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Senior Trade Compliance Manager Posted 5/17/24

Leonid Group  Houston, TX

Job Description

We have been retained by our client, a global oilfield services company based in Houston, TX, to secure two Senior Trade Compliance Managers with a focus on Export Controls & Sanctions. The incumbent will play a pivotal role in the Trade Compliance team within Global Compliance, extending advanced support to one of four segments, including associated manufacturing and R&D, thereby bolstering their international presence across 80+ countries. Additionally, they will share responsibility for trade compliance systems administration.  The Trade Compliance team oversees a diverse array of programs encompassing classification data management, system holds, denied party screening, formulation, issuance, and dissemination of formal trade guidance and standards, development and auditing of trade procedures, oversight of all trade-related government inquiries, and mitigation of trade risks.  The Senior Trade Compliance Manager, collaborating with Engineering and R&D, will evaluate our client's oilfield tools to assign appropriate import and export classifications, and assess matters pertaining to US deemed export and technology control concerns in the countries of operation.  In this capacity, the incumbent will serve as a primary liaison for the business, interfacing with our client's denied party screening module, trade classification database, FTA module, and TIB/logistics tracker.  The ideal candidate possesses an outstanding sense of humor and demonstrates a steadfast commitment to both integrity and compliance. They are a versatile team player capable of leading working groups, adept at independent work, comfortable with presentations, proactive in taking initiative, and eager to shoulder additional responsibilities.

Duties and Responsibilities:

● Act as a subject matter expert on export/import trade matters, encompassing HTS and ECCN classifications, deemed export reviews, country of origin, anti-boycott monitoring, sanctions, and daily oversight of restricted party screening modules. Ensure ongoing compliance with governmental regulations, policy changes, and related matters.

● Prepare export licenses as necessary, with a robust background in submitting licenses to the US Department of Commerce.

● Draft, deliver, and/or participate in training sessions for our client's personnel on trade compliance topics.

● Coordinate, communicate, and document compliance activities and initiatives.

● Interpret trade regulations and offer guidance to the business as needed.

● Proactively identify issues, propose solutions, and manage escalations effectively.

● Strategically identify, plan, and recommend projects and innovative solutions pertaining to trade compliance.

● Lead and/or manage specialized working groups across business units to promote consistency in trade compliance practices and address customs inquiries globally.

● Aid facilities in implementing trade compliance standards and conduct audits to support the efforts of Product Lines, Manufacturing, and R&D facilities.

● Manage special programs and daily import/export requirements, including classification, documentation, country of origin determinations, application of free trade agreements, duty drawback, and other duty-saving initiatives.

● Participate in compliance audits related to imports, exports, forwarders, and customs brokers.

● Perform other duties as assigned, including contributing to additional enterprise projects as deemed necessary by management.

Skills, Knowledge, and Qualifications:


● 5-10+ years of experience in trade compliance, encompassing export, import, and sanctions.

● Proficiency in export and import classification, including ECCN and HTS classifications.

● Familiarity with JD Edwards, SAP, OTM/GTM, or equivalent ERP systems.

● Strong orientation towards products, processes, and systems.

● Ability to cultivate and maintain strong business relationships.

● Capability to interpret non-US trade regulations as required.

● Exceptional English language communication skills (both oral and written).

● Expertise in assisting with trade-related investigation reports and disclosures in English with minimal guidance.

● Excellent organisational and presentation skills, with experience presenting to senior leadership.

● Capacity to handle sensitive, confidential matters with sound discretion and judgment.

● Demonstrated ability to work independently, assume significant responsibility, and act as a self-starter.

● Effective interaction with a diverse group of individuals to address complex issues.

● Occasional international and domestic travel required (approximately 10%).

● Knowledge of rules of origin and document requirements related to FTA/FTZs.

● Effective horizontal and vertical communication within the organization.

● To comply with U.S. export control regulations, applicants must be eligible to review U.S.-origin technology for any required authorizations from the U.S. Government.


● Strongly preferred: Experience in logistics and supply chain.

● Strongly preferred: Experience in the oilfield and/or oil and gas industry.

● Significant knowledge of customs regulations; licensure as a customs broker is advantageous.

● Certification as a Customs Specialist is a plus.

● Undergraduate degree in business administration, engineering, supply chain, logistics, or related field, or equivalent work experience.

