Job Summary
The Trade Compliance Manager is responsible for ensuring employees and trade compliance processes are compliant with all US Export and Import regulations. Responsibilities include: reviewing and approving export/import license applications, advising the president and senior staff about trade compliance matters, providing trade compliance oversight to all site activities, developing and implementing trade compliance policies and procedures, working collaboratively with all departments to ensure they are utilizing effective compliance internal controls, and providing trade compliance training. Has the independent authority to inquire into any aspect of a proposed export or import, verify its legality and the accuracy of the information to be submitted, and stop any site transaction. This position reports to the President and supervises one employee in Buena Park, CA and a three employees in Tijuana, MX.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Maintain current knowledge and understanding of applicable U.S. federal laws and regulations governing the exporting and importing of controlled products, technology, services and software.
  • Analyze and interpret US export and import regulations as they apply to company processes; be knowledgeable of any changes to the regulations and their impact to the company.
  • Advise President and senior staff about trade compliance aspects and risks of proposed business decisions.
  • Work pro-actively with departments to identify licensing requirements early and minimize business delays.
  • Prepare, review, approve, and submit applications for export/import licenses, agreements, and other requests for authorization. Manage US Government export authorizations throughout their lifecycle, ensuring stakeholders are aware of their role and responsibilities.
  • Oversee trade compliance specialists in the performance of their responsibilities.
  • Monitor and assess trade compliance policies, procedures and activities. Conduct periodic assessments to determine the effectiveness of internal controls and potential violations.
  • Review transaction due diligence that indicate potential risk and determine the validity of the risk and if the transaction can be processed.
  • Assist with the review and development of voluntary disclosures to the Department of State, Department of Commerce, and other regulators as relevant.
  • Prepare, review and approve technology control plans, and provide technology transfer oversight (including visits and travel).
  • Develop and provide annual trade compliance training to all employees at least annually. Demonstrate strong oral and written communications, presentation, and facilitation skills. Must interact confidently, persuasively and diplomatically with all levels of the organization.
  • Review contracts and identify potential trade compliance issues and solutions.
  • Review with department managers their trade compliance internal controls (procedures, work instructions, forms, checklists, and tools) to ensure they are current and compliant.
  • Maintain export related record keeping functions for the Company as required by law. Transact records in trade compliance information systems.
  • Oversee calculations for preferential treatment under Free Trade Agreements.
  • Verify export shipping documentation for ad-hoc and other non-routine shipments.
  • Coordinate shipments with freight forwarders and customs brokers.
  • Determine jurisdiction, classification, and harmonized tariff schedule for Leach parts and components
  • Maintain the highest ethical standards, even when challenged from above.

Basic Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in business, law, engineering, or a related area.
  • At least eight years of experience with export and/or import regulatory compliance.
  • 2 years’ experience supervising others.
  • At least five years of experience in the Aerospace & Defense sector.
  • Two years of experience as an Empowered Official.
  • Experience obtaining and managing ITAR and EAR export licenses.
  • Experience with international business transactions and shipping documents.
  • Experience with ACE and AES filing.
  • Strong knowledge of the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR), Export Administration Regulations (EAR) including anti-boycott regulations, sanctions administered by the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), Customs Regulations (CR), and the Foreign Trade Regulations (FTR).
  • Strong computer skills including ability to research transactions and prepare reports in Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) or Manufacturing Resource Planning (MRP) information systems, perform spreadsheet calculations, and quickly learn new software tools.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills.
  • Project leadership skills.
  • Ability to work at both detail and strategic levels, work calmly under pressure and with frequent interruptions, and display sound judgment.
  • Ability to develop or revise procedures, work instructions, forms, and business flowcharts.
  • Ability to prepare and review complex business documents.
  • Thoroughly familiar with international shipping documents such as commercial invoice, packing list, air waybill, and export license; including consignee information, INCOTERMS, harmonized tariff code and nomenclature, country of origin, customs value, export classification, and license data.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience with OCR Ease

Must be authorized to work in the U.S. To comply with U.S. export laws and regulations, Leach
International Corporation operations in the U.S. may only employ “U.S. Persons” as defined by the
International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR).

Leach International Corporation is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified
applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex,
sexual orientation, gender identify, national origin, disability or veteran status, age or any other
federally protected class.

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