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Global Trade Compliance Manager

Rocket Lab

Rocket Lab

Posted on Monday, November 20, 2023

About The Role

Rocket Lab

Rocket Lab is a vertically integrated provider of small launch services, satellites, and spacecraft components. Our mission is to open access to space to improve life on Earth. Our team is over 1,500 people strong and we’re adding to it every week. Collaboration is at our core – every idea is heard, and everyone makes a difference. Teams are nimble, decisions are made quickly, and we are action oriented.


The International Trade Compliance Professional is a subject matter expert in U.S. trade compliance, responsible for the development, implementation, documentation and maintenance of a comprehensive and efficient trade compliance program.  Must properly manage the day-to-day processing of export and import activities.  Responsibilities include reviewing and submitting export/import license applications, advising senior staff about trade compliance matters.  Provide trade compliance oversight to all business activities.  Collaborate with all functional departments to ensure effective compliance internal controls have been implemented into procedures and work instructions.  Must provide annual and functional trade compliance training.  Has the independent authority to inquire into any aspect of a proposed export or import, verifying its legality and accuracy of the information being submitted, and stop any transactions.


  • Prepare, review, and submit applications for export/import licenses, permits, and other requests for authorization from the U.S. Government.
  • Implement, maintain, improve and monitor a trade compliance program for the Company.
  • Advise management staff about trade compliance aspects and risks of proposed business decisions.
  • Analyze and interpret export and import regulations and maintain current knowledge of changes affecting the business.
  • Review with department managers their trade compliance internal controls (procedures, work instructions, forms, checklists, and tools) for accuracy and compliance.
  • Review incoterms, harmonized tariff code and classifications for accuracy.
  • Prepare, review and approve technology control plans, and provide technology transfer oversight (including visits and travel).
  • Review technical data/technology transfers for marking and classification requirements to minimize risk of diversion.
  • Ongoing development and management of standardized audit and testing processes needed to identify potential trade compliance issues associated with operational procedures.
  • Collaboratively analyze imports and exports ensure international, customer, and supplier requirements are met.
  • Monitor international inbound and outbound orders, investigating and expediting those orders which have been delayed.
  • Prepare, update, retain requisite domestic and international import and export documentation.
  • Review and verify export shipping documentation for ad-hoc and other non-routine shipments.
  • Oversee relationships with freight forwarders and customs brokers.
  • Maintain the highest ethical standards, even when challenged from management.
  • Management of priorities, provide good customer service, must provide timely responses/guidance, and complete projects on schedule.


  • Bachelor’s degree in business administration, engineering, or related fields of study; Will consider minimum 11 years of professional export compliance, experience in lieu of degree.
  • 8 years minimum of specialized experience in trade compliance for manufacturing and/or aerospace industries.
  • Program Management/Organizational Skills necessary to implement, maintain, improve and monitor the Company’s trade compliance program.
  • 3 years minimum of combined experience and work-knowledge with DECCS, SNAP-R, Visual Compliance, OCR and ACE.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of trade regulations, including Jurisdiction/Classification (J/C) and HTS classification.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of drafting and managing complex export authorizations (ITAR Agreements, Amendments, and Licenses, Commerce Technology Licenses)
  • Must be US Person per ITAR compliance
  • Ability to obtain and maintain a DoD security clearance. .


  • Expert knowledge with the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR), Export Administration Regulations (EAR) including anti-boycott regulations, sanctions administered by the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), Customs Regulations (CR), and the Foreign Trade Regulations (FTR).
  • Strong computer skills including ability to research transactions and prepare reports in Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) or Manufacturing Resource Planning (MRP) information systems, perform spreadsheet calculations, and quickly learn new software tools.
  • Familiar with Special Security Agreement (SSA), National Industrial Security Program Operating Manual (NISPOM) and Classified programs.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills.
  • Ability to work at both detail and strategic levels, work calmly under pressure and with frequent interruptions, and display sound judgment.
  • Ability to prepare or revise procedures, work instructions, forms, and business flowcharts.
  • Ability to prepare and review business documents.
  • Ability to present and speak eloquently on all facets of trade compliance.


Important information:


To conform to U.S. Government space technology export regulations, including the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR), Rocket Lab Employees must be a U.S. citizen, lawful U.S. permanent resident (i.e., current Green Card holder), or lawfully admitted into the U.S. as a refugee or granted asylum, or be eligible to obtain the required authorizations from the U.S. Department of State and/or the U.S. Department of Commerce, as applicable. Learn more about ITAR here.

Rocket Lab provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment at Rocket Lab, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.

Applicants requiring a reasonable accommodation for the application/interview process for a job in the United States should contact Giulia Biow at [email protected].This dedicated resource is intended solely to assist job seekers with disabilities whose disability prevents them from being able to apply/interview. Only messages left for this purpose will be considered. A response to your request may take up to two business days.



For security reasons background checks will be undertaken prior to any employment offers being made to an applicant.  These checks will include nationality checks as it is a requirement of this position that you be eligible to access equipment and data regulated by the United States' International Traffic in Arms Regulations. 

Under these Regulations, you may be ineligible for this role if you do not hold citizenship of Australia, Japan, New Zealand, Switzerland, the European Union or a country that is part of NATO, or if you hold ineligible dual citizenship or nationality.  For more information on these Regulations, click here ITAR Regulations.


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