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Ball Corporation

Principal Engineer-Spacecraft Lead (663709) - Security clearance required

Ball Corporation - Boulder, CO


Who We Are:

Ball Aerospace leads the way in designing, developing and manufacturing innovative aerospace systems. We take on some of the most complex and exciting challenges in the universe--from space and Earth science to national security and intelligence programs.

We produce spacecraft, instruments and sensors, RF and microwave technologies, data exploitation solutions, and a variety of advanced aerospace technologies and products. In addition, we pioneered the development of the commercial remote sensing market, producing spacecraft and imaging systems that helped spawn a market-driven demand for imagery.

Our success is built on more than products or systems. Our team of more than 3,000 engineers, scientists, technicians and support staff drives all the achievements at Ball Aerospace. Whether contributing to a better understanding of the universe or helping keep our nation safe, our people bring their diverse backgrounds, perspectives and skills together to achieve a common mission.


Principal Engineer – 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.

Work 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 12 or more years related experience (I&T;, Mission Operations, Fault Management, or Subsystem expertise).

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 (6 years required) with experience in all phases of execution of a space hardware program.

Working knowledge of all spacecraft subsystems sufficient to lead requirements allocation, design trades and performance assessment.

A current TS/SCI security clearance is required.

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.

Security Clearance:

Successful candidate will have completed a government security investigation and must meet eligibility requirements for access to classified information. *U.S. Citizenship is Required.


Relocation for this position is Available

EEO Statement:


Equal Opportunity Employer

Minority, Female, Disabled, Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual, Transgender and Veterans.

Job Title:

Principal Engineer-Spacecraft Lead (663709) - Security clearance required

Job ID:



CO - Boulder

Full/Part Time:




21 days 22 hours ago

Ball Corporation


Principal Engineer-Spacecraft Lead (663709) - Security clearance required Ball Corporation - Boulder, CO, United States


Location: Boulder, CO

Company Profile:
Five brothers founded Ball in 1880 with a $200 loan from their Uncle George. In the beginning, they made wood-jacketed tin cans for products like paint and kerosene, but soon expanded their offerings to glass- and tin-jacketed containers. In 1884, the brothers began making glass home-canning jars, the product that established Ball as a household name. The brothers—Edmund, Frank, George, Lucius and William—moved the company from Buffalo, New York, to Muncie, Indiana, in 1887 to take advantage of abundant natural gas reserves essential to making glass