Senior Director, Export and Trade Attorney

San Diego, CA +1

Qualcomm Incorporated is seeking an experienced export and trade attorney with 10+ years of experience advising on export and trade controls, as well as on EAR, ITAR, and OFAC matters.  The individual selected for this role will report to the Chief Risk and Compliance Officer (CRCO) and must be able to execute the below duties and responsibilities.

This is a hybrid position based in either the Washington, DC or San Diego, CA area.


  • Advise company management of legal, regulatory, and operational risk areas relating to export controls and trade regulations and appropriate means of addressing and mitigating them.
  • Advise on implementation of screening protocols to ensure that prohibited financial or commercial transactions not occur, in accordance with OFAC regulatory sanctions against targeted countries, entities, groups, and individuals.
  • Conduct OFAC sanctions transactional due diligence, screening, investigations, audits, and risk assessments.
  • Advise on and implement protocols to ensure compliance with export screening lists maintained by regulatory agencies such as BIS, Department of Commerce; DDTC, Department of State; and OFAC, Department of the Treasury.
  • Research and analyze export, trade, and customs legislation, regulations, guidance, and sanctions.
  • Interact with local, state, and federal law enforcement where appropriate.
  • Coordinate collaboratively and effectively across company functions.
  • Track and appropriately document developments and report same to the CRCO and stakeholders.
  • Communicate, where appropriate, to large groups and multiple constituencies, including training and guidance to the business.
  • Provide legal guidance for the Export Control team, which is part of Government Affairs.  This may include screening and analyzing export classifications, drafting and implementing appropriate policies and processes, and training company employees.
  • Manage and conduct internal export and trade-related compliance investigations and provide legal support for any government-initiated audits and inquiries relating to export and trade.
  • Ensure that any substantiated investigations result in remediations that maintain a culture of compliance.
  • Assist in resolving trade-related contract issues with vendors, clients, customers, and other third parties.
  • Manage the engagement of outside counsel, including monitoring budget and spend.
  • Maintain confidentiality, brief stakeholders on a need-to-know basis as determined by the sensitivity of the issue, and demonstrate trustworthiness with highly sensitive information.
  • Analyze and provide counsel on legislation and policy affecting the company’s interests
  • Provide proactive counsel and guidance on international trade law, regulation and policy matters for the company.
  • Develop a close rapport with internal stakeholders to understand supply-chain risks and opportunities to build new processes.  Advise on value chain resiliency issues. 
  • Help assess the impact of potential executive orders and legislation that could restrict exports, foreign investments, or other foreign activities, and/or disrupt relevant supply chains.  This work may include, for example, legislative analysis and drafting (informed by close consultation with different internal stakeholders) and engagement with the Hill and other parts of the United States Government.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Juris Doctorate degree or international equivalent.
  • Twelve (12) years of relevant legal practice experience as counsel whether in government, in-house, or at a large law firm, with at least 6 years of large law firm experience.
  • Ten (10) years of legal experience advising on global trade regulations, including U.S. export controls, sanctions, and customs regulations.
  • Six (6) years of leadership experience.
  • Active bar license to practice law in the state or jurisdiction where the employee will be practicing (or ability to obtain upon hiring).


  • Fifteen (15) to 20 years of relevant legal practice experience as counsel whether in government, in-house, or at a large law firm, with at least 6 years of large law firm experience.
  • Ability to effectively collaborate with teams.
  • Ability to communicate effectively in writing and verbally.
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving ability.
  • Experience engaging with governmental (regulatory and enforcement) agencies.

In addition to experience, the successful candidate will have demonstrated competencies in the following areas:

Analytical Skills:  The ability to collect information and identify fundamental patterns/trends in data. This includes the ability to gather, integrate, and interpret information from several sources.

Building Trusting Relationships: The ability to build trusting, collaborative relationships and rapport with different types of people and businesses. This includes delivering on commitments and maintaining confidential information, as well as being approachable, showing interest in the other person, and relating well to people regardless of personality or background.

Communication: The ability to convey information clearly and accurately, as well as choosing the most effective method of delivery (e.g., email, phone, face-to-face). This includes using a technically sound communication style both verbally and in writing.

Creating the New and Different: The ability to be creative. This includes the ability to produce breakthrough ideas, being a visionary, managing innovation, seeing multiple futures, having broad interests and knowledge, and gaining support in order to translate new ideas into solutions. This also includes the ability to plan and implement unconventional ideas and speculate about alternative futures without all of the data.

Decision Making: The ability to make quick, accurate decisions. This includes the ability to weigh alternatives and take into account the impact of the decisions on people, equipment, or other resources.

Getting Work Done: The ability to be organized, resourceful, and planful. This includes the ability to leverage multiple resources to get things done and lay out tasks in sufficient detail. This also includes the ability to get things done with fewer resources and in less time, work on multiple tasks at once without losing track, and foresee and plan around obstacles.

Technical Knowledge: Knowledge of program management methodology (e.g., planning, scheduling, tracking, execution). This includes the ability to effectively use program management tools to carry out the program management function.

Although this role has some expected minor physical activity, this should not deter otherwise qualified applicants from applying. If you are an individual with a physical or mental disability and need an accommodation during the application/hiring process, please call Qualcomm’s toll-free number found here for assistance. Qualcomm will provide reasonable accommodations, upon request, to support individuals with disabilities as part of our ongoing efforts to create an accessible workplace.

Qualcomm is an equal opportunity employer and supports workforce diversity.

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Pay range:

$229,000.00 - $343,000.00The above pay scale reflects the broad, minimum to maximum, pay scale for this job code for the location for which it has been posted. Even more importantly, please note that salary is only one component of total compensation at Qualcomm.  We also offer a competitive annual discretionary bonus program and opportunity for annual RSU grants (employees on sales-incentive plans are not eligible for our annual bonus).  In addition, our highly competitive benefits package is designed to support your success at work, at home, and at play. Your recruiter will be happy to discuss all that Qualcomm has to offer!

If you would like more information about this role, please contact Qualcomm Careers.

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