Product Compliance Manager, Full Time

This position will be responsible for all operational activities related to the product compliance

Shift: M-F 9-5 with Flexibility

Department: Product Services

About SparkFun

SparkFun Electronics is an open source e-retailer focused on making embedded electronics accessible to people of all ages and skill levels. SparkFun was instrumental in creating the Open Source Hardware movement and remains a leader dedicated to making it more commonplace. We strive to educate, encourage, and supply our customers in all things electronic.

In 2003, CU student Nate Seidle shorted a programmer in his dorm room and, in lieu of a way to order easy replacements, decided to start his own company. Since then, SparkFun has been committed to sustainably helping our world achieve electronics literacy from our headquarters in Boulder, Colorado. No matter your vision, SparkFun’s products and resources are designed to make the world of electronics more accessible. In addition to over 2,000 open source components and widgets, SparkFun offers curriculum, training and online tutorials designed to help demystify the wonderful world of embedded electronics. We’re here to help you start something.

We are an equal opportunity employer that values a diverse workforce and an inclusive culture. SparkFun offers an abundance of opportunities to learn new skills from other Funions, in addition to many other benefits and perks.

About SparkFun's Product Services Department

The Product Services team is responsible for five aspects of the product development process: product sourcing, product content, product administration, product support, and project management. These five aspects align to ensure that SparkFun is successful in the implementation of our overall product strategy. These responsibilities include all resale products and in-house assemblies.

SparkFun's Next Product Compliance Manager

The Compliance Manager will be responsible for all operational activities related to product compliance with relevant regulations regarding the product’s materials composition and function: policy and resource design, the process, and implementation. This position works with multiple business functional teams to execute on that responsibility.

The Compliance Manager position includes being the subject matter expert for all things product compliance for the range of electronics components, sensors, wireless technology, circuit boards, and electronics projects materials that SparkFun offers. This includes, but is not limited to, offering advice and suggestions in an effort to create and execute on a product compliance strategy, working under the guidance and direction of the Product Services Manager. This position will also implement and execute product compliance strategy, including facilitating the creation of the overall structure, resources, processes, and procedures with multiple functional teams to ensure SparkFun meets governmental requirements on product compliance.

This role has the responsibility to create the overall product compliance foundation and strategy, to ensure company-wide adherence to that foundation all the while constantly looking for and making suggestions about process improvements.

The ideal candidate will have proven experience with ECCN classification decisions, Prop65, and RoHS.

Essential Job Functions

  • Works within our product development process to determine, implement, and manage the overall structure, resources, processes, and procedures to ensure SparkFun products meet the governmental requirements for all countries in relation to product materials composition, safety, and markings required.
  • Ensures SparkFun meets governmental requirements for all countries’ screening, license documentation and management, embargoed country management, and other related responsibilities.
  • Maintains knowledge of changes to product compliance regulations and ensure we are current and compliant.
  • Leads Cross Functional teams to ensure adherence to established rules and processes related to compliance impact on products’ markets of sale and product controls.
  • Works with cross-functional teams in completing risk assessments and analysis for SparkFun.
  • Initiates system controls recommendations to promote service, quality, efficiency, and risk reduction for all of SparkFun’s products.
  • Oversee preparation and administration of appropriate trainings for SparkFun employees who are/will be executing the processes and procedures of the product compliance program.
  • Works as an advisor to Sr. Managers and Sr. Leaders to suggest and implement recommendations on avoidance and mitigation of risk based on their knowledge of government rules and regulations.
  • Supports Leadership by offering suggestions for strategy development and process and procedure implementation and improvement.
  • Create & manage effective action plans to audit discoveries or potential compliance violations

Required Skills:

  • 2+ years of experience in Product Compliance or related field
  • In-depth knowledge of industry standards and regulations affecting electronics and technology products
  • Experience with, and thorough understanding of ECCN classification decisions, RoHS, and Prop65
  • Ability to communicate across functions and levels within SparkFun
  • Ability to work across functions, build bridges, and work within teams
  • Experience crafting a formal compliance framework

Additional Qualifications (preferred, not required):

  • Detail-oriented, organized, and ability to multitask
  • Adaptable with a mindset to deliver results and execute
  • Dependable with the ability to think critically and analytically
  • Experience with, and some understanding of, ITAR, REACH, Conflict Minerals, HTS, etc.
  • Technical knowledge of embedded electronics

SparkFun Benefits & Perks

SparkFun Electronics offers its employees a comprehensive benefits package, in addition to several perks. In regards to benefits, we offer medical, dental, and vision. And, we offer a 401k match, disability, life insurance, and a flexible leave policy.

SparkFun offers many perks, including but not limited to a dog-friendly workplace, professional development opportunities, an on-site fitness center, lunch and learns, and internal classes to learn from fellow Funions!

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