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Chief Engineer, Energetics Operations

Anduril Industries

Anduril Industries

Mississippi, USA
Posted on Tuesday, June 11, 2024

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.

Anduril Industries, is seeking a Chief Engineer of Energetic Operations to spearhead our rocket motor systems production process development. The ideal candidate has experience running an energetics lab, and will be able to oversee the development and optimization of manufacturing processes for energetic materials, ensuring the production of reliable and high-quality rocket motor components. This role requires in-depth knowledge of propellant chemistry/processing, robust experience in rocket motor testing, and the ability to lead and mentor a team of chemists and test team technicians.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Lead the engineering and continuous improvement of manufacturing processes for energetic materials, focusing on safety, quality, and efficiency.
  • Provide subject matter expertise in propellant chemistry/processing and oversee rigorous rocket motor testing procedures to ensure product reliability and performance.
  • Mentor and develop chemists and test team technicians, fostering an environment of learning and adherence to best practices in production processes.
  • Design and establish replicable and effective low-rate production processes that meet stringent quality standards and prepare for scaling to full-rate production.
  • Develop consistent, high-quality full-rate production processes that align with company growth and increased demand, ensuring a smooth transition from low-rate production.
  • Implement innovative techniques and technologies to enhance manufacturing capabilities and maintain Anduril's competitive edge in rocket motor systems.
  • Collaborate closely with cross-functional teams to integrate program objectives with energetic operations, ensuring alignment of technical requirements and production timelines.


  • Bachelor's degree in Mechanical/Chemical/Aerospace Engineering, Materials Science, or a related field; advanced degree preferred.
  • Minimum of 7 years relevant experience in energetic materials engineering within the aerospace or defense industry.
  • Demonstrated expertise in propellant chemistry, production process development, and rocket motor testing.
  • Proven leadership skills with experience mentoring technical teams and leading complex projects.
  • Strong problem-solving skills and the ability to innovate in a fast-paced, challenging environment.
  • Excellent communication and collaboration abilities to work effectively with diverse teams and stakeholders.
  • U.S. Person status is required as this position needs to access export controlled data.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • PhD in a relevant field of study.
  • Experience transitioning products from low-rate to full-rate production.
  • Knowledge of industry standards and certifications relevant to rocket motor systems manufacturing.
  • Active security clearance or the ability to obtain one.

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 the majority of full time offers; and are considered part of Anduril's total compensation package. Additionally, Anduril offers top-tier benefits for full-time employees, including:

  • Platinum Healthcare Benefits: For U.S. roles, we offer top tier platinum coverage (medical, dental, vision) that are 100% covered by Anduril for you and 90% covered for your dependents.
    • For UK roles, Private Medical Insurance (PMI): Anduril will cover the full cost of the insurance premium for an employee and dependents.
    • For AUS roles, Private health plan through Bupa: Coverage is fully subsidized by Anduril.
  • Basic Life/AD&D and long-term disability insurance 100% covered by Anduril, plus the option to purchase additional life insurance for you and your dependents.
  • Extremely generous company holiday calendar including a holiday hiatus in December, and highly competitive PTO plans.
  • 16 weeks of paid Caregiver & Wellness Leave to care for a family member, bond with your baby, or tend to your own medical condition.
  • Family Planning & Parenting Support: Fertility (eg, IVF, preservation), adoption, and gestational carrier coverage with additional benefits and resources to provide support from planning to parenting.
  • Mental Health Resources: We provide free mental health resources 24/7 including therapy, life coaching, and more. Additional work-life services, such as free legal and financial support, available to you as well.
  • A professional development stipend is available to all Andurilians.
  • Daily Meals and Provisions: For many of our offices this means breakfast, lunch and fully stocked micro-kitchens.
  • Company-funded commuter benefits available based on your region.
  • Relocation assistance (depending on role eligibility).
  • 401(k) retirement savings plan - both a traditional and Roth 401(k). (US roles only)

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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