● Experience with IT development and implementation of trade software.

● Working knowledge of JD Edwards, Microsoft Office, and SharePoint.



Director of Compliance  Posted 5/17/24

Leonid Group Irvine, CA

Job Description

This is an exciting opportunity to join a global leader in aerospace and defense renowned for its groundbreaking technologies and solutions. Our client specializes in providing cutting-edge engines, systems, and equipment for both civil and military aircraft. With a steadfast commitment to research and development, they continuously push the boundaries of aviation technology.  The Director of Compliance oversees regulatory compliance, including export and import controls, customs regulations, trade compliance, and risk management.  Leading a team of specialists, this role involves developing, implementing, and enforcing policies and procedures to ensure adherence to national and international trade laws.  Additionally, the position serves as the Export Control Officer and manages various compliance roles such as Export Compliance Specialist, Senior Import Compliance Specialist, and Compliance Correspondent.  Collaborating closely with site personnel, Corporate Legal Counsel, external Legal Counsel, the Corporate Export Compliance Department, and local Senior Leadership, the Director serves as a principal regulatory advisor.


- Supervise policy creation and implementation, ensuring compliance with regulations like US ITAR, EAR, and international laws.

- Oversee import/export processes, including licensing, documentation, and compliance training.

- Ensure eligibility of foreign partners for ITAR defense articles and manage anti-bribery measures.

- Collaborate with departments to establish import/export networks and integrate compliance into operations.

- Implement auditing programs, investigate violations, and provide guidance on customs and legal matters.

- Drive improvements aligned with compliance directives and cost-saving initiatives.

- Coordinate with stakeholders and manage approvals for travel and IT access.

- Restrict access to controlled goods and data to authorized personnel.

Education and Experience:

- Bachelor's degree in Business, Law, or related field.  A college degree in a trade compliance-related discipline coupled with relevant work experience will be considered.

- 10+ years of export, import, and trade compliance, ideally within the aerospace or a similar sector.

- Additional experience in military programs preferred.

- Prior involvement as a Designated Official under the Controlled Goods Program, and/or experience as an Export Control Officer in a multinational corporation is desirable.


- Strong communication skills.

- Attention to detail.

- Analytical problem-solving ability.

- Adaptability to dynamic work environments.

- Commitment to confidentiality.

Location: This role involves oversight of teams in Grand Prairie, TX, and Irvine, CA, with occasional travel between locations (less than 25% of the time) required.



Export Control Classification Specialist Posted 5/17/24

Job Description 

This is an exciting opportunity to join a global leader in aerospace and defense renowned for its groundbreaking technologies and solutions. Our client specializes in providing cutting-edge engines, systems, and equipment for both civil and military aircraft. With a steadfast commitment to research and development, they continuously push the boundaries of aviation technology. We are seeking an Export Control Classification Specialist with a proven background in technical and export control domains to contribute to the enhancement of our export control program.


- Evaluate technical data from various sources such as engineering databases, procurement records, supplier portals, and internal systems to classify export goods.

- Analyze drawings, schematics, and technical information to determine appropriate export classifications, including USML and ECCN.

- Collaborate closely with Engineering, Quality, and Supply Chain departments to align functional requirements with Export Control strategic objectives.

- Provide classification support to Engineering and other departments, addressing classification issues and facilitating training as necessary.

- Assist with Import Classification tasks as required and be open to learning HTS classification.

- Support Ruling requests and maintain documentation of classification determinations.

Education and Experience:

- Bachelor’s degree in related field.

- 3+ years of import/export compliance experience.

- In-depth knowledge of Export Control Classification determinations, including ITAR and EAR.

- Legally authorized to work in the US.

- Compliance with ITAR requirements, necessitating US citizenship, permanent residency, political asylum, or refugee status.


- Proficient in multitasking within a fast-paced environment.

- Strong critical thinking skills with the capacity to articulate complex technical concepts clearly.

- Excellent communication and problem-solving skills.

- Ability to interpret technical data for export classifications.

- Establish and maintain effective relationships with internal and external stakeholders.

- Results-oriented with autonomy in task management.

- Proficient time management skills, capable of setting and prioritizing tasks effectively.


