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Director, Trade Screening & Business Engagement

Microsoft Corporation

This is a Full-time position in Atlanta, GA posted November 14, 2021.

Empower every person and organization on the planet to achieve more.

That’s what inspires us, drives our work, and pushes us to challenge the status quo every day.

At Microsoft, we also work to empower our employees, so they can achieve more.

We believe we should each find meaning in our work and we ensure employees have the freedom and the reach to help make a difference in the world.

Microsoft’s Finance vision is focused on how business partnership leads to outcomes and how we drive impact.

We do this through our core values – People, Prioritization, Partnership and Protect.

Tax & Trade is responsible for Worldwide Tax Reporting, Compliance, and Planning, including the technology and process functions to support the coordination of the worldwide tax and trade functions. 

The Trade Compliance team preserves, creates, and enables international market access for products, software, technology, and services by providing oversight, guidance and requirements associated with cross-border movements.

The team owns and manages export control and customs processes, ensuring compliance with all applications laws and regulations and provides import/export subject matter expertise internally and externally.

This role is part of the Microsoft Worldwide Tax and Trade Organization in Trade Screening and Business Engagement where you will proactively plan to address immediate Trade related regulatory updates, compliance needs for changing regulations, and build longer term plans to address emerging regulatory measures.

You will take a strategic view in driving beyond the day to day and help to build a robust plan for today, and for tomorrow while implementing and driving for continuous improvements in processes and structure to pave the way for innovation and growth by setting standards and priorities.

Responsibilities

People Management

– Provide support and core priority guidance to team.

– Ensure seamless communication and alignment across functional departments.

– Set Expectations for Accountability.

– Work with staff, reviewing deliverables to ensure work quality and completion, while providing ongoing feedback.

– Managers deliver success through empowerment and accountability by modeling, coaching, and caring.

Compliance

– You will be working closely with business unit customers and partners to provide subject-matter expertise and support related to OFAC and other country sanctions programs, as well as U.S.

export control laws and regulations.

– Perform compliance reviews and investigations, identifying sanctions/OFAC-related risks or concerns.

– Manage engagements related to sanctions/OFAC/export control reviews, including transactional lookbacks, process improvements, system tuning, and segregation.

– Draft memos for clients and stakeholders detailing risk and mitigation measures.

– Provide guidance and ensure compliance with sanctions laws, including end-user, end-use regulatory requirements.

– Regulatory reporting, management reporting, operational metrics, visibility, communication, and sharing achievements.

Stakeholder Engagement

– Provides consultation, communications, direction, roadmap objectives, and awareness to senior stakeholders in various business functions in order to ensure Trade compliance covering Sanctions & Embargoes, OFAC, Export controls and Customs.

– Partners with global business stakeholders to ensure compliance with export and import control laws and regulations in Microsofts numerous jurisdictions.

Facilitates an environment of inclusion that leverages diverse perspectives and talent, to better represent and understand global customers.

– Conduct Executive Briefings 

Audit

Plans for review of trade controls, compliance reviews, and audits supporting Microsofts government controlled programs.

Identifies areas for improvement, provides feedback to staff and auditors, and executes corrective action plans.

Reporting

Helps the team provide appropriate data-collection efforts for regulatory obligations.

Manages trade related risk analysis, setting metrics, and defining the requirements for trade solutions.

Ensures data availability for government reporting.

Manages and contributes to the research development and implementation of reporting and insights across the enterprise.

Forecast and monitor budgeting requirements.

Training

Identifies business training needs and aids in developing training pertaining to government controlled programs.

Coordinates and facilitates compliance training and change management training for internal business partners.

Oversee the identification of the teams training needs and the content development process.

Process Improvement

Drive efficiencies for trade processes by monitoring feedback (e.g., from internal controllership), determine needed updates, institute policy changes by overseeing updates for Procedures, and provide executive communication updates.

Challenge the norms; test and verify.

Drive innovation across the organization to support process improvement.

Other

Embody our culture and values

Qualifications

Required/Minimum Qualifications

– Bachelors Degree in Business Administration, Law, or related field AND 10+ years corporate, trade, or supply chain experience AND 5+ years of people management experience
– OR Masters Degree in Business Administration, Law, or related field AND 8+ years corporate, trade, or supply chain experience AND 5+ years of people management experience
– OR equivalent experience.

Additional or Preferred Qualifications

– Bachelors Degree in Business Administration, Law, or related field AND 12+ years corporate, trade, or supply chain experience AND 5+ years people management experience
OR Masters Degree in Business Administration, Law, or related field AND 10+ years corporate, trade, or supply chain experience AND 5+ years people management experience
OR Doctorate Degree in Business Administration, Law, or related field AND 8+ years corporate, trade, or supply chain experience AND 5+ years people management experience
OR equivalent experience.

– Certification with ECTI (similar export certification program) or equivalent
OR in-country professional trade certifications or licenses.

– Prefer 8 or more years of experience on Trade Compliance, with at least 5 years dedicated to the international trade environment in a challenging industry environment and structured training program. 
– Prefer Minimum of 2 years supervising an organization of trade compliance professionals.

– Basic knowledge of U.S.

denied parties and sanctioned country laws and regulations, including OFAC and other country sanctions regulations preferred.