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Advanced Systems Manager II - Proposal Manager

Ball Corporation

Ball Corporation

Broomfield, CO, USA
Posted on Friday, May 26, 2023

Ball Aerospace is powered by endlessly curious people with an unwavering mission focus. We pioneer 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.

At our core, we're passionate, committed people who believe together we can achieve extraordinary things. We work collaboratively with each other, our customers and partners to solve the world's greatest challenges. That means listening to one another, providing feedback and partnering across all levels. We value our inclusive culture where everyone is heard equally and creativity thrives. Each team member is fully invested in our mission and we bring an energy to work every day that propels our business and motivates us all to Go Beyond.®

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The National Defense Strategic Business Unit works with members of the military, intelligence and defense communities to deliver space systems that drive mission success. From space situational awareness to Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance, we provide resilient mission-level solutions for the nation’s greatest challenges.

Advanced Systems Manager II – Proposal Manager

Responsible for all aspects of proposal development efforts for Ball Aerospace – National Defense. This includes directing and coordinating the activities of Proposal Volume Leaders and numerous technical authors and consultants to produce high-quality winning proposals. Will work closely with the Capture Manager and Mission Areas to develop and articulate technical and management solutions for proposals, white papers, presentations, and other business materials.

Will also be responsible for leading/mentoring less experienced proposal staff and proposal writers. Contribute to proposal development writing efforts, when required. Work with Business Area personnel across the enterprise, and consultants, as well as teammates to create compelling documents. In addition, will interface with a range of matrixed resources across the enterprise to support business acquisition and proposal development efforts.

What You’ll Do:

  • Manage all aspects of proposal development (proposal writing, editing, illustration, production efforts) from assignment and receipt of solicitation, through delivery and receipt by the customer.
  • Report directly to the Proposal Operations Group Lead and collaborate with proposal group team.
  • Identify and secure the resources necessary to develop the proposal.
  • Analyze solicitations in conjunction with other customer requirements and communications and determine final document structure.
  • Prepare detailed proposal plans, schedule outline and compliance matrix for assigned pursuits.
  • Coordinate and lead major pursuit meeting events, such as Kick-off, Strategy, Pink, Red, and Gold Color Reviews. Participate in Black Hat and Blue Team reviews.
  • Arrange for facilities, communicate with participants, and prepare necessary materials.
  • Lead effective storyboard and development of strategic win themes and discriminators.
  • Develop targeted questions and interview technical and program management staff to extract critical information necessary to develop technical and managerial solutions.
  • Develop and manage a proposal schedule.
  • Meet established deliverables and production deadlines. Provide detailed guidance to proposal writers/contributors and subcontractors.
  • Manage writing assignments and receipt of all proposal materials with authors and teaming partners in accordance with the project timeline.
  • Support and ensure proposal operations group processes are followed, standard style guide is used, and documents are submitted in accordance with established guidelines.
  • Manage the collection and editing of proposal materials to ensure compliance.
  • Ensure proposals are compliant with all solicitation instructions, requirements, and evaluation criteria.
  • Communicate proposal-related requirements and status with senior management.
  • Monitor and remain current on all amendments and modifications to the solicitation.
  • Maintain a regular and predictable work schedule.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships within the department, the Strategic Business Units, Strategic Capabilities 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 in related field plus 10 years or more related experience. MS degree preferred.
  • 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 winning proposal efforts valued at $50M or more.
  • Experience with MS Office business applications.
  • Proposal leadership skills, with the ability to build a strong team, effectively resolve conflict, and vector appropriate resources to maximize proposal development.
  • Experience in keeping a team focused and proactively move the team toward developing a compliant, compelling, competitive winning document.
  • Exceptional people skills to work in a fast-paced, cross-functional environment.
  • Superior communication skills.
  • Experience in mentoring and coaching less experienced staff and (proposal inexperienced) senior operations staff who are writing proposals for the first time.
  • Management skills to direct and orchestrate large proposal team efforts.
  • Ability to function effectively in fast-paced, deadline driven environment.
  • Ability to work with little direction ad handle multiple tasks.
  • Ability to work a flexible schedule which may include evenings and weekends as required.
  • Current on the latest Proposal Development tools and best practices.
  • Considered a Subject Matter Expert in Proposal Management.
  • Formal proposal training and/or certifications (APMP, Shipley).
  • Experience with SharePoint and Adobe Suite.
  • Experience supporting a wide variety of solicitation size, complexity, and submission window.
  • Government proposal management experience for DoD and IC solutions and procurements.
  • Ability to remain upbeat, positive and constructive within a dynamic environment operating with high-pressure deadlines.
  • A current, active TS/SCI security clearance preferred.

On-Site Work Environment: This position requires regular in-person engagement by working on-site three or more days each normally scheduled week in the primary work location. Travel and local commute between Ball campuses and other possible non-Ball locations may be required.

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 continue 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 environment.

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: $139,500 - $193,500 (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.