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Ball Corporation / Ball Aerospace Mechanical Engineering Manager I - New Business in Boulder, Colorado

Powered by endlessly curious people with an unwavering mission focus, Ball Aerospace pioneers 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. For more information, visit Ball Aerospace Career Site at or connect with us on LinkedIn at , Facebook at , Twitter at or Instagram at .

The Engineering Strategic Support 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.

Mechanical Engineering Manager I – New Business

Lead Mechanical Solutions (MechS) New Business strategy and activities.

What You’ll Do:

  • Coordinate planning, staffing, execution and review of mechanical proposal activities ensuring engagement of all appropriate disciplines/teams.

  • Develop, evolve and deploy business rhythms, insightful metrics, tools and processes to maximize estimate accuracy.

  • Maintain MechS proposal database in JIRA.

  • Coordinate with other Engineering New Business teams to develop and maintain a robust actuals and proposal database.

  • Understand historic program actuals and how to appropriately leverage them in support of costing efforts.

  • Identify and communicate cost, technical and schedule risks and opportunities to Engineering, SBU's (Strategic Business Units) and proposal teams.

  • Promote and enable Architecting to Cost.

  • Develop and deploy training to increase estimating skills within the department.

  • Understand and comply with the proposal requirements/deliverables of our customers (BOE, RCE, CERs…).

  • Upon award, coordinate with program team to ensure understanding of proposal technical/ schedule/cost baselines, assumptions, risks and opportunities.

  • Act as Point of Contact for Engineering SSU (Strategic Sourcing Unit) proposal reviews.

  • 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/BA in Mechanical Engineering or related field plus 10 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 throughout the full product lifecycle from proposal through delivery of mechanical products designed and qualified for operation in a space environment.

  • DoD, NASA and commercial aerospace customer experience.

  • Demonstrated commitment to the development and deployment of process/product improvements.

  • Proven ability to lead and influence.

  • Excellent written, verbal and presentation skills.

  • Active TS/SCI clearance preferred. Ability to obtain and maintain a TS/SCI is required.

Working Conditions:

  • Work is performed in an office environment, laboratory, cleanroom, or production floor.

  • Travel and local commute between Ball campuses and other possible non-Ball locations may be required.

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.


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.

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