Trade Compliance Specialist

Joby Aviation

Santa Cruz, CA, USA

Full time

$105.9-141.2k (annually)

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Aug 10

Located in Northern California, the team at Joby Aviation is driven by our goal of creating an affordable, all-electric air transportation system. Imagine a piloted air taxi that takes off vertically, then quietly carries you and your fellow passengers over the congested city streets below, enabling you to spend more time with the people and places that matter most. Since 2009, our team has worked steadily to make this dream a reality. We’ve designed and tested many generations of prototype aircraft capable of serving in a network of electric air taxis. We’re looking for talented, committed individuals to join our team as we push onwards toward certifying the Joby aircraft with the Federal Aviation Administration, scaling our manufacturing, and preparing to launch commercial service in 2025.


Join Joby’s Global Trade Compliance team to ensure compliance with Department of Commerce Export Administration Regulations (EAR); Department of Treasury Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), Department of State International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR), and US Customs (CBP) Regulations


  • Prepare and file deemed export and technology transfer license applications, as well as technology assistance agreements (TAAs)
  • Help classify technology and goods for import and export, assigning ECCN and HTS, assist in drafting commodity classification requests, and commodity jurisdiction requests for submission to US BIS and DDTC
  • Provide guidance regarding import and export regulatory requirements and procedures related to Joby’s government contracts, including classified and CUI information
  • Create trade compliance documents including work instructions and procedures, and assist in updating and maintaining Technology Control Plans (TCPs)
  • Assess accuracy and timeliness of import filings from our Customs broker(s) while maintaining business relationships with these trade compliance third parties. Participate in QBRs, contract reviews and proposals for all trade service suppliers.
  • Identify and assist in finding resolution to issues pertaining to Customs communications (CF28-29, 5595A etc.)
  • Conduct due diligence reviews on sanction screening results, and communicate to business
  • Assist in conducting internal training to key personnel on trade compliance matters
  • Maintain records and track and submit reports to various government agencies to meet regulatory requirements
  • Review and prepare Import/Export Control language of proposals and agreements
  • Interact with senior and project management on licensing and regulatory issues
  • Assist in the development and presentation of import/export control training materials
  • Assist in the planning and performance of import/export control self-assessments and related audits
  • Assist in analyzing and providing ongoing improvements to Joby’s import/export processes


  • Bachelor’s degree in Business Management, Communications, Political Science, Government and Policy, or related field is required, with at least 4 years of experience in a Trade Compliance role
  • Subject matter expertise in understanding government regulations with primary focus on ITAR,EAR, or Customs requirements
  • Must be a U.S. Person and have an active secret clearance or the ability to obtain one
  • Wide-ranging and extensive experience and advanced knowledge in the following areas: International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) and Export Administration Regulations (EAR) and applicable industry practices and standards in import/export compliance related to government contracting
  • Complete knowledge of applicable industry and/or academic practices and standards related to U.S. Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (DDTC) and Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) licensing, and licensing forms, guidelines and procedures, including experience in preparing, submitting and administering license applications; experience in the preparation of complex Commodity Jurisdiction requests to DDTC; understanding of the Harmonized Tariff Schedules of the United States (HTSUS); experience in classifying items on the United States Munitions List (USML) and the Commerce Control List (CCL)
  • Strong interpersonal skills and effective oral communication skills
  • Excellent writing skills
  • Very strong attention to detail
  • Exceptional analytical skills with the ability to read, understand, and interpret U.S. Government
  • Ability to multitask, context switch, and efficiently and effectively manage workload to include competing priorities and deadlines, ensuring on-time completion of activities
  • Strong sense of accountability and responsibility
  • Keen judgment, discretion, and ability to maintain confidential information
  • 5%-10% travel to company sites, conferences, and/or other travel as needed by the business


  • Master’s degree in International Trade Law, Government Affairs, Public Policy, Business Management, Aerospace Engineering, other Aerospace related technical discipline is preferred
  • Licensed Customs Broker (LCB) in active standing is preferred
  • Extensive work experience in a medium to large organization with multiple projects and interfaces with import/export licensing authorities, in particular US BIS, DDTC, and US CBP
  • Advanced skills and expertise using SharePoint and Microsoft Office tools, particularly Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote

Compensation at Joby is a combination of base pay and Restricted Stock Units (RSUs). The target base pay for this position is $105,900 - $141,200/year. The compensation package will be determined by job-related knowledge, skills, and experience.

Joby also offers a comprehensive benefits package, including paid time off, healthcare benefits, a 401(k) plan with a company match, an employee stock purchase plan (ESPP), short-term and long-term disability coverage, life insurance, and more.


Joby is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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