General Atomics and Affiliated Companies Senior Director of Import / Export Compliance in San Diego, California

Job ID#: 13892BR

Company: General Atomics

Title: Senior Director of Import / Export Compliance

Job Category: Legal/Regulatory Services

City: San Diego

State: California

Full-Time/Part-Time: Full-Time Salary

Travel Percentage Required: 0% - 25%

Clearance Required?: Desired

Job Summary:

General Atomics (GA), and its affiliated companies, is one of the world’s leading resources for high-technology systems development ranging from the nuclear fuel cycle to remotely piloted aircraft, airborne sensors, and advanced electric, electronic, wireless and laser technologies.

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

We have an exciting opportunity for a Sr. Director of Import/Export Compliance to join General Atomics. This position is responsible for overseeing all activities related to export licenses from inception to completion in support of business development activities.


  • Oversees the development of import/export jurisdiction and requirements for license generation and tracking and for support of submitted licenses throughout U.S. Government review and approval processes.

  • Oversees the administration of export licenses ensuring adherence to Company policies, applicable laws, and regulations.

  • Establishes strategy and direction for import/export functions and ensures alignment with strategic plans established by top management and leadership.

  • Provides leadership in identifying issues, developing solutions, and provides consultation to senior management to ensure the export compliance process supports business objectives.

  • Manages relations with appropriate government licensing authorities ensuring that the Company's position on licensing and technology release is conveyed, understood and accepted. Maintains contacts with both domestic and foreign civilian and military personnel, as well as customers and procurement officers.

  • Remains current on commercial/government/international laws, regulations and practices effecting export licenses.

  • Oversees subordinate management and/or professional staff to ensure activities meet the organizations objectives and assigned timelines.

  • Acts as a primary contact for export compliance activities and issues with internal and external management and senior level customer representatives. Conducts technical briefings for senior management and external representatives.

  • Directs the planning, attraction, selection, retention, and development of human resources to ensure the availability of the required professional talent.

  • Responsible for decisions that have a significant long-term impact on the organization.

  • Maintains the strict confidentiality of sensitive information.

  • Responsible for ensuring all laws, regulations and other applicable obligations are observed wherever and whenever business is conducted on behalf of the Company. Responsible for ensuring work is accomplished in a safe manner in accordance with established operating procedures and practices.

  • Performs other duties and responsibilities as assigned or required.


Clearance Level: Secret

Job Qualifications:

  • Typically requires a Bachelor's degree in Business, Science, Engineering, or a related field and fifteen or more years of progressively complex export compliance related experience with at least eleven of those years in import/export supervision/management. Legal training is desirable. May substitute equivalent experience in lieu of education.

  • Demonstrate a detailed and extensive technical expertise and application of export compliance principles, concepts, and practices as well as management and leadership skills including organizing, planning, scheduling, and coordinating workloads to meet established deadlines or milestones.

  • Must possess the ability to resolve unusually complex management and technical problems, serve as spokesperson on assigned projects and/or programs, and provide leadership and direction to assigned staff.

  • Strong communication, leadership, presentation, and interpersonal skills are required to enable an effective interface with others. In particular, must be able to effectively communicate with engineers and scientists as well as all levels of management.

  • 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.

  • Ability to obtain and maintain and DoD Security Clearance is desired.

General Atomics and affiliated companies is committed to hiring and retaining a diverse workforce. We are an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and will consider all qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, pregnancy, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, age, genetic information, protected veteran status, disability, or any other basis protected by local, state, or federal law.