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Engineer Principle - Proposal Lead, Space Vehicle Systems Integration & Test (ATLO)
Join the Space Vehicle Systems Engineering, Integration & Test (SEIT) team at Ball Aerospace - a diverse group of motivated problem solvers. We like to have fun and enjoy life - both at work, and in our free time. We're excited about the challenging projects we're involved in and have a strong commitment to the missions we enable. Offering growth opportunities at all levels of skill and experience, we're looking for leaders and innovators who can continue our strong reputation for creativity and technical excellence, while helping to define the future of Ball.
We're seeking an independent, action-oriented engineer to lead proposal and early-phase study efforts for space vehicle assembly, integration, test, and launch campaigns.
You'll work up-front on multiple projects with our new business teams to define how to integrate, test, and verify spacecraft buses and space vehicles on our future programs.
You'll help define the strategic needs of the company, to grow and adapt to these diverse cutting-edge opportunities and the missions of tomorrow.
This is a challenging, fast-paced job which will be exciting and highly gratifying for the successful candidate.
Make a difference. Love what you do. Realize your full potential.
What You'll Do:
- Write, review, and update proposal responses and study reports with a focus on assembly, integration, and test (AI&T) for spacecraft buses and integrated space vehicles including their payloads.
- Define the program integration and test approach and generate AI&T flows from component testing through launch operations.
- Identify ground support equipment (GSE) required for assembly, integration, test, and launch operations.
- Identify required facilities and equipment for AI&T.
- Provide cost and schedule estimates for spacecraft / space vehicle assembly, integration, test, and launch operations.
- Provide time-phased labor estimates for assembly, integration and test.
- Evaluate the impact to AI&T of contractual documents and requirements.
- Identify creative solutions to reduce the cost, schedule, and risk of AI&T.
- Make defendable decisions, often with minimal information, and then re-evaluate, adapt and update as things evolve and change.
- Identify, document, and communicate the assumptions, limitations, and risks associated with AI&T.
- Identify internal and external dependencies required for AI&T to succeed.
- Establish effective working relationships with a diverse group of external customers and partners.
- Lead and mentor other engineers in proposal, study, and early-phase activities supporting new business.
- Leverage and grow a detailed understanding of spacecraft systems, subsystems, space vehicles, and launch operations.
- Present to peers, management, and external customers and partners.
- Collaborate with system and subsystem engineers, proposal leads, new business personnel, support groups and other program personnel.
- Generate tools and resources to support proposal, study, and new business activities.
- Establish effective working relationships within the department, business units, and company as a whole.
- 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.
- 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 .
- Active Top Secret clearance preferred
- Experience in the testing of spacecraft, space vehicles, and their related components and systems.
- Strong presentation skills and both written and oral communication skills.
- Demonstrated, mentoring, leadership and team building skills preferred.
- Must understand test processes including defining test strategies, test plans, and test procedures.
- A strong attention to detail while appreciating the bigger picture of the complex and ambitious projects that we take on at Ball.
- Knowledge and test experience using test automation applications and tools is desirable.
- Proficiency in MS Office tools and have strong computer skills.
- Must meet eligibility requirements for access to classified information if required to be subjected to a government security investigation.
- Space or military experience preferred.
- 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.
Note: AI&T is also known as systems integration and test (SI&T), assembly, test and launch operations (ATLO), missions systems integration and test (MSIT), and other names throughout the industry.
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 requiredsecurity clearance or government customer access associated with this position.
Relocation for this position is available.
Compensation & Benefits:
- HIRING SALARY RANGE: $135,000 - $170,500 (Salary to be determined by the education, experience, knowledge, skills, and abilities of the applicant, internal equity, and alignment with market data.)