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Senior Systems Engineer - Mission Operations Lead

Company:  Ball Aerospace

Chantilly, VA, US, 20150

Date:  Dec 23, 2020
Job Category:  Engineering/ Technical
Req. ID:  2171

Clearance Requirement:   A current, active TS/SCI 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. 

Ball Mission Operations Lead - Senior Engineer

This position reports to the Director of Operations National Defense.


What You'll Do:

  • Lead the customer mission operations team within the National Defense organization
  • Support Leadership and Management of National Defense and organization at Ball Aerospace.
  • Support day to day execution of Ball customer contracts for ground systems operations and sustainment by leading Integrated team managers and technical leads
  • Develop concept of operations for long term operations and sustainment of aerospace systems
  • Support proposal development for remote sensing end to end solutions
  • Engineering responsibilities include:
    • Mission understanding
    • Face-to-face interaction with customers and contractors to respond to requests for information, support to technical meetings, technical interchanges and enterprise working groups
    • Establishing customer needs and developing them into Business/Technical Requirements, establishing scope budget and schedule parameters to execute projects
    • Leading a collaborative team comprised of systems engineers, analysis, operators and team-mates
    • Preparing and maintaining CDRLs and tracking action items
    • Support to operational validation of releases, database maintenance, user administration, investigation of system anomalies and the raising, tracking and regression testing of Anomaly Reports
  • Effective in working with people at all levels and with customers, able and willing to contribute wherever and however needed, provide leadership and guidance to program activities and staff.
  • Maintain a regular and predictable work schedule.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships within the department, the Strategic Business Unit/Strategic Support Unit 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.  Two years of related experience may be substituted for each year 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.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of ground systems for spacecraft operations.
  • Current TS/SCI clearance required.
  • Strong System engineering and operations skills.
  • Experience in collection planning, mission planning, mission management, or command & control domains.
  • Ability to quickly come up to speed on technical and management efforts currently underway.
  • Knowledge of related disciplines in software engineering, hardware engineering, integration, test engineering, quality engineering, configuration/data management.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, strong written communication skills, oral presentation skills, and an ability to lead group discussions.


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.



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: $145,500 - $183,500 (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.

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