Director of Export Compliance


We are currently seeking an Export Compliance Director for a local client.  The ideal candidate will have a proven track record of success managing export and import compliance in an aerospace/defense environment and have an extensive knowledge of the International in Arms Regulations (ITAR), Export Administration Regulations, and Customs Regulations, and must also have excellent communication skills. This person will interact with employees at all levels and will work both independently and with other members of the business and members of the Legal, Contracts and Compliance staff on a variety of interesting international trade compliance matters. The role requires successful management of a broad range of responsibilities in a fast-paced, multi-tasking environment.


  • Serve as an Empowered Official
  • Provide a full range of proactive export/import compliance guidance to program management, contracts, procurement, business development, shipping, security and other functional areas within the Company
  • Prepare and submit Directorate of Defense Trade Controls and Commerce license applications, Technical Assistance Agreements, Manufacturing License Agreements and Warehousing Distribution Agreements
  • Determine the applicability of ITAR exemptions, ECCNs and use of Commerce exceptions
  • Assist in maintaining a classified (HTS) Item database
  • Support and ensure compliance for GSP, NAFTA, and other duty preference programs
  • Work collaboratively with in-house attorneys and outside counsel to ensure compliance with applicable laws and regulations
  • Provide support in connection with internal/external audits and investigations
  • Review and approve Foreign Visitor Notifications through appropriate systems
  • Review and approve shipping requests through appropriate systems
  • Track application status, maintain database of granted export approvals, satisfy record-keeping requirements, and prepare required reports
  • Assist in maintaining up-to-date Export/Import Compliance Policies, Procedures and Manuals
  • Plan and conduct employee training
  • Review export/import documents and work with Custom Brokers to expedite Customs clearance of products
  • Apply U.S. Customs regulations to business transactions ensuring Customs compliance
  • Facilitate/coordinate product reclassification as a result of Export Control Reform
  • Review and approval of commercial invoices and shipping process and coordination of freight forwarder requirements
  • Code Customs Broker import invoices for payment and review import entries for error
  • Coordinate communication with Customs brokers and Customs bond underwriters.
  • Focal point for alleged violations; assist in investigation and preparation of any required voluntary disclosures; coordinate review of same.


  • Bachelor’s Degree (emphasis on international trade management, international business, MBA or law a plus)
  • At least 10 years of experience managing Import and Export trade compliance, preferably with a major company or customs brokerage Experience in government contracting, software, and/or defense and aerospace industry a plus
  • ITAR compliance experience, with progressively more complex responsibilities, as well as working knowledge of Import and Customs Regulations and Export Administration Regulations required
  • A US Customs Brokers License is a plus
  • Comprehensive knowledge of all U.S. import/export control regulations, including HTS classifications of electronics
  • Prefer experience in government contracting and international trade compliance areas, such as Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, Antiboycott and Office of Foreign Assets Control
  • Knowledge of NAFTA certificates of origin
  • A team player with an open, mature and positive personality who is willing to share and communicate information effectively while maintaining high levels of integrity, confidentiality, and discretion
  • Consistent attention to detail and the ability to effectively prioritize and timely produce high quality work product is absolutely essential
  • Strong business acumen, analytical skills, problem solving abilities, good judgment, and the proven ability to effectively communicate with all levels of management
  • Transnational knowledge of United States Government export control regulations including EAR, ITAR, OFAC, and FCPA
  • Ability to obtain Department of Defense Security Clearance
  • Must possess good analytical skills and be able to anticipate problems, diffuse situations and solve complex problems
  • This position requires use of information which is subject to ITAR. All applicants must be U.S. persons within the meaning of ITAR. ITAR defines a U.S. person as a U.S. Citizen

This opportunity is in Albuquerque NM. The company is a well-established government sub-contractor.


Please contact Justin McAlister with Employers Pro Advantage

505 -872 1880