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Advanced Systems Manager I / Advanced Systems Manager II - Heliophysics Mission Area Lead

Company:  Ball Aerospace

Boulder, CO, US, 80301

Date:  Nov 3, 2023
Job Category:  Sales and Marketing
Req. ID:  29139

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 Civil Space Strategic Business Unit develops many of the world’s pioneering space and science missions. From delivering entire missions to contributing component level expertise, we value our role as a mission partner and our ability to provide science at any scale. Our team of scientists work with the science community to understand their missions and deliver systems that go beyond expectation.


Advanced Systems Manager I / Advanced Systems Manager II – Heliophysics Mission Area Lead


What You'll Do:


  • Mission Area Lead for Heliophysics Civil Space business unit opportunities. This includes creating, finding, pursuing, developing, and winning business with relevant governmental organizations.
  • Develop, maintain, and execute a broad Heliophysics strategy to grow Ball’s business and market share. Successfully collaborate with Ball’s Washington, DC, office, Communications, Engineering, and other business units at Ball Aerospace.
  • Understanding of the current Heliophysics decadal survey and have an in-depth knowledge of the decadal process.
  • Engage principal investigators to develop highly competitive teams for science missions and technology development opportunities.
  • Develop and communicate messages, marketing, competition assessments, and customer insights.
  • Lead business development, capture, and proposal teams.
  • Prepare and submit proposals, AO responses, ROMS, RFI/RFQ responses, and white papers.
  • Manage new business indirect budget projects for assigned area.
  • Manage staffing needs for assigned area.
  • Engage in regular communication with other Mission Area Leads on topics that include customer insights and priorities, internal investments, and forecasts and their impacts on overall Civil Space business.
  • Engage is regular communication with the internal Technology Initiative Leads; provide road-mapping and priorities for IRAD and CRAD development
  • Oversee study efforts having the potential to evolve into new business capture opportunities.
  • Maintain high-value contact with Heliophysics stakeholders and user communities through leadership and participation on committees, advisory boards, workshops, and conferences.
  • 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 You'll Need:


  • Advanced Systems Manager I – BS/BA in related field plus 8 years or more related experience. PhD preferred (e.g., Heliophyics, Astrophysics, Planetary Science).  
  • Advanced Systems Manager II – BS/BA in related field plus 10 years or more related experience. PhD preferred (e.g., Heliophyics, Astrophysics, Planetary Science).  
  • 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.
  • Solid strategy development and proposal skills and demonstrated experience in leading design teams and new business capture activities in the areas of NASA Heliophysics AOs and technology development opportunities.
  • Ability to translate science/end user requirements into engineering requirements and to weigh relevant scientific and technical trades.
  • Superb communication skills with documented presentation experience to senior decision-making and technical audiences.
  • Demonstrable profile in and relationships across the Heliophysics community.
  • Collaborative and inclusive style and ability to work with diverse colleagues and customers. 


Flexible On-Site Work Environment: This position requires regular in-person engagement by working on-site for three or more days per work week. 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 environment, laboratory, cleanroom, or production floor. 


Relocation for this position is available.


Direct Program Charge: 0%


Compensation & Benefits:


  • HIRING SALARY RANGE FOR ADVANCED SYSTEMS MANAGER I: $129,000 - $177,500 (Salary to be determined by the education, experience, knowledge, skills, and abilities of the applicant, internal equity, and alignment with market data.)
  • HIRING SALARY RANGE FOR ADVANCED SYSTEMS MANAGER II: $144,000 - $199,000 (Salary to be determined by the education, experience, knowledge, skills, and abilities of the applicant, internal equity, and alignment with market data.)
  • Job Grade:  Aerospace Q 
  • This position includes a competitive benefits package. For details, copy and paste into your browser or visit our careers site.


Job Referral Fee: $1,000.00




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.

Nearest Major Market: Boulder
Nearest Secondary Market: Denver

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