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Export Compliance Officer - Garden Grove, CA

Date: May 13, 2022

Location: Garden Grove, CA, US

Company: GKN Aerospace Careers

About Us

GKN Aerospace is the world’s leading multi-technology tier 1 aerospace supplier. With 50 manufacturing locations in 15 countries, we serve over 90% of the world’s aircraft and engine manufacturers. We design and manufacture innovative smart aerospace systems and components. Our technologies are used in aircraft ranging from the most used single aisle aircraft and the largest passenger planes in the world to business jets and the world’s advanced 5th generation fighter aircraft.

About the opportunity

GKN Aerospace is a global engineering business. Every time you travel by air almost anywhere in the world, it is likely that GKN is helping you on your way. We design, manufacture and service systems and components for original equipment manufacturers around the world. We are continuously evolving, pioneering new technologies and reinventing existing ones, stretching ourselves to be better in everything we do.

We are looking for people who want to make a difference, talented members with the skills and passions to become the best of the future in what they do.

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



  • Implement, maintain, improve and monitor compliance control measures.
  • 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.
  • Work pro-actively with departments to prevent trade disruptions.
  • Prepare, review, approve, and submit applications for export/import licenses, permits, and other requests for authorization from the U.S. Government.
  • 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).
  • Analyze transactions for which due diligence indicates potential risk, and determine whether due diligence has been satisfied.
  • 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.
  • Review proposals to identify trade compliance needs or issues.
  • 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.
  • Understand and live by GKN’s ethics and business conduct policies.
  • Management of priorities, provide good customer service, must provide timely responses/guidance, and complete projects on schedule.



  • Bachelors Degree in business administration, engineering, or related fields of study; Will consider minimum 5 years of professional export compliance, experience in lieu of degree. 
  • 3 years of experience in trade compliance for manufacturing and/or aerospace industries to include work-knowledge of DECCS, SNAP-R, Visual Compliance, OCR and ACE.
  • Must be US Person per ITAR compliance, with ability to obtain security clearance. 


Preferred Qualification

  • 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). Some familiarity with SSA, NISPOM and Classified programs.
  • Strong computer skills including ability to research transactions and prepare reports in Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) or Manufacturing Resource Planning (MRP) information systems
  • 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.  



Diversity Inclusion and Belonging (DIB)

As a global engineering company, innovation is what differentiates us from our competitors and is central to our success.

A balance of cultures, ethnicities and genders help bring new ideas and creativity to GKN. We need people of different backgrounds, with different skills and perspectives to spark originality, imagination and creativeness in our teams around the world.

GKN is an equal opportunity employer.

We treat all our employees and applicants fairly and are committed to ensuring that there is no discrimination or harassment against any employee or qualified applicant on the grounds of age, race, creed, color, national origin, ancestry, marital status, affectional or sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, nationality, sex, or veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law.


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Nearest Major Market: Orange County
Nearest Secondary Market: Los Angeles