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Export Compliance Manager

Western Digital

Export Compliance Manager

San Jose, CA
Full Time
  • Responsibilities

    Job Description

    The Export Compliance Manager is responsible for managing projects and creating/maintaining policies and procedures for Western Digital’s export compliance program ensuring compliance with the Export Administration Regulations (EAR), Trade Agreement Act (TAA), economic and trade sanctions programs, and other applicable export laws and regulations.


    • Develop and maintain export compliance policies and procedures
    • Create and refine processes to enable systematic and organized approach to resolving issues and implementing solutions
    • Provide guidance to Global Trade Operations and other business functions on export compliance rules and regulations
    • Refine internal process on obtaining information to classify WDC products and related software and technologies including those with encryption capabilities and develop clear classification guidelines for the trade operations team
    • Apply for U.S. export licenses and classification determinations as required or appropriate
    • Monitor legal, regulatory, and trade developments that impact WDC’s business and provide guidance to mitigate impacts.
    • Develop and execute risk-based trade compliance training and communications.
    • Collaborate with various business functions (including colleagues in Legal, Finance/Tax, HR, Engineering, NPI, Supply Chain, Marketing and Sales, Corporate Strategy) to understand needs and build integrated, upstream and forward-looking trade compliance processes.
    • Lead or participate in projects to enhance trade compliance efficiency and value contribution.
    • Contribute to the development of compliance roadmap and strategic planning.
    • Promote a business culture of trade compliance and ethics and conduct other compliance activities.
  • Qualifications



    • Strong knowledge and experience with EAR, OFAC economic and trade sanctions programs, as well as ethics and compliance program management and/or development
    • Experience with classifying products, software and technology (especially in Categories 3 and 5)
    • 8+ years of practical work experience, preferably in high tech companies
    • BS/BA degree, graduate degree or JD preferred
    • Project management experience
    • Researched areas of complex trade law, made recommendations and provided advice based on independent analysis of the issues
    • Knowledge of export regulations of countries other than U.S., a plus
    • Experience working, managing and driving multi-functional projects to completion
    • Excellent and effective written and verbal communication skills
    • Ability to work cross-functionally and collaboratively
    • Flexible, hardworking team player and motivator with strong people skills
    • Action- and results-oriented
    • Instills trust
    • Resilient and able to quickly adjust priorities to meet business needs
    • Attention to detail, critical thinking, excellent problem solving and analysis skills
    • Nimble learner and quick to learn new and different technologies and stay abreast of emerging technologies
    • Experience working with engineering and R&D teams
    • Ability to make good decisions based on sound judgement
    • Able to work independently with little supervision
    • Skilled in MS Office suite of products (including MS Teams), productivity and collaboration applications, Jive, Box, Webex, Jabber

    Additional Information

    Because Western Digital thrives on the power of diversity and is committed to an inclusive environment where every individual can thrive through a sense of belonging, respect, and contribution, we are committed to giving every qualified applicant and employee an equal opportunity.

    Western Digital does not discriminate against any applicant or employee based on their protected class status and complies with all federal and state laws against discrimination, harassment, and retaliation, as well as the laws and regulations set forth in the "Equal Employment Opportunity is the Law" poster. Part of creating a diverse and inclusive workplace includes ensuring that all qualified applicants and employees are provided equal consideration for any available opportunity.

    Western Digital is committed to offering opportunities to applicants with a disability. If you need a reasonable accommodation, email us at In your email, please include a description of the specific accommodation you are requesting as well as the job title and requisition number of the position for which you are applying.


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