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Sensata Technologies, Inc. Global Trade Compliance Specialist - Export Controls in Thousand Oaks, California

This Export Controls Specialist position provides technical and regulatory support and control for export activities for Sensata’s Military/Aerospace business. It is primarily responsible for maintaining compliance with the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR), the Export Administration Regulations (EAR), U.S. Treasury Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), and other relevant trade compliance regulations.


Job Responsibilities

  • Support the company’s overall export compliance operation, especially those relating to ITAR and EAR, in collaboration with site-level supervision and headquarters Global Trade Compliance (GTC) organization

  • Create training materials, work instructions and procedures, deliver team training, and provide support and guidance to several functional groups for export compliance issues (Thousand Oaks, California; Attleboro, Massachusetts, production sites in Mexico)

  • Conduct auditing activities to identify, quantify and report to Supervisor and/or GTC management any potential violations of trade compliance laws and compliance violations and any incidents involving significant weaknesses in processes or procedures

  • Request advice and guidance from the trade compliance management for trade compliance issues involving significant complexity and potential concern to the company

  • Interact remotely with global team members pertaining to GTC and cross-functionally related personnel, such as Engineering, Customer Service, Procurement, Sales, Logistics, etc

  • Review and validate export classifications of parts and materials; must be capable of the complex analyses inherent to military/aerospace export controls, and able to determine when further escalation is required to arrive at accurate determinations (e.g. to Trade Compliance Management, internal/external counsel)

  • Support the GTC management with the preparation of classification ruling requests.

  • Create applications, file, and monitor the statuses of licenses, agreements, shipping documents, and other underlying documentation for accuracy compliance with ITAR and other applicable export compliance regulations

  • Maintain license files and a database of current and expired license files and tracks pending and approved licenses/approvals

  • Audit license, agreement, and shipping files for completeness, accuracy, and compliance with record keeping requirements and reports findings to trade compliance supervisor and/or other trade compliance management

  • Support internal, external, and government-directed compliance audits and assessments

  • Attend trade compliance seminars/conferences to maintain knowledge on regulatory updates and proposed changes

  • Assist in preparation of letters, certifications, and other correspondence to customers, vendors, brokers, freight forwarders, and other parties involved in export transactions

  • Assist management on gathering information and prepare periodic updates and metrics reports for export operations

Job Requirements

  • BA/BS degree minimum; further education in trade controls strongly preferred (e.g. export certification, courses)

  • Minimum 3-5 Years of trade compliance/ITAR experience; prior experience in military/aerospace production environment(s) strongly preferred; some import experience a plus

  • Strong knowledge and experience with export operations and U.S. government regulations as set forth in the ITAR, EAR, FTR, OFAC, and other relevant export compliance regulations. Additional trade compliance experience, such as imports, customs brokerage license, etc. considered a plus

  • Ability to self-manage in remote reporting structure and yet be the on-site knowledge expert "go to person" for ITAR compliance related information at the several production sites

  • Proficiency with MS Office applications and ability to download and analyze transactional data related to export compliance

  • Working knowledge of JD Edwards, Oracle, and/or other ERP system desirable

  • Because this position requires potential access to technology controlled under the ITAR or EAR, the successful candidate must be a "U.S. person" as defined in the ITAR

Personal Attributes

  • Strong written and verbal communication skills

  • Strong organizational and interpersonal skills

  • Able to work independently with minimal supervision

  • A passion for getting things right and growing long-term with a dynamic GTC organization

  • Turn obstacles into challenges and motivate and inspire those they work with to keep morale and productivity high

  • Can-do attitude, committed to finding solutions

  • Able to adapt and rapidly respond to the changing demands of a fast paced, high growth service oriented environment

  • Flexibility in dealing with a variety of business partners, situations and requirements while remaining calm under pressure

  • Team oriented values the synergy of a team and operates as a team player

  • Collaborator engages others in discussion and is hands-on in problem solving



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  • Collaborating at Sensata means working with some of the world’s most talented people in an enriching environment that is constantly pushing towards the next best thing.

  • Employees work across functions, countries and cultures gaining new perspectives through mutual respect and open communication.

  • As OneSensata, we are working together to make things work together

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