Trade Compliance Counsel

About Us

At Cloudflare, we have our eyes set on an ambitious goal: to help build a better Internet. Today the company runs one of the world’s largest networks that powers trillions of requests per month. Cloudflare protects and accelerates any Internet application online without adding hardware, installing software, or changing a line of code. Internet properties powered by Cloudflare have all web traffic routed through its intelligent global network, which gets smarter with every request. As a result, they see significant improvement in performance and a decrease in spam and other attacks. Cloudflare was recognized by the World Economic Forum as a Technology Pioneer and named to Entrepreneur Magazine’s Top Company Cultures list.

We realize people do not fit into neat boxes. We are looking for curious and empathetic individuals who are committed to developing themselves and learning new skills, and we are ready to help you do that. We cannot complete our mission without building a diverse and inclusive team. We hire the best people based on an evaluation of their potential and support them throughout their time at Cloudflare. Come join us!  

What You’ll Do  

Cloudflare’s business requires a world class legal team to help the company deal with complex matters by anticipating complications and distractions, and guiding the company around those obstacles.  We’re looking for a new team member who can help foster our unique corporate philosophy and approach, in which the security and privacy of our customers are paramount. This role is ideal for someone who is a proactive self-starter and strategic thinker, who has a thirst for knowledge and continued growth, all while working as part of a great team.    

We are looking for an exceptionally talented, energetic and friendly trade compliance attorney to join our legal team based either in Austin, TX or Washington, DC. You will play a key role advising on Cloudflare’s export, import and sanctions compliance programs, as well as providing legal support for our broader trade compliance initiatives. The perfect candidate is passionate about trade compliance and can channel that passion into solving complex problems and novel legal issues in a fast-paced environment. As part of the job, you will: 

  • Provide advice and counseling on a range of trade compliance issues, including import/export requirements applicable to our portfolio of Cloudflare products, services, and technology, sales and operations, partner and vendor relationships, and supply chain and distribution.
  • Counsel and advise on import and export compliance matters related to U.S. and international trade regimes.
  • Manage classification and export licensing of Cloudflare products, services, and technology under US and international export and import regulations. 
  • Counsel and advise on activities relating to U.S. and international sanctions regimes.
  • Assist in the design and implementation of company-wide compliance programs and initiatives, including compliance policies, processes and training.
  • Collaborate with cross-functional teams, such as Supply Chain, Billing, Policy, People, Product, and Finance to coordinate compliance programs and initiatives.
  • Facilitate periodic risk assessments and monitoring of the trade compliance program.
  • Keep informed of new laws, regulations, and industry trends affecting the Company.
  • Undertake special projects and support other compliance program initiatives.

Examples of desirable skills, knowledge and experience

  • JD degree with strong academic credentials.
  • Admitted to practice law in at least one U.S. state.
  • Open to non-attorney candidates with strong trade compliance manager experience. 
  • 4+ years relevant experience working on trade compliance in-house or at a Vault 100 law firm
  • Expertise with import/export of software and encryption is highly desirable.
  • Preferred but not required: Licensed Customs Broker
  • Detail oriented, well organized and technically-adept
  • The ability to manage multiple matters / projects for multiple teams.
  • The ability to work in a team, with lawyers and non-lawyers, to establish effective solutions efficiently and in an amenable manner               
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Experience developing and presenting training to employees and managers a plus
  • Ability to draft documents, policies, messages and anything else in a very precise manner, while still being concise and digestible for non-lawyers.
  • An ambitious mindset that enables you to successfully work independently with little guidance, but also to use good judgment and call out issues when needed.

What Makes Cloudflare Special?

We’re not just a highly ambitious, large-scale technology company. We’re a highly ambitious, large-scale technology company with a soul. Fundamental to our mission to help build a better Internet is protecting the free and open Internet.

Project Galileo: We equip politically and artistically important organizations and journalists with powerful tools to defend themselves against attacks that would otherwise censor their work, technology already used by Cloudflare’s enterprise customers--at no cost.

Athenian Project: We created Athenian Project to ensure that state and local governments have the highest level of protection and reliability for free, so that their constituents have access to election information and voter registration.

Path Forward Partnership: Since 2016, we have partnered with Path Forward, a nonprofit organization, to create 16-week positions for mid-career professionals who want to get back to the workplace after taking time off to care for a child, parent, or loved one. We released to help fix the foundation of the Internet by building a faster, more secure and privacy-centric public DNS resolver. This is available publicly for everyone to use - it is the first consumer-focused service Cloudflare has ever released. Here’s the deal - we don’t store client IP addresses never, ever. We will continue to abide by our privacy policy and ensure that no user data is sold to advertisers or used to target consumers.

Sound like something you’d like to be a part of? We’d love to hear from you!

Cloudflare is proud to be an equal opportunity employer.  We are committed to providing equal employment opportunity for all people and place great value in both diversity and inclusiveness.  All qualified applicants will be considered for employment without regard to their, or any other person's, perceived or actual race, color, religion, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, age, physical or mental disability, medical condition, family care status, or any other basis protected by law. We are an AA/Veterans/Disabled Employer.

Cloudflare provides reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities.  Please tell us if you require a reasonable accommodation to apply for a job. Examples of reasonable accommodations include, but are not limited to, changing the application process, providing documents in an alternate format, using a sign language interpreter, or using specialized equipment.  If you require a reasonable accommodation to apply for a job, please contact us via e-mail at or via mail at 101 Townsend St. San Francisco, CA 94107.


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