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Legal Counsel - Compliance

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The Legal Counsel-Compliance position will be responsible for designing, implementing, and enforcing the company’s compliance programs, policies, and procedures. The position will have a heavy focus on international trade compliance matters, with responsibility to ensure all licenses and agreements are aligned with applicable international trade regulations, including International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) and Export Administration Regulations (EAR). The position will also lead and provide support in other compliance areas, including anti-corruption, antitrust, insider trading and records retention compliance. The position will be a member of the legal department and report directly to the Chief Compliance Officer. The successful candidate must be able to partner closely with all operations and support functions within the company.
PRINCIPAL RESPONSIBILITIES:
Advises senior management and business segments on a wide range of complex legal and business issues related to global export control and import laws and regulations, primarily pertaining to ITAR and dual-use products and technologies, as well as global sanctions programs.
Provides similar advice on issues related to anti-corruption, antitrust, insider trading and records retention compliance.
Acts as company point of contact for Government agency representatives regarding requests for information, disclosures, commodity jurisdiction/classification requests, requests for advisory opinions and other similar matters.
Prepares, submits and administers DSP-5 and DSP-61, DSP-73 and Technical Assistance Agreements (TAA) applications and amendments under the ITAR as required for the import/export of hardware/parts.
Oversees product import and export classifications under the following as required: United States Munitions List (USML), Export Control Classification Number (ECCN), Harmonized Tariff Schedule and Schedule B.
Oversees responses to the company’s ethics and compliance hotline reports, including the investigation of matters under legal privilege.
Leads audits of business units designed to measure compliance with anti-corruption and trade compliance regulations.
Identifies compliance gaps and required corrective actions, as appropriate.
Manages compliance due diligence and integration efforts related to mergers and acquisitions.
Manages the selection and use of outside legal counsel.
Assists the Chief Compliance Officer on other compliance projects, as needed, and works effectively with a paralegal and others in the legal department who assist with compliance matters.
PERSON SPECIFICATION:
(minimum education requirements, key skills and experience)
Qualifications
J.D. from an accredited law school required
Licensed to practice law in any U.S. jurisdiction
Experience
Requires 7+ years of prior export control-related experience and expertise in EAR, ITAR, OFAC, EU Trade Regulations, global sanctions programs, and U.S. and EU Customs compliance requirements.
Requires experience in anti-corruption, antitrust compliance, and records retention compliance.
Requires experience conducting internal investigations.
Skills
Ability to independently research and analyze legal and regulatory issues and provide clear guidance to internal clients regarding potential legal risks
Must possess business acumen, including a well-developed understanding of commerce and a creative approach to risk management that includes development of alternative paths and solutions
Ability to interact appropriately with executives, senior management, operations and other staff at all levels in multiple global locations
Must be a highly-motivated self-starter with the skills and temperament to function effectively and efficiently in a highly-regulated and dynamic environment
Must be able to multi-task and to delegate effectively; requires efficiency in managing outside counsel and internal resources
Strong service orientation and ability to establish and maintain working relationships with peers, business units, leaders, a wide array of associates, and clients, while maintaining a strong compliance culture
Excellent organization, communication and presentation skills required
Must be willing to travel internationally up to 20% of the time
Culturally aware
Creative thinker with strong problem-solving skills
Must have the awareness to know when to lead and when to be a team player
Dedicated to promoting a positive image of the organization
Proactive and enthusiastic

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