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Project Engineer II - Systems

Company:  Ball Aerospace

Boulder, CO, US, 80301

Date:  May 17, 2023
Job Category:  Engineering/ Technical
Req. ID:  27662

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.®


For more information, visit Ball Aerospace Career Site or connect with us on LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.


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.


Project Engineer II - Systems


Join the Space Vehicle Systems Engineering Telecommunications team at Ball Aerospace - a diverse group of motivated problem solvers faced with the daily challenge of ensuring communications to and from space vehicles. We're excited about the projects we're involved in and have a strong commitment to the missions we enable. Offering growth opportunities at all levels of skill and experience, we're looking for leaders and innovators who can continue our strong reputation for creativity and technical excellence, while helping to define the future of Ball.


We're seeking an independent, action-oriented project engineer to lead new business proposal cost and schedule projections/trades and to provide oversight to ensure our teams meet cost, schedule, and technical execution goals. In almost no time, you will be a key contributor to our missions!


Make a difference. Love what you do. Realize your full potential.


What You'll Do:


  • Communicate and collaborate with program managers and systems engineers to accomplish mission objectives for telecommunications subsystems on space vehicles
  • Provide subsystem-level control account execution oversight to multiple projects within civil and defense space portfolios
  • Establish and maintain strong vendor relationships for communications subsystems, assemblies, subassemblies, and components.
  • With technical and supply chain support, manage sub vendor performance to ensure the delivery of conforming hardware to be integrated as a communications subsystem.
  • Support new business development/proposals by leveraging heritage cost and schedule information for similar applications, and leading trade efforts to consider new applications
  • Technical and programmatic writing (Contractual elements, procedural definitions, specifications, interfaces, status reports, analysis support and description documents).
  • Prepare and give presentations to peers, management, and customers regarding plans; subsystem design, development, risks, and opportunities; and status against established performance metrics
  • 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:


  • 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., 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.
  • High level of leadership and management skills to set direction, create goals in alignment with business requirements and timelines, prioritize operational and project tasks, and enforce accountability.
  • Excellent customer service, accountability, professionalism, and interpersonal skill.
  • Excellent critical thinking skills that result in effective decision making and priority setting.
  • Drive for results and executional excellence.
  • Team building skills with a player/coach mindset.
  • Space hardware experience preferred.
  • Microwave, radio frequency, and/or optical telecom hardware experience 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 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.


Nearest Major Market: Boulder
Nearest Secondary Market: Denver

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