International Trade Compliance Manager


Columbus, OH, USA

Full time

Jan 13

Full Job Description

Battelle delivers when others can’t. We conduct research and development, manage national laboratories, design and manufacture products and deliver critical services for our clients—whether they are a multi-national corporation, a small start-up or a government agency.

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

Job Summary

The International Trade Compliance Manager will provide strategic guidance and planning to understand and support key business activities by developing technology control plans, licensing plans, providing guidance for complex licensing strategies, program planning, and assuring regulatory compliance. In addition, the incumbent of this position will be responsible for maintaining applicable trade compliance records in accordance with regulatory requirements and contributing to learning and audit assessment programs to ensure implementation and effectiveness of internal controls. There is a preference for this position to be based at Battelle’s world headquarters in Columbus, Ohio; however, remote work will be considered for the right candidate.


  • Develops policies and procedures for compliance, sets and drives the export strategy for variety of business areas and international programs.
  • Provides comprehensive internal export and import guidance, expertise and analysis for a variety of international programs.
  • Oversees and develops technology control plans, licensing strategies, export authorizations, training and guidance based upon knowledge of the U.S. export regulations and implementation of company policies and procedures.
  • Serves as a company Empowered Official and ensures compliance with export regulations, license preparation and processing, and the use of exemptions and exceptions in lieu of licensing.
  • Prepares, reviews and signs export and temporary import license and agreement applications in compliance with applicable U.S. government laws and regulations.
  • Executes operational processes for assuring trade compliance through gate reviews of technical data, foreign travel, foreign visits and export and import shipments.
  • Maintains International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) registration, SNAP-R and ACE accounts for the Company
  • Provides training and outreach on export regulations and Company processes
  • Responsible for commodity jurisdiction and classification determinations.
  • Maintains awareness of changing international trade laws and regulations and provides analysis regarding applicability and impact to developing products and technologies.
  • Supports the Legal Department in investigating and resolving compliance issues.
  • Maintains applicable trade compliance records in accordance with regulatory requirements.
  • Establishes and maintains relations with appropriate government regulatory agencies.
  • Establishes and maintains training and self-assessment programs to ensure implementation and effectiveness of internal controls.
  • Generates performance metrics for export and import processes.

Key Qualifications

  • Requires a bachelor’s degree; eight years of international and US regulatory import/export trade experience with at least 5 years in a senior management role; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Experience developing and implementing trade programs, policies and procedures, and transforming a trade compliance organization is required.
  • Strong working knowledge of the ITAR, EAR, BIS, OFAC, NRC/DOE, FTR and other international trade controls, as well as the automation and business processes by which these are implemented, DECCS, SNAP-R, ACE, etc., is required.
  • Must have experience in effectively applying U.S. Government regulatory requirements in complex scenarios, analyzing, and solving complex problems; ability to resolve complex problems and to make decisions under conditions of uncertainty or where little precedent exists; and ability to be an independent thought leader for the function and work effectively as part of a highly integrated leadership team.
  • This position requires access to information or hardware which is subject to the ITAR.
  • Must be a U.S. citizen with the ability to obtain and maintain a security clearance.

Preferred Qualifications

  • A minimum of 5 years as an Empowered Official, experience managing trade compliance in university or lab research environment, and detailed knowledge of export controls on emergent technologies and technology transfer releases is preferred.
  • Familiarity with current Federal, State, and U.S. Customs regulations on the importation of goods into the United States; knowledge of CBP and BATF; and experience with Classified Exports (data and hardware) is preferred.

Benefits: Live an Extraordinary Life

We care about your well-being, not just on the job. Battelle offers comprehensive and competitive benefits to help you live your best life.

  • Balance life through a compressed work schedule: Most of our team follows a flexible, compressed work schedule that allows for every other Friday off—giving you a dedicated day to accomplish things in your personal life without using vacation time.
  • Take time to recharge: You get paid time off to support work-life balance and keep motivated.
  • Prioritize wellness: Stay healthy with medical, dental, and vision coverage with wellness incentives and benefits plus a variety of optional supplemental benefits.
  • Better together: Coverage for partners, gender-affirming care and health support, and family formation support.
  • Build your financial future: Build financial stability with an industry-leading 401(k) retirement savings plan. For most employees, we put in 5 percent whether you contribute or not, and match your contributions on top of that.
  • Advance your education: Tuition assistance is available to pursue higher education.
  • Flexible work arrangements: You have options for where you work and when you work.

A Work Environment Where You Succeed

For brilliant minds in science, technology, engineering and business operations, Battelle is the place to do the greatest good by solving humanity’s most pressing challenges and creating a safer, healthier and more secure world.

You will have the opportunity to thrive in a culture that inspires you to:

  • Apply your talent to challenging and meaningful projects
  • Receive select funding to pursue ideas in scientific and technological discovery
  • Collaborate with world-class experts in an inclusive environment
  • Nurture and develop the next generation of scientific leaders
  • Give back to and improve our communities

Vaccinations & Safety Protocols

Battelle may require employees, based on job duties, work location, and/or its clients’ requirements to follow certain safety protocols and to be vaccinated against a variety of viruses, bacteria, and diseases as a condition of employment and continued employment and to provide documentation that they are fully vaccinated. If applicable, Battelle will provide reasonable accommodations based on a qualified disability or medical condition through the Americans with Disabilities Act or the Rehabilitation Act or for a sincerely held religious belief under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (and related state laws).

Battelle is an equal opportunity employer. We provide employment and opportunities for advancement, compensation, training, and growth according to individual merit, without regard to race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, age, genetic information, disability, veteran-status veteran or military status, or any other characteristic protected under applicable Federal, state, or local law. Our goal is for each staff member to have the opportunity to grow to the limits of their abilities and to achieve personal and organizational objectives. We will support positive programs for equal treatment of all staff and full utilization of all qualified employees at all levels within Battelle.

The above statements are intended to describe the nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this job. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, activities and skills required of staff members. No statement herein is intended to imply any authorities to commit Battelle unless special written permission is granted by Battelle's Legal Department.

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