Customs & Trade Compliance Officer  Posted 5/17/24

Leonid Group  Chelmsford, Essex United Kingdom

Job Description

This is an exciting opportunity to join a global leader in the aerospace, defense, and engineering sectors as an Export Controls and Trade Compliance Officer.  The Export Controls and Trade Compliance Officer will play a vital role in ensuring compliance with UK export regulations and U.S. trade compliance regulations. This position will involve reviewing transactions and transactional documents, coordinating export authorizations, and maintaining records as required by regulations. We are looking for someone with excellent communication and collaboration skills to interact effectively with various stakeholders. You will report to the UK Export Lead.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

● Ensure legal compliance with relevant export regulations associated with the trading of export-controlled products.

● Identify export license requirements for domestic and international shipments accurately.

● Coordinate and organize the application of export authorizations with relevant licensing authorities.

● Review sales orders to confirm compliance with export regulatory requirements.

● Provide trade compliance expertise and support to internal customers.

● Interface with external customers regarding license requirements.

● Coordinate with U.S. counterparts regarding U.S. re-export license requirements.

● Maintain proficient record-keeping of export authorization documentation, including updated databases and tracking of pending license applications.

● Manage and prepare license reporting requirements.

● Assist in implementing internal trade compliance policies and procedures in the business.

● Conduct visitor reviews and approvals.

● Maintain export-related record-keeping functions as required by law.

Education and Experience:

● University degree expected; directly related experience and/or training preferred.

● Practical experience implementing export trade compliance programs is mandatory.

● In-depth knowledge of UK & EU Export Laws and Regulations; previous experience in the management of AEO programs or supply chain is desirable.

● Good understanding of UK, ITAR, and EAR regulations and their application.

● Proven experience in an international trade compliance role.

● Experience with SAP Hana is a plus.

● Desire to partner closely with the business.

● Enjoy collaborating across functions.

Our client offers a hybrid work solution, with 3 days in the office and 2 days working from home.


Principal International Trade Compliance Analyst - R10157735 Posted 5/3/24 

Northrop Grumman is seeking an experienced Principal/Sr. Principal International Trade Compliance Analyst for its location in Rolling Meadows, IL. This position may be staffed as a hybrid role from the Rolling Meadows, IL. area.

What You’ll get to Do:

The International Trade Compliance Analyst will support the Navigation, Targeting & Survivability product portfolio, working to ensure compliance with export laws and internal processes that support foreign policy and protect national security.

The role and responsibilities of the Principal/Sr. Principal International Trade Compliance Analyst include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Manage comprehensive internal export controls to ensure compliance with U.S. (ITAR and EAR) and foreign regulations in the conduct of international marketing, sales, supply chain, and other business activities.
  • Work to ensure compliance with export laws that enhance foreign policy and protect national security.
  • Establish and implement business processes for submitting to and obtaining from the U.S. government all necessary export and import licenses, permits, certifications, and technology release determinations.
  • Assure that transactions comply with government regulations and internal procedures by conducting gate reviews for technical data, foreign travel, foreign visits, and export and import shipments.
  • Maintain applicable trade compliance records in accordance with regulatory requirements and internal procedures.
  • Participate in training and audit assessment programs to ensure implementation and effectiveness of internal controls.
  • Support law department in investigating and resolving compliance problems, questions, or complaints.
  • Commodity jurisdiction and classification determination; and making determinations regarding applicability of exceptions and exemptions.
  • Develop and deliver presentations, including Export General Awareness training, program/function specific export training, and program/capture export licensing strategy updates to Division leadership.
  • Seek management support and guidance as needed, including collaborating on decisions that have the potential to be high visibility or impact.
  • Position Description:

The successful candidate will have solid work experience in the defense industry with past work experience in the areas of contracting, international trade, and/or legal. The position will be responsible for integrating export/import regulations into business processes; applying for all DDTC and BIS licenses and ensuring legal compliance to maximize business outcomes.

