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Advanced Systems Manager III / Senior - Civil Space Business Development Deputy Director

Ball Corporation

Ball Corporation

Sales & Business Development
Boulder, CO, USA
Posted on Tuesday, September 12, 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 Civil Space Strategic Business Unit develops many of the world’s pioneering space and science missions. From delivering entire missions to contributing component level expertise, we value our role as a mission partner and our ability to provide science at any scale. Our team of scientists work with the science community to understand their missions and deliver systems that go beyond expectation.


Advanced Systems Manager III / Advanced Systems Manager Senior – Civil Space Business Development Deputy Director


Reporting to the Director of Civil Space (CS) Business Development (BD), this position will lead advanced systems and capture management teams in the Civil Space Strategic Business Unit.


What You’ll Do:


  • Contribute to developing and executing a broad strategy to grow Ball’s Civil Space business and market share.
  • Support the Civil Space (CS) Director of Business Development (BD) as a deputy decision maker. This includes approval authority for Life Cycle Gated Milestones (LCGMs) at a designated level, supporting CS BD staff, running staff meetings at various levels, and developing and maintaining processes and documentation for the CS BD teams.
  • Oversee the Capture Managers working Civil Space pursuits including their training, tools development, and strategy development.
  • Functionally manage several members of the CS BD capture staff in support of our business goals and strategy.
  • Work closely with Civil Space business unit leadership to align activities with broader business needs and focus on expert collaboration to support success.
  • Manage internal budgets & contribute to establishing bookings plans.
  • Develop and communicate messages, marketing, competition assessments, and customer insights  based on our core values of integrity, honesty, transparency, and collaboration.
  • Lead development of new tools for capture management.
  • Create diverse and inclusive teams for capture activities; inspire teams to go beyond for customers and win business.
  • Ensure all business is conducted with the highest ethical standards.
  • Support across science, operational and commercial focus areas.
  • Maintain interfaces with programs in execution and communicate assumptions and plans made during proposal phase to management.
  • 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.
  • Maintain a regular and predictable work schedule in the Boulder office at least Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday with Monday and Friday preferred in the Boulder office.
  • Perform other duties as necessary.


What You’ll Need:


  • Advanced Systems Manager III – BS/BA in related field plus 12 years or more related experience.
  • Advanced Systems Manager Senior – BS/BA in related field plus 15 years or more 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.
  • Experience and success running pursuits from a capture perspective.
  • Deep knowledge of NASA Announcement of Opportunity (AO) process and generic Request for Proposal (RFP) process including Request for Information and Request for Offer.
  • Experience working on science mission formulation.
  • Experience in industry preferred.
  • Extensive technical and business experience with cost development for space hardware and presenting cost to senior management.
  • Collaborative and inclusive style and ability to work with diverse colleagues, including those working in other geographical areas.
  • Highest standard of business ethics.
  • Demonstrated excellence in leadership of teams and experience leading without authority.
  • Superb communication skills with documented presentation experience to large and small teams, organizational leadership, and customers.
  • Experience managing process and documentation preferred.
  • Experience working in civil space in a very large aerospace company 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 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 environment, laboratory, cleanroom, or production floor. 


Relocation for this position is available.


Compensation & Benefits:


  • HIRING SALARY RANGE FOR ADVANCED SYSTEMS MANAGER III: $157,500 - $216,000 (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 ADVANCED SYSTEMS MANAGER SENIOR: $175,500 - $243,000 (Salary to be determined by the education, experience, knowledge, skills, and abilities of the applicant, internal equity, and alignment with market data.) Subject to business performance and recommendations of management, this role may be eligible to participate in an incentive compensation plan
  • 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.