Ball Corporation / Ball Aerospace Director of Mission Control and Operations Engineering (661724) in Boulder, Colorado

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.


Director of Mission Control and Operations Engineering

This position reports to the Vice President of Engineering at Ball Aerospace.

What you’ll do:

  • Lead and manage the Mission Control and Operations Engineering organization at Ball Aerospace.
  • Set and lead the strategy for the Mission Control and Operations Engineering organization including organizational design and ground system and space vehicle operational capability development.
  • Establish, develop and maintain strong relationships with Engineering peers, internal stakeholders to include Strategic Business Unit business development team members and external customers.
  • Provide functional management of principal staff to include Integrated Product Team (IPT) Leads and Ground System Engineer (GSE) leads to support the breadth of managed responsibilities within the organization.
  • Develop and implement integrated ground system architecture solutions for satellite command and control, data transportation, and mission data processing.
  • Develop concept of operations and deployment schemes for long term operations and maintenance of aerospace systems.
  • Establish customer needs and develop Business/Technical Requirements, establishing scope budget and schedule parameters to execute projects.
  • Manage ground system development and subcontracts for software and hardware integration.
  • Develop contracts and support plans for Spacecraft Engineers and Online Operations Engineers.
  • Be a principal member of the Engineering leadership team.
  • 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:

  • Bachelor's degree or higher in Engineering or a related field, plus 15 or more years of related experience in technology management and strategic development. An advanced degree is preferred.
  • Current Active Top Secret SSBI/SCI security clearance required.
  • Expertise in M2C2 ground systems and implementation.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of ground systems for spacecraft operations.
  • Expertise in managing enterprise level engineering efforts, to include satellite constellations.
  • Demonstrated capture of large government contracts (100M+ value).
  • Demonstrated subcontract management of large, complex aerospace systems to include cost-plus type contractual vehicles.
  • Cost Account Manager (CAM) experience on full Earned Value Management (EVMS) compliant contracts.
  • Strong System Engineering/System Engineering Integration & Test (SEIT) skills.
  • Experience with Software Development Plans and Software Standards.
  • Advanced knowledge of systems engineering roles and functions, including operations concept development, requirements management, functional analysis, interface definition and control, synthesis, and/or verification and validation.
  • Experience in mission management, flight dynamics, or command & control domains.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, strong written communication skills, oral presentation skills, and an ability to lead group discussions.
  • In addition to the typical educational and experience requirements, a demonstrated capability to adequately perform the essential functions and responsibilities of the position and exhibit the skills and competencies of the grade level should be considered. Each higher-level degree, i.e. Master's Degree or Ph.D., may substitute for two years of experience. Two years of related experience may be substituted for each year 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.

Working Conditions:

  • Work is performed in an office environment, laboratory, clean room, or production floor.
  • 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: Director of Mission Control and Operations Engineering (661724)

Job ID: 661724

Location: CO - Boulder

Full/Part Time: Full-Time

Regular/Temporary: Regular