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 Senior Director of Engineering who will be responsible for driving all of the engineering efforts in our Air Defense business unit. This leader will coordinate planning and execution against a wide variety of efforts including full product lifecycle ownership of multiple types of drone aircraft programs (anvil and roadrunner) and missile systems, custom sensors (both in house and 3rd party products), electronic warfare products, sentry tower systems including optics, radars, and other sensors and compute, command and control software, as well as ground control station hardware. Additional initiatives are also in progress.

We are seeking someone with proven experience leading complex robotics system development at large scale. In order to be successful at Anduril, our engineering leaders need to be fluent in problem analysis and rapid development to drive complex system level design trades and achieve mission solutions. In addition to carrying out the engineering product development, production support, and sustainment through the entire product lifecycle, this person must demonstrate a history of success coordinating large teams of at least 300+ engineers against a complex schedule with multiple customers and disparate contract obligations.

In short this is the “CTO” role for the air defense business line within Anduril. This role will report to the general manager for air defense.


  • 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.
  • Demonstrated leadership experience in a CTO, Department lead, Chief Engineer, or Architect role coordinating or directing the work of 100s of engineers.
  • Previous work leading teams focused on systems architecture of radar, missile, Command and Control (C2), and/or weapon systems.
  • Strong understanding of the “why” behind sensing, effector, fire control in Air Defense applications.
  • Experience in system level analysis and requirements flow-down to disparate teams.
  • 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.
  • Some travel is required.
US Salary Range
$252,000$378,000 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 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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