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Director, Legal Compliance

Anduril Industries

Anduril Industries

Legal
Costa Mesa, CA, USA
Posted on Saturday, April 13, 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 Legal Team seeks an Associate General Counsel, Compliance with a focus on the full spectrum of cUAS, AI, and robotics regulatory issues. This includes everything from providing legal oversight to product development, giving legal guidance to existing business areas, to crafting legal and business strategies. The Legal Team partners closely with customers, outside counsel, and business partners across the organization to support business development and day-to-day legal operations.

Anduril is a fast-growing company at the early stages of growth. Consistent with this fast growth, members of Anduril’s Legal Team must be resourceful, creative, and eager to take ownership of complex matters. The AGC, Compliance role will require creativity and resourcefulness to navigate the US Government’s broad set of compliance laws and regulations, with a singular focus on helping Anduril deploy its path-making technology into operational settings for the United States and its allies. In addition to helping managing aviation, spectrum and export control compliance, you will work on all other aspects of Anduril’s business, from negotiating license and services agreements, facilitating the supply chain, advising on product development, to international expansion. Experience across all of these areas is not expected, but a willingness to learn and adapt is.

The AGC, Compliance will be expected to take responsibility for both significant, material projects, which will have a significant impact on the company’s business as well as larger process and strategic planning for the Compliance team. Anduril is growing from a tech startup to a manufacturing powerhouse and the AGC will play a critical role in scaling our operations. Our team is passionate about the law and policy of defense technology and you should have an independent interest in the key issues in this field. Anduril fosters a diverse, collaborative, culture with tremendous opportunities for ownership and professional growth.

ABOUT ANDURIL

Anduril is a venture-capital-backed defense startup headquartered in Orange County, California, focusing on applications of artificial intelligence, automation, and robotics, to defense and aerospace. Founded by executives from Oculus VR (acquired by Facebook in 2014), Palantir, General Atomics, SpaceX, Tesla, and Google, Anduril is funded by top-tier Silicon Valley VCs including Founders Fund, General Catalyst, and 8VC. Anduril’s executives are nationally recognized leaders on AI and technology policy, regularly featured in publications such as CNBC, the Washington Post, Foreign Policy, and CNN.

In only six years, Anduril has combined Silicon Valley's rapid-development ethos with deep expertise in government business to take path-making defense products from prototype to deployment in multiple DoD agencies and to the U.S.’s international partners. This is truly a unique opportunity to build the future of defense at a fast-paced tech startup.

WHAT YOU’LL DO

  • Report to the GC to provide support and oversight over programmatic, helping to develop and implement compliance programs and procedures to ensure adherence to relevant laws, regulations, and industry standards.
  • Ensure process scale with the company alongside the other domain-specific Compliance attorneys while helping the Compliance team keep the impact on engineering teams to an minimum and optimizing on speed to market.
  • Drive customer growth by managing the regulatory requirements to develop, deploy and operate Anduril products. Use your expertise in compliance to help the Business Development, Proposal, and Engineering Teams efficiently capture new contracts, grow existing contracts, and ensure timely and uninterrupted performance. Assist in the strategy development for new business.
  • Manage relationships with Government regulatory agencies. High-trust professional relationships with Government regulatory offices are critical to Anduril’s continued success, and you will be called upon to develop and foster these relationships throughout your tenure.
  • Work on all legal aspects of Anduril’s business, from negotiating license and services agreements, facilitating the supply chain, advising on product development, to international expansion. You will represent the legal team in relationships with outside counsel, vendors, engineers, executives, customers, and regulators.
  • Represent the company in regulatory inquiries, audits, and investigations, ensuring timely and appropriate responses to regulatory authorities
  • Represent the GC and other compliance attorneys within the company to expand the Compliance team’s ability to provide in-person guidance and support across a variety of compliance issues.

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS

  • A mix of
    • 5+ years of experience with export controls, including jurisdiction and classification analysis and license applications for both the EAR and ITAR (or UK or EU equivalents)
    • 5+ years of experience with spectrum management laws and regulations (US, UK, or EU)
    • 5+ years of experience with aviation laws and regulations (US, UK, or EU)
  • In-house experience at a defense contractor (either as in-house attorney, on secondment, or as a monitor or equivalent)
  • The judgment and initiative required to own multiple projects from end-to-end, whether guiding engineering teams through the lifecycle of an export license or handling unexpected legal issues that may arise in defense or start-up companies
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills with a proven track record of managing complex legal matters and providing strategic advice to senior management.
  • Quick learner and able to contribute to the broader start-up legal function, including topics that may be completely new to you: everything from IP and litigation to financing, securities, compliance, and employment law, depending on
  • Licensed to practice law in CA or DC
  • Ability to obtain and maintain a DoD Top Secret and Special Access Program (SAP) security clearances
  • Wiling and able to work in Anduril’s CA office
  • Willing and able to travel at least 15% of time

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

  • Pre-law school professional experience
  • Combination of law-firm and in-house/government experience
  • Experience working with the Department of Defense while in private practice
  • Experience with engineering, software, or other technology
  • An interest in the law and policy of AI, UAV, spectrum and trade control with opinions about what is right or wrong in the field and how to fix it
  • Engineering background in the software, mechanical, or electrical engineering fields
  • Engineering background, particularly in the electronics, radar, or radio spaces
US Salary Range
$196,000$294,000 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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