Payload Remote Sensing Technology Architect at Ball Aerospace
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Payload Remote Sensing Technology Architect
In this role, you will represent Payload Engineering as the Remote Sensing Technology Architect to support the development of technology roadmaps and IRAD projects and/or investments to provide a Ball discriminating price-point, capability, and/or technology to win future customer acquisitions.
What You'll Do:
- Support and/or lead Remote Sensing architecture, system and box/board level designs, peer reviews, or audits. Support and/or leadership may include:
- Development of concepts and designs; understanding and assessment of designs; analysis of designs; planning of development; and assessment of development risk.
- Remote sensing concept analysis, modeling, or simulation for assessment of radiometric, image quality, detection, background discrimination, item identification, and item tracking performance for terrestrial and space missions.
- Remote sensing concept’s impact and/or benefit of algorithm and/or processing application to improve performance.
- Remote sensing concept’s impact and/or benefit on ground and/or space concept of operations (CONOPs) as well as ground and bus architecture and/or design.
- Assessment of customer’s utility of Remote Sensing Payload solution to meet their mission needs.
- Assessment of impact and/or ability to integrate Remote Sensing Payload solution into customer’s existing or planned infrastructure.
- Support Strategic Business Unit (SBU) marketing by providing Remote Sensing concepts and architectures that are solutions to customer missions and provide winning discriminators for Ball.
- Support SBU proposals by providing review or direct participation at the Remote Sensing architectural or system level to ensure proposed concept and/or program is executable and has winning discriminators for Ball; provide proposal risk assessment with clear risk definitions, impact and likelihood with proposed methods to mitigate risk.
- Support SBU customer interaction by providing input/development/briefing to Request for Information and for customer on/off site briefings.
- Provide Engineering and SBU insight into industry capability and industry and/or government technology development to guide technology roadmap, engineering resource planning, program capture and proposal development.
- Support and/or lead program risk mitigation with a focus on early identification of issues and their mitigation, to include leadership and/or participation in the following:
- Independent Review Team (IRT)
- Anomaly Review Team (ART)
- Milestone Review Documentation, briefings, and participation
- Program Health and Risk Assessment
- Functional and Physical Configuration Audits (FCA/PCA)
- Technical Performance Assessment
- Hardware Anomaly Review (HAR)
- Failure Review
- Manufacturing Anomaly Review
- Assessment for Ready to Ship Review
- Application of best practices and lessons learned
- Support new and present program resource planning (people, equipment, and infrastructure.
- Support supply chain to develop and maintain supplier relationships; implement supplier into new and current programs; and assess / certify suppliers at the component, box, subsystem, and system level.
- Foster knowledge database for common architectural approaches, design reuse, shared efficiencies, product development/reuse/evolution, incorporation of lessons learned, design to cost, and supplier continuity.
- Develop a succession plan for self and leadership roles within the organization.
- 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 to maintain a positive and productive work environment.
- Perform other duties as necessary.
What You'll Need:
- BS degree or higher in Engineering or a related technical field is required plus 16 or more years of related experience.
- Each higher-level related 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.
- Experience with remote sensing payloads (end-to-end EO, IR, Spectral, Laser, and RF); knowledge should include Remote Sensing solution’s concept and requirements that impact payload's cost/schedule, development, operation, and performance.
- Experience in defining payload remote sensing solutions for systems and architectures as well as assessing, developing, and documenting their requirements (specifications, interfaces, CONOPs, environment, constraints, functions, information, etc.); architecture should include assessment of focused and distributed remote sensing architectures. A strong capability to communicate using nominal systems and architecture languages and diagrams is required.
- Ability to conceptualize, design, assess, analyze, plan, and debug complex remote sensing payload solutions.
- Knowledge of technology to analyze, design, and develop payload’s remote sensing solutions for systems and architectures to support IRAD planning.
- Experience in a program’s gated lifecycle and system engineering cycle with strong experience in program’s risk assessment and mitigation by planning embedded tasks, participation and/or leadership in milestone audits/reviews, and participation and/or leadership in anomaly/failure reviews.
- Supply chain procurement experience with the proven ability to write Statement of Work (SOW), and Requirements (Specifications, ICDs, CONOPs, Manufacturing, etc.) at the component, box, and subsystem level.
- New business development experience, including successful customer interaction; briefing and whitepaper development; direct discussions or briefings; and exceptional proposal writing.
- Demonstrated ability to estimate program component, box, and subsystem level cost and schedule with a goal to support new proposals, BOE development, program make/buy decisions, and improve engineering estimating tools and/or capabilities.
- Knowledge of commercial, civil, DOD, and classified customer’s remote sensing data use, mission needs, product expectations, operational infrastructure, user community, and technology plans.
- Knowledge of government and industry programs and capability to assess Ball competitiveness and/or discriminators as well as propose internally funded programs to develop competitive and/or discriminating solutions. Experience taking government and industry information and assess Ball capability as well as support/lead technology roadmaps and/or strategic plans.
- Experience with Model-Based Systems Engineering (MBSE) to support definition and design of architectures, systems, and remote sensing payload is desired, as well as the use of DOD and/or Industry standard architecture languages, formats, and frameworks.
- Ability to develop relationships and work with diverse teams across key customer, program, and engineering personnel from Government, academia, and the company.
- 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 clean room, 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.
- 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.
Compensation & Benefits:
- HIRING SALARY RANGE: $163,000 - $205,500 (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 https://bit.ly/3pNSnxv into your browser or visit our careers site.
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