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Ball Aerospace Principal Engineer - Spacecraft Command and Data Handling Team Manager in Boulder, Colorado

Ball Aerospace is powered by endlessly curious people with an unwavering mission focus. We pioneer 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.

At our core, we're passionate, committed people who believe together we can achieve extraordinary things. We work collaboratively with each other, our customers and partners to solve the world's greatest challenges. That means listening to one another, providing feedback and partnering across all levels. We value our inclusive culture where everyone is heard equally and creativity thrives. Each team member is fully invested in our mission and we bring an energy to work every day that propels our business and motivates us all to Go Beyond.

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The Engineering Strategic Capabilities Unit comprises the organizational talent and technical leadership that enables the successful delivery of high-impact discriminating technologies for our customers missions. Our collaborative, cross-functional teams are committed to innovation, integrity, continual learning and strong execution.

Principal Engineer Spacecraft Command and Data Handling Team Manager

The Ball Command & Data Handling (C&DH) group is a systems engineering team focused on procurement of spacecraft electronics hardware. As the brain of the spacecraft, C&DH is responsible for command acceptance and execution, telemetry acquisition, system timekeeping, data storage, and interfacing to other subsystems. Ball C&DH team members are project/systems/electrical/computer/software engineers who define the requirements, develop the architecture, implement the design, and test the system from end to end.

This leadership position is for a highly experienced engineer or manager who is both a people leader and a technical project leader.

What Youll Do:

  • This position is 30% functional management, 50% project management and 20% technical.

  • Oversee a team of approximately one dozen other C&DH engineers, including hiring, performance reviews, training, and discipline.

  • Assign and delegate program responsibilities to individual contributors.

  • Coordinate with senior leadership on how to retain the brightest and best engineers.

  • Understand C&DH product lines and how they map to customer needs.

  • Craft the strategy on how to meet future mission opportunities including technology roadmap development.

  • Become the primary point of contact for new programs and proposals under early development, estimating rough order of magnitude cost and schedules.

  • Work daily with the larger C&DH team on subcontractor procurements.

  • Establish strong vendor relationships.

  • Prepare and manage hardware definition and interfaces.

  • Extensive technical writing (proposal development, contractual elements, procedural definitions, specifications, interfaces, analysis support and description documents).

  • Prepare and give presentations to peers, management, and customers.

  • Take ownership and responsibility for the success of Ball space vehicles!

  • Maintain a regular and predictable work schedule.

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

  • Perform other duties as necessary.

What Youll Need:

  • BS degree or higher in Engineering or a related technical field is required plus 12 or more years related experience.

  • Each higher-level degree, i.e., Masters 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.

  • 6 or more years direct experience in spacecraft electronics design and/or test.

  • A strong hardware background.

  • Experience in subcontract management.

  • Good communication and presentation skills.

  • Experience in multidisciplinary teamwork environment.

  • Previous earned value management experience preferred.

  • Proven leadership experience preferred.

  • A current, active Top Secret/SCI security clearance preferred.

Full-Time On-Site Work Environment: This position requires regular in-person engagement by working on-site full-time. Travel and local commute between Ball campuses and other possible non-Ball locations may be required.

Working Conditions:

  • Ball Aerospace is a drug-free workplace, which is imperative to the health and safety of all employees and is required as a condition of receiving contracts from federal agencies. Please remember that regardless of the legalization of marijuana in Colorado and other states, possession and use continues to be illegal under the federal Controlled Substances Act. This includes the use of some CBD products.A post-offer, pre-employment drug test is a condition of employment.

  • Work is performed in an office, laboratory, production floor, or cleanroom, 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.

A current DoD clearance and/or SCI access with Polygraph is not required to be eligible for this position, however applicant must be willing and eligible for submission within 60-90 days after an offer is accepted and must be able to maintain the applicable clearance/access. By applying to this position, you are agreeing to complete a National Security Clearance Pre-Screen Questionnaire 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.

Compensation & Benefits:

  • HIRING SALARY RANGE: $150,000 - $189,000 (Salary to be determined by the education, experience, knowledge, skills, and abilities of the applicant, internal equity, and alignment with market data.)

  • This position includes a competitive benefits package. For details, copy and paste https://bit.ly/3pNSnxv into your browser or visit our careers site.


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.


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