Counsel, Global Trade Compliance




Morrisville, NC (Remote)


Position summary


Description and Requirements

This is a fantastic opportunity for an experienced global trade compliance attorney to join our dynamic team and help to innovate Lenovo's compliance program with the evolving regulatory landscape for the technology industry. This trade compliance counsel position will support all facets of global trade compliance with an emphasis on supply chain, engineering and procurement functional related trade challenges. The successful candidate will have experience supporting complex trade issues involving classification of technology, software and/or source code; technology transfers and IT controls/security for controlled technology; and supply chain and procurement restrictions resulting from recent export control regulatory changes and import restrictions globally. In this position, you will contribute to functional strategy and lead project teams involving innovative and evolving regulatory changes in the technology industry.

Based in the United States this will be a critical role reporting into the VP, Deputy General Counsel, Ethics & Compliance, Government Relations and Global Trade. This Counsel, Trade Compliance will join a growing team of dedicated in-house legal support to the company's global trade function and work horizontally with key business stakeholders.

In this role, you will be responsible for:

  • Continually analyzing the evolving trade laws and regulations applicable to the company, and their impact on strategy and operations.

  • Advising and problem solving on compliance issues involving technology transfers and IT controls/security for controlled technology and supply chain restrictions that have a broad impact on the business.

  • Providing critical programmatic support for trade compliance organization enhancements throughout the global enterprise.

  • Develop process enhancements that embed new regulatory requirements into business operations.

  • Design and advise on enhancements for trade compliance policies, operating procedures and technology control plans.

  • Partner with leaders within legal, engineering and supply chain on large-scale, complex supply chain initiatives.

  • Advise on trade compliance training for a variety of audiences involving classification of technology, software and/or source code.

  • Partner to solve unique and complex problems that have a broad impact on the business involving classification, technology controls and supply chain trade regulations.

  • Advise and manage projects to enhance legal processes, procedures and protocols for trade controls embedded in all functions of the organization.

  • Undertake special projects and supporting other compliance program initiatives.

Major Areas of Responsibility

As an in-house attorney focused on trade compliance, you will advise on cross-border transactions and a wide range of international trade compliance matters. This senior counsel position will collaborate closely with peers in developing and enhancing both US and non-US compliance processes as geopolitics continue to influence global trade strategy and business for the technology industry. You will coordinate with external legal counsel, as appropriate, and provide legal advice to the company's global business units and departments. You will have frequent contact with internal stakeholders throughout the company's global operations, including executives.

Basic Job Requirements:

  • Juris Doctorate degree

  • Minimum of 8 years of experience in advising multinational businesses on trade compliance matters, including US export controls, imports/customs, sanctions and compliance program development.

  • Experience practicing with a top tier law firm and/or multinational consulting group.

Preferred Job Requirements:

  • In-house experience in the high-tech industry and/or encryption is strongly preferred.

  • Subject matter expertise with non-US export and import regulatory regimes.

  • Experience in government relations and trade strategy deployment.

  • Ability to quickly demonstrate competence to gain the trust of business stakeholders to achieve a desired objective.

  • Self-motivated individual with the ability to work smart and fast independently.

  • Problem Solving: Proactively identifies and solves complex problems, thinking beyond existing solutions and frameworks.

  • Comfortable in balancing competing priorities and changes in scope/direction to align with team and business objectives.

  • Excellent communication skills: Ability to clearly articulate and visually present complex legal advice for senior executives; excellent written work product (compliance policies, procedures, training).



*We are open to this role being worked remote for someone located anywhere in the US with preference for Washington DC.


The base salary budgeted range for this position is $140K - 185K. Individuals may also be considered for bonus and/or commission. Lenovo's various benefits can be found on

In compliance with Colorado's EPEWA, the expected application deadline for this position is July 1, 2024. This applies to both external and internal candidates.

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer and do not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, sex, age, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, status as a veteran, and basis of disability or any federal, state, or local protected class.

Additional Locations:

  • United States of America - North Carolina - Morrisville