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Trade Compliance Manager

Requisition ID: R10045531

  • Category IconCategory: Legal and Regulatory
  • Location IconLocation: Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, United Kingdom
  • Citizenship IconCitizenship Required: United Kingdom Citizenship
  • Clearance IconClearance Type: Security Check (SC)
  • Telecommute IconTelecommute: Yes-May consider hybrid teleworking for this position
  • Travel IconTravel Required: Yes, 10% of the Time
  • Positions IconPositions Available: 1

At Northrop Grumman, our employees have incredible opportunities to work on revolutionary systems that impact people's lives around the world today, and for generations to come. Our pioneering and inventive spirit has enabled us to be at the forefront of many technological advancements in our nation's history - from the first flight across the Atlantic Ocean, to stealth bombers, to landing on the moon. We look for people who have bold new ideas, courage and a pioneering spirit to join forces to invent the future, and have fun along the way. Our culture thrives on intellectual curiosity, cognitive diversity and bringing your whole self to work — and we have an insatiable drive to do what others think is impossible. Our employees are not only part of history, they're making history.

Your Opportunity to Define Possible. Our Opportunity to Deliver the Nation’s Security. Together.

Salary: £49,000 - £70,000

Role Clearance Type: UK-Security Check (SC). Clearance not required to start

Location:  Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, United Kingdom.

About Your Opportunity:

A significant role in continued enhancement of our integrated Trade Compliance function, supporting business development initiatives and internal research projects.

This critical role will drive improvement, supporting the design and implementation of tools, approval automation, communication and training essential in maintaining an agile, embedded and risk-mitigating framework.

Your Benefits:

  • Flexible working schedules - we offer flexible and hybrid working arrangements. Talk to us at the application stage about any scheduling preferences you may have.
  • Flexible Benefits Package – choose which NGUKL benefits you want to satisfy your personal needs. Core Benefits provided for you are Healthcare, Dental, Life Assurance and Pension. Benefits you can flex include Critical Illness Cover, Health Cash Plan, and Health Assessments.
  • Employee Incentive Programme – exceptional performance is recognized through our annual incentive programme which is awarded to top performers who excel
  • Career Development – opportunity for ongoing professional development and career growth opportunities

Your Responsibilities:

  • Support Trade Compliance role in Business Development projects, with responsibility for export licence applications and compliance, engagement on US authorisations, and customs considerations
  • Lead Trade Compliance input on NGUKL automation/ digital transformation projects and business change projects where required, and develop and deliver automation projects for Trade Compliance functional improvements
  • Maintain the Trade Compliance training programme; develop and deliver presentations, including Trade Compliance awareness training and programme/function specific export training
  • Lead Trade Compliance engagement on Internal Research and Development (IRAD) projects
  • Actively lead engagement with internal Technical Advisors, to include export classification determination oversight, regular meetings, regulatory updates, resources pages and annual training

Your Experience:

  • Significant experience working in an export/trade compliance role
  • Strong communication, influencing and training skills
  • Experience in interpreting and providing guidance on UK/ EU and US export regulations for goods, technology and software
  • Proficient in ERP systems and automation project
  • Experience in the Defence/Aerospace industry

Your Future Team:

My purpose; to lead a team of Trade Compliance professionals who are engaged and enthusiastic for continuous learning and being part of a trusted function that communicates strong compliance standards, whilst enabling the business to ‘define possible’ upon the foundation of compliance and integrity.”

Louise Howls – Regional Trade Compliance Manager, Europe

Our team are central support across all business areas. As practitioners we have developed expertise in due diligence, import and US export regulation and compliance, applying an open minded, creative and solution focus to all projects that motivate us to remain agile in response to business changes.

Our central position secures our team as leading experts in the industry. We collaborate with colleagues across UK, EU and US markets, further advancing our knowledge across international markets.

We believe that creating a team that values diversity and fosters inclusion is essential to great performance. We know the best ideas come from diversity of thought, background, perspective, culture, gender, race, age and many other elements. We welcome candidates from all backgrounds and particularly from communities currently under-represented within our industry. We treat everyone with respect and foster safe and inclusive environments.

About Our Responsibilities:

Our customers operate in unique environments which offer new and exciting challenges every day, cultivating a place where you can learn and thrive, working alongside the best minds in industry. We’ll give you space to develop your career, where your ideas can shape the future of our dynamic business. 

We promote collaboration to achieve more than we could imagine, together. And within a respectful and inspirational environment, we value what you say and do.

How to Apply:

Interested in our opportunity?

Yes – then simply submit your application online. Your application will be reviewed by one of our expert recruiters who’ll then respond advising you of the outcome and next steps for successful candidates.

Possibly, I’d like to find out more – then connect direct with, our recruitment business partner who will be happy to support you with any enquires.

Background checks and potentially security clearance form part of the recruitment process, our team will inform you of the procedures when required.

Northrop Grumman UK:

Work with a global brand that makes a real contribution to our nation’s security and future. At Northrop Grumman UK, the brightest minds come together to push the boundaries and Define Possible. As leaders in the digital transformation of Aerospace, Defence and Intelligence we are providing ground-breaking outcomes for our customers.


Northrop Grumman is committed to equality and diversity in our workplace. Northrop Grumman provides equal employment opportunity to all employees and applicants without regard to an individual's protected status, including race/ethnic origin, color, nationality, national origin, ancestry, sex/gender, gender identity/expression, gender reassignment, sexual orientation, marriage/civil partnership, pregnancy/maternity, religion or belief, creed, age, disability, genetic information, or any other protected status or characteristic.

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What's great about
Northrop Grumman

  1. Be part of a culture that thrives on intellectual curiosity, cognitive diversity and bringing your whole self to work.
  2. Use your skills to build and deliver innovative tech solutions that protect the world and shape a better future.
  3. Enjoy benefits like work-life balance, education assistance and paid time off.

Did you know?

Northrop Grumman leads the industry team for NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope, the largest, most complex and powerful space telescope ever built. Launched in December 2021, the telescope incorporates innovative design, advanced technology, and groundbreaking engineering, and will fundamentally alter our understanding of the universe.