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Ball Corporation / Ball Aerospace Senior Engineer - Development Process Lead (667253) in Westminster, Colorado

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Senior Engineer - Development Process Lead (667253)

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CO - Westminster

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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.


Senior Engineer - Development Process Lead

The Development Process Lead is a mixture of Mechanical & Process Engineering disciplines. It is an influential role that supports the development value stream within the Aerospace Manufacturing Center (AMC) located at our Westminster, CO location. This job has basic leadership accountability as well as the responsibility to support the development and execution of a Lean Product and Process Development (LPPD) strategy. This role reports to the Development Operations Value Stream Manager and oversees shared processes/resources used by most development programs including autoclaves, paint, machining, and printed circuit boards. The intent of this position is to bolster preventative maintenance plans, work closely with programs to maximize the velocity of their development process, ensure all processes meet AS9100 requirements, improve and execute a training program, and ensure their team is integrated with customers at all levels of the development process. The successful candidate will have knowledge of the 13 principles of LPPD and a background in leading teams in a functional related capacity.

What you’ll do:

  • Work with the development value stream leadership to clearly define what value means to their customers.

  • Engage the development value stream team members to clearly understand all value creating activities.

  • Create awareness and develop alignment with their team regarding the 13 principles of LPPD.

  • Develop and manage a localized strategy, using Hoshin Kanri, to effectively connect strategy with tactics.

  • Lead the team with a Lean coaching approach (respect for people, “go and see” behavior, put problems first, and continuously intensify collaboration).

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

  • Identify structural processes and/or systems that stand in the way of value creating activities. Conceptualize and drive countermeasures that improve flow.

  • Maintain a strong focus on safety, training, and the development of people.

  • Lead a staff of approximately 15 team members (technicians and machinists) and work collaboratively with other disciplines that are matrixed in to support specific efforts (quality engineering, test engineering, M&P, etc.).

  • Develop a close relationship with Industrial engineering to manage and plan capacity.

  • Establish process metrics to understand the health of the process while providing baselines for continuous improvement efforts.

  • Plan, develop, and control the departments indirect budget while maintaining stable, competitive, and predictable rates.

  • Strengthen an existing preventative maintenance system ensuring maximum equipment up time.

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

  • Support material and mechanical technical challenges throughout the development value stream, perform root cause analysis, and define and implement corrective actions.

  • Create and implement standard operating procedures where necessary.

  • 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 degree or higher in Engineering or a related technical field is required plus 8 or more years related experience.

  • Each higher-level degree, i.e., Master’s Degree or Ph.D., may substitute for two years of 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.

  • 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 systems approach to LPPD focusing on people, process, and tools.

  • A general understanding and desired experience applying the 13 principles of LPPD.

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

  • Strong presentation skills.

  • An innate mentality that seeks dynamic gains over static optimizations.

  • 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.

  • Knowledge and experience with statistical analysis.

  • 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.

  • Experience mentoring, training, and staffing employees with a strong commitment to improving organizational diversity and inclusion.

  • Experience of implementation and sustainment of ISO 9001 certification.

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.