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Compliance Specialist

Software Engineering | Alameda, CA | Full Time

Job Description

About Us

Saildrone designs and manufactures wind and solar powered autonomous surface vehicles called Saildrones, which make cost-effective ocean data collection possible at scale. We are working with governments, civic agencies, foundations, universities, and private companies around the globe to drive better information about our oceans and seas - be it in mapping out the ocean floor, collecting new CO2 data in hard-to-reach areas, counting biomass to establish fishing quotas, or detecting and stopping illegal fishing and trafficking. We believe that better inputs in planetary models in turn yield better outputs and that the new insights gained in weather forecasting, carbon cycling, global fishing and climate change will have tremendous impact on humanity. We are based in Alameda, CA and are backed by Social Capital, The Capricorn Investment Group, Lux Capital, Horizons Venture and The Schmidt Family Foundation.

This is an exciting opportunity with a fast-growing team at the cutting-edge intersection of big data services and autonomous hardware. You will be an integral part of a high-performing multi-disciplinary delivering high impact for humanity and future generations.

The Role

As a Compliance Specialist you will play a critical role in Saildrone’s government compliance programs. In this role you will work with the Saildrone Engineering, Legal, People and Product departments to deliver government compliance capabilities and help grow our U.S. Government portfolio.  

Responsibilities include

  • Developing and implementing compliance policy and procedures
  • Supporting risk assessments and third party audits
  • Assisting in executing training and communication plans
  • Leading security regulatory assessments, working closely with our Product and Engineering teams to ensure that our services and users remain compliant and ahead of applicable security standards
  • Partner with Engineering teams to decompose ambiguous technical regulatory requirements into clear actionable deliverables

Desired / Technical Skills

  • Experience establishing and maintaining program schedules and delivering reliably
  • Understanding of relevant federal compliance requirements
  • Experience building and managing relationships with internal stakeholders and driving all parties towards an optimal outcome
  • Experience with FedRAMP, CMMC, ITAR, DFARS  or and other compliance/security regimes related to the DOD/defense market
  • Experience leading technical projects and with modern development methodologies (agile, scrum.)

  • Experience as a Product Manager, Technical Product Manager, Product Owner or other equivalent role

Additional Required Qualifications

  • This position requires special access to conduct the work and the selected candidate must be a US Citizen. The selected candidate will be required to pass a background check upon hiring/transfer.


Location: This position is in Alameda, CA. Only candidates with proper permits to work in the United States can be considered.  Our waterfront office offers beautiful views of San Francisco Bay in always sunny Alameda. Even our walls have good karma, our offices mix software development with a hardware production line in the former airplane hangar used to film 'The Matrix'.


  • Medical, dental and vision plans for you and your dependents.
  • Active sailing classes: become a certified skipper on boats up to 35ft!  (once COVID safety allows)
  • Short and relaxing ferry ride from the Ferry Building for SF residents
  • Enhanced paternity / maternity programs
  • Competitive benefits including excellent medical, discounted gym, life insurance, 401k plan

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 Saildrone is an equal opportunity workplace dedicated to pursuing and hiring a diverse workforce.

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