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Staff Consultant - Systems Engineering Classified Security Architect

Company:  Ball Aerospace

Chantilly, VA, US, 20150

Date:  Nov 16, 2021
Job Category:  Engineering/ Technical
Req. ID:  11545

At Ball Aerospace, we care about the health and safety of our team members, their families and our communities. Ball Aerospace will comply with Executive Order 14042 and all team members will be required to provide proof of completed vaccination status as a condition of employment as stated within the Order, subject to approved medical or religious accommodations.


Clearance Requirement:   A current, active TS/SCI CI Polygraph 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 Security and Mission Assurance Strategic Support Unit provides discriminating support to the business to ensure success. We focus on threat identification, risk assessment, and mitigation while improving the efficiency of the business through effective governance and analysis of process, data and overall business knowledge.


Staff Consultant - Systems Engineering Classified Security Architect


Define and coordinate the current and future state of IT infrastructure architecture, encompassing all Ball Aerospace classified systems. 


What You’ll Do: 


  • Solve business challenges via translating business and contractual needs to IT requirements, and leading project architectural design efforts to formulate efficient, standardized, secure, and effective solutions.
  • Utilizes Security Design Principles to implement a secure environment based upon NIST 800-53 standards.
  • Maintain roadmaps so that the security control environment remains current.
  • Work in concert with application architects in understanding and ensuring proper configuration and resourcing of enterprise applications within the classified environment and assist in guiding their technical solutions to customer policy.
  • Partner with IT Architects to design classified IT infrastructure.
  • Focus on architecture and design within the classified areas of the company, aligning with the larger company-wide Infrastructure standards and guidance.
  • Assist in guiding IT efforts to be aligned in building a future state that delivers required capabilities while ensuring a secure, supportable, documented, and efficient infrastructure environment that meets contractual requirements.
  • Participate in innovation management activities:  research, suggest, evaluate, rank, oversee proof-of-concept activities, and transfer knowledge of appropriate new technologies into the broader IT environment.
  • Help ensure standards and architectural principles are implemented consistently across classified project efforts.
  • Work with server, storage, network, database, hypervisor and directory services architects to align detailed technology-based standards to higher-level enterprise standards and add secure computing best practices.
  • Understand and map required business capabilities to IT infrastructure services. 
  • Assist in creation of company governance practices, standards, and strategies, including Cloud Security Audits, Mobile Strategies, Vendor Assessments, Technology Readiness, Roadmaps, and Solution Architectural Diagrams.
  • Operate with a 1-5 year view of technology direction and contribute to roadmaps for this timeframe based on business and customer requirements, technology trends, and required upgrades.
  • Strive to grow into providing thought leadership in innovation, developing standards, architectural governance, and architectural best practices.
  • Help to train, guide and mentor IT and IA staff in adapting secure IT standards and best practices to provide superior quality solutions for business requirements. Infuse secure architectural concepts like standards-based, configuration driven, scalable, extensible and manageable solutions.
  • 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 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. 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.
  • Understanding of RMF and how to execute to policy and contractual requirements. 
  • Knowledge of IC customer IT/IA requirements and policies.
  • Working knowledge of all layers of multi-tier enterprise IT infrastructure systems, including compute (workstations and servers), storage (SAN, NAS, data protection and archiving), network (media, switches and routers), database (preferably SQL Server and Oracle), hypervisor (preferably VMware) and directory services (preferably Active Directory).
  • Understanding of enterprise application architectures (3-tier, client/server, web, etc.) and how these relate and translate into infrastructure requirements.
  • Proven ability to work independently and on own initiative.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills are crucial, as well as ability to think clearly & analyze quantitatively.
  • Detail oriented, and ability to meet, and exceed, quality standards.
  • Excellent organizational and interpersonal skills with an ability to determine an appropriate level of detail given project milestones.
  • Excellent planning, organizational, communication and time management skills.
  • Ability to juggle many tasks and projects simultaneously in a fast-moving environment and must be a self-starter who is excited and curious about technology.


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 a multi-building office environment.
  • Travel and local commute between Ball campuses and other possible non-Ball locations may be 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: $187,000 - $236,500 (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. 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.

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