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Manufacturing Engineer Senior - NPI Work Cell Lead

Company:  Ball Aerospace

Westminster, CO, US, 80021

Date:  Nov 17, 2021
Job Category:  Manufacturing/ Operations
Req. ID:  14355

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.


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 Operations Strategic Support Unit plays a fundamental role in enabling efficient business and program execution – from technologies and investments to supply chain, manufacturing and test operations, facilities management, and information technology services.


Manufacturing Engineer Senior - NPI Work Cell Lead


At the Ball Aerospace Manufacturing Center (AMC) location in Westminster, CO, we develop and manufacture state of the art RF & sensor technologies that are integrated onto tactical missile and aircraft platforms.  If you’d like to join our rapidly growing operations team in a mission to help the warfighter, this could be an ideal role for you.  The Manufacturing Engineering Program Lead is responsible for the manufacturing execution of cutting-edge RF components and systems in a high mix, low volume environment.   This position assumes complete responsibility and accountability for quality, schedule, manufacturing efficiency, and risk management for assigned programs.


What You’ll Do:


  • Lead your program execution team with a resolute commitment to human safety first, 100% quality second, and 100% on-time delivery third while continuously driving YoY cost reductions.
  • Manage the utilization of key performance metrics to drive performance for the program and manufacturing value stream.
  • Advance the organizations problem solving focus and capability through the utilization of A3 and KATA Coaching.
  • Develop and foster strong relationships with mission area leadership (the internal customers) to identify their value proposition and develop a strategy to achieve it.
  • Lead and manage a direct staff of manufacturing engineers and production supervisors through inspirational leadership.
  • Lead the organization with a Lean coaching approach (respect for people, “go and see” behavior, put problems first, and continuously intensify collaboration).
  • Continuously increase of the manufacturing process velocity through the application of Lean Manufacturing methods, tools, and principles.
  • Lead the program execution team to identify structural processes and/or systems that interrupt value creating activities.  Conceptualize and drive countermeasures that improve flow of both knowledge and hardware.
  • Maintain a prioritized focus on human and hardware safety through implementation of Human Error Management principles.
  • Ensure compliance with applicable Quality Business System (QBS) processes, AS9100, and government DFAR regulations, support related compliance audits. 
  • 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/BA degree or higher in Engineering or a related 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. 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.
  • Experience developing and maintaining strong internal customer relationships by establishing a deep understanding of their environment and generating a clear understanding of the challenges they face.
  • Hands-on experience in Lean Manufacturing implementation focused on people, processes, and tools.
  • A creative yet formal approach to problem solving and an appetite for experimentation.
  • An innate mentality that seeks dynamic gains over static optimizations.
  • A strong focus on the horizontal flow of value across several supporting organizations.
  • Demonstrated experience successfully leading complex operational organizations.
  • Demonstrated aptitude for collaboration, recognition of individuals strengths and areas for improvement, and an ability to manage misalignment between individuals and/or groups.
  • Experience mentoring, training, and staffing employees with a strong commitment to improving organizational diversity and inclusion.
  • Experience of implementation and sustainment of ISO 9001 and AS9100 certification.
  • Proven and exceptional ability to collaborate and partner across business functions.


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.
  • Travel and local commute between Ball campuses and other possible non-Ball locations may be required.


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: $117,500 - $148,500 (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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