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Physical Security Technical Lead



San Francisco, CA, USA
Posted on Saturday, June 1, 2024

About Anthropic

Anthropic’s mission is to create reliable, interpretable, and steerable AI systems. We want AI to be safe and beneficial for our users and for society as a whole. Our team is a quickly growing group of committed researchers, engineers, policy experts, and business leaders working together to build beneficial AI systems.

About the Role:

Anthropic is seeking a highly skilled and experienced Physical Security Technical Lead to join our company. The primary responsibility of this role is to oversee and manage the technical aspects of our global physical security systems, ensuring the safety and security of our facilities, employees, and assets.


  • Global Buildouts: Collaborate with cross-functional teams to design, plan, and execute the technical aspects of physical security systems for new and existing company facilities worldwide.
  • Integrations: Lead the integration of various physical security systems, such as access control, video surveillance, intrusion detection, ticketing, and alarm systems, to create a cohesive and efficient security infrastructure.
  • System Management: Oversee the day-to-day management, maintenance, and optimization of all physical security systems, ensuring they operate at peak performance and align with company security policies and industry best practices.
  • Technology Evaluation: Stay current with the latest advancements in physical security technology and conduct regular assessments to identify opportunities for system enhancements and upgrades.
  • Vendor Management: Manage relationships with external vendors, contractors, and service providers involved in the implementation, maintenance, and support of physical security systems.
  • Incident Response: Serve as the technical lead during security incidents, working closely with the security operations team to investigate and resolve issues promptly and effectively.
  • Compliance: Ensure all physical security systems comply with relevant industry standards, regulations, and company policies, including data privacy and protection requirements.
  • Documentation: Maintain accurate and up-to-date documentation of physical security systems, including system architectures, configurations, and standard operating procedures.
  • Collaboration: Foster strong partnerships with IT, facilities, and other relevant departments to ensure seamless integration of physical security systems with overall company operations.

You may be a good fit if you:

  • You have a deep passion for physical security technology and stay up-to-date with the latest industry trends, advancements, and best practices.
  • You possess strong technical skills and have extensive experience designing, implementing, and managing complex physical security systems, including access control, video surveillance, and intrusion detection.
  • You have a proven track record of successfully managing the technical aspects of physical security projects, from planning and design to implementation and ongoing management.
  • You are a proactive problem-solver who can identify potential security vulnerabilities and develop innovative solutions to mitigate risks.
  • You have excellent project management skills and can effectively collaborate with cross-functional teams, including IT, facilities, and vendors, to deliver projects on time.
  • You are detail-oriented and have a keen eye for ensuring the accuracy and quality of physical security system configurations, documentation, and procedures.
  • You have strong analytical skills and can leverage data and metrics to make informed decisions and drive continuous improvement of physical security systems.
  • You are a clear and effective communicator who can translate complex technical concepts into easily understandable terms for both technical and non-technical stakeholders.
  • You thrive in a fast-paced, dynamic environment and can adapt quickly to changing priorities and emerging security threats.

Strong candidates may also:

  • Have experience working with cloud-based physical security systems and integrating them with on-premises infrastructure.
  • Possess relevant industry certifications, such as Certified Protection Professional (CPP), Physical Security Professional (PSP), or Certified Security Project Manager (CSPM).
  • Have a background in IT or cybersecurity, with a strong understanding of network architecture, system integration, and data security principles.
  • Demonstrate leadership experience in mentoring and guiding junior technical team members, fostering a culture of continuous learning and development.
  • Possess knowledge of regulatory compliance requirements, such as GDPR, HIPAA, or SOC 2, and have experience ensuring physical security systems adhere to these standards.

Deadline to apply: None. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

The expected salary range for this position is:

Annual Salary:
$170,000$220,000 USD


Location-based hybrid policy: Currently, we expect all staff to be in one of our offices at least 25% of the time. However, some roles may require more time in our offices.

US visa sponsorship: We do sponsor visas! However, we aren't able to successfully sponsor visas for every role and every candidate; operations roles are especially difficult to support. But if we make you an offer, we will make every effort to get you into the United States, and we retain an immigration lawyer to help with this.

We encourage you to apply even if you do not believe you meet every single qualification. Not all strong candidates will meet every single qualification as listed. Research shows that people who identify as being from underrepresented groups are more prone to experiencing imposter syndrome and doubting the strength of their candidacy, so we urge you not to exclude yourself prematurely and to submit an application if you're interested in this work. We think AI systems like the ones we're building have enormous social and ethical implications. We think this makes representation even more important, and we strive to include a range of diverse perspectives on our team.

Compensation and Benefits*

Anthropic’s compensation package consists of three elements: salary, equity, and benefits. We are committed to pay fairness and aim for these three elements collectively to be highly competitive with market rates.

Equity - On top of this position's salary (listed above), equity will be a major component of the total compensation. We aim to offer higher-than-average equity compensation for a company of our size, and communicate equity amounts at the time of offer issuance.

US Benefits - The following benefits are for our US-based employees:

  • Optional equity donation matching.
  • Comprehensive health, dental, and vision insurance for you and all your dependents.
  • 401(k) plan with 4% matching.
  • 22 weeks of paid parental leave.
  • Unlimited PTO – most staff take between 4-6 weeks each year, sometimes more!
  • Stipends for education, home office improvements, commuting, and wellness.
  • Fertility benefits via Carrot.
  • Daily lunches and snacks in our office.
  • Relocation support for those moving to the Bay Area.

UK Benefits - The following benefits are for our UK-based employees:

  • Optional equity donation matching.
  • Private health, dental, and vision insurance for you and your dependents.
  • Pension contribution (matching 4% of your salary).
  • 21 weeks of paid parental leave.
  • Unlimited PTO – most staff take between 4-6 weeks each year, sometimes more!
  • Health cash plan.
  • Life insurance and income protection.
  • Daily lunches and snacks in our office.

* This compensation and benefits information is based on Anthropic’s good faith estimate for this position as of the date of publication and may be modified in the future. Employees based outside of the UK or US will receive a different benefits package. The level of pay within the range will depend on a variety of job-related factors, including where you place on our internal performance ladders, which is based on factors including past work experience, relevant education, and performance on our interviews or in a work trial.

How we're different

We believe that the highest-impact AI research will be big science. At Anthropic we work as a single cohesive team on just a few large-scale research efforts. And we value impact — advancing our long-term goals of steerable, trustworthy AI — rather than work on smaller and more specific puzzles. We view AI research as an empirical science, which has as much in common with physics and biology as with traditional efforts in computer science. We're an extremely collaborative group, and we host frequent research discussions to ensure that we are pursuing the highest-impact work at any given time. As such, we greatly value communication skills.

The easiest way to understand our research directions is to read our recent research. This research continues many of the directions our team worked on prior to Anthropic, including: GPT-3, Circuit-Based Interpretability, Multimodal Neurons, Scaling Laws, AI & Compute, Concrete Problems in AI Safety, and Learning from Human Preferences.

Come work with us!

Anthropic is a public benefit corporation headquartered in San Francisco. We offer competitive compensation and benefits, optional equity donation matching, generous vacation and parental leave, flexible working hours, and a lovely office space in which to collaborate with colleagues.