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Principal Engineer, Metal Innovation

Company:  Ball Corporation

Westminster, CO, US, 80021

Date:  Oct 15, 2021
Job Category:  Engineering/ Technical
Req. ID:  13219

Do you want to work for a world-leading manufacturer who strives to build a better future through sustainability and innovation? Are you looking for a new challenge in a stable, fast-growing sector?


Join us, and build your career by helping us build the future.


We are a global leader in sustainable products with more than 21,000 team members worldwide. From infinitely recyclable aluminum cans, cups, and aerosol bottles, to aerospace solutions that enable our customers to have a deeper understanding of our planet and the universe. We produce all these incredible things with one unique purpose: crafting a better community, a better society, a better world.


Moreover, each of us has a deep commitment to diversity and inclusion which is the foundation of our culture of belonging. And everyone at Ball is an everyday champion, making a difference by doing what we love.


We lead with our heads and our hearts and combine innovative thinking with a spirit of resiliency that keeps us moving forward in a relentless pursuit of new ways to make life, and the world, better. Whether we’re developing packaging that’s infinitely recyclable or aerospace innovations. Because what we create may change, but what we will always make is a difference.



Job Description

Provides technical support and project management for the global research and development function related to aluminum beverage packaging.


What will you be responsible for?

  • Subject matter expert for high speed Aluminum metal forming technologies, including drawing, ironing, stamping, impact extrusion and spinning.  Works to further knowledge and expertise in additional methods of forming/manufacturing.
  • Continually leads the creation of innovative new or improved packaging designs. Develops groundbreaking ways to solve challenges in aluminum packages as well as generate innovative test methods related to manufacture of components.
  • Subject matter expert for detailed technical drawing, GD&T, metrology, tool manufacture and machine design/function knowledge.
  • Manages suppliers to create tooling and equipment, including specifying designs, generating orders, verifying parts for accuracy, ensuring on time delivery and defining acceptance criteria.  Drives supplier relationships and utilizes multiple resources simultaneously to accomplish goals.
  • Plan, coordinate, and conduct pilot line trials including specifications generation, sample generation & analysis, schedule tracking, budget management and lessons learned.
  • Expert technical writer who documents innovations into finalized IP, including patents and trade secrets.  Consistently generates clear and concise technical reports/presentations for communication across regions.  Leads creation of SOPs and highly organized documentation handoff with project completions.
  • Expert in analytical, statistical evaluation & analysis tools such as DOE, FMEA, cost models, statistically significant sample sizes & run lengths w/ control data comparisons.
  • Expert at implementation of new products into production including documentation creation, startup/troubleshooting, driving for key metrics, and leading the transfer of ownership.
  • Expert at business case development with limited information, ROI calculation and ability to make recommendations based on business cases.
  • Very highly organized project management skills. Seek, identify, & proactively address areas of concern, lack of resources, project delays, etc. by creating recovery paths where needed without major oversight.  Use of stage gate project management tools and documentation to achieve on time and on budget delivery of projects.
  • Expert at working closely with cross functional teams including Global Project Management Office (PMO), Global Sales, Global Engineering, and broader innovation teams to interpret requests, provide updates and technical expertise.  
  • Leads discussions and makes quick decisions independently.  Consistently inspires others in the workplace and provides direction to other engineers. Rallies others to their vision and direction.


What are we looking for?

  • Broad training in a related field usually acquired through college degree level education or work-related experience.
  • BS in Engineering or a related technical field, such as mathematics, metallurgy or physics, strongly preferred.
  • MS in Engineering or a related technical field a plus.
  • Job related experience for 10 years minimum.
  • Good Business Acumen skills – MBA a plus.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.  Strong presentation skills.  Leads group discussions.
  • Assignments may be self-initiated.  Determines and pursues courses of action necessary to obtain desired results.
  • Experience in high speed metal forming.
  • Ability to generate and execute a test plan to determine root cause failure analysis.
  • Strong technical writing ability using standard Microsoft Office products.
  • Ability to lead small teams with broad responsibilities and minimal oversight.
  • Experience using hand held metrology equipment.
  • Good ability to multitask and think / troubleshoot in a nonlinear manner.
  • Experience working with geographically dispersed engineering and business team.
  • Strong verbal, written and interpersonal communication skills.
  • Ability to work independently and follow directions.
  • Ability to articulate and promote project management best-practices.
  • Ability to overcome roadblocks by enabling others with clear communication, troubleshooting, and at times simply propping up others where needed.
  • High level of project management skills and good with project/program management tools such as MS project.
  • Ability to lead small teams and engage/motivate others.
  • Good understanding of statistical principles.
  • Knowledgeable with tooling drawings, dimensioning, and basic machining operations.
  • Knowledgeable with geometric dimensioning and tolerancing.
  • Knowledge of machine design and operation.


Compensation & Benefits

  • Hiring Salary Range: $86,500 - 132,000 (Salary to be determined by the applicant’s education, experience, knowledge, skills, and abilities, as well as internal equity and alignment with market data.)
  • Other Compensation: This role will be eligible to participate in the annual incentive compensation plan.
  • Regular Full-Time Salaried and Hourly positions: Ball includes a comprehensive benefits structure, Go to our career site and click "Total Rewards" to learn more.


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Nearest Major Market: Denver

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