• Director, International Trade Compliance

    AAR CORPWood Dale, IL 60191

    Job #1048886321

  • Title: Director, International Trade Compliance

    Location: United States-Illinois-Wood Dale

    Job Number: 10620

    AAR is a leading provider of aviation services to the worldwide commercial aerospace and government/defense industries. AAR combines a close-to-the-customer business model with a broad menu of capabilities to help customers operate more efficiently, lower costs and maintain high levels of quality, safety and service. We are a financially stable, dedicated partner with an enduring commitment to innovation, execution, continuous improvement and customer value. At AAR we are committed to doing it right, and we have built our core values based on that premise.


    Overall responsibility of leading AARs Global Trade Compliance Program. Primary interface with the State Department, Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (DDTC), Commerce Department, Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS), Treasury Department, Office of Foreign Asset Controls (OFAC) and Homeland Security, Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and other regulatory bodies as well as industry based groups.


    • Responsible for management of a Global Trade Management solution including content management, product and party data and license management.

    • In depth knowledge of and experience with global export/import laws, regulations, policies and procedures including but not limited to: ITAR, EAR, FTR, BATFE, OFAC and CBP Regulations

    • Review, revise, implement, and manage Global Export-Import Trade Compliance Program; Implement policies and procedures and serve as subject matter expert for all business groups and functions. Develop and update company trade compliance manual as necessary

    • Collaborate with management and other business unit IERP leads to ensure effective support all operating locations. Maintain constructive working relationships with business unit management and stakeholders.

    • Researches, interprets, and applies complex U.S. and non-U.S. government export/import laws regulations

    • Submit, manage and ensure effective implementation of U.S. EU and Canadian export authorizations and licenses. Implement and maintain appropriate recordkeeping for all authorizations, licenses and export registrations.

    • Identify, analyze and implement robust compliance systems in collaboration with the Company's IT professionals.

    • Assist with trade compliance investigations, risk mitigation, audits and self-assessments.

    • Stay current with North American, European, Asian and South American trade compliance laws, regulations, directives, rules, and policies.

    • Work closely with colleagues to ensure consistent, accurate communication and implementation of trade compliance goals and objectives.

    • Directly manage the U.S. Trade Compliance staff and oversee the foreign Trade Compliance staff. Execute Global Trade Compliance team's day-to-day operational tasks to support business operations.

    • Works closely with internal groups and external customers, government agencies, vendors, advisors, and outside counsel in the development and implementation of global trade compliance policies

    • Develop and conduct international trade compliance training at all levels of employment throughout the company.

    • Integrates global compliance processes with shipping, order processing, Incoterms, documentation, and agreement approval workflow

    • Manage HTS and ECCN classifications; ensures proper product classification, country of origin determination, valuation, and customer screenings

    • Oversees declaration filings (customs and export); obtains export licenses as needed

    • Consults with and advises the functional areas to facilitate export licenses for products, technology transfers, services, and deemed exports

    • Works with management to develop long-term strategies to facilitate business in accordance with a constantly evolving trade and regulatory landscape; provides timely risk assessments; Provide advice and guidance to senior company leadership regarding trade compliance

    • Assists and leads in process improvements and the implementation of export compliance best practices

    • Satisfy all applicable reporting requirements. Maintains all export related records and records of all technical data transfers, defense services provided, and ITAR exemptions used

    • Works with internal and external partners to conduct global trade compliance assessments on a routine basis to ensure compliance with established policies and procedures.

    • Direct interface with Freight Forwarders and brokers to ensure proper duty management is in place and is compliant. Additionally, works with external customers, logistics providers, government agencies, industry trade groups, vendors, advisors and outside counsel in the development and administration of global trade compliance policies. Manages communication and builds effective business relationships with these groups.

    • Fosters a business-focused culture of compliance - providing practicable guidance and solutions to business units consistent with compliance requirements.

    • Oversee the company's engagement with U.S Government trade compliance authorities including Department of State Directorate of Defense Trade Controls, Department of Commerce Bureau of Industry & Security, Customs & Border Protection and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco & Firearms; serve as company's senior Empowered Official re trade compliance.

    • Works with internal and external partners to conduct global trade compliance assessments on a routine basis to ensure compliance with established policies and procedures; conducts internal audits

    • Plan and execute international trade compliance review and audit risk mitigation program supporting the company's U.S. and overseas business operations, including overseeing the conduct of internal audits, execution of corrective action plans, and managing voluntary disclosure process.


    • Carries out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the organizations policies and applicable laws.

    • Responsibilities include interviewing, hiring, and training employees; planning, assigning, and directing work; appraising performance; rewarding and disciplining employees; addressing complaints and resolving problems.


    • Commitment to company values and ethics

    • Dependability: personally responsible, completes work in a timely manner, and performs tasks accurately

    • Motivation: must maintain a positive attitude and strong work energy

    • Creativity: makes constructive suggestions and creates novel solutions to problems; evaluates new technology as potential solutions to existing problems

    • Dependability: personally responsible, completes work in a timely manner, and performs tasks accurately

    • Communication: excellent interpersonal and oral and written communication skills

    • Independent: must have the ability to carry out and follow through on tasks with minimal supervision

    • Initiative: plans work and carries out tasks without detailed instructions, prepares for problems or opportunities in advance, undertakes additional responsibilities

    • Problem Solving: ability to develop and implement new ideas to improve processes

    • Leadership: demonstrated ability to lead people and get results through others

    • Management: must possess coaching and development skills

    • Must maintain strict confidentiality and professionalism

    • Negotiating skills: must have confidence and the ability to be persuasive and assertive

    • Organization: very detail oriented and always comes prepared

    • Project management skills

    • Strong customer orientation

    • Strong judgment and decision making

    • Teamwork: works harmoniously with others to get a job done, responds positively to instructions/procedures, and works well with others

    • Time management: ability to organize and manage multiple priorities and effectively deal with tight deadlines and pressure


    To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.


    • Bachelor of Arts degree (B.A.) or Bachelor of Science degree (B.S.) from four-year college or university; or eight years related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience.

    • US Customs Broker's license required

    • Expertise and hands on knowledge of Global import and export regulations, including but not limited to the Export Administration Regulations (EAR), EU Council Regulation (EC) No 428/2009, Customs Federal Regulations, Regulation (EEC) No 2913/92 (the Community Customs Code and the Foreign Trade Regulations.

    • Should have knowledge and familiarity with Global regulatory regimes including Commerce, Department of State, Customs, OFAC and the European Commission.

    • Experience as an Empowered Official

    • Experience with ACE, AES and global trade management systems required.

    • Trade compliance auditing experience

    • Proven track record of implementing scalable trade compliance solutions (systems, procedures, and processes) in a highly regulated environment.

    • Strong knowledge of customs valuation import and export classification methodologies, origin, and export licensing determination.

    • Experience assessing export and import compliance processes, procedures, and resources; preparing and reviewing export licenses; providing recommendations; and developing policies and procedures

    • No impediment to travel (20% estimated)


    The physical demands and work environment characteristics described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

    • While performing the duties of this job, the employee may be regularly required to sit, stand, bend, reach and move about the facility.

    • The environmental characteristic for this position is an office setting.

    • Candidates should be able to adapt to a traditional business environment.

    We offer a comprehensive benefits package, including medical/dental/vision/life/and AD&D insurance, 401(k) savings plan, PTO, as well as, opportunities for professional development and growth. Our newly remodeled Wood Dale office also has an on-site cafeteria and fitness center.

    If this sounds like the right opportunity for you, please apply through the career section on ~~~.

    Equal Opportunity Employer Minority/Female/Disability/Veteran

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