Basic Qualifications for a Principal Int'l Trade Compliance Analyst 3:

  • Bachelor’s degree with a minimum of 6 years experience in export/import licensing and/ or compliance in relevant field (e.g. Trade Compliance, Contracts, Legal, Program Management, etc.), or Master’s degree with a minimum of 4 years relevant experience in export/import licensing and/ or compliance in relevant field (e.g. Trade Compliance, Contracts, Legal, Program Management, etc.). In lieu of a degree we will consider a High school diploma or GED  with a minimum of 10 years experience in export/import licensing and/ or compliance in relevant field (e.g. Trade Compliance, Contracts, Legal, Program Management, etc.), or
  • Working knowledge of the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR), Export Administration Regulations (EAR), and other US Government Regulations.
  • Ability to obtain and maintain a US Department of Defense Secret Clearance.

Basic Qualifications for a Principal Int'l Trade Compliance Analyst 4:

  • Bachelor’s degree with a minimum of 10 years experience in export/import licensing and/ or compliance in relevant field (e.g. Trade Compliance, Contracts, Legal, Program Management, etc.), or Master’s degree with a minimum of 8 years relevant experience in export/import licensing and/ or compliance in relevant field (e.g. Trade Compliance, Contracts, Legal, Program Management, etc.). In lieu of a degree we will consider a High school diploma or GED  with a minimum of 14 years experience in export/import licensing and/ or compliance in relevant field (e.g. Trade Compliance,
  • Working knowledge of the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR), Export Administration Regulations (EAR), and other US Government Regulations.
  • Ability to obtain and maintain a US Department of Defense Secret Clearance.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Proficient in the use of the OCR EASE Software.
  • Experience with use of/authorizing ITAR exemptions and EAR exceptions.
  • Experienced and comfortable providing training in person or via virtual methods.
  • Ability to participate in corporate-wide working groups for new procedures, regulatory changes, etc.
  • Able to learn and use new web-based applications including workflows and databases.
  • Experience with making Jurisdiction and Classification determinations.
  • Active Security Clearance.

What We Can Offer You

Northrop Grumman provides a comprehensive benefits package and a work environment which encourages your growth and supports the mutual success of our people and our company. Northrop Grumman benefits give you the flexibility and control to choose the benefits that make the most sense for you and your family.

Your benefits will include the following: Health Plan, Savings Plan, Paid Time Off and Additional Benefits including Education Assistance, Training and Development, 9/80 Work Schedule (where available), and much more!

Please visit the Northrop Grumman Careers website to apply:


Manager of Purchasing and Export Compliance Posted 4/29/24

Full-Time  Experience Required

Industry Charitable / Not for Profit

Pay  $70,000.00 to $110,000.00 Per Year

Job Description

Are you looking to make a difference in the world by helping to advance freedom and democracy? Are you energized by working at the intersection of US foreign policy, global humanitarian impact, and entrepreneurship? Spirit of America is the only nonprofit organization that works alongside US troops, diplomats, and local allies   American goodwill, humanitarian assistance, and other aid to where it’s needed most in the world. Spirit of America seeks an exceptional, mission-driven individual to serve as our Manager of Purchasing and Export Compliance. Reporting to the VP of Administration and Legal Affairs the Manager of Purchasing and Export Compliance will collaborate with multiple team members, leaders, and stakeholders, participating wherever necessary to ensure smooth, efficient operations. This is an opportunity to support a high-performing team that is making a unique contribution to America’s security, prosperity, and leadership in the world. The preferred location for the position is at Spirit of America’s headquarters in Arlington, Virginia.

Key Responsibilities

● Responsible for daily procurement and logistics operations including negotiating price and terms, vendor and partner vetting, and vendor relationship management.

● Implement procedures, processes, and training consistent with SoA policies and USG rules and regulations.

● Serve as point person for SoA’s International Traffic in Arms (ITAR) Compliance Program to include standardizing and maintaining the compliance processes, databases, operating procedures, and reporting schedules.

● Serve as the internal subject matter expert licensing and export processes, regulatory requirements (DDTC-ITAR, BIS-EAR, FTR) and related risk management.

● Coordinate with departmental point of contacts to assure needed paperwork (i.e. End-User Statements, DSP-83, etc.) is secured and accurate.

● Troubleshoot vendor issues (i.e. delivery issues, damaged goods, payments, credits, etc.).

● Manage contracts throughout the contract life cycle to include providing notice of cancellations as needed.

● Prepare bid packages and requests for proposals as appropriate under SoA policy.

● Track status of purchase orders from issuance through delivery and acceptance; open purchase orders to be tracked until exhausted or otherwise closed.

● Assist in investigating potential violations of US export regulations and/or company policy.

