Aerojet Rocketdyne Careers

  • Senior Counsel and Director, International Trade Compliance

    Location US-AL-Huntsville
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  • Overview

    Aerojet Rocketdyne is an innovative company delivering solutions that create value for its customers in the aerospace and defense markets. The company is a world-recognized aerospace and defense leader that provides propulsion and energetics to the space, missile defense and strategic systems, tactical systems and armaments areas, in support of domestic and international markets. Additional information about Aerojet Rocketdyne can be obtained by visiting our websites at and

    The Senior Counsel and Director International Trade Compliance will be a key part of both the legal team and oversee the Aerojet Rocketdyne (AR) International Trade Compliance (ITC) organization.  This individual will support the AR Defense Business with respect to federal procurement law issues, including prime and subcontracts with the U.S. Government, compliance and litigation issues, and serve as a leader to the ITC organization, responsible for ITC personnel, procedures and activities at all AR locations.

    This Senior Counsel and Director ITC reports to the General Counsel of the AR Defense Business and is located in the AR Defense Business headquarters in Huntsville, Alabama.

    Essential Job Functions (Including % of Time for Each)

    As Senior Counsel will provide advice and counsel to senior and operating management and other functions on U.S. government contract law. Key areas where this Senior Counsel’s advice and counsel will be sought include:

    • Provide advice and counsel on U.S. government contract law compliance, policy, and regulatory interpretation.
    • Attend review meetings and participate in opportunity and contract reviews.
    • Assist as requested in contract negotiation.
    • Participate as needed in the evaluation of supplier and collaboration arrangements including joint venture, partnerships, and teaming agreements.
    • Provide advice related to the evaluation, analysis, and assessment of claims.
    • Evaluate and advise on remedies and the resolution of contract disputes.
    • Assist in the management of litigation matters.
    • Advise on the legal aspects of international trade compliance, data rights, trademarks, copyrights, sales agreements, trade regulations and anti-trust laws, purchasing, credit, tax insurance and property matters, personnel (labor) and public relations.

    As Senior Counsel and Director ITC, this individual will lead AR’s ITC organization in order to administer the AR export control compliance program at all AR facilities. The Senior Counsel and Director ITC will ensure that the ITC function is fully integrated with AR’s business goals and strategies, is responsible for maintaining ITC policies and procedures, and will also evaluate questions of export compliance independently from other business influences for the benefit of the enterprise.

    As Director of ITC, this individual will be responsible for the following export compliance actions:

    • Oversee the ITC organization and its procedures, personnel, and activities at all AR locations. There are about 10 ITC professionals located at five major US operating locations.
    • Serve as the primary liaison with government authorities and customers with respect to international trade compliance matters, maintain current information on applicable laws and regulations, and publish notifications to Aerojet Rocketdyne and Aerojet Rocketdyne Holdings, Inc. as appropriate regarding changes to export laws or regulations.
    • Analyze and handle export control compliance issues, and provide prompt notification through the reporting chain of suspected issues including potential violations of applicable law or regulation.
    • Establish and maintain capabilities with respect to third party screening and due diligence, training for all employees, and advanced training for personnel with special compliance responsibilities.
    • Create and maintain a compliance self-assessment program, coordinating with AR’s internal audit department as appropriate.
    • Create and maintain a program to track and implement corrective actions resulting from investigations, self-disclosures or program improvements.
    • Represent the Company before export control regulators in matters related to registration, licensing, commodity jurisdiction requests, or voluntary disclosures.
    • Participate in the selection and in the oversight and management of outside resources including outside counsel engaged to assist AR in addressing ITC issues.



    This position will require travel to multiple Aerojet Rocketdyne sites around the U.S.


    Bachelor’s degree and a Law (JD) degree, with an emphasis in federal procurement law and commercial contracts.

    Minimum of seven years of experience as an attorney with specific and relevant experience in U.S. government contracts. Specific experience in the areas of procurement litigation (including contractor remedies such as bid protests, equitable adjustments, claim defense and prosecution, and investigations) is required.  Experience with ITAR and EAR is required.  Other areas of commercial contracts and transactions is desirable, although not required.

    Experience managing personnel and/or leadership ability are required. Additionally, the applicant must have strong communications, analytical, negotiations, and problem solving skills.

    US Citizenship required. Must be able to obtain and maintain a U.S. Security Clearance at the appropriate level (U.S. Citizenship required). Must also be able to satisfy federal government requirements for access to government information, and having dual citizenship may preclude you from being able to meet this requirement.


    Work Environment and Physical Requirements:

    Employees in this position must possess mobility to work in a standard office setting and to use standard office equipment, including a computer; stamina to sit and to maintain attention to detail despite interruptions; may occasionally lift/carry/push/pull up to 15 pounds; may require minimal walking, climbing, stooping, crouching, and/or bending; and vision to read printed materials and a computer screen, and hearing and speech to communicate in person and over the telephone. May require the ability to travel by air or auto. This position may be expected to work varying shifts and hours to ensure successful operation of activities in the organization.



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