Director, Defence Trade Compliance

Located at 3099 Barrington Street in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, B3K 5M7, and 35 Micmac Boulevard, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada, B3A 4Y8, Irving Shipbuilding has a proud history as Canada’s shipbuilder. A proud member of the J.D. Irving, Limited group of companies, we have been building quality vessels and fabricated modules for more than 50 years, and our Halifax Shipyard has been at the forefront of Canadian shipbuilding for 130 years.

Since 2012, we have invested more than $400 million in facilities, people, processes, and technology, making Halifax Shipyard one of the most modern and capable shipyards in North America. Over the next 30 years our shipbuilders will construct 20+ modern patrol ships and surface combatants for the Royal Canadian Navy as part of Canada’s National Shipbuilding Strategy, the largest defence procurement in Canadian history. This year we delivered the second lead Arctic and Offshore Patrol Ship, the largest Navy ship built in Canada in 50 years and we’re just getting started. The third ship will be delivered in 2022.

We’re growing our team with career-defining opportunities that will revitalize Canada’s shipbuilding industry and provide Canada’s sailors with the ships they need to protect Canada’s interests at home and abroad. Our workforce of over 2,000 will grow to more than 2,800 at peak construction of the Canadian Surface Combatants. We have built more than 80% of Canada’s current combatant fleet and continue to perform maintenance and modernization work on the ships, including the Halifax-class frigates.

Irving Shipbuilding Inc. is seeking a DIRECTOR, DEFENCE TRADE COMPLIANCE.

This is a permanent full-time role based in Halifax Regional Municipality, Nova Scotia. The primary language of work is English. We encourage applications from qualified African Nova Scotians, racially visible persons, women (applying for non-traditional positions), persons with disabilities, Aboriginal persons and persons of the LGBTQ+ community. ISI encourages applicants to self-identify in the cover letter/resume portion of your application. Irving Shipbuilding Inc. is committed to the principle of equal opportunity in its employment practices and to providing an environment where all employees feel supported and valued. 


  • Bachelor’s Degree in business administration, law, engineering, or related discipline; or minimum of 10 years’ experience in international trade will be accepted in place of education
  • Minimum of 10 years’ leadership experience in the defence industry, manufacturing, or in a regulatory compliance function
  • Relevant knowledge and working experience in the following:
    • ITAR, including Technical Assistance Agreements,
    • General export compliance,
    • US Foreign Military Sales; and
    • United Kingdom Official / Sensitive information
    • Experience and/or working knowledge of other countries’ export and import laws, specifically the United Kingdom
  • Preference will be given to experience in:
    • Canadian Controlled Goods Program or comparable government programs,
    • Government security clearances for organizations, facilities, and personnel,
    • Assessing risk inside operational zones
    • Information Management
  • Advanced written and verbal communication, presentation, and interpersonal skills.
  • Strong leadership, relationship/team building skills, energetic, and results-focused.

All successful applicants must meet requirements for Canadian Controlled Goods Program (CGP), Canadian Government Security clearance, and U.S. International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR).

Key Responsibilities:

Reporting to the General Counsel of Irving Shipbuilding Inc. (ISI), the Director, Defence Trade Compliance (DTC) is responsible for the overall management of ISI’s DTC operations. The ideal candidate will be an energetic and strategic people leader who is adept at analyzing business problems and identifying solutions. The ideal candidate will drive solutions forward through effective techniques with communication, change management and implementation. 

The DTC department is organized into two sub-departments, which the Director, DTC will be responsible for:

Information Security:

  • This team is responsible for supporting ISI and its defence project teams with export compliance requirements, including compliance with: (i) Canadian Controlled Goods program; (ii) United States International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR), including administration of ITAR Technical Assistance Agreements; (iii) United Kingdom Official / Sensitive information; (iv) US Foreign Military Sales agreements; (v) management of Classified information and environments; and (vi) other export-controlled information and material. 

Operational Security:

  • This team is responsible for supporting ISI and its defence project teams with its contractually obligated operational requirements of both Canada’s Contract Security program and Controlled Goods program, including: (i) organization and facility security registrations, (ii) personnel  clearances, (iii) subcontractor  requirements, and (iv) other contractual security requirements. 

As the Director, DTC, you will be responsible for ISI’s DTC operations, including but not limited to:

  • Lead, direct and manage a team of Defence Trade Compliance professionals in a defence contract environment
  • Responsible for the leadership of DTC function in support of shipbuilding
  • Strategic planning and execution relating to the DTC activities of the organization
  • Support ISI’s defence program teams (CSC, AOPS and Halifax-class frigates) with the DTC-compliant execution of their programs.  This includes requirements in connection with employees, the manufacturing process, contract deliverables and material inventory/transportation, along with project data, materials and equipment
  • Ensure strict adherence to company DTC procedures and policies, as well as existing and updated legislated requirements
  • Responsible for formalizing internal DTC regulations and supporting business units in this endeavour, including development of policy, processes and training necessary to ensure ISI’s operations, including information management and manufacturing activities, are compliant with DTC obligations
  • Management of ISI’s DTC risk, including audits and compliance investigations 
  • Build and manage relationships at Executive level, key internal stakeholders and with external groups (eg. ISI’s customers and major subcontractors) to ensure that problems, issues and improvement opportunities are addressed in a timely and effective manner
  • Continuously improve the DTC capability of the organization; develop solutions for DTC based challenges, including the transition from AOPS construction to CSC construction in the coming years and the risks/requirements for DTC and ISI’s business operations
  • Delivery of DTC support to ISI’s affiliates, as needed

What We Offer:

Irving Shipbuilding is proud to offer a competitive salary and benefits package, including but not limited to:

  • A flexible medical, dental, and vision plan;
  • Employee & Family Assistance Programs;
  • RRSP matching program;
  • Health & Wellness reimbursements;
  • Opportunities to take part in job related training and development;
  • Growth and progression opportunities within Irving Shipbuilding and the larger network of the JD Irving group of companies.
  • Relocation costs (if applicable)

Please be advised that some positions within our business have been designated as ‘Safety Sensitive’ where the employee holding the position has a heightened responsibility for his/her own safety or the safety of others due to the nature of the job. If this is the case, you will be informed in the interview process.

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compensation: To be discussed.

employment type: full-time

job title: Director, Defence Trade Compliance

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