Primary responsibility is to oversee and provide leadership to the AeroVironment Trade Compliance function and organization. Responsible to staff and maintain a fully effective export compliance program to ensure company compliance with US regulatory and internal policy requirements relating to export licensing, exemption usage, export training and recordkeeping.
Export licensing and Agreements, CJ’s and AO’s - Lead and coordinate export license applications (DSP-5, DSP-73, DSP-61, TAA, MLA, etc), plus license and agreements management, both Department of State and Department of Commerce. Prepare and submit requests for Commodity Jurisdictions, advisory opinions and general correspondence.
Empowered Official - Act as AV Empowered Official for Export Licensing and Compliance matters. Assign and oversee additional EO’s as appropriate. Serve as focal point for U.S. Export and Customs inquiries and visits.
Ensure that AV is fully compliant with all Trade Compliance Laws and Regulations. Maintain currency of Laws and Regs.
Classifications – Assure that the TC Department maintains a current and robust database of all product Export and Import classifications.
Outside TC Consultants - Act as AV point of contact with outside Trade Compliance consultants and legal counsel.
Leadership – Supervise and mentor the TC employees.
Lead the AV Export Compliance Council monthly meetings.
Shipping & Receiving – Ensure that AV Trade Compliance takes an active role on all Export shipments. Develop and maintain an active working relationship with the shipping department and its personnel, to prevent Export violations. Ensure that all Imports are properly handled.
Export Compliance Training – Curriculum development, curriculum presentation, maintain company training logs.
International visitors and travelers policies and control.
Procedures and auditing – Maintain TC processes and procedures. Train company employees. Audit compliance to the company procedures.
Continuous Improvements – Identify improvement opportunities, then provide guidance to AV Sr. management for solutions. Implement solutions when approved by Sr. management, and report on progress.
International Business Development and Program Management Support – Provide expert guidance to the Int’l BD and PM organizations in their pursuits of capturing and performing on new business for AV. Active participation in gated proposal process reviews during all 6 stages. This also includes coordination necessary for Trade Show and Demo support. Conduct contract review for trade compliance requirements.
Document retention – Maintain excellent Trade Compliance records in full compliance with USG Export Regs.
Information Technology - Liaison with IT on issues of compliance and protecting information.
Minimum of ten (10) years of export administration experience with an aerospace firm, defense contractor or government entity, with at least five (5) years in a leadership capacity.
Bachelor's Degree in Business, International Trade, Law or related field is required
Prior experience as an Empowered Official.
Must have expert understanding of D-TRADE and SNAPR Systems, and license applications
Expert knowledge of International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR), US Commerce Export Administration Regulations (EAR), and applicable International regs, with the ability to understand, interpret and communicate compliance-related language.
Experience in dealing with entities such as embassies and consulates, and international brokers / freight forwarders.
Knowledge of trade laws outside the U.S.
Ability to travel occasionally - both domestic and international.
Experienced in working with outside Trade Compliance consultants and legal counsel.
Excellent verbal and written communication skills with direct involvement in writing and implementing trade compliance policies and procedures, Technical Assistance Agreements, Warehouse Distribution Agreements and Manufacturing License Agreements.
Ability to multitask in a fast-paced environment and work with minimal supervision.
Excellent computer skills, with MS Office Applications: Word, Excel, PP.
This position requires the use of information which is subject to compliance with the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR). To conform to U.S. Government export regulations/ITAR, applicant must be a U.S. citizen, lawful permanent resident of the U.S., protected individual as defined by 8 U.S.C. 1324b(a)(3), or eligible to obtain the required authorizations from the U.S. Department of State. Applicants cannot be hired until they are qualified to have such access.
Additional Salary Information: A salary and bonus are negotiable at the time of offer.
Internal Number: 18-018
Based in California, AeroVironment (AVAV) is a global leader in unmanned aircraft systems, tactical missile systems and electric vehicle charging and test systems. Founded in 1971 by celebrated physicist and engineer, Dr. Paul MacCready, we’ve been at the leading edge of technical innovation for more than 40 years. Be a part of the team that developed the world’s most widely used military drones, pioneered today’s advanced EV charging technologies, created the first submarine-launched reconnaissance drone and has seven innovative vehicles that are part of the Smithsonian Institution’s permanent collection in Washington, DC. Join us today in developing the next generation of solutions from small UAS and tactical missile systems to tomorrow’s electric vehicle charging and test systems that will deliver more actionable intelligence to our customers so they can proceed with certainty – and succeed.