Government Relations Manager - International Business and Policy

Sierra Nevada Corporation Arlington, VA

About the Job

We are seeking International Business and Policy Manager with Bachelor’s Degree in a related field of study. In this challenging, fast-paced environment, you'll have the opportunity to apply your knowledge and experience to facilitate our International business operations and support the design and creation of the most groundbreaking aerospace and defense technologies - those that exist today and those that will shape tomorrow. What to look forward to: As an International Business and Policy Manager, you will be using your skills and expertise to drive development and implementation of corporate policy through strategic partnerships with government and industry groups. You'll be responsible for guiding and representing the company on legislative and regulatory affairs with elected officials and government officials in regulatory agencies. You'll positively impact the business by directing and working with designated trade and business associations, advocacy groups on political, legislative and regulatory issues of importance to the company

At SNC’s Washington, D.C. office we are responsible for government affairs, international strategy, international business, and trade and regulatory compliance. We provide strategic guidance across the organization, helping to find alignment and compliance between SNC and the national security priorities of the U.S. government. Learn more about the Washington, D.C. team


  • Bachelor's degree (advanced preferred) in a related field of study. A higher level degree may substitute for experience. Related experience may be considered in lieu of required education

  • 5+ years of experience in international business, export controls, security cooperation/foreign assistance 

  • Expertise in US government affairs and related regulatory environment/processes

  • Strategic mindset able to navigate, affect, and/or lead complex initiatives with senior level stakeholders

  • Strong interpersonal and written/verbal communication skills. Able to establish and develop relationships with ease

  • Extensive knowledge of the DOD Technical Security and Foreign Disclosure (TSFD) system and overall security cooperation/foreign assistance apparatus 

  • Ability to digest complex regulations/policies and interpret implications to a broad portfolio

  • Advanced understanding of US trade regulations (ITAR/EAR) and the stakeholder equities throughout Dept of Defense, Dept of State, Dept of Commerce, etc. 

  • The ability to obtain and maintain a Secret U.S. Security Clearance is required. Learn more about the background check process for Security Clearances


  • Basic knowledge of US export controls and associated USG processes/equities

  • Extensive experience facilitating requirements and processes for Foreign Military Sales (FMS) and Direct Commercial Sales (DCS)


This position requires the ability to obtain and maintain a Secret U.S. Security Clearance. U.S. Citizenship status is required as this position needs an active U.S. Security Clearance for employment. Non-U.S. citizens may not be eligible to obtain a security clearance.  The Department of Defense Consolidated Adjudications Facility (DoD CAF), a federal government agency, handles the adjudicative aspects of the security clearance eligibility process for industry applicants. Adjudicative factors which affect the outcome of the eligibility determination include, but are not limited to, allegiance to the U.S., foreign influence, foreign preference, criminal conduct, security violations and illegal drug use.

At Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) we deliver customer-focused technology and best-of-breed integrations in the aerospace and defense sectors. SNC has been honored as one of the most innovative U.S. companies in space, a Tier One Superior Supplier for the U.S. Air Force, and as one of America’s fastest-growing companies. Learn more about SNC

SNC offers annual incentive pay based upon performance that is commensurate with the level of the position.

SNC offers a generous benefit package, including medical, dental, and vision plans, 401(k) with 150% match up to 8%, life insurance, 3 weeks paid time off, tuition reimbursement, and more.

Sierra Nevada Corporation is an Equal Opportunity Employer

– Minority / Female / Disability / Veteran, or any other protected status

pursuant to applicable local, state or federal law, ordinance or regulation.