Trade Compliance Classification Leader

15 Feb 2019 5:49 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

Company: General Atomics Aeronautical Systems 

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General Job Description

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI), an affiliate of General Atomics, is a world leader in proven, reliable remotely piloted aircraft and tactical reconnaissance radars, as well as advanced high-resolution surveillance systems.

We recognize and appreciate the value and contributions of individuals with diverse backgrounds and experiences and welcome all qualified individuals to apply.

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems (GA-ASI) has an exciting opportunity for a Trade Compliance Classification Leader to join our International Trade Compliance (ITC) organization at our Poway, California location.


With minimal direction, this position supports our export and import classification efforts such as assignment of export controls jurisdiction, U.S. Munitions List number (USML), Export Control Classification Number (ECCN), and Harmonized Tariff Schedule (HTS).  The Trade Compliance Classification Leader will play a critical role in mitigating risks and costs associated with GA-ASI’s global import/export operations. The candidate will work with related GA-ASI business functions and stakeholders to drive and deliver exceptional service and compliance, ensuring strong compliance results and uninterrupted supply chain operations. You will be empowered to use your strong organizational, communications, team and interpersonal skills to work effectively with both internal and external customers.  The successful candidate will have excellent export controls subject matter expertise as well as strong experience in process improvement and project management.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

This position leads efforts at GA-ASI to assign jurisdiction and import-export classification to goods and technologies, including Harmonized Tariff Schedule (HTS) codes, U.S. Munition List number (USML) and Export Control Classification Number (ECCN).

  • Serve as the resident expert responsible for ensuring accurate HTS, USML and ECCN classifications are assigned to GA-ASI products across multiple jurisdictions in which GA-ASI operates, as well as implementing and maintaining systems, policies, and procedures to improve classification efficiency and compliance.
  • Where necessary, work with internal GA-ASI stakeholders, including engineering, purchasing,  and manufacturing, to obtain the information required to assign accurate classifications, while maintaining organized records of such supporting information.
  • Develop classification decision rationale, heuristics and methodology for various product types to improve efficiency in classification while maintaining accuracy.
  • Assess the consistency and accuracy of legacy classifications, and support the transfer of valid data to be stored in trade software and/or SAP.
  • Assist with responses to government inquiries and/or requests, such as CF-28s, relating to HTS classifications.
  • Act as classification expert in meetings with internal stakeholders to discuss alternate sourcing options and/or design strategies that may be utilized to minimize duty spend and/or assist in landed cost analyses.
  • Identify and record applicable Partner Government Agencies (PGA) requirements based upon product classifications.
  • Train other International Trade Compliance team members and designated company personnel on classification so they may support classification efforts, where necessary.
  • Develop, implement, and maintain corporate policies and procedures relating to classification.
  • Support various trade programs and initiatives, such as duty preference programs, which derive from a product’s import-export classification. 

Job Qualifications

  • Typically requires a Bachelors or Masters degree in Business Administration, Engineering or related field and ten or more years progressively complex experience with a Bachelors or eight or more years progressive experience with a Masters, in import/export administration.
  • Additional professional experience may be substituted in lieu of education.
  • 5+ years’ relevant HTS, USML and ECCN classification experience, preferably in the aerospace industry.
  • Strong experience in import classification, in depth understanding and command of U.S. Harmonized Tariff Schedule, GRIs, Explanatory Notes, CROSS, and preferred experience classifying products across multiple jurisdictions.
  • Strong understanding of the U.S. Export Administration Regulations (EAR), The International Traffic inn Arms Regulations (ITAR) and relevant classifications pertaining to aerospace parts, electronics, computers, IT equipment, encryption technology, and navigational hardware, etc.
  • Ability to drive complex, cross-functional projects including setting scope, reaching consensus, execution, and presenting results.
  • Detail oriented and highly organized; ability to multi-task several projects at once.
  • Experience applying classification, country of origin, and trade preference knowledge/decisions to support import/export operations.
  • Ability to write, speak, and present effectively and persuasively.
  • Must be able to effectively communicate with diverse stakeholders to include program leadership, engineering, scientists, military personnel, etc.  
  • Must be able to work on a self-initiated basis and in a team environment, and able to work extended hours and travel as required.
  • Experience with process improvement methodologies such as Six Sigma and Lean are very desirable.
  • U.S. Citizenship required.
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