Trade Controls Counsel

Ford Motor Company

Dearborn, MI, USA

Full time

Trade Compliance


Nov 10

Job Description & Qualifications

About Ford:

At Ford Motor Company, we believe freedom of movement drives human progress. We also believe in providing you with the freedom to define and realize your dreams. With our incredible plans for the future of mobility, we have a wide variety of opportunities for you to accelerate your career potential as you help us define tomorrow’s transportation.

The Opportunity:

Ford is seeking a highly motivated attorney to join our Legal and Compliance Office as Trade Controls Counsel. The position will report directly to Ford’s Chief Compliance, Ethics and Integrity Officer and Assistant General Counsel and support Ford’s global business operations with a wide variety of legal, regulatory, compliance and policy matters. The Trade Controls Counsel will work with business and corporate teams to identify issues and provide expertise on export control and sanctions matters, monitor and respond to regulatory changes, and regularly enhance the company’s trade controls compliance practices. The Trade Controls Counsel will also help develop appropriate internal and external policy and coordinate with outside counsel to ensure appropriate management of various matters.

This position will be onsite and can be in Dearborn, MI or Washington D.C. Relocation assistance can be provided where applicable.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Take a pragmatic approach to legal advice and problem solving
  • Regularly assess compliance program and work closely with cross-functional groups to implement best practices, including development of policies, procedures, controls, training, and due diligence, including restricted party screening
  • Gain a solid understanding of Company’s business operations, structure and practices to identify, analyze, and lead implementation of business-centric practices to address trade controls risk
  • Engage with government agencies, as necessary, for licensing and to address policy matters affecting the company.
  • Work with and advise sales, engineering, and executives on trade compliance requirements and related processes
  • Support trade compliance activities associated with corporate transactions including partnership and acquisition integration activities
  • Implement corporate changes in response to and provide regular communication on legal developments and opportunities to senior management
  • Support the Compliance Office on other projects, initiatives, and strategic opportunities as may arise from time-to-time.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Law degree from an accredited U.S. law school and admission to the bar in Michigan or of another state bar and eligible for admission as in-house counsel in Michigan
  • At least 12 years’ experience advising on export controls and sanctions regulations and compliance programs

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Organized self-starter and team player. Must be able to interact and communicate with clients at all levels of the organization including business executives, and across international locations including providing judgment on legal risk. Excellent oral and written communication skills and ability to prioritize and work independently

What We Can Offer

As part of the Ford family, you’ll enjoy excellent compensation, and a comprehensive benefits package that includes generous PTO, retirement, savings and stock investment plans, incentive compensation, and much more. You’ll also experience exciting opportunities for professional and personal growth and recognition.

Candidates for positions with Ford Motor Company must be legally authorized to work in the U.S. Verification of employment eligibility will be required at time of hire. Visa sponsorship is not available for this position.

Ford Motor Company is an equal opportunity employer committed to a culturally diverse workforce. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, age, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability status or protected veteran status.

At Ford, the health and safety of our employees is our top priority. Vaccination has been proven to play a critical role in combatting COVID-19. As a result, Ford has made the decision to require U.S. salaried employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, unless employees require an accommodation for religious or medical reasons. Being fully vaccinated means that an individual is at least two weeks past their final dose of an authorized COVID-19 vaccine regimen. As a condition of employment, newly hired employees will be required to provide proof of their COVID-19 vaccination or an approved medical or religious exemption.

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