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Senior Export Control Manager - Defense

Date: Jan 12, 2023

Location: Westlake, TX, US

Company: GKN Aerospace Careers

About Us

GKN Aerospace is the world’s leading multi-technology tier 1 aerospace supplier. With 38 manufacturing locations in 12 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.

Job Summary

The Senior Export Control Manager (SECM) - Defense is part of the global Export Control function and leads a global team of Export Control Officers (ECO) providing specialist Export Control and Sanctions knowledge, guidance, advice and oversight to the Defense Business Line..  The SECM actively contributes to the development of Policies and Procedures to enhance business wide compliance.  Where required the SECM will lead and support on broader GKN Aerospace activity within their region working closely with the Head of Export Control Compliance and other SECMs

Job Responsibilities

  • Ensuring the implementation of the Export Control Policy, Procedures and Compliance Programme within the Defense Business Line
  • Leading the development, implementation and oversight of any Business Line level procedures, guidance, training and communication required to implement the export control Policy, Procedures and Compliance Programme.
  • Preparation of regional procedures, guidance, training and communication materials consistent with the export control Policy, Procedures and Compliance Programme.
  • Provision of subject matter expertise to the Defense Head of Legal (HoL) and ECOs, and in conjunction with the HECC advise on global initiatives across GKN Aerospace.
  • Contribute effectively and proactively to Business Line performance in an advisory and expert capacity on Export Control and Sanctions matters.
  • Liaison with HECC and other SECMs on GKN Aerospace-wide compliance matters and initiatives applying across GKN Aerospace Business Lines.
  • Conducting periodic risk assessments on the status of export control compliance and the collation of Business Line compliance information and reporting to the HoL and HECC.
  • Leading investigations into export control non-compliance, providing oversight and tracking of reports and investigations, review and approval of draft disclosures and tracking closure of corrective actions across the Business Line.
  • Responsible for Business Line-level communication with regulators, or communication with regulators in the SECM’s region, as appropriate depending on the relevant matter and as determined by the SECMs in consultation with each other.
  • Ensuring that all necessary export control and sanctions authorisations are in place to support the activities of the Business Line and, where required, region.
  • Lead the identification, training and development of the Export Control Facilitator (ECF) network in their Business Line.

Job Qualifications

  • 7+ years’ experience working either in or with the United States defense industry, with a particular emphasis in aerospace.
    • 7+ years’ experience interfacing with State Department’s Directorate of Defense Trade Controls


  • Experience in leading a team, particularly in organisations operating matrix structures and/or other situations in which organisational ambiguity may arise.
  • Have a specialist knowledge of Export Control Regulations and Sanctions, in particular US, EU and UK regulations
  • Experience in the classification of goods, software and technology in multiple Export Control regimes
  • Possesses expert analytical skills and demonstrates risk and compliance awareness when supporting highly complex projects or advising on strategic decisions
  • Provides regular feedback on performance and celebrates success
  • Has the ability to work on own initiative to get things done, able to plan organise and prioritise workload, keeping colleagues informed and managing expectations. A completer/finisher who can demonstrate work/life balance
  • Embraces and demonstrates the GKN 5 culture principles


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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