Chief Architect - Small Drones

Anduril Industries

Anduril Industries

Costa Mesa, CA, USA
Posted on Friday, May 17, 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.


  • Systems engineering and prioritization
    • Accountable for the management, architecture and technical execution of several small drone system products delivering to multiple business lines.
    • Producing high quality simulations, analysis, tests, verification processes to guide product design
    • Ability to decompose complex systems into functional parts, with clearly defined interfaces and requirements for each
    • Requirements derivation and validation
    • De-risk technical objectives and manage team prioritization
    • Setup trade spaces and guide decisions around “how the system comes together”
    • Unblock engineering progress. This spans from RCA efforts on critical engineering issues to finding mechanisms to unblock the functional teams where stuck
    • Identify “what is missing” or “what is important but not being managed”
    • Accountable for the shared technical output of the team
    • Recognition of internal customer needs and ability to support the objectives of the business
  • Technical management
    • Define milestones that break up delivery into manageable chunks
    • Manage a delivery schedule
    • Balance short term “urgent” needs with long term “important” needs
    • Define technical success criteria for the deliverable
    • Align team priorities through reviews and cross-functional meetings
    • Manage and escalate risks (“if it’s not on track, are you raising the flag to get the team help before it’s broken”)
    • Assist in creation of customer, executive review, and product-team materials
    • Assist in customer and program management


    • Experience in a senior role leading system design and development from initial concept through test and delivery to customers
    • Basic understanding of Aerodynamics, Seeker Technology, Inertial Measurement Units (IMUs), Control Actuation Servos, Modeling and Simulation and how those disciplines relate to overall system performance
    • Bachelor’s degree in a technical field-preferred Robotics, Physics, Mechanical, Electrical, or Software engineering, and/or equivalent experience in a relevant field
    • Experience with data analysis, rapid prototyping, and early-stage customer deployment
    • Hands-on build and prototyping of complex robotic systems
    • Familiarity with concepts of mechatronic design, firmware + software system design, sensor physics, tracking & calibration, and data-backed decision making
    • Ability to engage technically with mechanical, electrical, firmware, sensors, and robotics software leads
    • Ability to lead a cross-functional team through design trades while meeting program deadlines
    • High ownership, mission-oriented mentality. Desire to see the product meet the end need of the customer
    • Extremely organized and detail-oriented, with strong verbal & written communication skills
    • A sincere commitment to a positive, inclusive, and collaborative culture
    • Must be able to obtain and hold a U.S. Top Secret security clearance
    • Ability to travel as required for test planning and execution
US Salary Range
$206,000$309,000 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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