Senior IT Systems Administrator



hermosa beach, ca, usa
Posted on Wednesday, March 6, 2024

CHAOS Inc. is a global technology company that is delivering next generation capabilities to the defense and critical industrial sectors. Founded in 2022 by a seasoned leadership team, CHAOS has quickly become the place where world-class multi-disciplinary engineers come to build mission-critical technologies. CHAOS has a mission-focused culture, dedicated to solving the toughest technical challenges. Its unique agile engineering approach enables rapid prototyping, while deep partnerships with defense and industry ensure real-world solutions.

Role Overview

The IT Sr. Systems Administrator is an exciting role at one of the leading cutting-edge technology startups in the world, supporting both Chaos Products and IT infrastructure. This person will build and manage the IT solutions that will play a large role in contributing to Chaos Industries' advanced technology development including one of the most advanced sensor technologies in the world, Coherence. Near term, this is a very hands-on position with a heavy emphasis on the implementation of IT solutions.


  • Provides the expertise and support for establishing specifications, configurations, and standards for Cloud and on-premise systems and software applications
  • Create and manage system and network configuration documents, operating guides, design diagrams, and other documentation
  • Identify gaps and take ownership of IT-related projects and work closely with other staff on efforts ranging from site-specific to company-wide scope
  • Deploy new systems hardware from bare metal to platform base operating system for multiple sites
  • Manage and monitor server performance, troubleshoot issues, and implement solutions proactively
  • Ensure the security and integrity of server infrastructure through regular audits and proactive measures
  • Collaborate with other IT team members to design and implement system upgrades, patches, and migrations
  • Modernize and implement automation scripts using Powershell, Python and Ansible
  • Automate and streamline new hire onboarding tasks: account setup, equipment setup, and applicable IT training
  • Work full-time onsite out of our Hermosa Beach office

Minimum Requirements

  • 8+ years of technical IT system administration experience involving 5 - 10 major projects related to items below
  • Experience with planning and implementing IT infrastructure that meets DFARS government compliance standards, (e.g. ability to handle controlled unclassified information, CUI)
  • Experience with integrating on-premises, cloud, and hybrid technology including identity management, MFA, servers, routers, networks, and switches
  • Experience with OS deployment, management, and administration of servers, workstations, and laptops in Windows and Linux (e.g. RHEL/Ubuntu) environments, both on-site and remote
  • Scripting and development experience to automate IT processes (e.g. Ansible, Python)

Preferred Requirements

  • Strong PowerShell automation and advanced active directory experience
  • Experience with STIGs compliance including OS Hardening
  • Experience in DevOps or SRE type roles
  • Experience with Classified IT enterprise systems and solutions at companies in the Defense industry


  • Health Benefits: Your medical, dental and vision benefits will be 100% paid for by the company
  • Additional benefits: life, FSA, HSA, 401k (+ Company match), and more
  • Our Perks: free lunch every day, ‘No meeting Fridays’, unlimited PTO (for exempt employees), casual dress code, beautiful office location in Hermosa Beach with ocean views!
  • Compensation Components: competitive base salaries, generous pre-IPO stock option grants, relocation assistance + (coming soon!) annual bonuses
  • Company Size: 50 employees and counting!
  • More About Us: We're building the next generation of aerospace, defense and critical industry technologies with a seasoned team of mission-focused individuals. We were founded in June 2022 and our goal is to become the platform where world-class engineers come to solve critical, real-world problems. We use agile engineering approaches which enable rapid prototyping, deep partnerships with the defense industry ensuring real-world application, and our newly-invented Coherence platform (through which we’ve made a fundamental breakthrough) improves sensor performance and decision-making in real-time. As of September, 2023 we have raised ~$100M with 8VC as a leading investor. With a managing team that includes Epirus’ founding members (responsible for building a $1.5B company from scratch) + key drivers from Palantir (instrumental in Palantir’s growth to $1B in revenue), we are well-positioned to become one of the fastest growing companies to date!

Salary Range: $140,000 - $175,000

The stated compensation range reflects only the targeted base compensation range and excludes additional earnings such as bonus, equity, and benefits. If your compensation requirements fall outside of the range, we still encourage you to apply. The salary range for this role is an estimate based on a 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.