Lead Engineer, Mission Capabilities - Clearance Required, Air Dominance and Strike

Anduril Industries

Anduril Industries

Costa Mesa, CA, USA
Posted on Friday, March 8, 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’s Air Dominance and Strike (AD&S) team is seeking a Mission Systems Engineering Lead to join our team. The AD&S team is responsible for developing end-to-end “mission-ized” autonomous air systems capable of delivering exceptional warfighter outcomes to our customers.

As a Mission Systems Engineering Lead, you will be responsible for delivering mission outcomes within Anduril programs through the judicious selection, sourcing, and validation of mission relevant payloads and systems. The right person for this role will have experience in payload conceptual development, selection, integration, and validation. You will begin with mission-level outcomes and drive to solutions through appropriate modeling, domain expertise, and vendor engagement. This will require taking ownership of subcontractor and/or internal technical development efforts and working across various Anduril internal teams to appropriately integrate capabilities. If you are someone who enjoys building and delivering compelling next-generation autonomous capabilities through rigorous modeling and exploration of system trades followed by actual vehicle integration, then this role is for you.


  • Conduct trades for communications, sensing, and effector systems to deliver successful mission outcomes working closely with the broader AD&S team
  • Architect autonomous multi-function, multi-mode payload and system solution concepts, requirements, layout, interfaces, & employment
  • Adapt or derive physics-based models of payload system performance working closely with subject matter experts
  • Adapt or develop validated effects-based models for use in mission-level modeling & simulation tools
  • Validate system performance in close cooperation with test & integration engineers
  • Work closely with AD&S teams to successfully integrate & deliver high-performance systems to our customers
  • Manage subcontractors and/or internal development teams to define subsystem requirements and drive technical performance on schedule
  • Communicate results in multiple forms internally and externally


  • Active DoD TS Security Clearance required
  • Communications, sensors, and effector domain expertise in one or more of Radar, EO/IR, RF, and EW systems
  • Physics-based modeling and analysis of system performance in tool(s) of your choice
  • 3+ years in payload integration and validation. The more the better
  • 5+ years in relevant Science and/or Engineering related field


  • Knowledge of current and next-generation advanced communications, sensing, and effector systems and platforms
  • Platform-level system trade and integration experience
  • Advanced proficiency in analytical toolchains or languages (e.g., MATLAB, Python, C++, COMSOL, Ansys)
  • Advanced communications experience (e.g., secure LPx line-of-sight, beyond line-of-sight, tactical data links)
  • Advanced sensing domain experience (e.g., EO/IR, ESM, EA, EW, LIDAR)
  • Experience with missile design & integration
US Salary Range
$154,000$231,000 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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