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Senior Engineering Director - Air Defense

Anduril Industries

Anduril Industries

Costa Mesa, CA, USA
Posted on Thursday, December 21, 2023

Anduril Industries is a defense technology company with a mission to transform U.S. and allied military capabilities with advanced technology. By bringing the expertise, technology, and business model of the 21st century’s most innovative companies to the defense industry, Anduril is changing how military systems are designed, built and sold. Anduril’s family of systems is powered by Lattice OS, an AI-powered operating system that turns thousands of data streams into a realtime, 3D command and control center. As the world enters an era of strategic competition, Anduril is committed to bringing cutting-edge autonomy, AI, computer vision, sensor fusion, and networking technology to the military in months, not years.

We are looking for a Chief Engineer for our Air Defense business unit, with experience in this field to help design and manage the next generation of Anduril’s counter-UAS and emerging Air Defense portfolio. Your job as a Chief Engineer- Air Defense will be twofold: (1) to deliver value to the customer through a careful consideration of Effectors, Radar Systems, Command and Control, overall architecture, and the trade space you manage, and (2) to prove successful execution against that architecture from concept through production. In order to be successful at Anduril, a Business Line Chief Engineer needs to be fluent in analysis and rapid development to drive complex system level design trades within a CONOPs, in addition to carrying out the engineering product development, production, and sustainment through the entire product lifecycle.


  • Direct all engineering activities to include team building, execution, process, technical oversight, and budget monitoring.
  • Design and develop a counter UAS and Air Defense capability from first principles to integration of software and various sensors and effectors in coordination with a broader engineering team.
  • Work with our product management and business development teams to distill a CONOP and identify leading drivers of success
  • Define the architecture topology that best meets the CONOP and understand key trades that are made through simulation and/or exploratory prototyping techniques. This includes but is not limited to developing accurate models to direct design of various vehicle subsystems (sensing, compute, communications, energy storage and management, etc.).
  • Prioritize and develop clear engineering strategies and accompanied resource plans. This is achieved by creating meaningful abstraction between sub-systems to guide engineering development efforts at scale and speed.
  • Incorporate DFM and other manufacturing considerations on the way to high-quality mass production.
  • Create and carry out a validation plan for the end to end system.
  • Own related reliability, yield, and performance efforts through development and into production.
  • Support and field systems in a hands-on fashion.


  • BS/MS in Aerospace Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, or related field.
  • Previous work leading teams focused on systems architecture of radar, missile and/or weapon systems.
  • Strong understanding of the “why” behind effector, sensing, Fire Control, and systems design in Air Defense applications.
  • Experience leading technical programs related to Short Range Air Defense (SHORAD), Radar design and/or Missile experience.
  • Significant leadership experience in a Chief Engineer or Architect-level role.
  • Experience working with and designing electrical and mechanical systems for defense applications.
  • Significant leadership experience in a Chief Engineer or Architect-level role.
  • Proven experience leading development teams with mission-level models to inform design, operation, and troubleshooting of complex subsystems and their interactions in air defense applications.
  • Must be able to obtain and hold a U.S. Top Secret security clearance.
  • Experience in system level analysis and requirements flow-down.
US Salary Range
$224,000$336,000 USD

The salary range for this role is an estimate based on a wide range of compensation factors, inclusive of base salary only. Actual salary offer may vary based on (but not limited to) work experience, education and/or training, critical skills, and/or business considerations. Highly competitive equity grants are included in all offers; and are considered part of Anduril’s total compensation package. Additionally, Anduril offers top-tier benefits, including comprehensive Medical, Dental, and Vision Plans, employee life and disability, mental health and family planning benefits with all premiums paid by Anduril. Anduril provides fully paid medical leave, paid company holidays, and Paid Time Off. A professional development stipend is available to all Andurilians, and all on-site meals fully subsidized during the work week with gourmet kitchens. The recruiter assigned to this role can share more information about the specific compensation and benefit details associated with this role during the hiring process.

Anduril is an equal-opportunity employer committed to creating a diverse and inclusive workplace. The Anduril team is made up of incredibly talented and unique individuals, who together are disrupting industry norms by creating new paths towards the future of defense technology. All qualified applicants will be treated with respect and receive equal consideration for employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, uniform service, Veteran status, age, or any other protected characteristic per federal, state, or local law, including those with a criminal history, in a manner consistent with the requirements of applicable state and local laws, including the CA Fair Chance Initiative for Hiring Ordinance. We actively encourage members of recognized minorities, women, Veterans, and those with disabilities to apply, and we work to create a welcoming and supportive environment for all applicants throughout the interview process. If you are someone passionate about working on problems that have a real-world impact, we’d love to hear from you!

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