Export Compliance Advisor/Manager - Hybrid Remote


Houston, TX, USA Remote

Full time

Jan 24

Job Description

Job Title: Export Compliance Manager or Advisor (Based upon level of experience)

Department: Legal

Location: Houston TX

Join our growing Corporate Legal team and US Headquarters located in Downtown Houston. We offer a hybrid work schedule (3 days in-office/2 days remote).


  • Provide advice and guidance to TotalEnergies’ U.S. affiliates to ensure international business is done in compliance with U.S. trade laws and regulations (and foreign laws, as applicable).
  • Identify trade compliance risks, implement, and update controls (including policies and procedures), create and provide training, and participate in audits.
  • Increase awareness of trade compliance and the corporate ethics and compliance programs and initiatives generally.
  • Provide support and back-up to colleagues on the trade compliance team (including export and import functions).

Context and environment


  • Assist with synchronization of the trade compliance programs throughout TotalEnergies’ U.S. affiliates.
  • Monitor and interpret U.S. regulatory requirements and procedures related to trade compliance.
  • Develop and implement solutions to ensure compliance with the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR), Export Administration Regulations (EAR), Foreign Trade Regulations (FTR), Federal Acquisition Regulations and Defense Supplement (FAR/DFARS), Customs regulations, economic sanctions and foreign trade laws, as applicable.
  • Help further develop and maintain export-related policies and procedures.
  • Participate in risk assessments and risk management initiatives, and in audits.
  • Prepare, obtain, maintain, manage and monitor U.S. Government export licenses, agreements, permits, certifications, technology licenses and commodity jurisdiction determinations involving EAR and ITAR controlled products. Review requests to export or import controlled items. Manage deemed exports, including screening all non-U.S. visitors to the company’s U.S. facilities.
  • Conduct export control reviews of manufacturing and research facilities, including maintaining technology control plans.
  • Develop and deliver trade compliance training.
  • Help develop and maintain SOPs between TotalEnergies and its freight forwarders and apply KPIs to regular performance reviews.
  • Assist with external and internal export compliance assessments, including monthly Automated Commercial Environment (ACE) data reviews, ensuring corrections are communicated to the freight forwarder for data retransmission to Census so that timely and accurate Electronic Export Information (EEI) is reported, and proper recordkeeping is maintained.
  • Capture and analyze export data (supplied by ACE or customs brokers/freight forwarders) to generate statistical reports, gap analyses and resolution strategies.
  • Determine tariff classifications under the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the U.S. (HTSUS) and/or Schedule B and export control classifications under the EAR and ITAR, including country of origin of exported goods.
  • Assist with duty drawback programs for maximized refunds.
  • Maintain a trade compliance database; participate in rollout and maintenance of trade compliance software tools.
  • Participate in projects to improve transactional excellence and supply chain security through compliance-based enhancements.
  • Review agreements for appropriate trade compliance language and provide guidance to the business regarding contract standards related to trade compliance.
  • Promote general ethics and compliance policies and best practices (including anti-corruption, anti-trust and fraud prevention awareness) through proactive business interactions and training sessions.

Candidate profile


TotalEnergies regrets that it is unable to sponsor employment Visas or consider individuals on time-limited visa status for this position.

  • This position involves exposure to items controlled under export control laws, including those managed by the US State Department and US Department of Commerce; applicant must be authorized, without obtaining a license, to work with controlled articles and technical information.
  • Bachelor’s degree preferred.
  • Three to ten* plus years trade compliance experience with a focus on export controls and licensing (EAR and ITAR). (*Potential for Export Compliance Manager title based upon level of experience.)
  • Various certifications preferred, including but not limited to a U.S. Customs Broker license, Master or Certified Export Specialist, or Duty Drawback Specialist.
  • Specific knowledge and clear understanding of trade compliance (including EAR and ITAR export regulations, CBP regulations, FTZ, FTR, FAR/DFARS regulations, Harmonized Tariff Schedule, Schedule B, and OFAC sanctions).
  • Knowledge of Automated Commercial Environment (ACE) preferred.
  • Knowledge of and ability to use trade compliance tools and software preferred.
  • Understanding of routed export transactions preferred.
  • In-depth understanding of Incoterms preferred.
  • Ability to participate in investigations of sensitive matters professionally and confidentially.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills; creative and advanced presentation and materials design.
  • Strong project management capability, organizational skills, annual reporting management skills, and deadline/calendar management skills.
  • Ability to work independently on a wide range of projects and exercise judgment to make reasoned decisions; good problem-solving skills.
  • Effective relationship management and influencing skills.
  • Strong research and analytic capabilities; attention to detail.
  • Work collaboratively within a team and provide cross-support and guidance as needed; help motivate and encourage positive team dynamics.
  • Intermediate Excel, PowerPoint and Word skills.
  • SAP experience preferred.

Offer ID



Specialized Practice Area

Employment type

Regular position

Experience level required

Minimum 6 years


Refining & Chemicals

About us / company profile

Every day, our employees around the world live out our ambition to be a world-class player in the energy transition while relying on cutting-edge expertise that spans the entire chain of energies: oil and biofuels, natural gas and green gases, renewables and electricity. Our 100,000 employees are committed to energy that is ever more affordable, cleaner, more reliable and accessible to as many people as possible. Active in more than 130 countries, we put sustainable development in all its dimensions at the heart of our projects and operations to contribute to the well-being of people.

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