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Principal Engineer / Staff Consultant - Systems

Ball Corporation

Ball Corporation

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

Clearance Requirement: A current, active TS/SCI security clearance is required.


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 Engineering Strategic Capabilities Unit comprises the organizational talent and technical leadership that enables the successful delivery of high-impact discriminating technologies for our customers’ missions. Our collaborative, cross-functional teams are committed to innovation, integrity, continual learning and strong execution.


Principal Engineer / Staff Consultant – Systems


We are currently recruiting for a Principal Engineer / Staff Consultant for the Payload Engineering group with a focus on radio frequency (RF) sensing technologies for space payload applications.


What You’ll Do:


  • Evaluate RF sensing payloads and technology, develop or leverage company or subcontractor technologies and sensors as an offering for the identified opportunities.
  • Provide leadership, knowledge, strategies, and technology forecasts commensurate with company financial and strategic plans relative to RF sensing payload technology.
  • Support activities surrounding pursuit of pathfinder, payload technology and mission-level opportunities and subsequent identification and execution of new business within the RF sensing mission area.
  • Support capture activities to include coordination with company business development personnel, management of personnel in the development of technology solutions in response to stated customer needs, development/execution of capture plans and strategies, and customer relationship management.
  • Foster innovative design approaches and rapid prototyping for emerging technologies within company procedures and policies.
  • Responsible for developing and executing IRAD strategy related to RF sensing systems with National Intelligence Solutions.
  • Lead architecture development for emerging RF sensing payloads.
  • 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:


  • Engineer Principal – Systems – BS degree or higher in Engineering or a related technical field is required plus 12 or more years related experience.
  • Staff Consultant – Systems – BS degree or higher in Engineering or a related technical field is required plus 16 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.
  • MS degree preferred.
  • A current, active TS/SCI security clearance is required.
  • Experience working with DOD and/or IC technical support contractors and program technical representatives.
  • Experience as a technical lead on RF sensing payloads, architectures, and development programs.
  • Experience with rapid prototyping and/or hardware demonstrations.
  • Experience with scoping and executing internal research and development programs.
  • Solid technical competence in space-based RF sensing payloads is required.
  • Preferred experience: 5-10 years with RF sensing payload and mission architecture for the intelligence community.
  • Experience in supporting DoD and/or IC proposals.
  • Experience operating within classified program environments.
  • Must be a superb presenter with documented presentation experience to grow new business opportunities.
  • Excellent written communication and technology evaluation skills.
  • Must have demonstrated excellent leadership and interpersonal skills in relevant technical environments.


On-Site Work Environment: This position requires regular in-person engagement by working on-site five days each normally scheduled week in the primary work location. Travel a​nd 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 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.


Verification that your current security clearance or government customer access meets the requirement for this position will be required.


Relocation for this position is available.


Compensation & Benefits:


  • HIRING SALARY RANGE FOR PRINCIPAL ENGINEER – SYSTEMS: $150,000 - $189,000(Salary to be determined by the education, experience, knowledge, skills, and abilities of the applicant, internal equity, and alignment with market data.)
  • HIRING SALARY RANGE FOR STAFF CONSULTANT – SYSTEMS: $168,000 - $211,500 (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.