration, recognition of individuals strengths and areas for improvement, and an ability to manage misalignment between individuals and/or groups

  • In addition to the typical educational and experience requirements, a demonstrated capability to adequately perform the essential functions and responsibilities of the position and exhibit the skills and competencies of the grade level should be considered. Each higher-level degree, i.e. master’s degree or Ph.D., may substitute for two years of experience

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 applicant for this position must be eligible to obtain a DoD clearance or government customer access to classified/sensitive material. A current DoD clearance is not required to be eligible for this position, however the successful applicant will be required to obtain a DoD clearance or government customer access within a reasonable time after the offer is extended and must be able to maintain the applicable clearance. *US 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.