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Project Engineer I - Laser Technology R&D Project Manager (669201)

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NM - Albuquerque

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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 http://www.ball.com/aerospace, Facebook or Twitter.


Project Engineer I - Laser Technology R&D Project Manager

Ball Aerospace is currently recruiting for an established technical manager to contribute to our growing science and technology, research-focused organization in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The successful candidate will work in a small team environment comprised of Government, Ball and other researchers and engineers to further the understanding of high energy laser weapon applications. Likely activities will include the programmatic management of modeling, simulation and analysis (MS&A) and testing activities; serve as liaison between customer, project team and other stakeholders; plan, execute, monitor, document and communicate all aspects of assigned projects.

What you'll do:

  • Conceive, develop, direct and review MS&A, test and demonstrations, laser-related hardware development and demonstration activities as the project lead, but also as an individual contributor.

  • Develop research, test, or hardware development plans and roadmaps.

  • Provide detailed explanation and proper interpretation of study or test results through technical briefings and reports to stakeholders, peer groups and decision makers.

  • Lead or contribute to the gathering and organization of critical information to support MS&A, test or hardware build activities.

  • Collaborate with internal and external customers to obtain feedback, goals, schedules, budgets and other critical information to produce desired project results within resource constraints.

  • Track project technical performance against cost and schedule and make adjustments necessary to successful complete project goals.

  • Provide and communicate both technical and programmatic status via periodic contractual reporting requirements.

  • Promote development of a strong team by participation in key aspects of the project and mentoring more junior team members. When delegating assignments, establish clear expectations by providing well-defined tasks with clear entrance/exit criteria, due dates, and associated budgets.

  • Conduct formal and informal performance reviews to direct reports to promote professional development.

  • Generate cost estimates for proposed technical efforts.

  • Support other business development opportunities as needed.

  • Develop new capabilities that enhance department offerings to current and potential customers.

  • Develop detailed development schedules and manage team activities to meet delivery milestones.

  • Demonstrate excellent interpersonal skills, written communication, oral presentation skills, and ability to lead group discussions.

  • Work with classified information, which requires thorough knowledge of DoD procedures for the proper usage and safeguarding of classified information.

  • Provide timely feedback to team members about their performance. Seek opportunities to recognize outstanding performance. Address poor performance appropriately.

  • 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.

  • Maintain a regular and predictable work schedule.

  • Perform other duties as necessary.

What you'll need:

  • BS degree or higher in Engineering or a related technical field is required plus 8 or more years 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.

  • Demonstrated technical project management experience.

  • MS in Science or Engineering, and/or PhD degree is preferred.

  • Demonstrated experience with laser technology preferred

  • Demonstrated experience in helping capture repeat or new business is preferred.

  • Current Top Secret clearance required.

  • Excellent presentation skills.

  • Excellent written communication skills.

  • Demonstrated excellent leadership and interpersonal skills in relevant business environments.

  • Experience operating within classified program environments.

  • Strong programmatic background with government or industry desirable.

Working Conditions:

  • Work is performed in an office environment, with visits to laboratory or field research environment.

  • Travel and local commute between Ball facilities, Government-provided facilities, and other possible non-Ball locations required.

Security Clearance:

Successful candidate will have completed a government national security clearance investigation and must meet eligibility requirements for access to classified information. *U.S. Citizenship is Required. By applying to this position you are agreeing to complete a National Security Clearance Pre-Screen Questionnaire, if one is required, 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

EEO Statement:


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.