Virgin Orbit

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Compliance Attorney

Compliance Attorney

Req No. 
Job Locations 
US-CA-Long Beach
Legal & Compliance
Regular Full-Time

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Who we are

Virgin Orbit is seeking an attorney with a strong background and experience in space-related U.S. trade sanctions, compliance implementation, and related investigations (EAR, ITAR, OFAC) to join its legal team.  The attorney filling this position must be both qualified for and interested in assuming a visible and pivotal role in growing and shaping the company’s international trade compliance function.  You will help guide our interaction and the sharing of technical information with Virgin Orbit’s customers, vendors and investors, many of whom are non-US entities.    Additional experience with corporate transactional or commercial business law would be most helpful.  


This attorney will play a pivotal role as a member of highly qualified business and engineering teams in developing and working through business initiatives and strategies.  This role will be challenged to develop legal solutions that will facilitate the company’s business efforts worldwide.  The incumbent’s ability to work effectively with management, win their confidence and cause them to seek out his or her advice is important to success in this position as well as in a career at VO.


This is a great opportunity to join us at an exciting time in the development of our business! 


Your Mission

This is a senior level position reporting to and collaborating with the Chief Administrative Officer and General Counsel, and requires an energetic, pro-active individual who will roll up his or her sleeves to draft documents, policies and procedures.  In general, your responsibilities will include: 

  • Provide counsel and legal leadership to business management on export, import and trade and internal/government compliance matters and help strategize the growth and enhancements required to best meet the needs of this growing global business
  • Enhance company compliance by developing and implementing key global policies, procedures, controls, communications strategies and employee training
  • Provide expert and strategic legal advice to the enterprise, and exercise judgment at a high level
  • Help strategize business-unit growth to meet the compliance needs of VO’s global operations
  • Deal with diverse constituencies and external parties (board members, investors, other stakeholders, regulators, external counsel, politicians, customers & clients, and other business leaders)
  • Help train and supervise other colleagues who are assisting with compliance and enforcement related activities
  • Assist with corporate transactional or commercial business law matters in the Legal Department


Specific Responsibilities:

  • Draft Technical Assistance Agreements, Technology Transfer Control Plans and other ITAR- and EAR-related documents
  • On a frequent basis, review and approve proposed company communications of technical information with customers, vendors, investors and other outside parties to ensure compliance with ITAR and other export regulations
  • Draft and oversee internal governance policies and manage the impact of external factors
  • If needed, lead international investigations and audits, negotiate resolutions with appropriate federal agencies in instances of non-compliance. 
  • Prepare required summaries and work with various business units to resolve compliance matters, preparing where necessary needed government filings. 
  • Deal with complex, significant and challenging matters that cut across legal, business and technical areas
  • Evaluate and weigh multiple inputs and impacts of any decision or course of action
  • Anticipate issues and strategically assess risks (legal, regulatory, security, reputational), and identify proactive solutions that will eliminate or mitigate risks
  • Develop, direct, motivate and drive performance from the compliance team – both internal colleagues and outside counsel
  • Keep abreast of legislative changes


What you bring

The successful candidate should possess the following preparatory and professional experience:

  • Must be a U.S. Person as defined by the U.S. International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) and eligible for a U.S. government security clearance.
  • Approximately 7 - 10 or more years legal experience focusing on trade law, export, import controls compliance and related investigations matters. Facility with ITAR, EAR, CFIUS, OFAC, FCPA and other regulations pertaining to international trade is most important.
  • Experience working with US government agencies responsible for the review of trade law compliance, including the Department of State, the Department of Commerce, the Department of Homeland Security and the Defense Technology Security Administration.
  • Ability to manage multiple requirements and remain composed under pressure.
  • Experienced in managing projects and supervising personnel in these efforts.
  • Strong interpersonal and communications skills that will cause the attorney’s counsel to be sought and followed.
  • A pro-active and energetic approach that ensures that the corporation’s business and legal risks are being anticipated and responded to effectively.
  • Skilled in leading investigations / audits and winning the confidence of business management.
  • Professional maturity and impeccable ethics and integrity.
  • Business orientation and a strong interest in working as part of a space-technology driven business/manufacturing environment.
  • Must be a degreed and licensed attorney, with good academic credentials.
  • Ability to travel, particularly to Washington D.C. Travel is predictable in nature and estimated at about 50%.

ITAR Requirements

To conform to U.S. Government space technology export regulations, applicant must be a U.S. citizen, lawful permanent resident of the U.S., protected individual as defined by ITAR (22 CFR §120.15) or eligible to obtain the required authorizations from the U.S. Department of State.


Personal Requirements:

Virgin Orbit has a relaxed and informal culture that encourages individuality and innovation.  You will be motivated, enterprising and enthusiastic.  Company culture is such that you need to be able to “check your ego at the door,” be a self-starter and possess a sense of humility.  You will work well under commercial pressure and thrive on being given challenges and responsibility.  You will communicate clearly and be confident and persuasive. You will have a high level of integrity and understand the need of complete confidentiality.


Virgin Orbit is an Equal Opportunity Employer; employment with Virgin Orbit is governed on the basis of merit, competence and qualifications and will not be influenced in any manner by race, color, religion, gender, national origin/ethnicity, veteran status, disability status, age, sexual orientation, marital status, mental or physical disability or any other legally protected status.




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