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Program Manager - Air Defense

Anduril Industries

Anduril Industries

Costa Mesa, CA, 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’s Air Defense team builds robots that find other robots and knock them out of the sky. At a time when air superiority can no longer be taken for granted, we provide mission critical capabilities to warfighters. From detection to tracking, identification, deterrence, and defeat, our family of networked sensors and effectors enables our customers to rapidly close the kill chain against a broad range of UAS threats. Working across product, engineering, sales, logistics, operations, and mission success, the Air Defense team develops, tests, deploys, and sustains our Family of Systems (FoS) in challenging operational environments worldwide.

As an Air Defense Program Lead, you will be responsible for the execution of production and sustainment contracts and/or development contracts for integrating new capability into existing Anduril products. You will be accountable for all aspects of Program success, including cost, schedule, and performance. You will lead an integrated, cross-functional program team to deliver capability that exceeds customer expectations. Success in this role requires a systems and engineering mindset and rigorous execution skills. You must be able to deeply understand mission requirements, master technical concepts, identify key dependencies and trade-offs, assess and mitigate risks, align internal and external parties on priorities and expectations, orchestrate complex operations, and communicate clearly and consistently. You must be able to build lightweight process where required while maintaining outcome orientation and a bias toward action. This is not a traditional PM role. We are looking for a high-agency, autonomous business owner who is excited by the prospect of figuring out how to do program management the Anduril Way.


Program Execution:

  • Own overall program execution, meeting cost, schedule, performance targets and exceeding customer expectations.
  • Acquire an intimate understanding of program requirements and maintain open dialogue with the customer to ensure engineering efforts remain aligned to mission objectives.
  • Develop and implement effective processes, tools, and metrics for program planning, scope management, risk management, and overall program execution.
  • Foster a “Team of Teams” culture amongst Anduril, external customers, and industry partners to align objectives, optimize processes, gather insight, and drive on-time execution.

Cross-Functional Leadership:

  • Build an outcome-oriented, high-performance culture within the program team that values development velocity, high-trust collaboration, rigorous execution, and continuous improvement.
  • Drive cross-functional alignment efforts to ensure seamless integration across engineering, supply chain, manufacturing, test and evaluation, operations, business development, and other Anduril teams.


  • Bachelor’s degree (major in engineering, computer science, or related technical field preferred)
  • Proven program management experience, preferably in the defense, national security, or aerospace domains
  • Proven experience leading a team of peers to field integrated hardware-software products to real operating environments
  • Adaptive and introspective, willing to learn, teach, lead, and follow
  • Bias towards action: comfortable with setting and achieving goals in an amorphous environment
  • Exceptional communication skills, both written and verbal, with the ability to present complex information clearly and concisely to diverse audiences.
  • Must be able to obtain a Secret Clearance.
  • Must be able to travel up to 50% of the time


  • Advanced degree in a technical field
  • Background in UAS and/or Explosives systems preferred
  • Familiarity with DOD tactical operations and/or acquisitions efforts
  • Familiarity with government acquisition and reporting processes
  • Able to obtain and hold a U.S. security clearance to TS/SCI
  • Current Top Secret clearance preferred
US Salary Range
$108,000$162,000 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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