Machine Shop Production Manager-Ball Aerospace

Ball Aerospace - Boulder, CO


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Who We Are:

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, Facebook or Twitter.



Machine Shop Production Manager

This Manager position within the Mechanical Operations department and is responsible for ensuring the effective strategic and tactical execution of Ball Aerospace’s Machining capabilities.


What you’ll do:

  • Ensure the effective fabrication of aerospace hardware through the development and implementation of highly disciplined processes and protocols.
  • Optimize machining effectiveness by improving communication, equipment, and infrastructure.
  • Support the development of new manufacturing capabilities including multi-axis machining and 3D printing of various metals.
  • Supervise Machine shop operations and departmental functions and ensure all policies, procedures, and processes meet and support program and company objectives.
  • Staff and manage the performance of ~40 machinists working two shifts, creating an environment to encourage growth for an effective career path.
  • Support candidate recruiting with Talent Acquisition to include: interviewing, hiring, selection and onboarding process.
  • Manage ~650K budget to support machine shop operations.
  • Identify capital equipment requirements and develop business cases to support acquisition.
  • Establish, maintain, report, and action machining capability performance metrics that include safety, defects/hours, and on-time delivery.
  • Estimate machine shop piece parts within +/- 10% to assist in scheduling of hardware and to help fully understand capacity constraints.
  • Make business case decisions for make vs. buy of program hardware.
  • Work closely with Scheduling to communicate work center capacities and set priorities based on skillset
  • Write and conduct performance appraisals.
  • Work closely with Manufacturing Engineers and Scheduling to match machinist skills to the right job
  • Ensure the Machine Shop remains compliant to AS 9100 rev D.
  • 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 a related field 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.
  • Proven ability to set the tactical direction by aligning resources (people, facilities, equipment) to meet near term customer needs and concurrently develop longer term strategies to be in alignment with future business demands.
  • Positive, proactive, and passionate with demonstrated leadership skills in influencing, driving change, and motivating & developing people.
  • Excellent teaming skills as leader, member, facilitator, and coach to build bench strength/depth.
  • Demonstrated effective communication skills in order to build a customer service mindset among reports.
  • A bias for action in developing and implementing improvement plans to increase manufacturing yield and reduce fabrication set-up times.
  • Ability to influence resources outside span of control; ability to work in a complex matrixed organization.
  • An error prevention mindset - must demonstrate in words and actions the criticality of maintaining a world class quality record.
  • Effective listening skills and capable of resolving conflicts quickly with win-win solutions/outcomes. Ability to provide direct feedback & handle performance problems quickly.
  • Experience with Lean, 6S, BSI and AS9100 rev D.
  • Strong working knowledge of Mastercam, Agile, IFS scheduling, process data collection, Velocity, and all machining processes.
  • 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.
  • Additive manufacturing experience highly desirable.


Working Conditions:

  • Work is performed in an office or production environment.
  • Exposure to loud noises common to a machine shop environment.
  • May be required to wear protective equipment such as safety glasses and safety shoes as required.
  • Travel and local commute between Ball campuses and other possible non-Ball locations may be required.



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.