● Support VP of Administration and Legal Affairs in the areas of General Administration and Office Management.

● Other duties as assigned.


● Minimum 5 years national and international logistics operations and compliance experience preferably in the military or government sector.

● Bachelor’s degree required, preferably in business administration, public administration, supply change management, or financial management.

● Skilled in contract negotiation and vendor evaluation.

● Ability to interact effectively with administrative officials, vendors, legal counsel, and staff.

● Proficient with export rules and regulations governing the movement and licensing of items under ITAR/EAR/ and other US export regulations.

● Experience in establishing Standard Operation Procedures for Logistics/Export Compliance programs.

● Experience in working and liaison with Directorate of Defense Trade Control (DDTC) in export compliance issues regarding ITAR-controlled goods.

● Ability to, with minimal supervision, handle multiple projects simultaneously with high volume and complexity, necessitating time management, multitasking, and organizational skills.

● Experience working with Sage Intacct is preferred.

● Ability to set priorities, plan and organize tasks and deliverables as needs evolve.

To express interest in this position Please submit your resume and a cover letter indicating why you are interested in this position and Spirit of America here.

Spirit of America-

Spirit of America is a 501c3 nonprofit citizen service organization. We are citizens serving the nation, doing our part to preserve America’s freedoms and support those who serve America abroad. Our purpose is to ensure the ideals of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness prevail, and all who seek a free and better life are able to achieve it. This is patriotism without politics.  Spirit of America was founded in response to the attacks of 9/11. Our mission is to support the safety and success of Americans serving abroad and the local people and partners they seek to help. We are officially approved by Congress and the Department of Defense to work alongside deployed US troops and provide private assistance in support of their missions.  Spirit of America helps those who serve our nation abroad return home safely and proud of their success. We help our troops and diplomats build trust and goodwill, prevent conflict, and strengthen America’s security. Our work saves lives and limbs.  In the world’s toughest places, people experience the best of who Americans are and what we stand for.

Spirit of America is an equal opportunity employer. In accordance with applicable law, we prohibit discrimination against any applicant or employee based on any legally-recognized basis, including, but not limited to: veteran status, uniformed service member status, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity,  age (40 and over), pregnancy (including childbirth, lactation, and related medical  conditions), national origin or ancestry, citizenship status, physical or mental disability, genetic information (including testing and characteristics) or any other consideration protected by federal, state or local law. Our commitment to equal opportunity employment applies to all persons involved in our operations and prohibits unlawful discrimination by any employee, including supervisors and co-workers.


Export Compliance Manager TCRS2570 Posted 4/22/24


Newly created position to manage the Export Compliance Program for this growing manufacturing company. 100% in office in the Greenville, SC area.


  • Manage the Export Compliance program with an emphasis on ATF compliance
  • File and manage ATF reports and export licenses
  • Assist with updating policies and procedures
  • Conduct trade compliance training when required
  • Advise upper management on trade compliance issues
  • Manage a direct report
  • Review and improve systems and conduct internal audits


  • Experience working with Corporate Trade Compliance programs
  • ITAR / EAR export licensing experience required
  • Experience with ATF filings
  • Experience within Defense/manufacturing highly preferred
  • Management experience helpful
  • Bachelor’s Degree preferred, not required
  • Some relocation assistance available to the Greenville, South Carolina area


Linda Lexo at or Rick Miller at

Manager Export Compliance TCRS3248 Posted 4/22/24


Newly created position with growth opportunity in the aerospace industry.  Report to the Director, Trade Compliance. 100% in Office setting in the Atlanta area.


  • Provide export compliance subject matter expertise
  • Serve as an Empowered Official
  • Implement procedures
  • Conduct training and work with other departments internally
  • Conduct denied party screening
  • Manage ITAR and EAR licensing
  • Manage small staff
  • Advise on export compliance issues


  • Corporate defense industry export compliance experience required
  • Experience as an Empowered Official helpful
  • Experience with State and Commerce Department licensing
  • Experience with denied part screening
  • People management experience preferred
  • Bachelor’s degree required
  • Relocation assistance available to the area south of Atlanta


Rick Miller – or Linda Lexo -

Society for International Affairs
PO Box 9466, Arlington, VA  22219
Phone:  703-946-5683 |

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