This article explains what a Export Compliance Officer job description may look like

The Export Compliance Officer is responsible for ensuring that a company's export activities comply with all applicable laws, regulations, and policies. They must have a thorough understanding of export controls and regulations, including the Export Administration Regulations (EAR), International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR), and other relevant laws and regulations. They work closely with cross-functional teams to develop and implement export compliance programs and processes that meet regulatory requirements and minimize the risk of non-compliance.

Key Responsibilities:

  1. Develop and implement an export compliance program to ensure compliance with all applicable laws and regulations.
  2. Conduct regular audits and assessments of export activities to identify areas of non-compliance and implement corrective actions as needed.
  3. Manage the classification of products and technologies to ensure compliance with regulatory requirements.
  4. Prepare and submit export license applications and other required documentation to government agencies.
  5. Monitor changes in export regulations and requirements, and update internal policies and procedures as necessary.
  6. Provide training and guidance to employees on export compliance requirements and best practices.
  7. Maintain and update compliance records and documentation in accordance with regulatory requirements.
  8. Investigate and report any suspected violations of export regulations to management and regulatory agencies as required.
  9. Interface with government agencies, such as the Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) and the Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (DDTC), as necessary to ensure compliance with regulatory requirements.
  10. Support internal and external audits and investigations related to export compliance.


  1. Bachelor's or Master's degree in Business Administration, International Trade, or related field.
  2. Minimum of 5-7 years of experience in export compliance or related field.
  3. Expert knowledge of export regulations, including EAR, ITAR, and other relevant regulations.
  4. Strong analytical and problem-solving skills, with the ability to identify and resolve complex compliance issues.
  5. Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, with the ability to work effectively with cross-functional teams and stakeholders.
  6. Detail-oriented with strong organizational skills, with the ability to manage multiple projects and priorities simultaneously.
  7. Experience with export compliance software and tools is preferred.
  8. Knowledge of foreign trade zones and free trade agreements is a plus.
  9. Ability to maintain confidentiality and handle sensitive information with discretion.
  10. Professional certification in export compliance, such as Certified Global Trade Compliance Specialist (CITCS), is preferred.