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Staff Consultant - Spacecraft Lead

Company:  Ball Aerospace

Boulder, CO, US, 80301

Date:  May 24, 2021
Job Category:  Engineering/ Technical
Req. ID:  1345

Clearance Requirement:   A current, active Top Secret security clearance is required.


Powered by endlessly curious people with an unwavering mission focus, 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 Ball Aerospace Career Site or connect with us on LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.


The Engineering Strategic Support 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.


Staff Consultant – Spacecraft Lead

This leadership position is for an experienced system engineer who can lead a spacecraft team from inception through development, test and delivery. The bus lead will have responsibility for the overall spacecraft design and architecture - Be the technical “go to” person for a spacecraft.


What you’ll do:
•Develop and manage the spacecraft bus technical baseline – develop solutions that meet our customer needs and requirements.
•You will be working with subsystem leads, providing direction and prioritization of tasks and reviewing their design analysis – detail-oriented coach.
•Support preparation and presentation of major design and readiness reviews - convey to our customers that our craft will do what they need.
•Responsible for generating engineering documents including specifications, environmental design requirements, support to subsystem procurement specifications and statements of work, and test plan development – own the technical baseline.
•Communicate spacecraft status and risk posture to the program leadership team.
•Lead and guide spacecraft bus vehicle level trades and analysis – balance technical performance, cost and risk.
•Execute to cost and schedule baseline for system engineering activity and capable of performing responsibilities of the cost account manager (CAM) for system engineering.
•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 16 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.
•Proven success as a technical team lead (10 years required) with experience in all phases of execution of a space hardware program for NASA and/or restricted customers.
•I&T, Mission Operations, Fault Management, or Subsystem expertise.
•Working knowledge of all spacecraft subsystems sufficient to lead requirements allocation, design trades and performance assessment.
•Architect/Design to cost, and new business experience is highly desirable.
•Strong interpersonal skills, ability to effectively lead group discussions, ability to set priorities and delegate as required to meet objectives.
•Experience in multidisciplinary team work environment with small team leadership responsibilities.
•A desire to learn - our culture fosters intellectual curiosity in a highly collaborative environment.
•Superb verbal, written and presentation skills are required.
•Working knowledge of Earned Value Management (EVM) is highly desirable.


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.


This position is eligible for a Hiring Incentive of a minimum of $15,000 for external hires only.



Current Clearance Required:

Verification that your current security clearance or government customer access meets the requirement for this position will be required.


Relocation for this position is available.


Compensation & Benefits

  • HIRING SALARY RANGE: $159,000 - $200,500 (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. Click here to learn more.




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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