Director of Sales - US Navy Surface Combat Systems and Surface Strike

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Job Description

As the Director of Sales for US Navy Submarine and Undersea Warfare at Striveworks, you’ll be challenged—and trusted—on day one to lead and develop methods to increase customer value and generate revenue through the development of relationships, markets, and customers. You will be trusted, empowered, and resourced to build the strategy, foster relationships, and manage the opportunities you identify to grow the business. You will be empowered with company resources and relationships through existing account opportunities, partnerships, co-selling agreements, contract vehicles, and teaming agreements. You will be an integral part of the leadership team, developing strategic growth and business growth plans, creating new revenue opportunities, and identifying new requirements. Additionally, you will be sought out for expertise in synthesizing customer requirements, structuring customer deals, and recommending new products and services in alignment with company strategic growth plans. You’re right for this opportunity if you enjoy creating value with customers in a mission-focused environment that has a bias toward action and a great track record in building customer value–based partnerships.

Your day-to-day will include:

  • Develop and implement strategic sales plans that align new US Navy Submarine and Undersea Warfare opportunities with company growth plans through frequent and consistent customer engagement at customer locations, conferences, and events.
  • Communicate with US Navy Submarine and Undersea Warfare targeted customers, including PEO Attack Submarines, PEO Undersea Warfare Systems, PEO Unmanned and Small Combatants (USC), OPNAV staff offices, acquisition professionals, and partners, to ensure awareness of Striveworks’ capabilities by seeking new technology insertions and direct sales opportunities in the US Navy Submarine and Undersea Warfare and Defense Industrial Base markets.
  • Research, shape, and win new sales opportunities, including targeted US Navy Submarine and Undersea Warfare acquisition efforts, leveraging Striveworks’ core AI/ML capabilities and products to address the most pressing submarine and undersea warfare requirements.
  • Develop and manage a qualified sales pipeline of at least 4X of assigned sales target for year-over-year revenue growth.
  • Identify teaming opportunities with other contractors and leverage existing contract vehicles to support growth plans of MLOps technology insertions across US Navy Submarine and Undersea Warfare, including the Navy's Undersea Command and Control, Undersea Sensors, Seabed Warfare and Weapons Systems, and Project Overmatch.
  • Support the proposal development process by providing customer and competitive insights and differentiated win themes aligned to our product-market fit.
  • Have a working knowledge of the Planning, Programming, Budgeting, and Execution (PPBE) process to influence and shape funding.
  • Have an understanding of Federal Acquisition Regulation and an understanding of naval acquisition, including major acquisition pathways, Other Transactional Authorities (OTA), Middle Tier Acquisition (MTA), rapid acquisition, Disruptive Capabilities Office (DCO), and experimentation and prototyping opportunities (with emphasis on unmanned platforms).

The anticipated base pay range for this position is $200,000-$250,000/year with an aggressive cash commission structure. Striveworks’ total compensation package includes a base salary, commission-based earnings, and annual performance-based equity grants.

This position offers a fully remote work environment, but the expectation is frequent and consistent customer engagement at customer locations, conferences, and events.

The Right Fit

We spend a lot of time during our hiring process talking about shared values.

Why? We passionately believe that fostering an environment where people can self-actualize and pursue greatness is the best way to achieve our individual and collective goals.

What does this mean for you? We want to create an environment where you can thrive and achieve your goals, where you know the team shares your goals, and where you make and accept decisions for the team with humility. At Striveworks, we want your say/do ratio to be 1, and we want you to know that being part of a top-tier team means that there is no smartest person in the room. If that makes sense, we’re already on the same page.

Here’s what we’re looking for:

  • US Navy operational leader experienced in the Undersea domain, who consistently outperforms job goals and has experience selling into Programs of Record and competitive service-level acquisitions within the US Navy Submarine and Undersea Warfare operations
  • Proven ability to sell new and emerging technology into US Navy enterprise, PEO USW
  • Experience qualifying deals, analyzing market strategies, deal requirements, growth potential, and deal financials, including forecasting
  • 1–3 years of strategic capture or key account management experience with a strong record of revenue generation
  • 10+ years of operational experience in US Navy Submarine and Undersea Warfare and relevant industry experience
  • 1–3 years of related sales experience in the defense acquisition market
  • Active Top Secret US security clearance (TS/SCI preferred)

The Wish List

We’re very interested in candidates who possess the above qualifications, and we appreciate and consider the addition of:

  • Proven sales expertise within US Navy Submarine and Undersea Warfare and Command and Control, including related PEOs exceeding $2M in annual direct sales
  • Software or AI/ML sales experience
  • Effective communicator with credibility and expertise in the DOD and US Navy Submarine and Undersea Warfare who can relate our differentiated capabilities to customer mission requirements and effectively communicate customer requirements to our internal teams
  • Previous experience working in DOD or Federal Acquisitions

The Benefits

  • Top-of-market salary and total compensation
  • Generous equity plan
  • Health, vision, and dental insurance
  • Unlimited PTO
  • Parental leave

Build, Deploy, and Maintain AI for an Unpredictable World

AI is driving a new Industrial Revolution. But most AI tools only work when the world looks the same tomorrow as it did yesterday. That's rarely the case.

Striveworks was formed to fix this problem. Our platform lets teams build AI models, deploy them into unpredictable environments, and watch them deliver trustworthy results—day after day. Our approach has transformed AI outcomes for organizations where failure is never an option. As a result, Striveworks was recognized as an exemplar in the National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence Final Report.

In 2023, Striveworks placed on the Deloitte Technology Fast 500 as one of the most rapidly growing technology companies in North America. In 2024, Striveworks was honored with a Built In Best Places to Work award—for the third year running.

Striveworks is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, belief, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity or expression), national origin, social or ethnic origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factors. Striveworks will not tolerate discrimination or harassment of any kind.

If you require assistance or a reasonable accommodation in the application process, please contact Operations at

Company Info.


Striveworks is simplifying MLOps with a powerful, extensible, low barrier to entry platform that instantiates the data analytic process as high-level code. Striveworks is trusted by leading Fortune 500 firms and leaders in the public sector to be their primary solution for managing model development, monitoring, and governance, and for ensuring that those models solve the real challenges their organizations face.

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    Austin, TX, USA
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