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Business Development Associate Director, Mission Autonomy

Anduril Industries

Anduril Industries

Sales & Business Development
Washington, DC, USA
Posted on Saturday, June 22, 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.

The Group 5 UAS Business Development (BD) team, within Anduril’s Air Dominance and Strike division, is responsible for identifying, shaping, capturing, and growing new opportunities and capabilities that cement Anduril as the leader in high performance group 5 unmanned systems. In order to meet current and future client needs, the team must deeply understand the users pain points, how current solutions fail to address existing gaps, and how Anduril products can deliver more effective mission outcomes. BD team members serve as the bridge between clients and the broader Anduril team; they convey client perspectives to other teams across the enterprise while also serving as the Anduril brand ambassador externally. Group 5 BD Team members are given significant autonomy in job function to empower them to deliver the best Group 5 hardware solutions to the DoD and international partners. They partner extensively with the broader AD&S division, inclusive of engineering, program management, government relations and marketing to ensure that our products exceed client expectations and mission demands.

What You’ll Do

  1. Generate and capture business opportunities.The BD team is ultimately responsible for growing revenue. Specifically, this role will focus on shaping and capturing Group 5 UAS business. This is achieved by developing a deep understanding of the existing and prospective client base, knowing the current or planned programmatic and technical roadmaps, and being cognizant of the competitive landscape. This expertise will inform capture strategies, revenue forecasts, and aid in technology development plans. Tactically, you will manage continuous engagements with current and future clients, generate growth strategies, and monitor buying cycles for opportunities. As a self starter, you’ll shape, lead capture, and close contracts that support business line and division priorities. Emphasis will be placed on candidates with experience in Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance operations and program execution within the US Government.
  2. Grow existing business. You will partner with our adjacent business lines and project engineers to grow business with current clients. This does not simply include expanding upon current work, but also leveraging existing partnerships to explore new areas of work or opportunities by sustaining and building upon the strong foundation of those client relationships.
  3. Communicate our value to clients. BD team members represent Anduril to a broad external audience: clients, partners, competitors, and the interested public. You must project the company’s ethos, conveying insights that illustrate our approach to building next-generation defense technology and our competitive edges in doing so.
  4. Inform product development.As you will often be the first Anduril employee to engage a client, you are charged with translating their problem set back into our engineering organization. The team must trust your value judgement and assessment of the required mission outcome as you interpret and convey various client needs. Internally, you will provide the necessary clarity to inform priorities, keep Anduril stakeholders informed, determine key milestones, and proactively provide clear communications to appropriate levels of the company. Your assessment of clients’ needs will inform new product decisions, and your ongoing engagement with clients will yield crucial input that helps Anduril ensure our product suite is best-in-class.

What we’re looking for

  1. Operational and program management experience. The AD&S growth team is looking for a candidate that has real world operational experience in direct support of USG requirements. This could be in uniform as well as those who didn’t serve. As Anduril’s Group 5 organization grows, we are expanding into all relevant mission areas, and ISR is one of the leading areas of interest. This is not exclusively an ISR role, and candidates with air domain experience are encouraged to apply. Preferred, but not required skillsets include requirements authorship and/or program management.
  2. Mission First Mindset. We put the needs of the mission and our clients first. We actively seek out opportunities to better understand our clients’ mission needs, with a goal to build the best possible products for the warfighter and radically evolve our national and international defense capabilities. We push ourselves and the limits of our capabilities in the pursuit of this goal.
  3. Ownership Mentality.We’re looking for owners; those who have a natural bias to assume responsibility, a healthy dose of skepticism, and contribute to a culture of performance. We empower our growth leads to quickly assume high levels of responsibility and entrust them to actively own their account and shape its success. You see it as your responsibility to achieve success in your pursuits even after contract closure.
  4. Technical Aptitude and Intellectual Curiosity.We are first and foremost a technology company, working at the leading edge of capabilities like machine learning, autonomy, distributed networking, and multi-modal sensor fusion. These capabilities form the foundation of our product offerings, so we are looking for those who are comfortable communicating technical concepts and can articulate them in the context of the client’s mission. Demonstrated technical aptitude to discuss and break down to basic levels otherwise complicated topics is required, whether you have a technical degree or not.
  5. Structured Thinker and Problem Solver. Leading technical programs requires clear communication and well thought-out plans. We are looking for assertive communicators who bring a thoughtful perspective and honest dialogue. A solution-driven approach, the ability to distill complexity into its essential, digestible components, and the ability to supervise execution are critical to ensure mission success.
  6. High Value Team Member. Humble, credible and approachable. At Anduril, the path to success weaves through the organization - account teams, engineering, logistics, technical operations, and more. It requires humility, an eagerness to learn, and empathy toward your fellow team member. We assume best intentions and empathize with clients just as we do with our colleagues. Can you develop rapport at both the user and executive levels? Do you enjoy sharing successes? We are a low ego group that promotes teamwork and collaboration to bring about success.
  7. 360 Degree Leader. We are a flat, non-hierarchical organization with a largely matrix structure that is dynamic and evolving. We expect you to be self-aware enough to recognize your position of unstated leadership within the company. You should have a demonstrated ability to lead and influence people through both formal and informal constructs and in situations where there is lack of clarity across teams. Finally, we need people who identify gaps and breakdowns and solve them immediately, rather than point them out and step back. You should also seek 360 feedback to help inform your growth trajectory as a leader.
  8. Diversity & Inclusion.Our mission is reshaping our world. And at the heart of our mission is our people. Their diversity is our strength. They reflect the world in which we do business and the communities in which we live. We celebrate diversity and welcome applications from people of all walks of life, and encourage you to confidently share your unique experiences with us.

Required Qualifications

  • Prior experience in US Government requirements authorship and/or program management.
  • Experience with government business development, government contract structures, and government proposal processes. The preferred candidate will have strong writing skills with experience writing white papers, RFIs, and proposal responses.
  • Prior operational experience in tactical aviation (Unmanned, Fighter, Mobility or Bomber acceptable).
  • Knowledge and ability to speak with credibility to US Government and International partners.
  • Ability to identify, establish and use important customer relationships with senior level officials and program stakeholders within defense and intelligence community to drive capability adoption.
  • Must be able to obtain a U.S. Top Secret Security Clearance.
  • Ability to travel 40-60% required.
  • Preferred Candidate is located in the Washington DC area

Additional Qualifications

  • Experience with complex systems involving hardware and software.
  • Experience managing complex technical projects in government a plus.
  • Expertise in AI and autonomous systems a plus, in either hardware or software
  • Comfortable with setting and achieving goals in a complex environment.
  • STEM degree a plus.
  • Existing U.S. Secret/TS Security Clearance a plus.
US Salary Range
$168,000$252,000 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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