Staff Consultant - Payload Remote Sensing Technology Architect at Ball Aerospace (Greater Boulder Area, CO)

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

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 or connect with us on LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.

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.

Staff Consultant - 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 in order 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 aerospace 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.
  • Working knowledge of 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.
  • Knowledge and demonstrated 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
  • Knowledge of, and experience in a program’s gated lifecycle and system engineering cycle with a 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
  • Knowledge of, and the 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.
  • Knowledge of 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.
  • Excellent verbal, written and presentation skills.

Working Conditions:

  • 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

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: $159,000 - $200,500 (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. Click here to learn more.


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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What are Ball Aerospace Perks + Benefits

Ball Aerospace Benefits Overview

At Ball, we invest in what matters — OUR EMPLOYEES! A comprehensive health care and insurance benefits package provided by Ball is just one of the rewards our employees get for the time and talent they give to Ball. Additional benefits to being a part of the Ball Aerospace family include professional development programs, annual tuition reimbursement, 11 paid holidays, and 17 Ball employee networks and interest groups to promote a diverse and inclusive workforce. We also offer retirement and savings benefits, an employee stock purchase plan with a 20% company match, 401(k) and company match, and employee assistance programs such as paid parental leave. Our internship program is also top-notch, with about 100 paid internships offered each year. From our community and culture to a focus on sustainability, our employees can find a sense of belonging at Ball.

Volunteer in local community
Partners with Nonprofits
Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Intracompany committees
Open door policy
Team owned deliverables
Team based strategic planning
Group brainstorming sessions
Open office floor plan
Documented equal pay policy
Dedicated Diversity/Inclusion Staff
Unconscious bias training
Diversity manifesto
Diversity Employee Resource Groups
Ball Aerospace has 17 employee networks and interest groups to help promote a diverse and inclusive workforce.
Hiring Practices that Promote Diversity
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Disability Insurance
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Life Insurance
Wellness Programs
Onsite Gym
Mental Health Benefits
Our Employee Assistance Program is provided at no cost to Ball employees. The EAP is a professional service that offers confidential counseling, information & support for all types of issues.
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
Starting in 2022, Ball will contribute 5% of an employee’s eligible pay to the 401(k) after December 31 each year.
401(K) Matching
Employee Stock Purchase Plan
Employees can purchase Ball company stock, up to $9,000 annually. Ball matches 20% of first $6,000 purchased by employee. Stock may be sold at any time.
Performance Bonus
A 401(K) performance sharing match.
Match charitable contributions
Ball has a matching gift program for donations through Benevity. We also match higher education contributions.
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Child Care Benefits
The Back-Up Care Advantage Program through Bright Horizons® provides employees with emergency back-up care when regular child care or adult/elder care arrangements fall through.
Generous Parental Leave
Mothers and fathers at Ball may be able to take up to 2 weeks (80 hours) of paid leave (100% of base salary) to care for and bond with a newborn, newly adopted, or newly placed foster care child.
Flexible Work Schedule
Remote Work Program
With approval, employees may work remotely as needed, temporarily, or on a more regular basis. Certain eligibility requirements exist based on the type of work and the needs of the department.
Family Medical Leave
Adoption Assistance
Company sponsored family events
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Generous PTO
Vacation accrual starts immediately and is based on service date. Unused vacation can be rolled over and accrued up to 150% of the allotted vacation time.
Paid Holidays
Paid Sick Days
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Casual Dress
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Plenty of employee parking which includes electric vehicle charging stations.
Recreational Clubs
Relocation Assistance
Professional Development Benefits
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Diversity Program
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