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Deputy Program Manager, Air Defense

Anduril Industries

Anduril Industries

Costa Mesa, CA, USA
Posted on Saturday, June 1, 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.

We are seeking a Deputy Program Manager (PM) who will be responsible for leading the day-to-day coordination and execution of program initiatives and tasks on one of our major Air Defense programs. Working closely with the Program Manager and customers, you will strive to meet the program’s administrative, budgetary, technical, and operational requirements.

The Deputy PM will provide guidance and direction to program team members, including engineers and mission operations, among others. You will play a key role in developing and implementing strategies to ensure the successful execution of our programs. Furthermore, you will be tasked with developing and maintaining robust relationships with customers, vendors, and other external partners.

As Deputy PM, you will manage program schedules and budgets, which includes tracking expenses and ensuring compliance with all relevant regulations, policies, and procedures. Strong communication skills are essential, as you will be providing program status updates, reporting on progress, and outlining challenges to the Program Manager, customers, and other stakeholders. Additionally, you will identify and mitigate potential risks and issues that may impact program delivery.


  • Lead the day-to-day execution of program initiatives and tasks, coordinating and providing direction across the program team and other functional teams within Anduril (Engineering, Test & Evaluation, Deployment Operations, etc).
  • Align cross-functional teams on the development and delivery of new proposals and task orders, working closely with the Proposal & Capture Team, Growth/Business Development, Legal, and Finance.
  • Develop and maintain strong relationships with clients, vendors, and other external partners.
  • Provide direction, oversight, and feedback to sub-contracted staff and third-party vendors.
  • Orchestrate high profile events, covering planning, content preparation, and all relevant and enabling logistics.
  • Serve as action Officer for Special Projects; executing special projects as demanded by the program.
  • Drive and set the standard for program communications across the team, within Anduril, and with key customer and government POCs.
  • Usher third-party systems (e.g., sensors, effectors) through the product lifecycle, to include: acquisition, deployment, training, and support.
  • Manage the program budgets and work closely with the Finance Team to ensure the tracking of all expenses to include invoice tracking/execution (Accounts Payable / Receivable).
  • Ensure compliance with all relevant regulations, policies, and procedures associated with the program.
  • Identify and mitigate potential risks and issues that may impact program delivery.
  • Provide coaching and feedback to program team members.
  • Continuously seek opportunities for process improvement and efficiency within the program.


  • Must currently hold an active U.S. Secret security clearance.
  • Must be able to obtain and hold a U.S. TS/SCI security clearance.
  • Adept at multi-tasking across competing, high stakes, requirements and managing relationships to ensure projects are delivered on-time and on budget.
  • Creating and carrying out lightweight processes and driving efficiency through supreme ownership and teamwork.
  • Comfortable with working in limited resource environments.
  • Comfortable with setting and achieving goals in a complex environment.
  • Adaptive and introspective; willing to learn, teach, lead and follow.
  • Ability to travel 25 – 75% required.
  • U.S. Person status is required as this position needs to access export-controlled data.


  • Experience with management of production and/or development DOD programs. Experience with CUAS and Air Defense systems or other complex technical projects in Government a plus.
  • Experience with government contracts: business development, contract structures, budget cycles, procurement processes, program funding, and proposal processes a plus.
  • Expertise in AI and autonomous systems a plus.
  • Familiarity with Microsoft Project and managing Integrated Master Schedule (IMS) and Workflow Breakdown Structure (WBS) a plus.
  • STEM degree a plus.
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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