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Director Trade Compliance

Los Angeles, CA
Full Time

Job Summary

The Director of Trade Compliance reports to the Deputy General Counsel of the Medical device Platform and is responsible for developing, executing, and managing all aspects of the Platform compliance program across all OpCos on a global level, including import, export, customs valuation, country of origin analysis, HTS classification, trade compliance training, Free Trade Agreement utilization, Denied Party screening, compliance FDA and international equivalent regulations as they relate to trade compliance, and self-audit and testing for compliance with all of the above. This position works with the client and Medical device Platform leaders across many functions to drive trade compliance initiatives and execute strategic direction and global management of all aspects of Platform’s trade compliance program.

Responsibilities also include managing the Platform trade compliance team, advising general managers and senior staff about trade compliance matters, providing trade compliance oversight to all activities at OpCos sites around the world, working collaboratively with all site departments to ensure they have implemented effective compliance internal controls into their procedures and work instructions, providing trade compliance training, and reviewing and approving export/import license or permit applications.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Ensures that Platforms OpCo’s are compliant with domestic and foreign export and import requirements.
  • Develops and deploys Trade Compliance program and procedures on import and export regulatory compliance.
  • Ensures legal compliance to trade laws and regulations, including appropriate licensing for shipments.
  • Manage a global team of trade compliance professionals.
  • Indirect management/training and counseling of plant associates who manage trade compliance at Platform locations as part, but not all, of their job duties.
  • Serves as the resident expert on U.S., EU and other international export/import requirements.
  • Advises on impact of FDA and international equivalent regulations as they relate to the import and export of medical device products.
  • Ensures OpCo’s policies conform to Corporate Import and Export Policies.
  • Manages self-testing of Platform’s OpCo’s export/import compliance programs.
  •  Analyzes and interprets requirements for compliance as they relate to:
  • Export Administration Regulations (EAR) of the U.S. Department of Commerce Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS);
  • U.S. Treasury Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC);
  • International Traffic and Arms Regulations (ITAR) of the U.S. Department of State;
  • EU, U.S. Customs and other applicable Government Agency rules and regulations.
  • FDA and international equivalent regulations
  • Implements and updates training on government laws and regulations, as well as internal trade compliance policies and procedures, to existing associates and new hires.
  • Reviews, responds to, and escalates as necessary all government inquiries related to trade compliance.
  • Manages internal and external audits and disclosures.
  • Provides consultation to business units, global subsidiaries, sales, procurement, project managers, order management, etc. and resolves matters pertaining to export/import transactions and International Trade Sanctions to ensure compliance with all applicable U.S. laws and regulations, as well as local country laws.
  • Oversees and provides guidance to the trade compliance team in their day-to-day compliance matters which are not limited to but include customer and transaction screening, ECCN classification, end-use/user restrictions, sanctions, export license determination and drafting license applications, and escalation matters.
  • Develops policies, programs and procedures and provides guidance to the Platform in the day-to-day trade compliance matters including HTS classification, valuation, and product qualification for preferential duty treatment under FTAs, customs broker management, antidumping/countervailing duties, and export compliance matters.
  • Develop and maintain Import and Export Standard Operating Procedures (SOP’s) based on applicable governmental regulation. Advise plant import and export compliance associates on how to handle FDA holds and communicates FDA holds and releases to stockroom.
  • Develops and executes effective management and screening of customs brokers.
  • Ensure compliance with Customs and Border Protection (CBP), Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS), and other government agency rules and regulations. Review and audits documentation submitted to CBP for accuracy and comprehensiveness. Makes corrections as necessary and notifies appropriate individuals.
  • Consults with inside and outside counsel as needed.


  • BS or BA degree and a minimum of 10 years import/export administration and 2 – 3 years of international supervisory experience.
  • Extensive knowledge of U.S. import and export control laws and regulations as they relate to:
  • Export Administration Regulations (EAR) of the U.S. Department of Commerce Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS),
  • U.S. Treasury Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC),
  • International Traffic and Arms Regulations (ITAR) of the U.S. Department of
  • Knowledge of FDA and similar international regulations governing the import and export of medical device products.
  • Knowledge of EU and other international export/import requirements.
  • Extensive understanding of applicable export, re-export and deemed licensing requirements.
  • Fluency in Microsoft Office Applications, Word, Access, Excel, Outlook, and PowerPoint.
  • Excellent verbal and communication and oral presentation skills.
  • High accuracy and attention to detail.
  • Proven ability to influence and communicate across the company and with persons at all levels of the organization.
  • Critical thinking and excellent problem solving and analytical skills.
  • Strong project management skills.
  • Capable of multi-tasking and prioritizing with excellent time management skills.
  • Ability to handle confidential information frequently and appropriately.
  • Capable of working independently and collaboratively plus experienced and competent in making good judgment calls.
  • Excellent presentation and report writing skills.
  • Fluent in English in both written and oral communication, additional language skills a plus.
  • Able to travel domestically and internationally approximately 30%.

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