Opens 05/20/2020 · Closes 07/20/2020

Western Digital is seeking a Senior Counsel, Global Trade Compliance to assist in the development and implementation of the company’s Import and Export Compliance Program with an emphasis on export compliance. This position reports to the Sr. Director, Global Trade Compliance within the Ethics & Compliance team, and in the Legal Department and will join a team of ten trade professionals around the globe.




  • Trade compliance experience with an emphasis on EAR, OFAC economic and trade sanctions programs, TAA, CBP regulations, FTRs, and other trade law compliance, as well as ethics and compliance program management and/or development.
  • 4+ years of practice in a law firm or as an in-house attorney
  • J.D. or equivalent degree from accredited law school
  • •Licensed to practice law in the United States (California or Washington D.C., preferred)
  • •Advised clients in the navigation of complex trade issues
  • •Researched areas of complex trade law made recommendations and provided advice based on independent analysis of the issues


  • Experience in and knowledge of EAR (especially Categories 3 and 5) and export controls generally, OFAC economic and trade sanctions programs, TAA, CBP regulations, FTRs, classification (hardware and software)
  • Working knowledge of Encryption and Mass Market classification determinations
  • Knowledge of export regulations of countries other than the U.S., a plus
  • Experience with ethics and compliance program management and/or development, a plus
  • Experience working, managing and driving multi-functional projects to completion
  • Excellent and effective written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to work cross-functionally and collaboratively
  • Flexible, hardworking team player and motivator with strong people skills
  • Action- and results-oriented
  • Instills trust
  • Resilient and able to quickly adjust priorities to meet business needs
  • Attention to detail, critical thinking, excellent problem solving and analysis skills
  • Nimble learner and quick to learn new and different technologies and stay abreast of emerging technologies
  • Experience working with engineering and R&D teams
  • Ability to make good decisions based on sound judgment
  • Able to work independently with little supervision
  • Skilled in MS Office suite of products (including MS Teams), productivity and collaboration applications, Jive, Box, Webex, Jabber


  • Provide guidance and advice to ensure WDC and its subsidiaries, affiliates, and partners comply fully with all applicable trade laws and regulations, including the EAR, OFAC, and other sanctions programs, TAA, CBP, and other U.S. and international regulations.
  • Ensure proper classification of WDC’s products and related software and technologies, including those with encryption capabilities, and that the Company obtains U.S. Government licenses and classification determinations as required or appropriate.
  • Provide guidance to the Global Trade Compliance and Trade Operations teams regarding proper classification under the HT and HTSUS systems and Customs reconciliation programs.
  • Provide guidance and advice on legal entity structures with respect to trade compliance issues.
  • Draft and review export license, classification, and other regulatory filings.
  • Develop and implement a trade compliance program with continuous improvement activities.
  • Draft and advise on trade compliance policies and procedures.
  • Perform compliance risk assessments and tailor trade compliance programs to address such risks.
  • Monitor legal, regulatory, and trade developments that impact WDC’s business and provide legal guidance to mitigate impacts.
  • Develop and execute risk-based trade compliance training and communications.
  • Collaborate with various business functions (including colleagues in Legal, Finance/Tax, HR, Engineering, NPI, Supply Chain, Marketing and Sales, Corporate Strategy) to understand needs and build integrated, upstream, and forward-looking trade compliance processes.
  • Lead or participate in projects to enhance trade compliance efficiency and value contribution.
  • Contribute to the development of compliance roadmap and strategic planning.
  • Promote a business culture of trade compliance and ethics and conduct other compliance activities.

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